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Pan-Roasted Brined Pork Chop

2 Servings<p>Brining these pork chops makes them moist, tender, and seasoned throughout, and the sugar helps create a dark, caramelized sheen. Learn how to make this recipe and more in our online cooking class with Sur la Table.<p>January 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup kosher salt<p>1/2 cup sugar<p>1 teaspoon …

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Taking A Private Jet Can Be Cheaper Than You Think

When your calves involuntarily cramp at the mere thought of flying in economy yet <i>again</i>, it might be time to book a private jet.<p>Yup, some private planes will fly people just like you for rates that dip -- not always, but sometimes -- below the cost of a regular plane ticket.<p>They're called "empty …

Cold-Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate

Makes 5 cups concentrate<p>Cold brew goes down easy, but watch out: This is high-octane stuff. For a clear liquid, use coarsely ground coffee. (Finely ground beans make for a cloudier drink.)<p>July 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>12 ounces coarsely ground fresh coffee beans<p>Milk (optional)<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place …

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Cheesy Jalapeño Popper Crock-Pot Pulled Chicken

Summer is here and that means my Crock-Pot has been getting a regular workout. It's been all about keeping the oven off lately. I've even been known to make candy in my Crock-Pot.<p>I am certainly not one to judge you on your love of condensed soup, or cheesy rice casseroles. Because, frankly, I am …

New-Look Bloody Mary

8 Servings<p>This spicy bloody mary will cure…whatever…happened last night.<p>January 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 cups tomato juice (preferably Campbell's)<p>1 cup dill pickle juice<p>1/4 cup fresh lemon juice<p>1 tablespoon prepared horseradish<p>2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce<p>2 teaspoons curry powder<p>1 teaspoon …

Roman Sambal

Makes about 1 cup<p>This is a sambal-style hot sauce named after its creator, senior associate food editor Alison Roman.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>½ pound red red Fresno chiles or red jalapeños<p>1 garlic clove<p>1 tablespoon kosher salt<p>¼ cup white distilled vinegar<p>¼ cup fresh lime juice<p>2 teaspoons sugar<p>Special …

Which Type of Wood Should You Use for Smoking Meat?

All wood is not created equal when it comes to smoking meat. That being said, don't overthink it.<p>Call it an inflammatory statement, but when your barbecuing friends put on airs like Eastern mystics as they rhapsodize about the woods they use to smoke with, <b>you have our permission to call them out</b> …

7 Zucchini Recipes You'll Make All Summer Long

<i>Whether you're in the mood for healthy soup, a savory summer side or a sweet snack, these zucchini recipes have you covered.</i><p><b>1. Sautéed Zucchini & Cherry Tomatoes</b><p>This side dish of crisp zucchini, burst cherry tomatoes and meltingly sweet red onions sautéed in olive oil is one of those dishes where …

You Can Thank The South For Koolickles (Pickles In A Kool-Aid Bath)

It's about time someone put their pickle in the Kool-Aid.<p>This is not a sexual innuendo -- get your mind out of the gutter, folks -- but real talk. If you have a dill pickle, a glass of Kool-Aid and a want for a sweet and sour, the natural thing to do is to steep said pickle into the …

How To Make A Shrub, A.K.A. The Secret To Cocktails That Taste Like Summer

When I think of summer shrubs, I'm overcome with dread. I envision hours spent under the burning hot sun on my parents' lawn, balancing precariously on the top rung of a ladder while wielding a chainsaw trimmer. Thankfully, this is not that kind of shrub. This one is refreshing, it usually involves …

Travel Tip: Secret Airport Lounge Access

There’s a reason frequent flyers love airport lounges…decent seats, Wi-Fi, and snacks make all the difference on a long layover. But you don’t need a …

Perfect Paradise: Phuket

This December marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Southeast Asia. But <b>Phuket</b>, Thailand’s largest island, refuses to be defined by the tragedy. On a recent visit there, I discovered what makes this beach retreat so special and why, a decade after enduring one of the …

The 26 Essential Korean Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA's Koreatown offers a mecca of Korean cuisine that lies unparalleled in America. While it's known as a bustling area of neon lights and nightlife, the food just happens to be so varied and excellent that even food lovers from Seoul marvel at the quality of restaurants.<p>There's a growing number of …

David Lebovitz's Steak with Mustard Butter

<i>All week long David Lebovitz -- professional cook, baker, and blogger -- will be sharing recipes from his new book, My Paris Kitchen. Follow along to win one of six copies we're giving away -- and find out why Paris really is always a good idea.</i><p><i>Today: A trip to Paris is as easy as making this</i> …

Why the Ultimate Italian Sandwich Took 2 Years to Create

Why did it take 2 years to create the perfect Italian sandwich? We spoke with its inventors—Court Street Grocers' Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross—to find out<p>Meat-sandwich lovers are in luck—restaurants from Roman Candle Baking Co. in Portland, Oregon, to Publican Quality Meats in Chicago are doing …

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Splash out: the world's most amazing waterfalls

The bigger they are, the harder they fall – feel the power of the planet's mightiest and most beautiful waterfalls.<p>1. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe<p><i>Image by MAZZALIARMADI.IT</i><p>Explorer David Livingstone could be accused of dampening expectations by naming these falls after England's doughy queen: …

Hiking

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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6 Surprising Tactics Of An Unassuming Billionaire

At this year’s South by Southwest Conference, I had the opportunity to spend time with Scott Cook, founder of Intuit. It was the first time we had the chance to connect since my company, Docstoc, was acquired by them.<p>Scott is a staple on the Forbes Billionaire List. A self-made man, he built his …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

11 Game-Changing Chips and Dips

Game day is fast approaching. Yes, we're talking about football. But, we're <i></i>also <i>not talking about football</i>. This is about the other playing field; this is about your kitchen. Most of us will watch to see who reigns victorious on that fateful Sunday (whether in sport, advertising, or cuteness), but …

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Our 8 Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipes Because Nothing Is Better Than Cheesy Pasta

You'll forget about Kraft<p>Macaroni and cheese is hands-down one of our favorite pastas. Whether it's loaded with bacon, topped with bread crumbs, or …

Slow Cooker Recipes: 20 Warming Soups for a Frosty Day

Ah, winter. It's bliss-sparkling ice-covered trees abound, making us long for warm places to curl up inside, and sip on warm liquids. It's time to grab your slow cooker and pour in the ingredients to craft a steamy slow cooked concoction that will warm up your dinner table tonight. Try one of our …

Hit the Slopes: The Best Ski Resorts and Hotels in the U.S. (Photos)

Powder & Pampering<p>At the end of a long day on the slopes, there’s only one thing you can think of: a comfy bed to fall into. At these top 10 ski …

5 Places Not to be Missed in a Lifetime

As a travel writer since 1997, I have visited 100 countries, and I make 20 to 30 trips a year. I am always being asked where in the world I'd most like to go. In this post, I'm going to reveal the five destinations I'd love to visit, or re-visit, before I die. This includes, of course, the biggie …

Bourbon–Sea Salt Caramels

Makes about 100 caramels<p>Sweetened condensed milk makes this salted caramel recipe extra-luscious.<p>December 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>2 cups sugar<p>½ cup light corn syrup<p>1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces<p>2 tablespoons bourbon<p>…