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New Orleans, Louisiana: Weekend Dining Guide

Eating and drinking your way through the Crescent City<p><i>New Orleans</i> <i>is one of The South’s Best Food Towns, selected by the editors of</i> Garden & Gun<i>. See all of the cities here. Do you agree with our picks? Disagree? Have your say on Facebook orTwitter. #SouthernFoodTowns</i><p>There’s a Galápagos quality to …

John Besh

Taste Beyond The Tongue

10 Tea Cakes to Ease You into Fall Baking

All throughout September, our Baking Club is cooking through the first Tartine cookbook. Members have been easing into fall by baking tea cake after tea cake, from pumpkin to almond to zucchini:<p>Whether you call them tea cakes, quick breads, or loaf cakes, there's something about a bread that can …

17 Recipes Loaded With Melted Cheese, Because You're Worth It

There’s a common thread among most of our favorite foods. Grilled cheese, pizza, mac and cheese, they’re all loaded with melted cheese. That’s what we’re really trying to get more of when we eat these foods. Cheese is a godsend in its solid form, but when it falls apart under heat it becomes …

Cooking

Peach Ice Cream

A tasty hallmark of summer in the South<p>Summer brings many a blessed thing—firefly nights, freshly caught shrimp, and, especially, perfectly ripe peaches. And while a chin-soaking bite of a just-picked peach is hard to top, nothing cools down a sultry day better than homemade peach ice cream. This …

Baking

Chef Kelly Fields’s Crawfish Roll

For the ultimate crowd-pleasing dish, whip up a plate of of these bayou-inspired crawfish rolls<p>Ingredients<p>Remoulade<p>1 cup Duke's Mayonnaise<p>¼ cup Dijon mustard<p>2 tbsp. prepared horseradish<p>2 scallions, chopped<p>½ stalk celery, minced<p>2 tbsp. parsley, chopped<p>1 clove garlic, minced<p>1 tbsp. white wine …

Nita’s Corn Salad

A fresh summer side<p>April McGreger wasn’t in the mood for potato salad. “I was having people over for fried chicken, and I needed a lighter side,” she says. That’s when she remembered her mother Nita’s corn salad. “She used to make it all the time,” says McGreger, a professional preserver who puts …

Food Preservation

How to Write a Proper Thank-You Note

A few months back a friend volunteered to dog-sit for me while I was out of town. When I arrived home, I thanked her for her service and handed her …

11 Baking Ratios Every Pro Should Memorize

You’ve heard it said before that baking is a science — and it’s true. Ratios are the backbone of our favorite recipes for cookies, cakes and more. …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

6-Minute Pineapple Cream Pie Recipe

This 6-minute pineapple creamy pie is so rich, creamy, and tasty! It is extremely quick to prepare – it took me exactly 6 minutes to make it! If you …

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce (Texas Style)

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Ingredients:<p>6 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces<br>• 1 tablespoon lime juice<br>• 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey<br>• Ice cubes, for serving<p>Method:<p>…

Food

Landscaping Ideas: The Case for Camellias

Too flouncy, too loud, too fussy; the flowers die badly and the leaves look sickly. Camellias: are they worth the bother? Away from pots of …

Make the Easter Bunny Happy with This Carrot Cake Roll

Are you still mapping out your Easter menu? Or are you on dessert duty for brunch at your sister-in-law's house on Sunday? Either way, I've got the …

Dessert

World’s Best Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

<i>Learn how to make the world’s best carrot cake! This recipe is so simple but has the absolute best flavor and perfectly moist texture, piled high</i> …

Dessert

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Easy Roasted-Garlic Focaccia That's Too Good to Share

Anyone who understands evolution knows that it doesn't <i>necessarily</i> lead from simpler to more complex life-forms. Rather, it leads to life-forms better suited to their environments. The evolution of recipes is similar: It's not that every new recipe is <i>better</i> than its immediate predecessor; it's just …

Meringue Cake With Chocolate Cream [Vegan, Gluten-Free] - One Green Planet

<i>If you enjoy recipes like this, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App, it's available for both Android and iPhone and has free and</i> …

Dessert

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Easter Egg Dying with Natural Ingredients

I am in love with holiday decorating. Easter included. Time to decorate those eggs! This year I finally took some time to do some egg dying with …

These Transparent Kayaks Instantly Add an OMG Factor to Your Travels

Because sometimes the view is better from above.<p>Before you head to one of the clearest bodies of water in the world, you need to make sure you have one of these genius kayaks. They're the brain child of Florida's Crystal Kayak Company and are totally transparent vessels that let you glide over the …

Proof That Europe's Tulip Fields Are the Ultimate Spring Destination

So stunning!<p>Move over, cherry blossoms. Even though these pink flowers have been part of some of our most cherished moments of spring, we're about to convince you to jump on a different bandwagon. You see, tulips also bloom when the weather warms up <i>and</i> they come in every color of the rainbow. …

A Perfect Pot of Greens

A Southern Soul Food Classic Rediscovered<p>Next month, a forgotten Southern cookbook will finally get its due. Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of <i>The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen</i>, are releasing an updated version of <b>Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook</b>, a collection of almost one hundred and fifty …

Andy Warhol

15 Apple Pie Recipes That Are (Almost) Better Than Grandma’s

When you think of apple pie, you probably have an image in your head of your grandma kneading dough and sitting the finished pie on the windowsill to cool. Those memories are all well and good, but these days we’re more into creative apple recipes that aren’t <i>so</i> traditional. You’ve got all of the …

Baking

Southern Blooms: A Paper Garden

Artful paper flowers that inspire all the joy of the real thing<p>Camellia, gardenia, and magnolia blossoms are living symbols of the South, and New Orleans artist <b>Suzonne Stirling</b> memorializes their beauty in stunning detail—not in paint or pastels, but in exquisitely colored, cut, and assembled crepe …

New Orleans

Hands Down the Best Way to Roast Potatoes - Hifow - Quick & Easy Recipes

Ingredients<p>2 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and quartered<p>1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt<p>2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon …

Parmesan Pesto Skillet Rolls Recipe

4.5 3 3<p>Parmesan Pesto Skillet Rolls Recipe photo by Red Star® Yeast<p>4.5 3 3<p>These Parmesan pesto skillet rolls are soft, tender and fluffy, and filled …

Top 10

17 of the Prettiest Covered Bridges in America to Visit This Fall

These photos are guaranteed to get you in the fall spirit.<p>To get you excited for autumn, here are some of the most beautiful and romantic covered bridges to visit across America once the foliage starts to change.