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Real Cheap Eats Winter Guide Recommends 37 Ways to Fight the Cold (For 10 Bucks or Less)

Real Cheap Eats, the most concise guide to affordable eating across the five boroughs, dropped its winter update this morning. There you'll find three dozen dishes for $10 or less to fight back the cold, from meat-stuffed buns to curry chicken to goat head stew and a babka that may be more …

The Best Macaroni and Cheese, 3 Ways

Written by Emily Monaco<p>Macaroni and cheese is classic comfort food, and everyone has their own favorite. While store-bought versions exist, making your own is the best option for an all-natural, tasty, cheesy dish. There are three main varieties, each of which offers its own characteristics.<p>So …

True Essentials for Your Home Bar: Bottles, Bitters, and Tools

I find that it's easy to overthink the simple things. For example, I work from home while caring for two small children. Jeans and a black t-shirt are now my daily uniform at home. Why buy button-downs and polos and sweaters just to wear at home, when they'll just get jam and drool and Angostura on …

12 Essential Cocktails to Know

January is over, and it's time to get the parties started again. And getting those parties started, naturally, involves cocktails: lots of them. Here are our definitive 12 cocktails that everyone should have up their sleeve -- for all the partying you'll be doing for the rest of the year. Practice …

Serious Reads: Four Food Books We're Loving

The Prophets of Smoked Meat, by Daniel Vaughn<p>Daniel Vaughn is the Barbecue Editor at <i>Texas Monthly</i>, a job you probably didn't know existed until right now but would like to apply for immediately. With such a title, it comes as no surprise that his first book, <i>The Prophets of Smoked Meat</i> is a 400-page …

In Season: Blood Orange

Contributed by Naren Young<p>I remember the first drink I had with juice from a blood orange. It was in Sydney circa 2000, and it was mixed by the sure hands of my friend Ben Davidson -- one of the finest barkeeps to emerge from Down Under.<p>The cocktail was a Blood Orange Margarita with just a whisper …

Common Alcohol Myths Debunked By Hannah Hart And Mental Floss (VIDEO)

You know the old adage, "liquor before beer, never fear -- beer before liquor, never been sicker?" Stop saying it. Stop thinking about it, stop believing it. It is totally not true. And if you don't believe us, maybe you'll believe adorable known drunkard and star of My Drunk Kitchen, Hannah …

How to Cocktail: Hanky Panky (VIDEO)

The Hanky Panky is a sultry cocktail, the pre-Prohibition creation of Ada Coleman, head bartender at the American Bar in London's Savoy Hotel from 1903 to 1925 and one of the most important female mixologists in history. In our video, San Francisco bartender Kevin Diedrich demonstrates the …

Top Cheffage

In a food-metaphor-filled takedown of <i>Top Chef</i>, Grantland's Andy Greenwald posits that the <b>"underwhelming" 11th season</b> may prove the show is getting stale. Greenwald writes that the show's rigid structure limits itself to challenges that "prioritize breadth of knowledge over depth," resulting in …

Decorating your tabletop? Try using an antique baguette tray as a centerpiece: http://thekitc.hn/1naodMM

It's Official: Our Dads Drank Way More Whiskey Than Us

And proof that Don Draper would not be impressed with us at all<p><b>On Tuesday morning in midtown Manhattan,</b>the best place to get a Bloody Mary was the third floor of the New York Yacht Club, where a few dozen rumpled booze journalists braved slush and hangovers to gather for an event with the least sex …

Does cutting a lemon lengthwise really give you more juice? We tried it out, and here's what happened: http://thekitc.hn/1bvMKtN

The Winner of Top Chef New Orleans Season 11

Last night on the finale of <i>Top Chef: New Orleans</i> <b>Nicholas Elmi</b> beat out <b>Nina Compton</b> to win the title of "Top Chef" and <b>$125,000</b>. Elmi is a Philadelphia-based chef who has spent time in kitchens at <b>Le Bec Fin, Oceana,</b> and <b>Lutece</b> before opening his own restaurant <b>Laurel</b> last year.<p>Elmi's win may come as a …