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Don't Sniff the Cork (& 5 Other Rules for Drinking Wine at a Restaurant)

Yesterday, I outlined the rules I follow when drinking wine in general (be it at a friend's house or at a restaurant). Today, I'm elaborating on wine etiquette in restaurants specifically.<p>Here are the principles I try to stick by:<p><b>Don’t compulsorily order the second cheapest wine on the menu</b>. I …

29 Italian Dishes Everyone Should Know

Italian comfort is the best comfort.

Here's why a boot that has been in production for over 100 years is constantly sold out

Certain sizes of the popular L.L. Bean rubber boot are already sold out online.<p>Although customers can still place orders for these sizes, they're on backorder until October or November.<p>Bean Boot loyalists will remember that this same situation happened last year, when L.L. Bean had a backlog of …

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12 New Ways to Use Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is an iconic fall vegetable. Simply halved or cubed and roasted, it’s a perfect side dish for roasted chicken, tossed in a salad or …

How to Make a Provençal Vegetable Tian (a.k.a. That Dish From the Ratatouille Movie)

You know the final scene of the 2007 Disney movie <i>Ratatouille</i>, when the rat cooks up an amazingly inspired reinterpretation of a classic ratatouille, transforming the humble summer vegetable stew into a gorgeous layered construction that melts a bitter restaurant critic's heart? Wasn't it wonderful? …

The Easy Weeknight Recipes Our Top 50 Chefs Actually Make at Home

We asked five chefs plucked from our 50 Best New Restaurants of the year to share the simple recipes they actually make at home.<p>We asked five chefs—all plucked from our 50 Best New Restaurant nominees—to share the simple but stellar recipes they actually make at home. In the mix: the easiest energy …

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‘The gun was loaded’: photographers on the shots that changed their lives

From Belfast to Tiananmen Square by way of a quick game of Russian roulette, Magnum photographers choose the image that changed everything<p>Jim Goldberg<p><i>Room 17, Riviera Hotel,</i> <i>San Francisco, California</i><br>This was in 1987. A bunch of kids were camped out in the Riviera Hotel – boy hustlers and their sugar …

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Don’t Leave Home Without These Essential Photography Tools

It happens to us all. The light looks great, we rush out the door with our camera bag and start to shoot. Only then do we realise we are missing …

'The Witcher 3' May Be The Best Open-World Game Ever

<i>This is part of my ongoing review of ‘The Witcher 3.’</i><p>There’s something truly brilliant about the way <i>The Witcher 3</i> handles its quests.<p>There’s a few different types of quests in the game. Primary, Secondary, and Witcher Contracts. But these three divisions are nowhere near as distinct as they may …

This easy recipe for baked eggs in ramekins will transform your breakfast

Omelets? So over them. Fried eggs? Forget about it. When it comes to breakfast, baked eggs are the best invention since, well, sliced bread. These individual ramekins are filled with a deluxe blend of savory vegetables and rich, creamy eggs; give them 20 minutes in the oven and get your spoons …

Sardines aren't scary! Tips on cooking 5 sustainable budget seafood options

The good news: Some of the most sustainable seafood options are also the healthiest (think omega-3s!) and they’re the least expensive. The (sorta) bad news: Some people find these fish and shellfish, well, challenging. But they don’t have to be!<p>Two of these fish require little more from you than …

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Fantastic Deviled Egg Recipes

Photo: CLAUDIA CATALANO<p>It’s with no shortage of boastful relish that I’m privileged to share these fantastic deviled eggs from The Black Birch restaurant, which were recently given a glowing write up by The Boston Globe in an article entitled <i>In Kittery, Maine, humble deviled eggs elevated to an art</i> …

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Make Puerto Rican rice and beans, a bowl of comfort with deep roots

It’s a classic combination around the globe, yes, but in few places more than Latin America is rice and beans considered as much a part of the cultural DNA as is speaking Spanish. Perhaps that’s because it’s a dish born of the region’s history. Beans are native to the Americas, where Christopher …

Eat Fat, Be Fit

New research suggests butter, beef, and bacon might not be so bad after all. What's their place in a healthy runner's diet?<p>Runners like to follow the rules. And for decades, nutrition rules put a strict limit on saturated fat. After all, as far back as the 1960s, experts have decreed that eating …

6 Festive Fruit Desserts

<b>1. Baked Pears in Spiced Pomegranate Syrup</b><p>This is a wonderful light dessert for the holidays, especially served with coffee, tea and crunchy Italian-style cookies, like Walnut and Cinnamon Biscotti or Double Chocolate Biscotti. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble</b><p>This old-fashioned dessert …

14 Things I Have Learned From Being a Photographer

I am not at the top. I’m not even skating the middle, but I have been doing this photography thing for a while, and there are some things I’ve …

This goofy-looking device makes first-person shooters much more exciting

The Woojer sounds like a stupid gimmick, and it arrives with a sales pitch we've heard before.<p>The product itself is a small box that plugs into the 3.5mm audio jack of any device, and then you connect your headphones to the Woojer. The hardware works with any device that outputs audio, from your …

Autumn Through a Macro Lens: 19 Inspirational Images

Stanley Horowitz isn’t a household name. Though a poet, history won’t likely remember Horowitz for a body of work that stands among monolithic …