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Absinthe Used to Be Malaria Medicine: The Secret Medical History of Cocktails

Créme de menthe settled rebellious stomachs and absinthe fended off malaria. This is the secret medical history of the speakeasy cocktails we've come to know and love.<p>"We don't create cocktails now to cure venereal diseases or to relieve gout, but there's that history there," says <b>Matthew Rowley</b>, …

Alcohol

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

New Sweet Spots! Make Bien Cuit's Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies at Home

Senior food editor Alison Roman caught up with Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit to find out what’s inside of his stellar chocolate buckwheat cookies.<p>Forget booze—there’s nothing like a moist, chewy chocolate cookie to take the edge off. Just think about all of the times they’ve have gotten you out of a …

10 Recipes to Mix and Match for a Week's Worth of Meals

We know that sometimes you get home and have a grand total of 15 minutes to figure out what you’re going to put on the table. Us too. Let's find a solution.<p>The answer may be cooking lots of dishes in advance to get you through the week, but the hard part of that option is getting organized and …

Sweet Potatoes

16 Fermented Recipes That Know How to Get Funky

From kimchi to kefir, here are 16 recipes that are just a little funky... in a good way.<p><b>Fermented foods.</b> We're into them. Really into them. From kimchi to kefir, here are 16 recipes that are just a little funky... in a good way.

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29 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Actually Love

Because you refuse to hear the b-word.

The Complete Guide to Productivity

<i>This post originally appeared on The Growth List</i><p>Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our business, or simply time to close our eyes and relax.<p>If you would like to make more effective use of your …

Time Management

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Storage Potatoes, In Season in March

How to buy, store, and cook storage potatoes, in season in March.<p>Hardy and heavy, potatoes are plentiful throughout the late winter-early spring months—in fact, they're one of the longest-lasting storage root vegetables. You'll have to wait until later in spring for tiny, "new" potatoes; big …

How to Make the Ultimate Mac & Cheese.... Because It's Important

Our digital food editor walks you through the steps to creating the perfect mac & cheese—a recipe everyone should know how to make.<p>There's not really a debate at this point—macaroni and cheese is pretty much universally accepted as the ultimate comfort food. But the dish comes in many forms, and …

Italian Food

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main course. Serve it with a green salad and garlic bread for sopping up the broth, and dinner is done!<p>Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up …

Recipes

5 Ways to Dress Quinoa Salad

Since quinoa is fluffy and delicate, it tends to work best with loose vinaigrettes rather than thick dressings. Here are five approaches to try.<p>Since …

5 Ways to Make Hash Browns

Here, five incredible recipes for delicious hash browns.<p>In this week’s Mad Genius Tips video, F&W’s Justin Chapple revealed how to make super-crispy …

Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry + Pan-Fried White Beans with Kale

<i>Today: Keep dinner simple with flaky fish, kale, and beautifully browned legumes.</i><p>Winter is here, and we're transitioning from the rich, heavier meals of the holiday season to lighter, healthier fare aimed at reaching resolutions. Our solution is a beautiful white fish served alongside dark leafy …

Recipes

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

Breakfast

A Cookie a Day: Oatmeal Creme Pies

What are you, Oatmeal Creme Pie? Are you a cookie? A pie? A marshmallow sandwich? How are you so moist and chewy? What is creme? These are just a few of the many questions that plague me in the matter of this delicious, mysterious dessert that I will, for lack of a better word, refer to as "cookie."<p>…

Our Favorite Recipes From Each of Our 2014 Issues

All of our recipes are wonderful, but these are a little extra wonderful<p><b>We love all the recipes</b> that appear in <i>Bon Appétit</i>. But there are some recipes that we routinely circle back to, both as weeknight favorites and dinner party showstoppers. So we combed through all 12 issues published this year …

How to Get the Most Bang for Your Charitable Giving Buck

It doesn't take Bill Gates's money to make a meaningful impact with your charitable giving. Here's how.<p><i>Katherina Rosqueta, 47, is executive director</i> …

50 Amazing Wines for $15 or Less

Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds of wines to find these 50 bottles.<p><i>Wine editors Ray Isle and Megan Krigbaum tasted hundreds</i> …

Best of Montana Year-Round: Nature and Wildlife

Travel<p>Discover Montana's most beautiful landscapes, wild animals, outdoor recreation and more through the seasons.<p><b>Glacier National Park</b><p>Celebrated conservationist John Muir called Glacier National Park’s dramatic landscape “the best care-killing scenery on the continent.” More than a million acres …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more<p><b>So long, fresh tomatoes and super-ripe zucchini.</b> We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more. …

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Spicy Beans and Wilted Greens

6 Servings<p>Two humble ingredients have big impact here: The Parmesan rind adds richness; the dried beans deliver creaminess.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp. olive oil, plus more for drizzling<p>4 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained (optional)<p>4 chiles de árbol or 1 tsp. crushed red …

Nachos with All the Fixings

12 Servings<p>Prep Time: 10 min<p>Total Time: 20 min<p>Layering the chips and fillings is key for an optimal cheese-to-crunch ratio.<p>February 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>3 9-ounce bags tortilla chips<p>Beer-Braised Carnitas (click recipe)<p>2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed<p>1 large white …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Immune System

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Beautifully Abstract Aerial Views of Colorful Tulip Fields in The Netherlands

Rome-based nature and wildlife photographer Simone Sbaraglia ventured to The Netherlands to document the billions of magnificent tulips for which the country is known. He rented a plane to take him high above the fields in order to transform the flowers into magically captivating abstractions …

Take Polaroids in a Snap With This GoPro-Inspired Cube

Let’s be real for a second. We adore Polaroids here at Brit + Co (so much DIY potential!) but lugging around that bulky camera can be a pain. We’re not even sure they make film for those things anymore. It would probably explain the new crop of Polaroid-esque apps for your phone, which we have …

Cute

The shark-tracking camera that kept rolling when a great white attacked

GoPro's most extreme sport yet<p>The footage is peaceful at first. An autonomous vehicle shaped a bit like a torpedo, striped with yellow, green, and black, floats harmlessly through the gorgeous blue waters off Guadalupe Island. It hums quietly in the water, six cameras capturing the beautiful …

How to Throw the Ultimate Bagel Brunch

Throw the ultimate bagel brunch with these tips from Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. Remember: salmon breath is a sign of a good time<p>You can substitute whitefish or hot-smoked salmon for the trout.<p>2.[#image: /photos/57d8299a6520aa8f7013c974]||||||<p>Horseradish-Dill Schmear<p>Throw this spread together a …

How to Dress Any Salad Green, from Arugula to Watercress

Advice on pairing salad greens with dressings, from hearty endive and kale to tender summer mâche mixes<p>Anyone can make a decent salad, but it takes some skill and know-how to create a masterpiece in green. It's important, first, to brush up on the basics: Are you sufficiently drying your greens? …