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Steep Your Way to Hot Tea Perfection by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

There's a difference between nuking a teabag and brewing a real cup of tea at home—avoid these mistakes when upgrading to the real thing.<p>Picture a bag of potato chips. At the very top are fully intact, unmarred, pristine chips. They're satisfyingly crunchy, and you can't stop eating. But once you …

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The Traditional Italian Dessert You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

<i>Introducing zuccotto: It's like tiramisu, in bowl-form.</i><p>Between 20 to 30 percent of what I learned in pastry school was guess work. And at the beginning, it was more like 60 percent. To be fair, I was in a foreign country, studying at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. The chefs …

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Everything You Need to Know to Buy Better Shrimp

Shrimp has been the most popular seafood in the US for years—it represents more than a quarter of the seafood eaten in this country. It's also one of the most varied categories: You can find dozens of different species of shrimp, each boasting multiple names and preparations. You can buy them with …

Why Did Everyone Stop Taking Real Lunch Breaks?

Coming to terms with the harsh reality of lunch-al-desko.<p>Depending on the day's temporary lunch invasion, I either slide my keyboard a few inches forward or a few to the right—far enough to make room for food, but close enough to still answer emails. On sushi days, I slip a brown napkin under the …

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From rosemary extract to sugar syrup: the new food label nasties

The wholesome-sounding ingredients that have replaced E numbers in processed foods are a lot less natural than we like to think<p>For over ten years now, processed food manufacturers have been on a “clean label” mission. They know that many of us are put off products when we see E numbers, or long, …

What makes an iconic food?

Last week, the hotel behind eggs benedict and red velvet cake held a competition to find its next iconic dish. But what do these foods have in common?<p>Hotel food isn’t something that many people get excited about. The words conjure up images of drab breakfast buffets, lukewarm room service and …

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The Food Lab

Unraveling the mysteries of home cooking through science with J. Kenji López-Alt.<p>Videos<p>Serious Eats<p>Get the Recipe Replay<p>How to Roast Beets<p>When roasted right, beets become candy-sweet, while maintaining an intense earthiness. Here's what we do to accentuate those flavors. [Video: Serious Eats Video. …

The 11 untold secrets of menu design

Restaurants think about more than just whether to add pretty pictures when they're designing a menu. Except at Denny's, where the primary focus is …

Hannibal's Food Stylist Is More Worried About Oysters Than Cannibalism

Lobsters in cantaloupes and foie gras gussied up with ostrich feathers are commonplace on the <em>Hannibal</em> dinner table. But it takes a keen artistic sensibility—and sometimes a pile of mashed potatoes—to make that food camera-ready.<p>It's not impossible that you haven't watched <i>Hannibal</i>. The NBC …

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