Mike Beck

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A Trick for Transforming Unripe Avocados in Just Two Hours

<i>We heard a suggestion to pickle unripe avocado slices and we had to try it ourselves.</i><p>When we saw a Facebook post that suggested pickling hard avocados rather than waiting around for them to soften, reactions around the office ranged from skepticism to curiosity. But above all, we were hopeful:</b> …

Healthy Eating

Homemade Jerky: Where Whiskey and Beef Are a Match Made in Heaven

The ultimate road food tastes better homemade.<p>Most people think of jerky as gas station bounty: tasteless, chewy, and wrapped in cheap plastic. But Pamela Braun, a Dallas-based cook, makes far better road food. The author of <i>Jerky Everything</i> (The Countryman Press), out August 3, is all about healthy …

Increase Your Oyster Enjoyment with This App

There’s an app to keep track of almost everything now—calories, wines, beers, finances and now, oysters. Stay with us, it’s actually really …

This Homemade Cheetos Recipe Makes It Easy To Be Cheesy

Sound the alarms: There is a home-baked alternative to Cheetos. Do you know what that means? Guiltless, cheesy, crunchy snacking. Or <i>mostly</i> guiltless, cheesy, crunchy snacking. Sure, you have to make them yourself. And yes, that means you have to get your butt into the kitchen. But, <i>it's possible</i>. …

24 Over-The-Top Delicious Skillet Recipes

Grab your pan by the handle and make easy work of these over-the-top delicious one pan wonders.<p><b>Chilaquiles Verdes</b><p>When you find yourself with left over tortilla chips, try serving them up as a savory, satisfying breakfast. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes</b><p>Oohs and ahhs guaranteed when …

Want to See Where Your Steak Comes From?

Watch this expert butcher turn a cow into beef in only 15 minutes.<p>Fair warning if you're the queasy type, or are a card carrying member of PETA, this may not be the video for you. If, on the other hand, you've ever wondered how an entire cow becomes dinner, then these next fifteen minutes will be …

The Poach with the Most

Dishes like baked soufflé or hard-boiled eggs are all about timing, and poached eggs are no exception. They can make for a great addition to a brunch …

Valentine's Day Cocktails

What makes a great Valentine's Day cocktail? Sharing it with someone you love! This year, Cupid's arrow strikes on a Saturday so whether you start the day with your best girlfriends at a bubbly-filled brunch or indulge in a romantic evening with cocktails, these colorful, tasty libations are sure …

7 Red Cocktails for Valentine's Day, Including the Ultimate Aphrodisiac Margarita

Sultry red cocktails are essential for Valentine’s Day. Here, 7 red drinks with flavors that range from tangy to smoky.<p>Sultry red cocktails are …

Homemade Cheddar and Garlic Pierogi

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Shelly from Vegetarian 'Ventures teaches us how to make a vegetarian version of the classic Polish dumpling at home.</i><p>Growing up as a vegetarian in …

Recipes

10 DIY Flavored Syrups

While simple syrup is certainly the most useful syrup (and the easiest to make thanks to this quick video) it isn’t the only one you need to know. …

Craft Beverage Brand Jones Soda Makes a Play for Fast-Food Soda Fountains

Move aside, PepsiCo. and Coca-Cola: Today, the Seattle-based <b>Jones Soda Co.</b> announced the debut of its "Cane Sugar Soda fountain program," making its cultishly beloved sodas available at <b>fast-food soda fountains</b> for the first time. (Previously, ordering a Jones Soda at a restaurant would have lead to …

This Chef is Growing His Own Salt, and It's Delicious

Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio.<p>Not all salt comes from the ocean—some comes from a mason jar in Ohio. At …

Food Preservation

Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

A Myers-Briggs personality test can help you determine whether you're an extrovert. But could your love of hot sauce reveal something about your temperament, too?<p>As we have reported, back in the 1980s, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania named Paul Rozin documented a connection …

17 Tacos That Dare To Be Dessert

Have you ever finished eating a taco and thought to yourself, "Man, I really wish I had a dessert taco to round this meal out"? We totally hear you.<p>The taco is such a beloved culinary treasure because it's kind of portable (see the walking taco), you can stuff just about anything inside of it and, …

How to Use Flavorful Homemade Pickled Seeds to Boost Any Dish

Zippy brined seeds are the perfect accompaniment to rich pastas, meats, and any dish that needs a little oomph. We show you how to make your own and use them in everything.<p><b>Acid. Spice. Salt. Texture.</b> Savvy chefs have tricks for bringing each of these elements to every dish, and <b>Thomas McNaughton</b> of …

Cooking

The 13 Best Restaurants in the South

By: Liz Childers<p>There is no better region to eat in than the South. Am I biased? Yes. Do I care? No. And you won't either once you see what these hyper-talented, uber-creative chefs are doing all over the South, from reinventing Southern cuisine in Charleston to recreating the entire dining …

17 Granola Recipes for Breakfast and Anytime-Snacking

Granola is great. These homemade recipes are better.<p><b>Granola</b> <b>is one of the world's most perfect snacks</b>: Crunchy, chewy, and salty-sweet. We particularly like these recipes for homemade granola.

Breakfast

18 Hours in the Life of a BBQ Champion

Crispy Fried Boudin Balls - Cajun-Style Pork & Rice Sausage Recipe

The Searzall Team Wishes You Searzons Greetings

This year, the must-have Christmas gift on every little chef’s list is the Searzall.<p>This year, the must-have Christmas gift on every little chef’s …

Spice Up Your Holiday With Three Spiced Nuts Variations

I can't think of nuts without a little ditty from my childhood popping into my head:<p><i>Nuts, nuts, I like nuts If you take them away I'll hate your guts I like peanuts, I like walnuts, I like some nuts, I like all nuts So gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme some nuts!</i><p>I mean, that kind of covers it, …

Grape Jelly Meatballs

<i>These grape jelly meatballs are tossed in the slow cooker for a few hours and then make a perfect snack or appetizer for game day! Meatballs with grape jelly might sound a little crazy, but the sauce transforms into something amazing while it cooks!</i><p>I'm getting a bit of a complex here, guys.<p>Every …

How to Make Corn Dogs

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: What's better than a hotdog? A hotdog on a stick that's been deep-fried in a cornmeal batter, that's what. Molly Yeh from my name is yeh is</i> …

Parts Unknown Season Three Now Streaming; Chefs' Week PDX Announces Lineup

<i>FOOD TV—</i> The third season of <b>Anthony Bourdain</b>'s Emmy Award-winning CNN travelogue <i>Parts Unknown</i> is now available to stream on Netflix. The third season of <i>Parts</i> kicked off earlier this April with Bourdain's trip to Punjab, India, and wrapped up with an episode in Brazil that saw Bourdain eating …