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Steepest funicular in the world opens in Switzerland

The steepest funicular railway in the world has opened in Switzerland, with gradients of up to 110 per cent.<p>Running from the valley floor in the town …

Trains

Instant Pot will make you want to throw away your slow cooker

Sarah Wolhendler used to slave for hours over her weeknight dinner staple, a hearty beef stew — usually to mixed reviews from her three children, …

The top ten most mind-bending optical illusions of the year

If you’re a fan of visual tricks you need pay close attention to the illusion of the year competition.<p>The organisers Neural Correlate Society have …

Top 10

How to Roast a Chicken: The Ultimate Recipe, Tips, and More

It's time to nail the perfect bird every time, including limitless possibilities for riffing on it.<p>People tend to be intimidated by roast chicken. They think it's easy to overcook, or to have inconsistencies between dry white meat and under-done dark meat. They're afraid the skin will turn out …

Recipes

Grandmother Stougaard's Caramel Pecan Sweet Rolls Recipe

"This is an Stougaard old family favorite. Not the easiest to make, but well worth the trouble. Gooey and sweet. Best eaten fresh from the oven. I …

The Most Brilliant Restaurant Dessert Requires Zero Minutes Baking

Sort of amazing, sort of baffling: Is this restaurant seriously serving raw cookie dough and charging $8 for it?<p>Homemade chocolate chip cookies reward you for giving up. They're somehow even better when they're raw, stuck to the side of a bowl. Every kid under the age of 15 knows this—and …

Dessert

Lemonade Hacks That'd Make You Millions at a Stand

Strawberry-basil, tea-infused simple syrup, a dash of sumac, and more genius ways to make lemonade even better.<p>Lemon and water is not lemonade: It's what celebrities swear they drink when they wake up and for <i>sure</i> the only thing that keeps them svelte. The kind of lemonade that inspires young …

You Can Totally Get the World's Most Elusive Beers (if You Know What to Do)

Use these tips and get your hands on the world's most elusive beers.<p>We know that some high-demand, low-availability beers are worth hunting down and collecting like baseball cards, but we're not exactly ready to fly to far-flung breweries and line up for new releases. At Feast Portland, we attended …

New York City

Why We're Crazy for Honeycomb-Candy Butter (as if We Need to Explain)

Our Test Kitchen editors are crazy for this sweet spread. Here's why.<p>When a reader recently asked us to hunt down the recipe for these Ricotta Pancakes With Honeycomb-Candy Butter, we immediately knew "honeycomb-candy butter" was going to become our new favorite confection. Imagine toffee that’s …

Chicago's best homegrown junk food

'Junk food' is often used as an insult, but in Chicago it's a celebrated art form. Known the world over for its gorgeous architecture, impressive museums, legendary sports teams, barely tolerable winters and cutting-edge cuisine, The Windy City is also home to some of the best guilty pleasure food …

Amazing Crockpot Caramel Sweet Rolls

Did you have any idea you can 'bake' bread in a crockpot??? Blows my mind to think of it!<p>This is a wonderful recipe for brunch, or in the evening for …

9 Mexican Recipes Perfect for the Slow Cooker

Between the quick hustle of the food truck and the casual fun of make-your-own taco get togethers, it’s easy to forget that the process behind making …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

This 'Honey on Tap' Beehive Design Just Raised $9 Million on Indiegogo

Beekeepers are buzzing—and grumbling—about the Flow<p><b>UPDATE Monday, April 13: The project is now over $10 million</b>.<p>The most successful fully funded crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is not for a new smartwatch, video game, or 3D printer. It is for a new way to harvest honey, a potential breakthrough …

Beekeeping

Revive Stale Bread With This Life-Changing Trick

Stop! Don't throw out that stale loaf of bread. This life-changing (seriously) tip from our test kitchen will revive even the toughest baguette.<p>If you've ever let a loaf of bread get so stale that it won't even make decent croutons, you know that shameful feeling that comes with throwing it out. Be …

Bread

Use the Microwave to Dry Your Herbs for Long-Lasting Intense Flavor

Like oysters and princes, herbs are nearly always at their best when they're fresh. But we've all been there: you buy a bunch of parsley from the supermarket for those two tablespoons of garnish that you need, a week goes by, and you suddenly find yourself with a whole lot of fresh parsley that's …

10 Best Tricks for Improving Your Flight Experience

Flying can be a miserable experience but we've got the 10 best tricks for rocking up to the gate like a superstar. Indoor sunglasses optional.<p>Did you know you can take a water bottle through security? Or you could even take a tour of the cockpit if you wanted? Here are some tips and strategies for …

8 Google Views That Go Way Off-Grid

Google Street View continues to expand its range, taking desk jockeys to some of the planet's most remote corners. But one thing you won't ever see in the images? Surprise spiders. Keeping the Trekker's 15 lenses free of debris (and bugs) is a common challenge for the teams capturing immersive …

Google Earth

How to Cook Pork Shoulder Right

The pork shoulder may be the world's simplest cut of meat to cook. Simpler than steak. Simpler than brisket. Simpler than ribs. But simple doesn't mean simple-minded. You'll need to know about some essential gear and techniques to get it right.<p>In a nutshell, you season the hell out of it and cook …

Making Homemade Vanilla Extract Is Easier Than You Think

Of all the things we've suggested you make from scratch, homemade vanilla extract is maybe the easiest. (Croissants are definitely the hardest.) And, it might be the most rewarding, too. You're going to wonder why in the world you haven't been making your own extract -- why you don't have vanilla …

How to Get the Most Out of Your Frozen Puff Pastry

Store-bought puff pastry is one of our favorite kitchen shortcuts—avoid these common mistakes, and you'll get the most bang for your buck.<p>"Treated right, puff pastry is the ultimate shortcut to delicious baked goods," says <b>Dawn Perry</b>, digital food editor. With a claim like that, it's worth looking …

Baking

17 Melty Paninis You Should Eat for Lunch Every Day

At first glance, the panini is a pretty basic creation. It's essentially a sandwich, but grilled on a <b>panini press</b> that toasts the slices of bread and warms the ingredients within. But the panini has a certain <i>je ne sais quoi</i> that the <b>boring old sandwich</b> or <b>the grilled cheese</b>, its less classy cousin, …

Simple Snacks You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

Until now, you've probably only used your slow cooker for stews and Super Bowl wings. If that's the case, you're missing out on a whole slew of slow cooker snacks. Yes, believe it or not, your slow cooker doubles as an awesome snack maker.<p>Slow cookers are the ideal cooking vessel when you don't …

11 Popcorn Recipes to Take Your Movie Night to the Next Level

Here are 11 great ways to eat your popcorn, from buffalo-style to on a sundae.<p><b>Buttered popcorn is an amazing thing.</b> But when you really want to go crazy with your popcorn, we've got you covered. From dried-shrimp salt to various popcorn desserts, we're confident that these 11 recipes are going to …

One Pot Pasta Recipes That Will Save Weeknight Dinners Everywhere

Weekdays are busy. They're also really long. And even though we all have to eat, making dinner at the end of a workday is the last thing we want to do. Right? If you're nodding your head in agreement, we have good news: We have found a simple dinner option. Let us introduce you to our new favorite …

The Five Mother Sauces Every Cook Should Know

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: The five sauces every home cook should know how to make and customize.</i><p>In the 19th century, Marie-Antoine Carême anointed Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, …

Do Pellet Grills Make Barbecuing Too Easy?

"It's easy--maybe a little <i>too</i> easy," I told a crowd of Barbecue University students gathered around the first wood pellet grill many had seen, five years ago.<p>Smoking and barbecuing are supposed to be hard work. If not chopping wood, then at least breathing in charcoal dust and smoke and laboring to …

How To Season, Clean And Care For A Cast Iron Skillet Like A Pro

In today's world of fast-paced living and uber convenience, cooking with a cast iron skillet seems like an antiquated notion. We have nonstick pans we can throw in the dishwasher, so why would we ever bother with a skillet that can't be washed with soap and has to be dried over heat immediately …

So Many People Are Willing to Pay $900 for This Smart Kegerator

There's a fancy new kegerator in town that's a craft beer lover's dream. According to Digital Trends, startup PicoBrew has invented a smart kegerator for craft beer called <b>KegSmarts</b>. It's outfitted with an OLED display and is "controlled by a microprocessor."<p>Currently, it's hard to track how much …