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The Minty Banana Salad (Yes, Banana) That Stole My Heart

I'll make a somewhat embarrassing confession right here: I've never seen the original <i>Dirty Dancing</i> movie, but I have seen the sequel/spin-off/whatever it is, <i>Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights</i>. The movie wasn't particularly memorable, but the stunning cinematography, from the palm trees to pastel …

Food

8 Tricks for Swoopy, Fluffy, Long-Lasting Whipped Cream

<i>We've partnered with Vitamix to share recipes, videos, and tips that bring a touch of excitement and innovation to tried-and-true dishes. Up next, a dessert essential: whipped cream!</i><p>Don't weep, whipped cream, it's all going to be alright. Sure, you have a tendency to lose your spine as you sit out …

Dessert

The Secret To Making The Best Watermelon Margarita

There’s no denying Southern folks love summertime. Endless pool days, delicious cookouts, and family vacations make it one of the best times of the …

Watermelon

Pressure Cooker Red Sauce: All-Day Flavor on a Weeknight Schedule

We generally associate the Maillard reaction with extra-high temperatures: smoking-hot pans or grills to brown our steaks, or hot ovens to give us dark bread crusts. But the reaction can actually take place at much lower temperatures; it just happens to occur at a slightly slower pace.<p>I take …

The 10 Dishes on Our Summer Bucket List

<i>Summer starts on June 21st! In honor of all the BBQing, sprinkler-hopping, and ice cream truck-chasing to come, we give you Hello, Summer, a picnic basket full of easy-breezy recipes and tips to help you make the most of every minute this season.</i><p>As we inch closer to the longest day of the year, I’m …

Chorizo Potato Salad With Arugula: A Mayo-Free Spin by Way of Spain

My wife, Kate, has a small list of foods she's convinced she doesn't like. An astute reader will have noticed that I've already revealed my bias: <i>She's convinced.</i> But I'm not. I have long lived by the conviction that if there's a food I don't like, it usually just means I haven't had a good version …

Cooking

Legendary, Crispy-As-Heck Chicken Thighs We'd Want for Dinner Any Night

We first told you about Canal House’s rule-breaking chicken thighs in 2015. Then, our <b>Genius Recipes</b> fearless leader Kristen Miglore described the skin as “impossibly crisp, enough so to satisfy your darkest fried chicken cravings.”<p>But they’re way easier than frying.<p>First, you take everything you …

Recipes

Meet the Baker Behind Our Contest-Winning Cake

<b>Jessie Sheehan</b> just won our latest recipe contest, Your Best Banana or Plantain Recipe, with her <b>Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake</b>.<p>Between the start and conclusion of our contest, this bronzed beauty made many appearances in our office and every time, without fail, it was there then—<i>poof!</i>—gone. …

The Black Bottom Banana Bars We Can't Stop Dreaming About

<i>Baker Jessie Sheehan won our last recipe contest, Your Best Banana or Plantain Recipe, (and our hearts) with her Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Cake. So when we learned she recently published her second cookbook, The Vintage Baker, we had to know more.</i><p><i>Here, she shares another banana-flavored beauty</i> …

Dessert

It Took Me 20 Years to Pin Down Grandma's Gnocchi

<i>Every so often, we scour the site for cool recipes from our community that we then test, photograph, and feature. This one comes from cdilaura, who shares a favorite recipe from her grandmother that's simple, satisfying, and make-ahead friendly.</i><p>I grew up going to my Italian grandmother's every …

Make This Cucumber Salad for Easy Summer Lunches — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's</i> <i>Delicious Links</i><i> column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

5-Minute Spanish-Style Bean Salad is an Hors D'oeuvres Star

More<p>The Vegan Experience<p>It's not just great vegan food, it's great food, period.<p>I love hors d'oeuvres. Not just because I love how they taste—hors d'oeuvres tend to be more concentrated in flavor than appetizers or main courses—but because they offer me respite. It's amazing what a board of tasty …

The Triple Chocolate Mousse That Took 100+ Weddings By Storm

When in France, other people might bring an extra suitcase for their shopping needs. I always bring a notebook.<p>In the mid-1980s, I spent two nights a few kilometers outside of Avignon at the gorgeous Auberge de Noves. I remember an elegant room filled with antiques, a grand four-poster bed, and a …

Texas Sheet Cake Recipe

The moment it comes out of the oven, this giant slab of chocolate cake is doused in hot fudge and buried under an avalanche of crunchy pecans. The soft, warm cake soaks up the molten fudge, a combination that creates a delightfully gooey layer sandwiched between the fluffy cake below and the fudgey …

The Coconuttiest Coconut Cream Pie

There are a million and one ways to coconut cream pie. You could do flaky pastry crust or graham cracker crust or any-cracker crust. You could do vanilla pastry cream mixed with shredded coconut or coconut milk pastry cream. You could whip cream or meringue. You could sprinkle shredded coconut or …

Spicy, Smoky Vegan "Chorizo" Dip

<b>Author Notes:</b> This smoky, meat-free puree is a wonderfully creamy dip that you can enjoy on its own or used to jazz up other recipes. It is vegetarian, vegan, and can be made gluten-free (just make sure your soy sauce or tamari are certified gluten-free). Ways to use: On toast, with an egg; with …

Beet Wellington—Or How to Wellington Anything

As I prepared to write this article, I’ll admit I wasn’t entirely surprised by the reactions I received when I used the word “Wellington.” It was usually met with sharp breaths, even shock, as well as a bit of appetite-inducing admiration. This is one of those dishes—old fashioned/classic, to be …

Brighten up with these rosemary cupcakes with lemon cream filling | The Star

This is one of the easier recipes in the book, as it doesn’t require expert decorating skills. As someone who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, I …

Sweet With Heat: Simple Spring Beet and Horseradish Salad

I typically think of beets as a late-fall or winter vegetable, since they store very well after their growing season. But early to midsummer is the best time to enjoy the sweetest, smallest beets of the year. Beets and horseradish are a classic Slavic/Jewish combination, and I think they work …

10 of the Easiest, Fanciest One-Layer Cakes

Two- or three-layer cakes are all well and good, but it's hard to argue with the ease of a one-layer cake. While usually thought to be humble and …

20 Seriously Impressive Desserts You Can Make with Puff Pastry

When we want a dessert that’s easy and delicious, we look no further than our freezer. No, not ice cream (although rocky road <i>is</i> our weakness)—we’re …

Dessert

Make Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos Shine With Crunchy Apple Slaw

We love apples for their flavor, versatility, and, of course, their rumored ability to keep doctors away. Have a bunch at home? You can bake them in pies and galettes, cook with them in roasts and braises, cut them up for salads, or, as we like to do, slice them and dunk them right into a jar of …

Call This Gazillionaire's Shortbread, Because It's Bananas

Whether or not you're familiar with banoffee pie, it's easy to be intrigued. There's little <i>not</i> to love about pairing together bananas, cream, and toffee. And it gets even more alluring when you pile it all on top of a buttery pastry crust. If you like bananas, this is the dessert for you. It's …

The Food Lab: How to Roast the Best Potatoes of Your Life

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>The Brits get a bad rap for their cuisine, and in some cases rightfully so—the beef cooked until gray and the gravy-made-from-granules that I ate every Sunday while staying in England were not the height of culinary greatness— but dang if there aren't a lot of …

Violet Bakery's Cinnamon Buns Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> If you can make scones (or muffins or banana bread), you can make these sparkly, gloriously poufed cinnamon rolls—no waiting for yeast to do its thing. It’s all because the tiny Violet Bakery didn’t have the space to proof yeasted doughs, so founder Claire Ptak had to get crafty with …

Baking

A Cheesy, Chive-y Bread So Soft, You Need a Spoon

In America—thanks to Native American cooks—cornmeal is a part of our eternal culinary DNA. So if you even mention any of the alluring dishes we now make with the stuff—cornbread, hush puppies, shrimp and grits, tamales, hoecakes, and so on—the reaction you’ll often get is a reflexive <i>mmmmmmm</i>. This …

Fluffy-Gooey Genius Cinnamon Rolls (No Yeast Know-How Required)

If you can make scones (or muffins or any other quick bread), you can make these sparkly, gloriously poufed cinnamon rolls—with no wait time, and no mastery of yeasted doughs required.<p>Wait, they don’t require proofing or punching or other know-how about yeast behavior? Anything the airport Cinnabon …

Take Yourself on a Vacation to Morocco With This Delicious and Easy Carrot Salad

Calling all carrot-lovers and carrot haters: this recipe is for you! I used to think carrots tasted like dirt, and now I can't stay away from them. If you are like I was, this Moroccan Carrot Salad recipe is perfect for you to try.<p>My siblings and I fell in love with this simple yet delicious salad …

The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Jambalaya: Use Your Oven

My first trip ever to Louisiana was exactly what it should have been: a debauchery of food and drink. I'd flown into New Orleans late one night with my best friend, and within an hour of landing, we were tucking into platters piled with oysters. The next morning, we got up and headed to breakfast …

A Simple Cooking Technique to Keep My Kitchen Skills (& Shears) Sharp

<i>We’re changing the way we cook over here at Food52—with articles and recipes and eight weeks of newsletters. Follow along at #f52cooking—and let us know how you're changing the game.</i><p>I’ll admit it. I’ve fallen into the cereal-for-dinner slump. Or weeks where I’ve nibbled on meals of carrots and …