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Culinary Diplomacy Is On America’s Menu

This United States’ most successful export is culture, and our most quickly developing cultural space is the culinary arts. Whatever your personal opinion is of action movies, or hip-hop music, or baseball, or gourmet hamburgers, these cultural icons represent America’s best offerings to a lot of …

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20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

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The Mediterranean Slow Cooker Cookbook

• <b>Author:</b> Diane Phillips<p>Savor the unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean using a slow cooker! These 80 recipes are devoted to such iconic dishes as Beef in Barolo from Italy, Braised Basque Chicken from Spain, Bouillabaisse from France, and Spicy Tagines from Morocco. With a source guide for …

6 Creamy Dreamy Desserts

Sweet, smooth and oh so delicious. Don't be intimidated: Anyone can make these creamy creations.<p><b>1. Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries</b><p>Pretty enough for an Italian pastry shop window, this light and creamy cheesecake is adapted from Gina DePalma's wonderful cookbook <i>Dolce Italiano, Desserts</i> …

9 Delicious Dressings That Make Anything Taste Awesome

It's all about the dressing. These homemade salad dressings are so delicious, you'll want to eat them with a spoon.<p><b>1. Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing</b><p>Cool, creamy, tangy and garlicky, this homemade ranch dressing tastes so much better than the mass-produced bottled stuff in grocery stores. Try it …

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

35 Books You Need To Read In Your Twenties

From Cheryl Strayed's Wild to Amy Poehler's Yes Please, these are the books you need to get through your own roaring twenties. Inspired by this post.

36 Ways to Eat Sandwiches for Every Meal

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Meet Wassail, New York City’s First Cider Bar

The Lower East Side gets its first cider-focused bar this week. Here’s the story behind Wassail.<p>It's hard not to get swept up in the excitement of <b>America's growing cider resurgence</b>. Unlike beer, wine, spirits or even cocktails, hard cider is a fresh new beverage frontier for many Americans to …

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The Ultimate Way To Grill Shrimp

Don’t miss this crucial step when cooking the shellfish<p>Of all the grilling tools—tongs, spatulas, steak forks—there’s one that too often goes neglected.<p>For most grillers, the season passes without them ever breaking out the basting brush. It’s understandable, considering that the basting brush can …

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Wolfgang Puck joins Thomas Keller and Alice Waters in the latest culinary MasterClass.<p>From ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Dune,’ spice’s galactic appeal is rooted …