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Here's How $25 At Trader Joe's Makes a Week's Worth of Dinners

Takeout is lame.<p>Just because you can't splurge on expensive meals, doesn't mean that you should compromise and sink to the levels of fast food. Oh, no, you are <i>so</i> much better than that.<p>Luckily for y'all, Spoon University has created a recipe series that is fast, easy, cheap, and takes the guess work …

The Best (Non-Fried) Ways to Eat Squash Blossoms

<i>Every other week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: Your dinner could use a little flower power.</i><p>The term "squash blossoms" generally refers to zucchini blossoms, though almost every member of the squash genus (<i>Cucurbita</i>) …

7 kitchen-cleaning tips from a person who likes the smell of ammonia

Jolie Kerr thinks dish soap is romantic. She would -- she is the author of <i>My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha</i> …

Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Ice Cream

<i>Every week -- often with your help -- Food52's Executive Editor Kristen Miglore is unearthing recipes that are nothing short of genius.</i><p><i>Today: 4 ingredients. 1 step. No cooking. No churning. Ice cream!</i><p>Not having an ice cream maker never stopped us before. We've done all kinds of weird stuff in the …

Be Your Own Barista: Your Guide to 4 Pour Over Coffee Methods

You've mastered the French press and your push-button coffee machine. But can you make pour over coffee like your favorite barista?<p>You've seen the fleet of cones perched above soon-to-be exquisite single cups of coffee, and you've noticed the barista at the specialty coffee shop pouring water …

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The 7 greatest things that ever happened to grilled cheese

We'll just say what you're all thinking: Grilled cheese is the greatest food of all time.<p>It's easy to make, can be eaten at any time of day and has …

The Perfect Omelet Is All About Technique. Just Ask Ludo Lefebvre

Ludo Lefebvre is an omelet master. Learn his technique.<p></head><i>This is Cook Like a Pro, in which experts share tips, tricks, and techniques that elevate a good dish to an unforgettable one.</i><p>The Pro > Ludo Lefebvre<p>Chef / Petit Trois / Los Angeles<p>When America's most radical French chef opened his dream …

Breakfast

How to Get Free Wi-Fi on a Plane with Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Though many airlines have recently taken steps to improve the overall flying experience, free Wi-Fi still remains elusive on most popular U.S.-based …

The 20 best Italian recipes: part 3

Nigella Lawson’s Sardinian couscous with clams<p>At the time of writing, I confess you will need to go to an Italian deli or specialist food outlet for fregola, the sun-dried and toasted Sardinian couscous specified for this recipe.<p>This is not an insurmountable obstacle, of course. What I suggest is …

Italian Food

Here's What Real Healthy People Actually Eat For Lunch

In case you're looking for a healthy and tasty alternative to that sad desk salad.<p>When you eat the right kind of food at lunch, it'll help you stay full and alert throughout the afternoon. You won't be as tempted to snack, and you'll feel more energized. But healthy lunch can sometimes be a little …

Strawberry ice cream, pure and simple

There is absolutely nothing wrong with most strawberry ice creams. Except that they probably would more accurately be described as ice creams with strawberries (not that there's anything wrong with that).<p>But you can quite easily make a really delicious ice cream that tastes purely of fruit — one …

Recover From Your Food Hangover With These 36 Light and Healthy Recipes

Recovering from a cookout coma? Let these lighter, brighter recipes set you straight.<p><b>Maybe you're in the throes of a</b> ribs-and-burgers hangover, or you're beach-bound, or you just think it's too damn hot to cook right now. Whatever the reason, these light and bright no-cook (or barely-cook) recipes …

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Summer recipes to get the best out of basil

Fragrant basil has the power to conjure memories of hot summer holidays - and to transform tomato salads, chicken dishes and sorbets<p>There’s a big bunch of basil soaking in hot sugar syrup in my kitchen (I’m in the middle of trying out various basil-infused sorbets) and the smell is so heady I feel …

43 Essential Kitchen Secrets

These helpful tips and tricks will save you time and money.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money.

Muffins

Why Hummus is a Lunchtime Savior

<i>As a defiant response to sad desk lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty.</i><p><i>Today: Kathryn Leahy of Remain Simple explains why you should stop buying lunch and start using hummus.</i><p><i><br>Pita chips are great with hummus, but that's only the tip of the iceberg when</i> …

America's Best Doughnuts

While some doughnut shops keep it strictly traditional, for others the sky's the limit.<p>There are few treats more delicious than a doughnut fresh out of the fryer. And from a Nashville institution to a California bakery helmed by one of the country's most renowned chefs, we've tracked down America's …

Doughnuts

A Hidden Illinois Gem – Starved Rock State Park - REI Co-op Journal

Just shy of two hours southwest of Chicago, you’ll find a beautiful Illinois state park that has some of the most gorgeous rock formations in the …

77 Expiration Dates That You Should Know

Certain items in your house practically scream “toss me” when their prime has passed. That mysterious extra white layer on the Cheddar? A sure sign …

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Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …

9 Healthy Potato Recipes That Could Maybe, Possibly Help You Lose Weight

Everyone knows that starchy carbs cause weight gain, right? Maybe not in the case of potatoes, suggests a new paper by researchers at McGill …

Your Best Back-Pocket Dinner Recipes

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Your favorite go-to meals for when the going gets tough.</i><p>It's the most wonderful, …

Why I Went Mirrorless and Switched from Canon to Fuji: A Detailed Exploration

<b>Warning</b>: This will be a longer and more in-depth post. But in the age of paid-for reviews, I felt frustrated by the lack of perspective on the “what …

Love Your Pan: What to Cook (and What Not to) in a Cast Iron

Steak is made for cast iron cooking. A bolognese? Not so much.<p>If we could, we'd shout it from the mountain tops: We love cooking with cast iron. They're durable, efficient, endlessly useful, and make a pretty photo to boot. And yet, for so many, cast iron pans remain tucked away in the furthest …

Cooking