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Types of Tea

The path to a great tea experience starts with knowing the finest tea regions, the best importers and proper preparation.<p>Black<p>Black teas are fully …

The Economics of Tidying Up

Months after publication, Japanese home-organization guru Marie Kondo's book about de-cluttering has reached peak interest. Behavioral science may explain the appeal.<p>“In this book, I have summed up how to put your space in order in a way that will change your life forever.”<p>This is the ambitious …

Our Bloody Mary Gets a Makeover

We made over our Bloody Mary. Again. During the winter of 2012, we gave you The New Look Bloody Mary. It had all the savory makings we want in a brunch cocktail: horseradish, Worcestershire, and pickle juice for a briny kick. But as we combed through our archives to see what we're missing or what …

Spices

This Is What You Need to Eat After Last Night's (Fourth) Jäger Bomb

Overdid it on the agave margs at happy hour last night? Take an aspirin, put on your sunglasses… and eat these things.<p><b>You know that head-pounding</b>, dehydrated, gimme-an-electrolyte-drink-now feeling you get after a night of drinking too much? Yeah… neither do we. But we <i>heard</i> these 17 recipes are …

Cooking

15 Ways to Cook Healthy-ish In 2016

In these healthy-ish times, no one better embraces the clean and simple approach to food than Jeremy Fox. Let the chef of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon wine bar show you how to be a better (and healthier) cook.<p>Chefs like to complicate things: recipes, techniques, their lives. <b>Jeremy Fox</b> isn’t one of …

Cooking

21 Kale Salad Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

We'll always love a good kale salad—here are some really great ones.<p><b>We know, we know: kale salad is like, so last year.</b> But we just can't seem to quit it. And why should we? A kale salad is healthy, easy to make, and gosh darn it, it's delicious. Browse these recipes and remind yourself why kale …

Food

In Praise of Scorched Rice, the Best Kitchen Mistake You Can Make

Crispy, chewy, nutty burnt rice isn't doomed—in fact, it's one of the happiest accidents you can have in the kitchen.<p>When I was growing up, my mom would almost always make rice with a rice cooker. But on special occasions, she'd make a pot of stovetop rice. The rice itself wasn't especially better …

Cooking

Elegant High-End Shower Curtains

Many of today’s most elegant, sleek bathrooms feature showers with glass doors. But if your shower requires a curtain, there are plenty of chic …

15 Snack Dinners for When All Else Fails

Maybe you’re not that hungry tonight. Maybe you're hosting and aren't up for putting together an elaborate, multi-course meal. Maybe, maaaybe, you just don’t feel like using a fork and knife. You know what that means: Snacks for dinner!<p>The world of snacking is multifaceted and complex: We've had …

Food

The weekend cook: Thomasina Miers’ chipotle chilli recipes – black noodles with prawns and Mexican chilli picadillo

I love my chillies. Hot fresh ones wake me up and get my body going when I am tired and lethargic; softer dried ones provide a subtler background warmth. Pair the right chillies with the right food, and the results can be intoxicating. Today’s recipes combine the deeply savoury, smoky flavour of …

Food & Dining

Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Frittata

8 Servings<p>The frittata will be easier to remove from the skillet if it sits for a few minutes—the top will deflate and the edges will pull away from the pan.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>12 large eggs<p>½ cup whole milk<p>¾ cup grated cheddar, divided<p>Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper<p>2 …

Breakfast

16 Reasons to Have Cutlets (or Schnitzel or Tonkatsu or...) for Dinner

Most cultures have their own version of a breaded, pan-fried meat cutlet—because, no matter what you call it, it's just so darn good.<p><b>Schnitzel, milanesa, tonkatsu...</b> Most cultures have their own version of a breaded, pan-fried meat cutlet—because, no matter what you call it, it's just so darn good. …

Cooking

Lime-in-the-Coconut Macaroons

Makes 24 Servings<p>Lime zest is a fresh addition to macaroons, and a Microplane is our zesting tool of choice. If you can’t find unsweetened coconut chips, use two 7-oz. bags of sweetened shredded coconut and reduce the sugar to 1 Tbsp.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 large egg whites<p>¼ cup sugar<p>1 …

Dessert

Scallops with chorizo, migas and fried egg

A luxurious brunch or lunch dish that teams the classic combination of scallops and chorizo with fried bread and eggs<p>Migas is a traditional Spanish comfort-food dish, made by soaking leftover bread in milk and frying gently until golden.<p>SERVES<p>2<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the migas:</b><p>• 135g coarse country bread<p>• 2 …

Breakfast

Learn How to Make Two-Ingredient Pasta from Scratch with Michael White

What if we told you that making pasta from scratch only required two ingredients and 20 minutes of your time? Let chef Michael White show you how to homemake fresh pasta like a pro.<p>Making pasta from scratch only <i>seems</i> like a huge undertaking. But if you do it the way <b>Michael White</b>, the head chef and …

Italian Food

Pattern Download From Frances Macleod Day 2 + 3

All week I’ve been in NYC with Kelli and Sasha for photoshoots and to celebrate Julia’s birthday. Today we’re all heading to Detroit for another …

Detroit

Just When You Thought Toast and Cheese Couldn’t Get Better

<i>There are those things we eat, make, read, and gush over that are just too good to keep to ourselves. Here, we resist the urge to use too many exclamation points and let you in on our latest crushes.</i><p><i>Today: Test Kitchen Manager Erin McDowell explains her love affair with crispy cheese and bread.</i><p>So …

Breakfast

16 Classic Pasta Recipes Most Definitely Worth Mastering

From baked ziti to bolognese, these 16 classic recipes will make you a pasta pro in no time.<p><b>There are an endless amount of excellent pasta recipes.</b> Instead of going down the rabbit hole, focus on these 16 classic versions. They're all excellent, and will make you a pasta master in no time.

Cooking

How to Make a Cheesy, Crispy, Perfect Batch of Homemade Nachos

Homemade nachos are a thing of beauty—unless they turn into a soggy mess. Here's how to make the most of any chips-and-melted-cheese situation.<p>When it comes to homemade versions of our favorite bar food, nachos are pretty easy to whip up. But there's a world of difference between …

Cooking

23 Ways to Use Sweet, Juicy, Glorious Summer Tomatoes

The tomato—with the exception, perhaps, of the little grape variety—is one piece of produce that can really suck when eaten out of season. You know those mealy slices that end up on your burger? Yeah, like that.<p>Luckily, we're entering peak tomato season, which means a whole different breed of …

We've Brewed Up 25 Ways to Drink and Eat All the Tea

Tea-lovers, get excited—here are 25 ways to drink (and eat) all the tea, from chai and matcha to hibiscus, black, and beyond.<p><b>Tea time's all the time, as far as we're concerned</b>; we'd hook ourselves up to a permanent tea drip if we could swing it. So we're all about dusting our cookies with matcha, …

Tea

Pistachio-Cream Sandwich Cookies

Makes about 24 Servings<p>These cookies would also make for an awesome ice cream sandwich: Skip the pistachio filling and use softened store-bought gelato or ice cream instead.<p>July 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>Cookies<p>2¼ cups all-purpose flour<p>1 teaspoon baking powder<p>1 teaspoon baking soda<p>½ teaspoon kosher …

Dessert

Deviled Cheese Toasts

4 Servings<p>May 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>8 ounces grated sharp cheddar<p>¼ cup chopped dill pickles<p>¼ cup mayonnaise<p>2 tablespoons chopped pimientos<p>Kosher salt<p>Hot sauce<p>4 slices country-style bread, toasted<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Preheat broiler. Combine cheddar, pickles, mayonnaise, and pimientos in a medium bowl; …

Hot Sauce

57 Make-Ahead Breakfasts so You Can Sleep in and Eat Well All Week

We're all about the make-ahead breakfast, for those mornings that we just really don't have time.<p><b>As much as we'd love to</b>, we don't have time to make restaurant-ready breakfasts each and every morning for ourselves and our loved ones. That's why we have frittatas, porridges, puddings, bars, and so …

Breakfast

Just Be Cool: 11 Iced Coffee Recipes to Make All Season Long

When it starts to warm up outside, these iced coffee recipes are all we want to drink.<p><b>It's finally time:</b> Picnics, outdoor movies, and beach trips are all within reach, and so should a tall glass of iced coffee. Hang onto your sunglasses: These recipes (some boozy!) will keep you buzzing straight …

Coffee

Creamy Herb Dressing

Makes about ½ cup<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 large egg yolk<p>1 garlic clove, finely chopped<p>2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar<p>½ cup olive oil<p>½ cup (packed) fresh dill leaves<p>½ cup (packed) fennel fronds<p>Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Pulse egg yolk, garlic, and vinegar in a food processor until …

Eggs

Creamy Queso with Chorizo

8 Servings<p>In defense of Velveeta: It might be lowbrow, but its texture is supreme.<p>February 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon vegetable oil<p>6 oz. fresh chorizo, casings removed<p>2½ cups half-and-half<p>8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes<p>8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, grated<p>8 oz. sharp cheddar, grated<p>2 …

Chorizo

The 5 Pastas Your Should Always Have in Your Pantry

<i>Today: Former Top Chef contestant and chef Fabio Viviani shares with us the five pastas that are always in his pantry—and should be in yours, too.</i><p>When Fabio Viviani visited our offices this past winter, he had a thing or two to say about cilantro.<p>"I HATE cilantro," he told us in his thick Italian …

Cooking

Steamed Mussels with Tomato and Chorizo Broth

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 30 min<p>This one-pot dinner is simple: Sweet cherry tomatoes, earthy chorizo, and a splash of wine do the heavy lifting.<p>July 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 ounces dried Spanish chorizo, casing removed, thinly sliced<p>2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling<p>3 …

Chorizo

Grilled Baby Artichokes with Aleppo Pepper and Parmesan

4 Servings<p>Be ruthless about trimming the baby artichokes. Remove the dark-green outer leaves and continue until you get to the tender yellowish ones near the center. The parcooking is essential for a tender result, but it’s worth it.<p>June 2015Print<p>Ingredients<p>10 baby artichokes, top and outer leaves …

Grilling