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20 Essential Dishes to Get You Through the Winter

We see you there, huddled under your blanket on your couch, with fuzzy socks on and a gigantic sweater. We know it feels too cold to move, to even sneak your arm out from underneath the covers and grab the television remote. But we've got twenty new blankets for you right here: twenty dishes to …

Cooking

Charred, Oven-Roasted Carrot Salad With Feta Cheese

Oven-roasted carrots get their caramelized sweetness from honey, balanced by a tangy dose of vinegar and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. When tossed with feta, the result is a refreshing, salty, and multi-textural alternative to staid or overly sweet vegetable preparations.<p>While wholly unnecessary, if …

The Verge at work: making perfect pictures on your iPhone

The Verge at Work <i>is a series about process. We’re not scientists, and we’re not gurus, we’re just trying to get some work done. The solutions presented here are highly personal, and highly personalized. Not the only way, but our way.</i><p>I’m in love with the photo-making process: from the click of the …

Christmas ghost stories: Stairs by Penelope Lively

An exclusive short story by the Booker-winning veteran author<p><b>Here we go,</b> she thought: "Ripe for renovation." Of course. Another one.<p>Tim was turning off the main road, responding to the satnav. They left the traffic, forged through a mesh of suburban streets, arrived at the heart of what had once …

Shape-shifting Android lockscreen Cover now available

Cover, the contextual lockscreen replacement for Android, is now available to download for free from the Google Play Store. Cover uses information such as the time of day and your location to provide you with quick access to the apps that are most relevant to you at a given time. It also offers a …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Watch an Incredible Breaking Bad Musical

Here's a full-on hour-long musical version of <i>Breaking Bad</i> called <i>Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera</i>. It's …

So… what’s good?: 26 current TV series worth binge-watching this weekend

“So what’s good?” is the question those who watch a lot of TV for a living are asked perhaps more often than any other. But with the proliferation of …

Why are you so afraid of MSG?

How did monosodium glutamate get such a bad rap? After a consumer crusade in the '60s, the compound has become synonymous with bad Chinese food, Doritos and processed cheese powder — but a new long-form piece from <i>BuzzFeed</i> suggests we might have MSG all wrong. Fifty years later, most of the original …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!

Watch this: 'Def Con: The Documentary' covers two decades of a giant hacker meetup

Jason Scott, the well-known digital archivist with archive.org who has previously produced a documentary on bulletin board systems, has turned his attention to Def Con — the Vegas convention that now attracts thousands of hackers (and would-be hackers) each year. <i>Def Con: The Documentary</i> sits down …

Watch the first 'Ender's Game' trailer and a Hangout with director Gavin Hood

As promised earlier this week, the first teaser trailer for <i>Ender's Game</i> has been released on YouTube. Along with the trailer, star Asa Butterfield (who plays Ender), director Gavin Hood, and producer Bob Orci are taking to a Google+ Hangout to talk about the upcoming adaptation of Orson Scott …

Movies

19 Unique Garlic Recipes

Who doesn't love garlic? Check out these surprising ways to cook with it!

Comic Book Review - Avengers #10

Ahhhhh mystery. When done right, there’s nothing quite like it. <b>Avengers</b> has been a rapidly unfolding mystery since the first issue which introduced …

Comics

How to Make Money on Your Lunch Break

How do you spend your lunch break? Taking a turn round the park? Checking Facebook? Catching up on the work you should've done in the morning? All of …

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Occasionally I suffer from a bit of culinary stubbornness. Take these flourless peanut butter cookies, for example. For years people told me that I needed to try them. But the simple combination of peanut butter, sugar, an egg, and baking soda didn't sound good to me. It sounded like a potential …

Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)

Wouldn't it be great if there was a poached egg method that works every time, and better yet, allows you to poach your eggs in advance, ready to be served at moment's notice?<p>I've wanted to write about poached eggs for a while. Egg-poaching is a technique that looms large in my legend, as they would …

Two promos for Stephen King's Under the Dome TV series

Stephen King’s 2009 novel <b>Under the Dome</b> is getting the small screen treatment this June courtesy of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, with …

Give Your Laptop and Smartphone a Spring Cleaning

It's officially spring, so why is your computer still moving like it's half frozen? After all those long winter nights surfing shady sites, it's no …

The Food Lab: The Best Wonton Soup

GalleryThe Food Lab: The Best Wonton Soup<p>My love for wonton soup may not be as deep as my sister's, who dives into a bowl with a passion only rivaled by her love of beef chow fun, but it still ranks up there in the "top five soups" category for me.<p>I'll admit it: the wonton soups of my youth—the one …