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What Happens When We Stuff Ourselves At Holiday Time?

The biology of having just one more slice of pie<p>On a Sunday that’s usually a week or two after “Western” Easter, my parents set up an electric spit to roast a whole lamb in their suburban Massachusetts backyard. We welcome guests to our Greek Orthodox Easter celebration with a kiss on both cheeks; …

Wellness

21 Pancakes That Will Make You Want Breakfast For Every Meal

Stacks on stacks on stacks.

Chocolate cake scoops top spot: recipes for Google's top 10 bakes

We've got the best recipes for Google's most searched cakes of the year, including a classic lemon drizzle, Victoria sponge, banana cake and much more<p>Today Google released its annual zeitgeist list, which includes the most searched cakes of the year.<p>The terms were published in Google's annual …

Our favorite books of the year

This was an odd year for books, usually the quiet introspective cousin at the pop culture family gatherings. But the Amazon/Hachette contract dispute …

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

<b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p><i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Quiet.<p><b>About Susan Cain's TED Talk</b><p>In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be …

Christmas: home-made treats that make perfect presents

Give a little more of yourself this Christmas with these recipes for home-made treats, from fudge to biscuits<p>Christmas is definitely coming and the geese will be pretty well fattened by now. This year I’ve decided to attempt to make a lot of my presents myself. My two small boys probably won’t let …

The World’s Largest Starbucks Is The Willy Wonka Factory Of Coffee

Starbucks has opened a new flagship cafe where the company also roasts its global supply of small batch coffees.<p>I’m standing in a 15,000-square-foot factory that could only be the work of Starbucks. Hulking industrial equipment stands alongside custom walnut furniture that’s finished so delicately …

Coffee

How to Make Lavender Shortbread, the Loveliest Holiday Dessert

These deceptively simple lavender shortbread wreaths will rule your next cookie swap.<p>These deceptively simple lavender shortbread wreaths will rule your next cookie swap. See below for how to pull them off.<p>Get the recipe: Lavender Shortbread with Fruits, Flowers, and Herbs<p><b>STEP 1</b><p>Roll out the cookie …

Dessert

Shoyu Cabbage Soup

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 50 min<p>Humble cabbage takes center stage in this vegetarian ramen-inspired cabbage soup.<p>March 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 tablespoon vegetable oil<p>1 medium onion, thinly sliced<p>2 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced<p>2 celery stalks, thinly sliced<p>2 garlic cloves, chopped<p>1/2 …

Cabbage

Roquefort Crackers Are the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Could a buttery, tender, homemade cracker steal the dinner-party spotlight? Could Roquefort crackers be the Greatest Recipe of all Time?<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they are really the greatest ever of all time? Well, we're using this series as an opportunity</i> …

Thanksgiving Dinner

Whip it Real Good: How to Make Whipped Cream at Home

Making homemade whipped cream is easy—just don't make these common mistakes!<p>We love whipped cream. Is there any dessert that a dollop of this creamy, dreamy stuff can't improve? But here's what we love even more than whipped cream: <i>Homemade</i> whipped cream. Sure, the aerosol can stuff is good for …

Baking

31 Undeniably Fantastic Photography Links of the Week

The photography universe continues to expand at an astounding rate with great new artists joining the established ones to create and deliver great …

Landscape Photography

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

Cooking

Fig, Orange Blossom and Almond Tart

Whenever I make pastry cream or 'Crème Pat' as it's commonly known, I always have a bit of a giggle and think of my foodie pal Lisa Falkner. Lisa was …

Dessert

6 Easy Weeknight Dinners That Chefs Like to Cook

These easy weeknight dinner recipes from 6 talented chefs turn up the flavor while saving you time in the kitchen.<p><b>Pro cooks have families to feed and leftovers to reckon with, too, you know.</b> We asked the chefs from our 50 Nominees for Best New Restaurant what they make at home, for you to transform …

Cooking

How to Make a Crêpe Cake

<i>Every other Friday, Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co. shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.</i><p><i>T</i><i>oday: What's more impressive than homemade crêpes? Twenty homemade crêpes layered with pastry cream. (It's easy, we …

11 Things You Need to Do to Make Your Baked Goods Better

Even the most seasoned baker can use a refresher course now and then—these baking tips will make for better cookies, cakes, pies, and more<p>We'll admit it: Sometimes, we fudge things when we cook. After all, who needs a recipe for simple weeknight pasta? Off-the-cuff roasted chicken is a snap. We're …

Dessert

Chocolate Ice Cream

Makes about 4 cups<p>June 2011Print<p>Ingredients<p>7 ounces dark chocolate (70% to 75% cacao), finely chopped<p>2 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole milk<p>1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder<p>6 large egg yolks<p>13 tablespoons sugar, divided<p>1/4 cup heavy whipping cream<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place chocolate in a medium metal …

Dessert

Fallen Chocolate Cake

8 to 10 Servings<p>The late Richard Sax, celebrated cookbook author and champion of home cooks the world over, inspired this flourless chocolate cake—a riff on his iconic chocolate cloud cake.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>cake<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1” pieces, plus more, room …

Dessert

20 best fast food recipes: part 4

Sam Harris’s risotto with trevisano, pancetta and crispy sage<p>With the arrival of autumn we see a move towards the more earthy aromatic flavours of the new season, where dishes are about contrast and balance, as opposed to the more one-directional summer staples. Here the punchy bitterness of this …

A little warmth goes a long way – the science of hot drinks

Few situations aren’t vastly improved by putting the kettle on. The phrase alone is almost as soothing as the resulting drink: an invitation to sit down, talk and put off whatever trials lie ahead. Hot beverages are relied upon for waking up, punctuating workdays, gaining favour, welcoming home, …

Melting Olaf

Makes 1 (but easily multiplies to serve a gaggle of witches and ghouls) Servings<p>A clear cocktail for those parents who have seen "Frozen" exactly 14 times too many, and will get their fill of miniature Annas and Elsas come Halloween night.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>1½ ounces aquavit<p>1 ounce St-Germain …

Cocktails

Make the Mac and Cheese of Your Dreams by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Homemade macaroni and cheese is way better than the boxed stuff—here's how to make the perfect batch.<p>Boxed macaroni and cheese is easy. But so is whipping up a pan of the homemade version—and it tastes about 1,000 times better. But before you preheat that oven, hear us out: There are a few common …

Cooking

Yummy Gummy or Crummy Gummy? Our Official Gummies Taste Test

We went on a bender of squidgy, gelatinous bears, rings, frogs, fruits, and feet to make sure you wouldn't suffer a case of bad gummy belly this Halloween<p><b>During the fall we like to talk about soup</b>. And apples. And pumpkins. And Halloween. And when we talk about Halloween, we usually talk about …

Cute

Mile-High Chocolate Pie

10 Servings<p>This chocolate pie recipe has everything you need in order to live: chocolate wafer cookies for crunch, fluffy chocolate mousse filling, and crème fraîche meringue.<p>August 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought<p>4 large egg whites<p>3/4 cup plus 3 Tbsp. sugar<p>10 ounces …

Baking

The best apple crumble

You can't beat the traditional apple filling topped with crispy, buttery crumble - classic comfort food at its best<p>Ingredients<p>For the filling<p>575g …

Dessert

Bibimbap at Home

8 Servings<p>Prep Time: 2 min<p>Total Time: 3 min<p>Buy thinly sliced beef for this bibimbap recipe at Korean markets, or ask your butcher to cut it for you.<p>January 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Bulgogi<p>1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce<p>1/3 cup finely grated Asian pear with juices<p>2 scallions, thinly sliced<p>2 garlic …

Sushi

Brown Butter Apple Tart

Servings<p>How to improve on a basic apple tart recipe? Add brown butter, of course.<p>November 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Crust<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature<p>1 cup sugar<p>1/4 teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 large egg, beaten to blend<p>2 tablespoons heavy cream<p>…

Dessert