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Fall is peak carrot season — here's how to choose, store and cook them perfectly

Raw carrots make for quick and easy snacking, but this versatile root vegetable can also be roasted, braised, steamed or sauteed, as well as baked into muffins, quick breads and cakes. While they’re a year-round supermarket staple, carrots actually have a season, or two seasons to be precise. …

14 Reasons Eggplants Are Our Favorite Nightshades

While not quite as divisive as cilantro, eggplant tends to be a love-it-or-hate-it vegetable. But those who love it know just how magic eggplant can be: It takes on any shape you want it to—grilled as rounds, creamy and melting as a dip, chopped and saucy in pasta—and whether you plan to put it in …

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17 Warm Drink Recipes to Keep You Cozy, From Hot Chocolate to Hot Toddies

When the temperature drops, warm up with these cozy (and sometimes boozy) drinks.<p>A good pumpkin spice latte is a beautiful thing, but there's a whole world out there of hot drinks that deserve some room in your favorite mug. From cleansing teas to boozy toddies, here are 17 cozy drink recipes that …

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How to Make Black Garlic in a Rice Cooker

Umami-packed black garlic is a terrific staple to have on hand. It adds depth and delicious funkiness to any dish. But it’s not always easy to find. …

Steep Your Way to Hot Tea Perfection by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

There's a difference between nuking a teabag and brewing a real cup of tea at home—avoid these mistakes when upgrading to the real thing.<p>Picture a bag of potato chips. At the very top are fully intact, unmarred, pristine chips. They're satisfyingly crunchy, and you can't stop eating. But once you …

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How to Peel an Apple in 3 Seconds

All you need is a drill and a dream.<p>Peeling apples is a monotonous labor of love; one that we trudge through for the pies, sauce, and pickles on the other end of the dark, blade-to-apple-after-freaking-apple tunnel. But after watching this video--and some trial and error--we've found that a drill …

Make Chocolate Bacon Bark Only Using 3 Ingredients

I made one of those mistakes on Facebook where you like too many pages and your news feed suddenly becomes articles on articles instead of your friends' statuses. So I recently read on one of these "news publications" (definitely in quotes because if you saw the pages I follow, you'd hardly call …