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How Fast Should You Run?

<i>If you really want to improve, you need to break out of the jogging rut.</i><p>Most runners are essentially joggers. They do all of their runs at the same, …

A Nearly-Flourless Chocolate Cake for Valentine's Day (or Any Day, TBH)

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: Orangette's Winning Hearts and Minds Cake, for anytime you'd like to win hearts and minds -- or for anytime you're tired of wintertime vegetables.</i><p>By our calculations, …

Dessert

How Booze is Made: The Basics of Column Distillation

Last week, I gave you a list of ten great bargain bourbons, and although I won't quiz you on this material, I certainly hope you're doing your homework.<p>As you might remember, I said last week that "the bourbon industry has the resources and capacity to make massive quantities of corn juice, and the …

Why I Had to Close My Preventive Healthcare Clinic

Our system was predicated on integrated health, including cooking, exercise, nutritional therapy, and mindfulness meditation. Care models in the U.S. still reward treatment, though; not prevention.<p>On December 27, I closed MDPrevent, the preventive-medical practice that I co-founded three years ago …

Nigeria passes law banning homosexuality

President quietly signs new legislation outlawing homosexuality and imposing prison terms of up to 14 years for people prosecuted under the new act<p>A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage …

My Rules for My Kids: Eat Your Vegetables; Don't Blame the Teacher

A dad's lessons on raising independent children<p>My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 and a half years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22. I have always had a very prosperous job and enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.<p>I will …

Recipe: Best-Ever Veggie Burger

<b>First, cook the beets:</b> Heat the oven to 400°F. Wrap the beets loosely in aluminum foil and roast until easily pierced with a fork, 50 to 60 minutes. …

Dry-Aged Beef Is a New Trend in Restaurants Around the Country

Old (like, 140 days old--or older!) is new when it comes to the best beef you can get in a restaurant<p>First comes the fat, like butter's big brother, sent out with your bread. Then comes a broth made from the bones, so rich it coats your throat, leaving the tiniest bite of salt at the back. Finally, …

BBQ

PUNCH | Made of Moonshine

The first story I heard about bootlegging came from my grandfather about a bad batch of bathtub gin that snuck up on the men of Corbin, Kentucky.<p>As …

Fire-Eaters

The search for the hottest chili.<p>In mid-December of 2011, Brady Bennett went out drinking at Adobe Gila’s at the Greene, a Mexican restaurant in Dayton, Ohio. After two beers, the bartender offered him a free shot. Bennett chose Patrón tequila with apple schnapps. Soon, he recalled, his throat …

Mustard From Scratch

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Molly Yeh from my name is yeh explains how she got hooked on mustard and shares a recipe for a homemade version that's good enough to eat with a</i> …

Food

What the Hell Is Persian Food? Here Are the Dishes You Should Know

Iran has just broken bread with the US for the first time since the Revolution of 1979, so it's about time to learn what the hell that broken Persian bread tastes like. But before you start worrying about etiquette or customs or language (which you can learn via a podcast from that nice woman …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

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Bicycling's 50 Golden Rules

The cycling standards you need to know<p>Cyclists are innovators, constantly hunting for an edge. Over the last half-century, we've tried thousands of methods to become stronger, faster, and smarter on a bike—many of which have been discarded through the years.<p>These are the rules that have …

JSTOR's Hidden Power

Training students to be attentive and discriminating in their use of sources is difficult and time-consuming. It is enormously tempting to say “just use Project Muse and JSTOR articles” and be done with it.<p>Few people outside of academia had heard of JSTOR, an aggregator and distributor of digital …

A brief history of cocaine

<b>(sb-borg via iStock)</b><p>Both the Pope and France’s chief rabbi endorsed Vin Mariani, a concoction of Bordeaux and cocaine. It sold well<p>Richard J. Miller<p>December 7, 2013 9:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Drugged”<p>Cocaine is yet an example of an important pharmacological discovery resulting from the collision …

Eggnog

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: The holiday drink of all holiday drinks -- minus the preservatives and the long ingredient list, plus the</i> …

Eggnog

26 Traditional Indian Foods That Will Change Your Life Forever

BRB, booking plane tickets to Mumbai.

10 Essential Thanksgiving Techniques Every Cook Should Know

The 10 time-tested techniques you’ll need to ace the holiday classics, from fluffy mashed potatoes to, yes, a truly moist bird.<p>1. Baste With a Brush<p>News flash: You don’t need a baster. Use a brush to paint the drippings onto the turkey every 30 minutes or so, which keeps the bird moist and helps it …

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After-School Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse

How middle-class parents use soccer, ballet, and chess to solidify their children's advantage over others<p>It’s not just what happens inside the classroom that determines a child’s status as an adult. Accomplishments outside the classroom can be just as influential. Yes, a basic public education is …

How the religious right won: Birth of the fundamentalists, in our modern times

As a historical phenomenon, fundamentalism is wholly modern. Its victories have come from decades of organizing<p>Fundamentalism is a paradox. Its partisans—of any faith—call for the return to an imagined arcadia in which God’s voice boomed plainly from scripture. Yet as a historical phenomenon, …

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

What should a school be?

Educationists agree our school system is broken. Maybe it’s time they start asking “what is its basic purpose?”<p>Nothing in the public debate on schooling suggests that education matters. Whether test scores do or don’t measure learning; whether schools should be privatized; whether Wikipedia will …