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From peppermint to oolong: the surprising health benefits of a cup of tea

Us Brits don't really need more of a reason to drink tea - but today (21 April) is National Tea Day, so there's an added incentive to put the kettle on.<p>The recent news that drinking camomile tea may help women live longer has got us thinking about the health benefits of our morning cuppa.<p>Here we …

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Edward Snowden's OS of choice gets a major update

If you still assume you don't forfeit the right to privacy by going online, there are very few truly secure OS options. The best one might be the Linux flavor called Tails, recommended by none other than Edward Snowden. Its encrypted apps include email and messaging clients, a web browser, and of …

Best Sriracha Recipes

For folks who love their food to bring on the heat, sriracha is a pantry must. It wasn't long before spicy food lovers discovered that sriracha was a …

The best coffee grinder

<i>By Cale Guthrie Weissman</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Sweethome</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>A grinder that grinds beans to a uniform size for optimal extraction is the single most important piece of equipment for making good coffee. Even …

All-Grain Brew Day Walkthrough (V: Mash Out and Recirculation)

Mashing out lowers the viscosity of your wort and makes it easier to lauter<p><i>This is the fifth installment in the All-Grain Brew Day Walkthough, which</i> …

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What is a tea sommelier?

Become an expert at tea — for pleasure, health and wellness.<p>In case you haven't noticed, tea has gotten incredibly popular over the last decade. The …

New Study Shows That Green Tea Boosts Working Memory

If green tea were a celebrity, it would already sit near the tippy top of the A-list. Its active ingredients have been linked to an array of health benefits, including weight loss, decreasing anxiety, and stopping the growth of cancer cells. And now new research adds “memory enhancer” to the …

A Beginner's Guide to American Beer Styles

<i>American beer</i>. Whatever that phrase means to you, it probably doesn't mean the same thing to the guy sitting on the barstool next to you. Or to the guy on a barstool in Portland, Oregon. Or in Munich. Or in Copenhagen.<p>Maybe that's what makes American beer great. It is so many different things to so …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

If you back a Kickstarter project that sells for $2 billion, do you deserve to get rich?

Oculus's backers could have had a 145x return on their donation. Here's why that never would have happened<p>The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset raised $2.4 million on Kickstarter, no strings attached. Those donors weren’t looking for a payout; they wanted to support something they believed in, …

Bok Choy and Kale Fried Rice With Fried Garlic

Fried rice is one of the great one-bowl meals, though this vegetarian version—packed with tender-crisp bok choy and kale and crispy nubs of fried garlic—is so good that you'll probably want to keep it in your repertoire as a side dish, as well. It'd go great with seafood, pork, or chicken.<p>As with …

A Beginner's Guide to Belgian Beer Styles

How can you not love a country known for its love of waffles, chocolate, French fries, and beer? Belgium is my version of Guns 'n' Roses' Paradise City, where the grass is green and the beers are plenty.<p>And not only are the beers of Belgium vast in quantity, they're vast in quality, diversity, and …

Beer Tripping: How to Plan a Perfect Beer-Focused Vacation

Beer has long had a place as companion to travel—a beer on a beach or poolside to kick back, a sixpack around a campfire—but for many of us, beer is the <i>reason</i> to travel. Beer tourists are trekking hundreds of miles to tick off more brewery visits, attend festivals or beer releases, and even just to …

9 Secrets For Making Your Homemade Smoothies Taste As Good As The Pros'

There's nothing more guiltlessly satisfying than a freshly blended concoction of your favorite fruits and veggies, deliciously cold and packed to the brim with the nutrients that the body craves.<p>But, though it doesn't make sense, you may have a hard time creating this magic in your own home. Your …

Chewy Molasses Cookies

In this recipe, molasses keeps these cookies magically fresh and chewy for days.<p>Ingredients<p>2 cups all-purpose flour<p>2 teaspoons baking soda<p>1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon<p>1 teaspoon ground ginger<p>¾ teaspoon ground cardamom<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt<p>1 large egg<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted<p>⅓ cup …

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A Recipe for Homemade Sriracha, for Die-Hard DIYers

Oh, it can be done. Just ask Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provincial<p>We've done a lot with Sriracha here at <i>Bon Appétit</i> (like showing you 25 of our favorite recipes using the stuff), but we've never actually tried to make the sauce ourselves. Like ketchup, or Worcestershire sauce, it's one of those …

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How Germany Builds Twice As Many Cars As The U.S. While Paying Its Workers Twice As Much

In 2010, Germany produced more than 5.5 million automobiles; the U.S produced 2.7 million. At the same time, the average auto worker in Germany made $67.14 per hour in salary in benefits; the average one in the U.S. made $33.77 per hour. Yet Germany’s big three car companies—BMW, Daimler …

American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18, 2014)

<b>Revel in the Craft Beer Revolution During American Craft Beer Week</b>® <b>(May 12-18, 2014)</b><p><b>WHAT:</b> For the ninth consecutive year, the Brewers Association has …

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From the Blender: Top Banana

<b>Editor's note:</b> We're sharing a new juice or smoothie recipe every weekday in January. Got a favorite juice or smoothie combo? Tell us about it in the comments section! Looking for more smoothie and juice ideas? Start here...<p>I've got a real thing for bananas. I'm not sure where this love came from, …

Want a Flat Belly? This Smoothie Will Help Get You There

Forget doing another set of crunches at the gym. Sip on this deliciously sweet smoothie packed with ingredients that fight belly fat and reduce …

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Bibimbap Recipes That Put All Other Comfort Foods To Shame (PHOTO)

We're big fans of comfort food -- we've eaten more grilled cheese sandwiches than we care to admit -- which is why we love bibimbap. It gives us all the comfort of a bowl of mac and cheese, with the added bonus of not putting us into a food coma.<p>It's the simplicity of bibimbap that makes it so …

DIY Sriracha: 11 Recipes to Make (and Use) Your Own Rooster Sauce

<b>Written by Anna Brones</b><p>Everyone seems to be in love with the bright red hot sauce, but Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods recently got put on a 30-day hold by the California Department of Health.<p>The shutdown was to allow time for public health officials to inspect the bottles, ingredients and the process …

Where to Buy Tea in New York City

New York City boasts one of the broadest selections of places to drink—or buy things to drink—in the entire world. Why's it so hard, then, to find a tea shop? While we watch a new generation of international tea-cafe chains move into the landscape, we thought it was also time to take stock of a few …

Homemade Sriracha

<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: In this dark time, when the fate of Sriracha is up in the air and the world is up in arms, Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provinicial is showing us</i> …

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Homebrew Troubleshooting: How to Fix Yeast-Derived Off-Flavors in Your Beer

As homebrewers we put many hours and not a small amount of money into making our beer. We constantly strive to improve, but in many cases our homebrew just isn't as good as the pro stuff. It has "that homebrew flavor."<p>It can be difficult to figure out what the heck that off flavor is and why it …

Ask a Cicerone: What's the Best Way to Learn About Beer?

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Ask a <i>what</i>? A Certified Cicerone®. That is, a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Institute. You can think of them as beer sommeliers.<p>Does your New Year's resolution involve becoming a beer expert? Do you have a plan of attack? We …

Which Beer Certification Program is Right for You?

So, you want a career in beer? You want to rock a beard and mash paddle, play matchmaker to thirsty drinkers and quenching brews, or sell the suds you love to bars and bottle shops? Say no more, I get it. After eight years working in the legal industry I knew I had to move on to something I love. …

5 Tea Tips for Maximizing Health Benefits

Tea, the second most consumed drink next to water in the world has a history as ancient as the Chinese culture. Throughout the ages it has sparked …

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10 Reasons Green Tea Is The Healthiest Drink In The World

This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.<p>Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.<p>1. Green Tea Contains Various Bioactive Compounds That Can Improve Health<p>Green tea is more than just …

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