Jamie Van Zetten

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Kenji's Favorite Recipes of 2016

It's been another great year of recipes at Serious Eats, both at my home kitchen here in San Mateo, and back at Serious Eats World Headquarters in New York, where Daniel and Stella have been cooking and baking up a storm. Can I just stop for a second and mention how awesome it is that we now have a …

Empire shaped the world. There is an abyss at the heart of dishonest history textbooks

Nearly 90,000 Indian soldiers laid down their lives for Britain in the second world war, yet the scale of that sacrifice – and the troubled history of the imperial project – is barely recognised<p>When I was a child in Lahore in Pakistan, my parents employed a driver called Sultan. Sultan, a retired …

World History

Exclusive: Possible early North Korean nuclear site found - report | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. policy institute said it may have located a secret facility used by North Korea in the early stages of building its program to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons, which if confirmed would be critical to the success of any future nuclear deal, according to a report seen …

North Korea

The Heavy Water War and the WWII Hero You Don't Know

Leif Tronstad was a standout scientist. World War II made him a freedom fighter, spymaster, and above all, a patriot who helped prevent Hitler from getting an atomic bomb.<p>They were going to sabotage the Nazi atomic bomb. But only Capt. Leif Tronstad, Sr. knew it.<p>A week before Christmas, 1942, …

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes #Recipe

<b>Ingredients</b><p>1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese with a sand consistency (don't use shredded or Microplaned Parmesan cheese)<br>1/2 teaspoon garlic …

To understand China's President Xi Jinping, don't look to Mao Tse-tung, look to Chiang Kai-shek

China's leader, its strongest in years, runs the government, commands the army, and directs a tightly disciplined party that takes a dim view of opposition. His security forces and censors work to minimize public expressions of dissent, while the party's official media dismiss protests as the work …

China is micromanaging its economy with its 5-year-plan, US think tank says

"This is really Xi Jinping's plan," said Scott Kennedy, one of two authors of a report entitled "Perfecting China, Inc" by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.<p>"But the fact that he appears to be much stronger or influential [than his predecessors] … doesn't necessarily …

China

This US Army sergeant started the Korean War by selling out to the Soviets

For more than 60 years, only seven people on Earth knew that the Soviets broke US military and diplomatic ciphers. One of those people was former KGB Berlin bureau chief and master Soviet spy Sergei Kondrashev. Kondrashev and his peers searched desperately for American code clerks as they came and …

North Korea

5 Spice Rubs That Make Chicken Mind-Blowingly Delicious

Because there’s so much more to life than lemon pepper<p>Cooking a big batch of chicken breasts on Sunday is one of the easiest ways to prep protein for your entire week. But eating the same thing day after day is boring as hell.<p>Enter: spice rubs. Whip up several of these mixtures so you can roast …

32 Legitimate Ways to Make Money at Home

Disclosure:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

Frugal Living

9 Wine and Cheese Pairings Every 20-Something Should Know

Because you're a g*ddamn adult.<p>Wine and cheese. Ugh, the greatest, right? But if you're a 20-something who's just now figured out how to pick a bottle without being like "I dunno, this label's pretty?", then you're probably not very good at choosing *which* wine should go with *which* cheese. Here, …

Cast Iron Chicken Recipes That'll Make You Want To Kiss Your Skillet

Chicken is an easy dish to get bored of. It can be dry, bland and a chore to eat. If you feel the same way we feel, we have good news. There's a simple solution: a cast iron skillet. It's the fastest and simplest way to make chicken exciting again.<p>With a good sear and the right recipe in hand, a …

Cooking

Inside the KGB’s Super Power Division

Boris Ratnikov says he’s used telepathy to save Russia from foreign—and mostly American—aggression. His crackpot theories are back in fashion.<p>Boris …

People throw around the word ‘gentrification’ without much context. Check this important history lesson.

THE COLUMBIA RIVER WAS FIFTEEN FEET ABOVE NORMAL levels the morning of Memorial Day, 1948. Alongside the river rested Vanport, an Oregon town built …

Pretty Good, episode 4: The night a Soviet officer saved all our asses

In 1983, Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov had to choose whether or not to break the rules. His decision may have determined whether you and I are alive right now.<p>Welcome to the fourth episode of Pretty Good, a series of short documentaries about stories that are pretty good. This is a …

Fun-Da-Mental

Here Are the Best Books of 2015 So Far

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Books

Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

<b>The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two - so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets?</b><p>Driving home along the coast of Connecticut one winter's evening, Tido Holtkamp saw a ghost.<p>There she was - moored …

Sailing

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers | WIRED

A military helicopter was on the ground when Russell Guy arrived at the helipad near Tallinn, Estonia, with a briefcase filled with $250,000 in cash. …

28 Addicting British TV Shows Everyone Needs To Watch

Trust us, they're the dog's bollocks.

10 Things to Know When Sneaking into North Korea

In the introduction to <i>North Korea Undercover</i>, author John Sweeney describes the country as “Kafka written in an alphabet no one can read.” Sweeney …

North Korea

7 Cheese Recipes That Are Better Than a Significant Other

Let's be real -- cheese is the best food ever. Yes, even better than bacon. Grilled cheese sandwiches and instant mac & cheese got you through childhood and college, and it'll get you through the rest of life because you just can't go wrong with cheese. Here are a few recipes that every cheese …

Cooking

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

4 Servings<p>Never met a corn fritter recipe we didn’t like, and we love this one.<p>August 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 large eggs, beaten to blend<p>¼ cup all-purpose flour<p>2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan<p>½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more<p>2 cups fresh corn kernels<p>1 scallion, thinly sliced<p>½ jalapeño, seeded, …

Eggs

The Frightening Yet Fascinating World Of North Korean Propaganda Videos

North Korean propaganda videos can be thought of as a form of brainwashing that is full of falsehoods and completely anti-American, but beneath all …

North Korea

Sandwich Week: the best sandwich recipes from around the world

To mark National Sandwich Week, Helen Graves, author of the book '101 Sandwiches', shares six sensational recipes from across the globe<p><b>VIETNAM: Caramel pork bánh mì</b><p>The bánh mì is arguably one of the world's greatest sandwiches. A light baguette is stuffed with various fillings, which may include …

20 Side Dishes to Make All Summer Long

Summer is all about simple, easy, and fresh meals, and this especially goes for side dishes. Whether that's a fast salad for chicken fresh off the …

Side Dishes

We’re Sure You’ve Had Brownies…But Have You Tried Strawberry Brownies??

Connect with Us<p>On Pinterest<p>We’re Sure You’ve Had Brownies…But Have You Tried Strawberry Brownies??<p>While some might look at these pink squares and …

Food

Here Are the Best Egg Roll Recipes You Can Make at Home

An egg roll is a Chinese-style food that contains diced meat or shrimp and shredded vegetables and is wrapped in dough that’s been fried to crispy …

Soysauce