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Basic Crepes

This recipe can be used as the basis for any crepe creation. The buckwheat variation has a slightly heartier texture and a more robust flavor. It's best paired with savory fillings. See our Basic Crepe How-To for more photos.

French Macarons

Macarons are light-as-a-feather French confections that can be assembled pulling from a mix-and-match palette of sweet fillings and bases. Our recipe for this sophisticated French treat offers variations for vanilla bean, chocolate, peanut, coconut, raspberry and pistachio macarons.

Brown-Butter Shortbread

Irish butter has a high butterfat content, making it especially flavorful. It's expensive to use for everyday baking but worth the splurge for this shortbread, where the ingredient shines.

Why Scandinavian Prisons Are Superior

'Open' prisons, in which detainees are allowed to live like regular citizens, should be a model for the U.S.<p>“Is this the prison?” asks a 40-something American woman wearing cargo pants and a floral sleeveless blouse.<p>Linda, my guide and translator, pauses beside me between the posts of an open …

7 Tested Tips for Visiting Rome

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

Senator Wyden: the US could become an irreversible surveillance state

Senator Ron Wyden (D, OR) offered a grim outlook on civil liberties today in a speech at the Center for American Progress, warning US citizens that they will "live to regret" inaction on surveillance reform. Wyden, one of the leading Congressional critics of domestic spying programs, railed against …

Top 10 Eastern European getaways

For years Eastern Europe was the undiscovered half of the continent - but things have changed. The diverse highlights of Eastern Europe are now drawing travellers by the trainload. Here are our top 10 Eastern European getaways.<p>1. Julian Alps, Slovenia<p>The Julian Alps form Slovenia's dramatic …

European Travel

Make Your Wishes Known

The story of a 36-year-old man on life support whose family pulled the plug, and what happened next<p>(JakeMates/Flickr)<p>Dr. Kenneth Prager, a 70-year-old medical ethicist, was sitting in his office at the New York Presbyterian Hospital waiting for a patient when he got a call from a colleague. He was …

Simple Springtime Dishes

Tasmania: Maybe the Most Unforgettable Place Ever

It has history, beauty, wallabies, devils, prisons, cricket matches, museums, brewpubs …<p>I used to think wallabies were merely cute. I’ve learned to fear their cunning.<p>One afternoon last year, my wife was sitting on the beach at the pristine Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, an island 150 miles …

Best Trips 2013

Got wanderlust? We’ve got your ticket. The National Geographic Traveler editors present the new year's 20 must-see places.

Best places to have a cathartic breakdown

My flight to Romania was suddenly cancelled, leaving me stranded in New York’s JFK airport at midnight, without access to my luggage and 24 hours before the next flight. After an unproductive call with an unhelpful customer service agent, I hung up the phone with the kind of force used to drive a …

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