Melanie Farkas

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10 Best-Kept Secrets in Venice, Italy

Venice’s ancient artistic legacy and watery beauty has long attracted tourists from all over the world, but in the summer months the city can find …

62 Canning Recipes Like Grandma Used to Make

These vintage canning recipes bring back happy memories of our grandmothers. One taste of these preserves or pickles and you’ll be sitting right back …

Food Preservation

'Allie Eats' Blogger Allie Tong's Guide To San Francisco

It's safe to say this foodie and Lower Pac Heights resident knows her way around San Francisco — including all the best spots to snack!<p>For food …

9x13 Chicken Recipes So Delicious You’ll Make Them Again and Again

Crowd-pleasing chicken recipes you can rely on—every time.<p>The best thing about a chicken casserole—other than its gloriously creamy and cheesy …

16 French Recipes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

If you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen, classic French technique will provide you with a useful foundation no matter what you like to cook. …

9 questions the most interesting people ask to cut through small talk

I remember early in my career, one of my biggest fears walking into a networking event to schmooze or meeting someone for a business lunch was boring the other person to tears in conversation.<p>I didn't want to be the windbag who dragged on forever, so I learned to be brief, to the point, and …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

The Big Veg: 50 Vegetarian/Vegan Things to Eat Before You Die

San Francisco is for lovers—and by lovers, we mean vegetarians. Our city is second to none when it comes to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, which …

Scotland's wee but wild road

A 516-mile route that passes through spooky ruins, fairytale glens, toothy castles, rugged fairways and shingle-sand beaches. Not to mention distilleries.<p>Locals call it the “wee mad road”: a looping ribbon of asphalt that hugs the coastline between the fishing hamlets of Inverkirkaig, Coigach and …

Scotland

What it's Really Like to Take an Airstream Road Trip Across the Country

One week before my fiancée and I threw our lives into a 16-foot camper trailer and embarked on a yearlong tour of the Lower 48, I picked up a copy of</i> …

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10 Recipes Every Ina Garten Fan Should Master

Browse through 10 of Ina Garten’s best recipes. Find out her tricks for perfectly roasting potatoes and Brussels sprouts and intensifying the …

18 Essential Ice Cream Shops in San Francisco

It may not always be ideal ice cream weather, but that's never stopped San Franciscans from snaking a line down the block for some of the sweet stuff. In fact, waiting in line only makes the ice cream better, not that any of the spots on this list need a boost. They’re already serving the creamiest …

Ice Cream

The lemon bar recipe that will forever keep me close to my grandma

I inherited a lot of kitchen stuff from my grandma’s kitchen. For instance, my family felt I was obviously the person to whom the cookie jar, the one …

11 Ultimate Summer Berry Pies

Nothing says summer like a luscious fruit pie. From juicy strawberry to tangy blackberry, here are 11 of the best pies to make with summer …

"Heroin Chicken" (Warning: Extremely Addictive)

Would it be bragging to say that I am famous among my circle of friends for this amazing chicken?<p>Would it be over the top to say that at least two vegetarians (ladies, you know who you are!) have ignored the tofu I had diligently fixed them when they saw this chicken presented to the rest of the …

7 Dude Ranch Vacations to Take This Summer

<i>By Dalia Colon for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>If the closest you've come to a dude ranch is watching <i>The Pioneer Woman</i> on Food Network, then consider this your summer to experience one of the most American vacations imaginable. Whether you prefer glamping (a.k.a. glamorous camping) or catching your own …

Chef Alon Shaya on How to Make the Creamiest Hummus Ever

Hummus is a very simple dish, but it’s not easy to perfect. Here, chef Alon Shaya shares the secret behind his amazing recipe.<p>Hummus is a very simple …

How to Make Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding at Home

If you can't make it to NYC to get a taste of the world renowned banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery, here's something that's pretty darn close.<p>The recipe: EASY. The result: CRAY. This pudding is a dessert game changer. You're welcome.<p><b>Magnolia Banana Pudding</b><p><b>Prep Time:</b> 30 minutes<p><b>Cook Time:</b> 4-24 hours …

9 American Road Trips You Must Take

<i>By Fiona Moriarty</i><p>The road trip is as American as apple pie, and in 2015, some 60 percent of Americans plan to take a road trip of at least 50 miles. So, if you're going to take a road trip, you might as well make it an epic one. Here are nine American road trips you'll never forget.<p><b>California State</b> …

Reclaiming Jewish Identity: An Aboriginal People of the Middle East

Starting this September, after decades of lobbying efforts by Arab-American organizations, the United States Census Bureau will begin testing a new category for Americans of Middle Eastern and North African origin. In conjunction with this new listing, no less than 19 subcategories will be made …

35 healthy, gorgeous smoothie bowls that will change your mornings forever

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Classic Açaí Bowls (vegan & gluten-free) | the pig & quill

Açaí bowls. So hot right now.<p>If you live in a beach town or some kefir-drinking granola ‘hood, you know what I mean. Or maybe if you’re, like, …

15 Homemade Fast Food and Takeout Favorites (That Are at Least as Good as the Originals)

More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.<p>Most of us, no matter how discerning we sometimes get about our meals, have a soft spot for fast food in one form or another. For some, it's a carton of greasy chow mein from the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant down the …

How to make the Italian version of mac and cheese, which Anthony Bourdain calls the world's greatest pasta dish

One of the earliest known recipes for macaroni and cheese comes from the 13th-century tome "Liber de Coquina," an Italian cookbook. In it, a recipe called "de lasanis" calls for cut-up sheets of pasta to be tossed with parmesan cheese, which sounds a lot like cacio e pepe to me.<p>If you've never …

Italian Food

Recover From Your Food Hangover With These 36 Light and Healthy Recipes

Recovering from a cookout coma? Let these lighter, brighter recipes set you straight.<p><b>Maybe you're in the throes of a</b> ribs-and-burgers hangover, or you're beach-bound, or you just think it's too damn hot to cook right now. Whatever the reason, these light and bright no-cook (or barely-cook) recipes …

Food

23 Mexican Breakfasts That'll Make Every Morning A Freakin' Fiesta

Lexi Bites, Boulder Locavore, Gimme Some Oven, A Duck's Oven, Kitchen Nostalgia, Gringalicious<p>Good news: You can eat Mexican food for every meal. Tacos, burritos and enchiladas are all viable breakfast options. Quite often, all it takes is throwing an egg on top.<p>But there <i>are</i> more advanced methods …

Here Are the Songs You'll Hear on Repeat This Wedding Season

Hope you like John Legend!<p>Summer is here, which means you likely have back-to-back wedding invitations for the next few months. And if Spotify is right, you're going to be hearing more John Legend and Ed Sheeran than you can possibly handle.<p>According to The Hollywood Reporter, the music streaming …