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10 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented In Ancient Rome

Among the most successful civilization of antiquity, Ancient Rome gave more than its fair share of innovations. Building on their millennia-long …

Ancient History

Here’s the amazingly simple path to incredible homemade bagels

Let’s be frank. Most of us do not live in New York. Most of us probably wouldn’t want to live in New York, save for one reason: the bagels.<p>Pretty much the rest of America is woefully underserved when it comes to bagels. Our neighborhood sources tend to be grocery stores or chains — or downright …

Baking

The Peanuttiest Peanut Butter Cookie Is Here

Yes, the type of peanut butter matters. And we found the best one.<p>When I look back on my cookie-eating career—that is, my entire life—there's a huge lapse that I can't ignore any longer. I can count on only one hand the number of good peanut butter cookies I've had. The sad truth is that most …

Dessert

This Forgotten 'Star Wars' Character Could Have a Huge Impact on Episode VIII

<b>Warning: spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead.</b><p>In a word: Immortality.<p>This is a set up <i>Star Wars</i> made all the way back in 1977 when Alec Guiness first uttered the words: "Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine." And we have yet to see the payoff.<p>We've …

Star Wars

Force Awakens Changes: Jedi Killers, Force Ghosts and The Doom Star

How did <b>Star Wars: the Force Awakens</b> evolve during the development process? What were some of the early ideas they were playing with that didn’t end …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

People are convinced that the first line in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is an insult aimed at George Lucas

You might not remember exactly what the first spoken line in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is, so let's refresh your memory.<p>In the opening scene, Lor San Tekka (Max von Sydow) meets Oscar Isaac's pilot Poe to give him part of the map that could lead to finding Luke Skywalker.<p>The new movie takes …

Star Wars

Admit it: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' stinks -- and here's why

On Christmas Day, I fulfilled my duty as an American consumer and took the family to see the new "Star Wars" movie. The excursion solved a mystery: Why do so many of the reviews, even the enthusiastic ones, carry an undertone of disappointment?<p>The simple answer is that "Star Wars: The Force …

Coffee Cake with Chocolate Streusel

16 Servings<p>This recipe comes from Test Kitchen contributor Jessie Damuck’s grandmother, Kathy. The story goes that in a house devoid of sweets, this was the only dessert she ever made. It remains a family—and Bon Appétit Test Kitchen—favorite. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our …

Dessert

Chocolate Birthday Sheet Cake

12 Servings<p>The genius part of this rich and moist sheet cake recipe is the “reverse creaming” method. Instead of creaming butter and sugar before adding the liquid ingredients and flour, you’ll gradually add the liquid ingredients into the flour. As a result, the cake bakes almost perfectly flat—no …

Dessert

Scallops with Spice Oil

2 Servings<p>Prep Time: 20 min<p>Total Time: 20 min<p>May 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Spice Oil<p>1 teaspoon cumin seeds<p>1 teaspoon paprika<p>1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes<p>6 black peppercorns plus freshly ground for seasoning<p>1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more<p>1/4 cup olive oil<p>2 garlic cloves, minced<p>1 teaspoon …

Seafood

30 Homemade Candy Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Candy is awesome. Homemade candy is better—here are 30 recipes we love.<p><b>Is there anything better than eating handfuls of candy</b> until you teeter on the edge of sheer bliss and belly-aching agony? We say no. There's only one way to make this time-honored pastime better, and that's indulging in …

Dessert

75 of Our Best Cake Recipes (Yep... 75!)

If it's not clear from these 75 recipes, we just really like cake... a lot.<p><b>Sometimes you just need a slice of cake.</b> Or...75 of 'em. We rounded up some of our favorite cake recipes, and then kept finding more that we loved, and well, here we are. Happy baking!

Dessert

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Are the Greatest Recipe of All Time

What's better than cookies? Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies, of course. That's why they are the greatest recipe of all time.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they are really the greatest ever of all time? Well, we’re using this series as an opportunity to</i> …

Dessert

The Ultimate Sticky Buns

Makes 9 Servings<p>These buns can be assembled the night before, needing only a final rise before baking. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.<p>April 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Dough<p>⅔ cup whole milk<p>5 tablespoons sugar, divided<p>1¾ teaspoons active dry yeast (from one ¼-ounce envelope)<p>…

Baking

Mashed Potato Croquettes

Makes 18 Servings<p>We thought mashed potatoes' stock plummeted on Day 2—until we had these croquettes. Crispy yet creamy, potatoes might be better as leftovers.<p>November 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>2 large egg yolks<p>2 cups cold mashed potatoes<p>½ cup grated Parmesan<p>2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped<p>1 tablespoon …

Mashed

Marche-style lasagne

Marche-style lasagne<br>From Marche, a traditional first course rich in flavor. Our Master Chefs will guide you step by step through the preparation of one of the most classical and tasty dishes of Italian cuisine.<p>Italian Region<br>Marche<br>Ingredients<br>Servings 4<br>Sauce3 oz butter1 ¾ oz all-purpose flour5 oz prosciutto cotto (cooked ham)3 ½ oz ground meat1 ¾ oz truffle⅝ lb heavy cream4 cups milksalt and pepper to taste<br>For crèpe1 ½ oz all-purpose flour5 oz eggs½ oz extra virgin olive oil½ cup milk¾ oz cooked …

Spaghetti with clams

Spaghetti with clams<br>Regional name: Spaghetti a' vongole<br>This classic Italian recipe captures the flavor of the Mediteranean.<p>Italian Region<br>Campania<br>Ingredients<br>Servings 41 lb spaghetti2 lb clams1 lb tomatoes1 clove of garlic3 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil1 tablespoon parsley, choppedsalt and pepper<br>Preparation<br>30 minutes preparation + 12 minutes cooking<br>Carefully wash the clams, rinsing them under running water multiple times to remove any dirt or impurities.<br>Heat a large pan over medium heat …

15 Gorgeous Birthday Cakes for Anyone's Big Day

We've rounded up 15 decadent, celebration-worthy cakes, from double banana to chocolate-caramel.<p><b>From mint chip ice cream cakes</b> to a decadent, towering double banana cake, these confections are epic enough for a birthday celebration.

Dessert

Chocolate Chip and Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Makes 10 Servings<p>August 2008Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 16.5-ounce log refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough or two 16-ounce tubs pre-portioned chocolate chip cookie dough rounds<p>2 pints premium banana ice cream, slightly softened<p>2 ripe bananas, cut into very thin slices<p>1 11.5-ounce package bittersweet …

Dessert

How to Make Texas-Style Smoked Brisket in a Gas Grill

Making a real Texas-style smoked brisket will take all day, but it's eminently doable (even in a gas grill), and you can demand everyone call you "pitmaster"<p>In Texas, barbecue is about beef: specifically brisket, the cut by which any joint is judged. Brisket has become a favorite of restaurant …

BBQ

The Best Fried Chicken Recipes from Around the World

From Vietnam to India to Italy to Mexico—and beyond—we've got tons of recipes for fried chicken, and the appropriate side dishes<p>From Tennessee and Italy to India and Korea, we've got all the best recipes for fried chicken—and their attendant sides, of course—from nearly every corner of the globe. …

Side Dishes

Chocolate Stout Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting

12 Servings<p>Forget milk—beer is the perfect pairing for this chocolate stout layer cake. Take it up a notch with the rich chocolate frosting.<p>October 2009Print<p>Ingredients<p>cake<p>3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped<p>2 1/4 cups all purpose flour<p>2 teaspoons baking powder<p>1/2 teaspoon baking soda<p>1/2 …

Dessert

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 …

Cooking

How To Make Mallomar Cookies at Home

How To Make Homemade Mallomars<p>What You Need<p><b>Ingredients</b><br>1 recipe graham crackers — We used this Martha Stewart recipe, but cut the recipe in half. You …

Dessert

How to Make Dorito Bread. Because You'll Want To

"The inspiration behind this preposterous recipe was the desire to create something juxtaposing man’s most basic sustenance, made with the ancient tradition of a wild yeast starter-with an ingredient most modern, heavily processed, and addictive: the Dorito," says Andy Rapoport, proprietor of …

Baking