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Start baking Thanksgiving pies early! Make Magnolia's pumpkin praline, apple and more

As the "chief baking officer" of New York's famous Magnolia Bakery, Bobbie Lloyd knows a few things about making pies and other pastries — and she's letting us in on some of her secrets! Lloyd shared recipes for the bakery's pumpkin praline pie, caramel apple lattice pie, cranberry-pear pecan …

Baking

10 Underrated/Overlooked Types of Booze Your Bartender Wants You to Order

If you walk into a cocktail bar and ask for a Moscow Mule, it's time to order a new concoction. So, in an effort to suss out what should be in said concoction, we asked 10 industry experts what underrated or overlooked boozes you should be sampling. Here's what they said:<p><b>Kirk Estopinal, co-owner,</b> …

North Sea

Happy Hour | Avocado-Cilantro Margarita

Avocados are in high season right now and you’ll find them piled up front and center in most supermarkets. So we’re celebrating the bounty with this offbeat twist on the ubiquitous margarita. This cocktail was created by Paolo Votano, proprietor of Oficina Latina in SoHo, NYC. “I used to introduce …

Yes, You Can Make Fortune Cookies at Home

<i>Every other week on Food52, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.</i><p><i>Today: A nutty take on fortune cookies that you can make at home and fill with your own fortunes.</i><p>Everybody should spend at least one week of their lives making …

Dessert

Steamed Scallion Rolls

<i>Every other week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.</i><p><i>Today: Linda Xiao of The Tart Tart shares a recipe for steamed scallion rolls that lingers in her mind.</i><p><i></i><p>My grandfather is a mystery to me. He's 95 years old, half-deaf, …

Healthy and Easy: Brazilian Black Bean Soup From The Kitchy Kitchen

This soup is my new thing. It's so easy to make, and the combination of coconut milk + black beans is so delicious. The pureed beans give the soup a velvety texture and the coconut brings just a hint of sweetness. I love this soup hot, but it's also delicious chilled with extra diced jalapeño …

Food

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Makes about 36 cookies<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>cookies<p>1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature<p>1 tablespoon ground ginger<p>1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar<p>1 large egg<p>1 teaspoon vanilla extract<p>2 2/3 cups all purpose flour<p>1 teaspoon baking powder<p>1/2 teaspoon salt<p>1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg<p>frosting<p>9 cups (or more) …

Dessert

Gifts from the Kitchen: 22 Edible Holiday Presents You Can Make at Home

From spicy mustard to chocolate bark, make your holiday gifts for family and friends right in your own kitchen<p>If the thought of going to a crowded mall and picking out the perfect present for everyone on your list is stressing you out, just don't do it. Make your friends and family thoughtful gifts …

Dessert

7 Easy Ways To Add Years To Your Life

Sure, it's good to live each day like it's your last. But wouldn't it be great to just have more days?<p>While we're being bombarded daily with bad news about unavoidable everyday things that are decreasing our life expectancy (sleep deprivation anyone?), the good news is there <i>are</i> plenty of little …

11 Unusual Drinks That Will Up Your Cocktail Game

Because there's more out there than just rum and coke.<p>Be warned: you might have to repeat your order to a (kind of annoyed) bartender a few times, but it's totally worth it.

Rye Whiskey

30 Delicious Things To Cook In November

Thanksgiving is only four weeks away. Time to get serious about that eating routine.<p><b>WHAT'S IN SEASON:</b><p>(This will vary depending on time of the month and where you live)<p>Apples<p>Artichokes<p>Arugula<p>Brussel …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

Baking

11 Low-Calorie Snacks You Haven’t Thought Of

Surprisingly healthy snacks you NEED to try<p>It’s easy to get sick of your go-to snacks, especially if you eat the same things every day. These new snacks will add variety to your munchies to keep you feeling satisfied (and never bored). And you’d never guess that each clocks in under 200 calories.<p>1 …

Healthy Eating

20 Fun Baby Shower Cocktails and Mocktails Recipes

Delicious cocktails or mocktails are a great addition to any baby shower menu. Celebrate mom-to-be with fun drinks to accompany her shower theme.<p>Keep on-theme with these pretty, and pretty delicious, milky white drinks.

Baby Showers

30 Delicious Things To Cook In September

Cool enough to turn on the oven, but still warm enough for ice cream. September, you're the best.<p><b>WHAT'S IN SEASON:</b><p>(This will vary depending on time of the month and where you …

Add Bitters To Your Soda! 12 Combos We Love

GalleryAdd Bitters To Your Soda! 12 Combos We Love<p>One of our favorite beverages around the Serious Eats office is bitters and soda. We've got a good dozen types of bitters in the Serious Eats liquor shelves—cranberry! Peychaud's! black walnut!—and just a few dashes can turn plain ol' soda water …

Update Your Kebabs (+ 8 Tips for Cooking them Right)

<i>Sunday Dinners comes to us from our own chef/photojournalist/farmer/father figure Tom Hirschfeld, featuring his stunning photography and Indiana farmhouse family meals.</i><p><i>Today: Kebabs have come a long way since their 1970s heyday.</i> <i>Tom shares a recipe to bring kebabs into the 21st century, plus 8 tips</i> …

10 DIY Road Trip Snacks

Sunglasses? Check. Map? Check. Full tank of gas? Check. The only things you're missing are road trip snacks. Skip the fast food and convenience-store duds, and try one of these 10 easy, portable recipes.<p>More from Food52<p>• 10 Summer Dishes that Taste Better the Next Day<p>• 10 Drinks to Sip Poolside<p>• …

Switch To A Better Steak Sauce | Men's Health

“It’s a riff off the classic Argentinean grilled meat condiment,” says Clark. “Only you replace the traditional parsley-oregano combo for more fragrant southeast Asian flavors and more acidity.”<p>The sauce compliments the steak instead of overpowering it—as it should.<p>You can use filet mignon for this …

29 Ways To Cook Chicken On A Stovetop

Dear summer food magazines: Not everyone in the world owns a grill.<p>Chicken gets a bad rap for being overexposed. But for easy, healthy dinners, it's hard to beat. Come summer, though, things get tricky. Roasting a chicken is out of the question because cranking up your oven for two hours when it's …

This Is What Happens When You Mix the World's Greatest Drug With Booze

There comes a time in every man's life when he needs to both a) drink a bunch of booze, and b) stay awake after drinking said "bunch of booze." Finally helping you get all the way to the end of your <i>Legally Blonde</i> drinking game (shots whenever Elle wears pink!!!): the five greatest coffee cocktails …

Zagat

22 Ways to Go Nuts for Donuts!

You didn’t think we’d miss our favorite random national holiday, did you? Happy International Donut Day!! Celebrate the day by checking out extremely silly donut-themed products, inventive donut recipes, and even a watercolor painting that combines Tom Petty with a donut.<p>1. Healthy Mini Donuts: …

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