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16 Unexpected Ways to Add Years to Your Life

The average American’s life expectancy is 78.7 years. Whether you reach that age—or better yet, exceed it—largely depends on your genes, but there …

The 12 Worst Habits for Your Mental Health

Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you …

The Truth About Teenagers, The Internet, And Privacy

It’s complicated.<p>Did you see that study on privacy in the digital age?<p>If you’re wondering which one, there’s a good reason for that. Every few months, a new study hits the press about how different generations relate to privacy and so far, the results have been all over the map.<p>Last year, USC’s …

The Geniuses Behind All Those San Francisco Startups? They’re Not Who You Think They Are

Meet three surprising company founders, trying to change their lives–and the world–while holding down day jobs.<p>San Francisco. It’s gotten that you can’t swing a corporate-logo-splashed swag bag in this town without hitting someone working on a startup.<p>Since around the time of Facebook’s IPO in …

Rosemary Roasted Chicken with Red Muscato Grapes

For the amount of time I have spent in the kitchen, one would think that roasting a chicken would be old hat by now. I should have dozens of roasted …

Porter-Braised Chicken with Root Vegetables | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Slightly bitter and with a deep coffee-like flavor, porter, a very dark ale, makes this braise rustic and hearty. Porter’s toastiness plus the sweetness of root vegetables and the spiciness of Dijon mustard creates a stew full of contrasting, but harmonious, flavors.<p><b>Porter-Braised Chicken with Root</b> …

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The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

What to Cook the Night Before Thanksgiving

The night before Thanksgiving should be easy to execute and even easier to clean up.<p>By the time you read this, our Thanksgiving game plan will be fully mapped out. The menu will have been tweaked and retweaked to reflect just the right amount of tradition (Grandma Jody’s herb-roasted turkey, mashed …

13 Turkey Recipes for a Crisper, Juicier Thanksgiving Roast

Thanksgiving may have become so synonymous with turkey that it goes by the name "Turkey Day," but the hard truth is that the bird is rarely the highlight of the dinner. A traditional whole roast turkey is prone to turning out dry and low on flavor, a serious blow for a style of turkey preparation …

24 Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes That Are Actually Exciting

These green bean recipes just may steal the spotlight on Thanksgiving.<p>There's always room for a green bean casserole recipe at our Thanksgiving feast, but we wouldn't kick these alternate dishes off the table, either.

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 …

How to Make Gravy Without a Recipe

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Gravy is spectacularly easy, and -- spoiler alert! -- even make-ahead friendly. Here's how to make it happen.</i><p>…

15 Thanksgiving Salads to Brighten Up Your Meal

On a table sagging under the weight of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and who knows what other dishes, it's easy for a salad to go ignored. It's especially easy to ignore it if the salad is an afterthought, something thrown together in a couple minutes right before people …

Thanksgiving Headquarters

Your one-stop shop for Thanksgiving EVERYTHING: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pies, and way more.<p>Turkey, Stuffing & Gravy<p>Essential recipes for the main event.<p>How to Survive Thanksgiving<p>Advice, make-ahead recipes, and quick tips.<p>Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & Squash<p>From buttery mashed …

21 Thanksgiving Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Whether it's a turkey-filler or served on the side, a bready, savory stuffing or dressing recipe is a must in every Thanksgiving spread.<p><b>You don't sit down to Thanksgiving dinner because you're psyched about Aunt Lou's turkey</b>. You're in it for the stuffing. It's okay—we are too. Because, whether …

Adam Rapoport's Turkey Tips

<i>Welcome to Blooper Week, where we'll be polling various cooks and food writers -- as well as the Food52 staff -- about their biggest Thanksgiving bloopers and their essential tips to avoid future disasters.</i><p><i>Today: Bon Appetit's Editor-in-Chief, Adam Rapoport, shares a story of turkey negligence, and</i> …

Andrew Knowlton's Gravy Tips

<i>Welcome to Blooper Week, where we'll be polling various cooks and food writers -- as well as the Food52 staff -- about their biggest Thanksgiving bloopers and their essential tips to avoid future disasters.</i><p><i>Today: Bon Appétit's Restaurant and Drinks Editor, Andrew Knowlton, shows us the importance</i> …

How to Brine Your Turkey

Bone up on your brining skills before Thanksgiving with our easy-to-follow video<p>With Thanksgiving mere days away, we’re starting to have stress dreams—you know, like the one when you’re in the final exam for a course you don’t remember taking. Or when you’re about to brine your bird and you have no …

Sauced: Five Turkey Gravy Variations for Thanksgiving

A great gravy can make (or break) the Thanksgiving meal—that concentrated, rich turkey flavor injects life into ho hum breast meat, adds the right savory touch to mashed potatoes, and is equally good smothered on biscuits. The best part is that gravy takes about as long to make as the bird needs to …

4 Must-Have Bottles to Stock Your Holiday Bar

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Maialino, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i></i><p>The holidays are upon us. If your liquor cabinet is still reeling from last season’s assault of port you won’t …

Turkey Tips | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Are you ready to take on the turkey this Thanksgiving? To help you prepare, we’ve gathered our tried-and-true tips for seasoning and roasting your bird, step by step.<p>Before you get started, a quick tip: when deciding what size turkey to buy, allow for 1 to 1 1/4 lb. of turkey per person.<p><b>Step 1:</b> …

The Food Lab: Ultra-Crispy New Potatoes With Garlic, Herbs, and Lemon

Do you enjoy being lied to? I certainly don't. Yet nearly every time I eat roasted potatoes, I feel like I've been betrayed. They come to the table all nicely browned and craggy, but they inevitably have soft, papery skins that don't offer any real contrast with the creamy flesh below. It's like,</i> …

10 Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes, No Cans Required

When I think of my must-have Thanksgiving recipes, green bean casserole—the kind made almost entirely with canned ingredients—comes to mind before almost anything else. The thing is, I love it mostly for the gloopy cream of mushroom soup and the crispy fried onions—the bland, mushy green beans are …

14 Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving That Are Just Sweet Enough

Forget the turkey—the centerpiece of my childhood Thanksgivings was always the sweet potato casserole made by a family friend. It was light, fluffy, and just sweet enough, with nary a mini marshmallow in sight. (In fact, it took me years to discover that marshmallows were a typical ingredient in …

Impress Your Guests with this Slow-Roasted Pork

This slow-roasted pork shoulder is succulent, tender, and delicious—totally worth spending a few hours on<p>What better way to wind down the week than with this mouthwatering pork recipe? Slow-roasted and succulent, tender but easy to slice, impressive for a dinner party but equally great as a family …

28 Pear Recipes for Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, and More

28 recipes that prove pears are cooler than apples, from crepes and pancakes to relishes and salads<p>Poor pears. They get out-shined by apples. Which is unfair, because they're <i>just</i> as versatile and <i>just</i> as good when they're in season. So we're going to root for the underdog, here, and challenge you to …

How to Make Sweet and Moist Northern-Style Cornbread With a Crust a Southerner Would Be Proud Of

Back in college, I celebrated a cousin's birthday at the low-cost rotisserie chicken 'n' ribs joint Dallas BBQ. Don't let the name fool you, you won't find old fashioned wood burning pits out back at this New York-based institution—it was the"Texas-sized" frozen margaritas that were our main draw. …

How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey

GalleryHow to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey<p>If it seems like every year we (along with every other food magazine and blog) come out with a brand new turkey recipe for Thanksgiving, exclaiming "this is the best one, hands down, I swear on my not-yet-dead …