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15 Ramen Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Some poetry is universal: we all know the <b>Robert Frost poem</b> about the road not taken; <b>Shel Silverstein</b> was a straight-up guru; <b>Dr. Seuss</b> was either a genius or tripping on acid or both; and chances are you're familiar with good ol' <b>William Shakespeare</b>, even if you hated having to act out scenes from …

Start With: The Ham

From gleaming yuletide beast to savagely picked-over bone, in six relatively easy steps.<p><i>Published in the December 2014 issue</i><p><b>When the writer Dorothy Parker</b> defined eternity as "two people and a ham," she wasn't kidding. Once the plate-sized portions are carved out, you're still left with a mountain …

The Secrets to Cooking With Wine

<b>For more food drink and travel videos visit www.potluckvideo.com</b><p>Wine is of course incredible to drink, but it also comes in handy in the kitchen! It's easy to use but also important to make sure you know how to properly add it to a dish.<p>In the video above we talk to winemaker Charles Smith and get …

5 Links to Read Before Using a Slow Cooker

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come.</i><p><i>Today: Set it and forget it.</i><p>Fact: The slow cooker is every busy person's best friend. Amidst a busy week of work, school, meetings, and errands, your next …

soft pretzel buns and knots

Guess what we’re making this weekend?<p>I have been obsessed with make soft pretzels at home since about 16 seconds after I learned that you could, 7 …

How Do You Make Totally Legit Fried Rice?

<i>How do you make totally legit fried rice?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and get insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Ren Yu Ku</i><p><b>Some general tips</b>:<p>Fried rice turns …

Secret swims: the cenotes of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods.<p>At these hidden locations, you …

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How to Make Homemade Pizza, Grandma Pie-Style

A chewy-crisp crust, endless topping ideas, and do-ahead ease. Pizza made in a sheet pan is the simplest, tastiest way to feed a crowd.<p><b>Those supremely thin, hearth-blistered pizzas</b> coming out of upscale pizzerias these days? We love ‘em, but trying to replicate the conditions of an 800-degree …

Peach Upside-Down Cake With Cognac Caramel

This cake is perfection when made with the kind of fragrant peaches you can only get in mid-summer from a local farm.<p>To bring out the fruits' delightful flavors, the slices are pan-roasted and then drizzled with a buttery caramel spiked with Cognac. Moreover, the cake batter that tops the ambrosial …

76 of Our Best Steak Recipes, from Rib Eye to Skirt Steak, Fajitas to Skewers

Our biggest, baddest, and best steak recipes—all in one place.<p><b>There are some days when you just really need a big steak.</b> Whether you're in the mood for a seared rib eye or a skewer wrapped in pita, we're here for you.

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10 Brilliant Grilling Secrets

Master the art of grilling with these tips.<p>If you can reliably grill a steak to medium-rare or a sausage until it’s just ready to burst, then you’re …

23 Overlooked European Cities You Must Visit In Your Lifetime

(Photo: Getty Images)<p>Everybody loves a European adventure. But when we are going abroad we tend to overlook smaller cities for enduring favorites like Paris, London, Venice and Rome.<p>Once you've visited the classics, it's time to head to one of these underrated cities in Europe.<p><b>1. Cork, Ireland</b><p>Cork …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

38 Tofu Recipes: Stir-Fries, Stews, Dips, and More

A collection of great tofu recipes, from stews and stir-fries to dips, on the grill, and in beignets<p><b>We love tofu. There, we said it.</b> (Again.) Bean curd—whether bouncy firm, dribblingly soft, or somewhere in between—is a versatile, healthy, and, dare we say, flavorful ingredient. Make the most of it …

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz

It's a delicious riff on a classic dish that can be whipped up in no time flat. Just remember three basic steps. Alex Hitz shares this delicious chicken recipe.<p>To me, there's really nothing better than sautéed chicken in a pan sauce. Done right, it can make a merely capable cook look like a …

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The Best Tips for Grilling Skirt Steak

There are times when you splurge for big-ticket steak, like porterhouse or filet mignon. And there are also times when you crave the sanguine satisfaction of beef—without straining your credit card. You've got a craving; I have your fix; and it comes from the steer's underbelly. I speak, of course, …

Lunch in the Loop: Rock the Naanwiches at Naansense

<b>Editor's Note:</b> Whether you're a tourist or an office worker in downtown Chicago, you can get sick of eating at chain restaurants all day. So we've started a series to get you the lowdown on where to find a great and affordable lunch.<p>More<p>Sandwiches<p>Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at …

100 of Our Favorite Grilling Recipes for (Almost) Everything

From ribs, to shrimp, to chicken, and even cheese (yep, you heard right), get grilling with these recipes!<p>Around here, summer is pretty much synonymous with grilling. We'd argue that most foods are made better by the sear of flames and smoke wafting through the air. We're talking classics like …

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24 Must-visit Chicago Restaurants From Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

<i>By Stephanie Marshall</i><p>Chicago is a city after any foodie's heart, but it can be hard to find places that fit a college budget. We've compiled a list of restaurants featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" so you can enjoy all the tastiness without having to watch Guy go to Flavortown.<p>…

Comfort Fest: Giada's Top Chicken Dinners

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved<p>If yet another snowstorm has you staying indoors this week, Giada's …

Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes

5 stars based on 810 votes<p>We had the best snow day last week. School was cancelled, work wasn’t happening, and the only thing to do was hunker down …

Sweet Potato Oven Fries | Williams-Sonoma Taste

Nutrient-dense sweet potato fries are a healthy alternative to standard French fries, and chances are they will get devoured just as quickly. Serve these enticing oven fries as an after-school snack or a side dish — they go equally well with sandwiches and turkey burgers or roast chicken and fish. …

How to Grill a Whole Fish

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Rick Moonen -- chef, restauranteur, and author of Fish Without a Doubt -- shows us the best (and easiest!) way to grill whole fish.</i><p>Grilling whole fish …

Grilled Skirt Steak with Greek Salsa Recipe on Food52

• 20 ounces skirt steak<br>• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper<br>• 2/3 cup cherry tomatoes (like Sweet 100s), quartered<br>• 1 tablespoon red onion, minced<br>• 20 Picholine olives, pits removed, halved<br>• 1/2 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced<br>• 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar<br>• Olive oil<br>• 1/4 cup good quality feta, crumbled<br>• Small …

Cooking Off the Cuff: Glazed Pork and Carrots, Hearty Food for a Waning Summer

Why do we wait (or at least think we should wait) until winter before cooking dishes like the one Jackie and I had for dinner last week: the most flavorful cut of pork -- belly -- and carrots, glazed in deeply reduced braising liquid? And when I say "we" I include myself, as anyone who follows …

Somen Noodles with Scallops and Vegetables

in Asian, Seafood 21<p>Saaaaaaaaaaa-lurp.<p>Okay. I know you’re probably looking at those little scallops on top of those noodles and thinking you’ve seen …

Scallops and Prosciutto over Capellini Recipe on Food52

• .5 pounds small bay scallops<br>• 8-12 slices of prosciutto diced<br>• 8 cloves roasted garlic, pealed<br>• .5 cups white wine or champagne<br>• 3 tablespoons fresh basil<br>• flour for dusting<br>• salt and pepper<br>• Olive oil<br>• .5 pounds capellini pasta<p>In a large flat sided pan brown the prosciutto in a little olive oil. Remove the …

Homemade Gluten-Free Peanut Sauce

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: With her recipe for nutritious, from-scratch peanut sauce, Phoebe Lapine from Feed Me Phoebe</i> <i></i><i>might single-handedly shut down the Chinese take-out</i> …