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Charcuterie and curing meats – dangerous(?) ingredients | Stef Stuff

Talking about the dangers of cured meat to food lovers is a little unpopular, but everyone should have the knowledge of exactly what they’re getting …

The Next Cult Gluten-Free Grain: Job's Tears

Chefs are really into this chewy, gluten-free grain—and soon you will be, too.<p>A look at overstuffed supermarket shelves makes it seem as if all the wholesome, ancient, or otherwise better-than-white-rice alternative grains have been discovered by now, especially by a guy named Bob. But, believe it …

Healthy Eating

Why Brown Ale is Back (Plus 9 to Try)

Brown Ales are the Rodney Dangerfields of beer—they get no respect. Often perceived as an overstayed holdover of the '90s "microbrewery" phenomenon, they evoke images of beer bellied bros in musty brewpubs with stale popcorn and loud TVs. The style is nothing if not familiar—Newcastle Brown Ale, …

Responsible investing no longer means accepting lower returns

Gail Taylor, who has made a career of helping high-net-worth individuals reach their retirement goals, has long had some goals of her own. She always thought that when she had made enough money to retire, she would do some work to make the world a better place. Her dream was to help people in the …

Bang Bang Chicken, Hold the Bangin': The Modern Way to Make Sichuan Chicken Salad

If I'm to trust the results of a Google search, when most folks hear the phrase "bang bang chicken," they think of a Cheesecake Factory concoction with fried chicken and shrimp, rice, and a generically pan-Asian creamy coconut-chili-soy-peanut-lime sauce which, while possibly delicious, is similar …

Japanese-style Sous Vide Poached Eggs

After perfecting a sous vide poached egg recipe, we broke it out again, this time with an Asian flare by adding a simple ingredient, Furikake, which …

Sous

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Carne Asada

To say "I'm going to develop a recipe for carne asada" is akin to saying "Bartender, get me a beer, please." The immediate follow-up is likely to be "I'm afraid you're going to have to be a bit more specific than that."<p><i>Carne asada</i> literally translates to "grilled beef," and, at its simplest, it can …

Meet the Subtler Side of Cilantro

<i>A variety of cilantro that even cilantro-haters might like.</i><p>Delfino cilantro doesn’t look like cilantro. Pick up a bunch of these delicate leafy fronds and for a moment you might start to wonder if your market has begun selling bundles of carrot tops. But one giveaway to its identity is the fact …

Recipes

Shelf-size stereo delivers massive sound from a tiny footprint

Now that we’re in the era of the portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s hard to justify spending money on a stereo that just sits on a shelf at home.<p>That perception is exactly what this tiny stereo system from German audio giant Thonet and Vander aims to fight, though. The Rätsel brings old-school stereo …

Audiophile

7 Great Shows to Binge-Watch During the Dog Days of Summer

You have just enough time to catch up before Season 2.<p>We’re in an unusually dead time, TV-wise. With most networks letting go of the traditional September–May schedule, we’ve quickly grown used to new television shows coming at us almost every week of the year—except for now, in the dog days of …

The Good Bagel Manifesto

For the past couple of months, I've been on a quest to find the best bagel in San Francisco. This led me to a shocking realization: there are really, really bad bagels <i>everywhere</i>, and I'm not just talking in the convenience stores or supermarkets—places where you'd expect bad bagels (and for the …

Kenji's Best Fast Food Awards (A Totally Biased, Completely Incomplete List)

If going for a drive is like a mini vacation, then fast food is really just an excuse for us to eat outside of our normal diet when we're on holiday. Who else secretly thinks to themselves, <i>We're going for a long ride on Saturday? Sweet, In-N-Out for lunch!</i><p>I didn't always love fast food and I …

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

National Parks

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

Books

Only 2 Steps and 5 Ingredients Stand Between You and This Ice Cream

<i>If the grocery store isn't your favorite place, it should be. We're sleuthing for the best back-of-the-box recipes and every Sunday, Posie Harwood from 600 Acres will share our latest find.</i><p><i>Today: A spectacular summer ice cream recipe with just two steps and five ingredients.</i><p>Summer means ice cream, …

Dessert

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Grilled Steak

Summer's here and I've got a brand new backyard to grill in so now seems like as good a time as any to re-examine some of the things we know (or think we know) about grilling beef. Sure, we can all agree on what our goal is: A <b>perfect steak should have a crusty, crunchy, well-browned exterior</b> …

How to Make Fish Tacos: A Step-by-Step Guide

You could debate endlessly what makes a perfect fish taco—and we did. After a lot of “research” (read: eating), we came up with the lightest, crunchiest, tastiest version ever.<p>When the topic of fish tacos came up in a staff meeting, you would have thought we were talking about Obamacare, not a …

Cooking

Nine Cognitive Biases You Need to Understand to Master Your Money

In our daily lives, we constantly rely on our instincts to navigate through all kinds of situations, from how to relate to other people to what kind …

Retirement

Just 'Between You & Me,' Here Are Some Handy Grammar Tips

In radio, we don't punctuate — at least, not on the air. Nevertheless, we're honored to meet a woman who is at the pinnacle of punctuation. Mary Norris is a copy editor at <i>The New Yorker</i>, a magazine justly famous for the care it takes with words. The work of very well-known authors has felt the …

Writing

Stone Beer Shares Recipe for Discontinued Levitation Ale

Saying goodbye to a favorite beer as it’s discontinued is never easy. Especially with brands that have been around for an extended period—”legacy …

Beer

Beyond Superfish: Turns out SSL-trashing spyware is widespread

Image copyright Shutterstock / deepspacedave .Last week Lenovo found itself in deep trouble over the Superfish spyware that it installed on many …

Information Security

17 Of The Most Sought-After Craft Beers In America, And How To Find Them

For a certain type of craft beer geek (hop-loving, competitive and possibly residing in California), this time of year means one thing: Pliny the Younger. The legendary Russian River Brewing Co. releases its most acclaimed beer -- a more intense version of its flagship Pliny the Elder -- at the …

The Definitive Guide To Bacon Labels, From 'Applewood-Smoked' To 'Uncured'

Shopping for bacon should be a joyous experience. But all too often these days, it's just confusing.<p>Some supermarkets sell dozens of varieties. As bacon has gained in popularity, labels such as "applewood-smoked" and "dry rubbed" have proliferated to the point where the bacon section can be …

The Best Roast Pork Sandwiches in Philadelphia

When you eat 50-odd burgers and sandwiches in the space of 60 hours, interesting things happen. You learn that in addition to meat sweats, there are very real physical conditions like meat flush, meat cramps, meat naps, and meat drunk. Your mind begins to simplify thoughts, until your internal …

Spicy, Seared, Smothered, Stacked: An Introduction to Mexican Sandwiches

The taco and the torta are the twin pillars of Mexican street food, but where the taco is small and sexy and has long since seduced all of America in its many forms, the torta (with its many Mexican sandwich siblings) is just teetering on the brink of international stardom. The small size of a taco …

14 DIY Versions of Your Fave Cereals

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so shouldn’t it involve more than just a bowlful of off-the-shelf sugar (or simply a mugful of coffee)? These 14 homemade cereal recipes offer a more healthful spin on some of our childhood faves. Whip up a big batch over the weekend to make morning …

Breakfast

The 11 Shows You Should Binge-Watch Over the Holiday Break

’Tis the season for family bonding, holiday cheer, and decking all the halls. But if that kind of fa-la-la-la-ing isn’t your thing, we thankfully live in an age of endless options. I’m speaking, of course, of my favorite vacation pastime: the binge-watch. This time-honored pastime doesn’t <i>have</i> to be …

Raspberry Pi's new computer is somehow even smaller and cheaper

Everyone's favorite minicomputer has just gotten even smaller. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is today introducing the Model A+, a revamped version of its low-end Model A board priced at just $20 (£20 in the UK). While the processor and RAM -- a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC and 256MB, to be specific -- remain …

Avery Spontanea

Number 24 in <b>Avery Brewing’s</b> Barrel Aged Series is <i>Spontanea</i>, an American wild ale.<p><i>Spontanea</i> is brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon grape must and aged in …