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11 Baking Ratios Every Pro Should Memorize

You’ve heard it said before that baking is a science — and it’s true. Ratios are the backbone of our favorite recipes for cookies, cakes and more. …

Baking

The Savory Side of Carrot Cake

When I was a child, I wanted carrot cake for every birthday. I wasn’t a fan of bakery cakes, expertly plastered with supersweet butter-free frostings in pastel colors. (I did like the realistic decorative little roses, though.) Those fine-crumbed white or yellow cakes did not have much appeal for …

Recipes

A Big, Sparkly Secret That'll Change the Way You Bake Cakes

Grease and flour is the go-to method for preparing cake pans, but something about it always rubbed me the wrong way. Too little and the cake clings. Too much and the cake develops a pasty exterior.<p>Then, one of my friends (also a baker), let me in on a little secret: <b>You can grease and sugar …

Restoring a historic house: 8 tips and tricks before getting started

Beware of water damage<p><i>Editor’s note: This story was originally published</i> <i>in</i> <i>May 2016. It has been updated with new information.</i><p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between roundups of historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>…

Home Improvement

Hardscaping 101: Dry Stone Walls

Dry stone walls have been created for thousands of years and, if done well, will look as if they have been in place for at least that long. Yet …

Drip Irrigation: Emergency Repair Kit Essentials

If you’re reading this post you likely have a drip irrigation system, which means I am grateful that you’ve chosen to install a very smart and …

Gardening

Review: Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, the hub Apple should have made

When Apple unveiled the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to go all-in on USB-C. I’m not against using dongles, but the idea of having to carry multiple around was not appealing.<p>After spending a week with the Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, it has quickly become a staple …

How People Decide Whether to Have Children

A guide for those on the fence<p>Isabel Caliva and her husband, Frank, had already “kicked the can down the road.” The can, in their case, was the kid conversation; the road was Caliva’s fertile years. Frank had always said he wanted lots of kids. Caliva, who was in her early 30s, thought maybe one or …

Parenting

Small Water Features

You've seen them on TV: huge, complex water features, with high-cost fountains, installed by skilled landscape designers. Rather daunting, aren't …

Landscaping

This Mom's Doodles Hilariously Capture First-Time Pregnancy and Motherhood

Christiana Sandoval is using her illustrations to tell the story of her strange new adventure called motherhood—and it is SO relatable.<p>Christiana Sandoval was a children's illustrator before she started having kids. Now she's putting that talent to good use with her hilarious doodles that tell the …

15 Modern Playhouses for Cheerful Backyards

There is a real balancing act for families with young kids who prefer modern styles of decorating. You definitely want your home to feel welcoming …

Learn Photoshop Tricks in One Minute with Adobe’s ‘Make it Now’ Series

I once read a Quora question that went, “What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?” I don’t know about the rest of …

Tutorials

Happy Pi Day

The third generation Pi packs NAS-grade computing power with a 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM CPU. On-chip 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offer convenient …

Fabricate Your Own Threaded Parts with Taps and Dies

Screws and bolts are simple options for fastening two pieces of material together. As you might have guessed, the secret is in the threads, but how would you go about making your own? In this section, we’ll go over the tap and die, a set of tools that allows you to make your own threads wherever …

The Secret That Brings These Pancakes to Life

A sourdough starter is not a metaphor, I tell myself when one dies on my watch. It’s a bit of fermented flour, a microbial jumble of bacteria and yeast, used by cooks to raise doughs and give baked things a delicious, complicated tang. It is not a plant, or a low-maintenance pet in a romantic …

Recipes

Artisanal clay pots from Egypt can water your plants for up to a month

Gardeners who travel will love these absorbent clay pots from Egypt. Modeled after the Olla, an ancient ceramic pot prevalent throughout North …

Find Real Estate, Homes for Sale, Apartments & Houses for Rent - realtor.com®

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Want Your Coffee and Hot Cocoa, Too? This Italian Drink Combines Them

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>I suffer the occasional crisis triggered by an inability to make a decision...about hot drinks. This can happen anywhere, but ice-skating rinks and ski slopes are particularly likely scenes. It starts with my daily need for caffeine, …

Coffee

Gardening 101: Bugleweed

Bugleweed, <i>Ajuga:</i> “<i>Hugging Carpet”</i><p>Ground covers are an essential component of garden design. I always suggest that unifying a garden bed is critical …

5 Things That Happened When I Ate Oatmeal Every Morning for a Month

There’s something to forming a food habit that works for your body.<p>I hated oatmeal as a kid. I thought it was mushy and weird, and I reserved instant oatmeal packets as dry mix-ins for my yogurt. (Here’s how to prep your own instant oat packets to avoid all that added sugar.) But when I began …

You don’t need to caramelize onions in the skillet—there’s a better way

Earlier this week Gizmodo editor Tom Scocca resurfaced his heroic effort to expose the truth that caramelizing onions takes a hell of a lot longer than most recipes (and Google) would have you believe. While many recipes cite an absurd five or 10 minutes for getting the soft, golden, sweet onions …

Art in an Instant: 12 Quick Ideas Using Floating Glass Frame

Forget about matting, cutting wood and finding acid-free painter's tape — the floating glass frame is here to make framing art remarkably easy. If …

Build a Better Meal Plan with 20 Quick and Tasty Dinners

No matter your schedule, having a quick go-to dinner as a part of your meal plan is one of our favorite strategies to beat the weeknight dinner …

6 Vegan Alternatives to Honey

By Becky Striepe<p>Honey is not vegan, but luckily there are delicious alternatives to replace it in any recipe. Try these vegan alternatives to …

10 Easy Ways to Turn Frozen Tortellini Into a Quick Dinner

Grab a pen and jot down "frozen tortellini" on your grocery list, then head out and pick up a few bags to stash in the freezer. Now you can rest easy …

There's A Thing Called Mermaid Toast And It's Almost Too Pretty To Eat

Breakfast just got whimsical AF.

Breakfast

15 Dishes That Came Straight from the Chef’s Childhood

These restaurant dishes are nostalgia on a plate, and we’ve got the backstories.<p><i>Sometimes you need a break from the craziness of this modern age, which is why we're celebrating nostalgic foods this week at BonAppetit.com.</i><p>A big slice of bright pink cherry chip birthday cake. Oyster crackers tossed …

Deep Frying

Tips of the Week: No-Slip Deck Grip, Climbing Walls, and Grinding Coffee

This week is a rather rag-tag (but hopefully, no less useful) collection of tips. Perhaps it was a slow week for great ah-ha moments around the shop. This is also the first column to introduce a few tips of my own. I want this column to be not only a place to post the most eye-opening, tried n’ …

Woodworking

13 Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Your Easiest Morning Ever

If there's one thing all non-morning people can agree on, it's that getting up and getting ready first thing in the A.M. can sometimes feel …

You Just Lost An Hour, Here Are 15-Minute Dinner Recipes To Help

Quick and easy.<p>No matter how mentally prepared we might be for daylight saving time, it still manages to screw us up. Big time. And now that we’re springing forward and losing an hour, we’re going to be feeling a little lost. Luckily, there is help. And it comes in the form of food ― quick, …