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These cherry pies are buttery, crispy and tart — and they fit in the palm of your hand

Food memories are funny. While I remember distinctly the very first time I tasted a fried pie, I find I can’t really recall its flavor, texture or any particulars. More, I remember my brain darn near exploding with the idea that a pie <i>could</i> be fried. And it was with that fuzzy recollection that I …

Baking

A Sculptural Staircase Anchors This A-Frame Getaway on Fire Island

Bromley Caldari transforms an outdated beach home into a modern escape with staggering bay views.<p>Located on Fire Island, New York, the A-Frame ReThink residence enjoyed a bayside location with great potential for astounding waterfront sunsets. However, the existing layout of the home blocked scenic …

Architecture

The Secret To Moist, Tender, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs Every Time

Cooking ribs can be tricky. Do it right, and you’ve got flavorful, tender meat that is pretty much what dreams are made of — but one false move and …

Cooking

Midcentury-Inspired Homes in This Texas Community Start in the Low $300Ks

Starlight Village, a new housing community in Leander, Texas, offers eight models that combine midcentury flair with modern convenience.<p>"Inspired by the Space Race and growing up in Air Force base housing, my husband, Michael, and I dreamed up a neighborhood built entirely of midcentury modern …

Living Rooms

Here’s the Secret That Makes KFC’s Fried Chicken So Crispy

Not all fried chicken is created equal. Below, KFC's secret recipe to drumstick perfection is revealed.<p>Nothing says comfort food quite like a bucket …

Fried Chicken

Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

If Memorial Day is the unofficial start to grilling season, then Father’s Day is the celebratory kickoff. This is the time when we get our last live-fire exercises in before the 4th of July, when the summer season really gets underway. And, if you’re like me, you might just be thinking about …

Breakfast

A light-filled extension turns an Australian home into an oasis of calm

When clients approached Fitzroy-based architecture and interior design firm Taylor Knights for a home renovation and extension, they emphasized their …

Architecture

This Elegant Californian Prefab Minimizes Site Disturbance

Thanks to its modular construction, a modern retreat treads lightly on the pristine landscape.<p>When Clive McCarthy and his wife, Tricia Bell, were on the hunt for an escape from San Francisco, they found the perfect spot for their second home three hours north of the Bay Area on a 64-acre site in …

Architecture

Breezy Verandah House embraces indoor-outdoor living in India

A curvilinear form, large glazed windows, and a natural material palette tie this spacious contemporary home into lush surroundings on the outskirts …

Architecture

A Tetrahedron Cabin With Stellar Seaside Views Is Listed For $695K

This unique property in Greenbank, Washington, has striking geometry, as well as a deep connection with the outdoors.<p>On the market for the first time since being built in 1982, this eclectic 1,500-square-foot Whidbey Island cabin with a tetrahedral shape has been listed for $695,000 via John L. …

Real Estate

A Carefully Restored Midcentury Hits the Market at $415K in Savannah, Georgia

This award-winning midcentury has been carefully remodeled, and even comes with a contemporary detached office in the backyard.<p>Inspired by the work of Joseph Eichler, architect-builder John Ahern created this three-bedroom, two-bath home in 1954.<p>After being updated over the years with careful …

Frank Lloyd Wright

This Award-Winning Cabin Is a Relaxing Antidote to City Living

Sited in a remote Canadian forest, a luxurious cabin rental embraces indoor-outdoor living.<p>When a Shanghai–based, Canadian–Brit family approached Robert E. Miller of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design their dream cabin in the woods of Ontario, the principal architect went the extra mile.<p>Designed as …

Architecture

The Best (Free) Road Trip Apps

My boyfriend (now husband) and I once circled America in our Sprinter van. We learned a lot in that yearlong road trip: how to find ideal urban camping spots (hint: it involves Zillow and tall hedges), how to pee in a bucket in a moving vehicle, and how to make 27 different one-pan stir-fries. But …

RVs

How to grill steak to perfection — it's all about controlling the heat

Steak on the grill ranks as one of the best summertime meals ever. Heck, best meal ever, anytime, when cooked to perfection.<p>Learning to grill a steak perfectly takes practice, but it’s worthwhile. I believe that if you can cook a steak, you can tackle nearly everything that cooks quickly on a grill …

Recipes

Large Windows and Glazed Doors Let This Modern Cabin Mingle With Nature

Nestled at the base of a dramatic rocky butte, a tiny cabin in the woods of Washington blurs the distinction between indoors and out.<p>Towering ponderosa pines and a steep, boulder-strewn slope form a dramatic backdrop for the low-slung Chechaquo Lot 6 Cabin, a sleek retreat that seems to float atop …

Architecture

A Family Customizes an Off-Grid Tiny Home With Online Design Tools

A tiny house builder’s clever online design tools enable a family of five to create their dream home.<p>When the Nguyens, a couple with three young children, were looking to build a tiny home that would comfortably accommodate their entire family, while also allowing them to live sustainably off-grid …

Off-grid

Here's What's New on Netflix in June 2018 — And What's Leaving

Netflix is bringing a number of new titles to screens everywhere this June.<p>From new Netflix comedy specials, including W. Kamau Bell’s <i>Private School</i> …

Captain America

Moveable Walls Amplify Sublime Views For This Costa Rican Home

Surrounded by the jungle and overlooking the ocean, this terrace house features unique foldable walls to foster a stronger connection to nature.<p>Located in Santa Teresa, a small, seaside town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province, Ocean Eye has been designed by the award-winning Costa Rican practice …

Costa Rica

This Prefab Cabin Offers an Affordable Answer to Island Construction

A cost-effective modular retreat embraces the landscape on a Lake Superior island in Wisconsin.<p>With its inviting sandy shores and pristine forests, Wisconsin’s Madeline Island on Lake Superior has long been renowned as a summer destination. Yet high costs of construction due to its remote location …

Lake Superior

An old 1930s home gets a modern makeover into a cozy beach cabin

Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig is no stranger to cabin design, having completed many beautiful retreats across the Pacific Northwest. …

Architecture

This Modular Home in Chile Has Us Seeing Red—in a Good Way

The crimson dwelling, nestled in the Chilean commune of San José de Maipo, is composed of four modules stacked to form a cube-like structure.<p>Immediately striking for its scarlet hue, this 936-square-foot home by Santiago–based Felipe Assadi Arquitectos takes the form of a solid cube with part of …

Architecture

They ditched pricey home ownership for a small house on wheels — and they love it

For Heidi Hansing, the last three years felt as if she were moving backward.<p>“Nothing in my life was what it seemed,” Hansing says of her divorce after 22 years of marriage. “Everything had changed.”<p>For 30 years, Hansing had served others, beginning in the Army when she was 17. Later, she raised a …

Home Ownership

A Better Way to Cook Chicken on the Grill

Grilling season is here, and with it inevitably comes the curse of dry chicken. If you've never been handed a dried-out chicken breast at a …

5 Marvelous Prefab Homes in Michigan

These homes in the Great Lakes State will have you reconsidering the possibilities of prefab design.<p>Prefabricated and modular homes, known for their time- and cost-efficiency, are becoming increasingly popular across the U.S. Today, we turn the lens on modern prefab homes in the great state of …

Prefab Homes

7 Van Conversion Companies That Will Do the Legwork For You

Get on the road faster by leaving the carpentry and wiring to the pros.<p>Whether you're looking to conquer rugged terrain off-grid, or simply want an adventure-ready vehicle, camper vans pose a great solution for those eager to take life on the road. If you're itching to join the enticing #vanlife …

RVs

Renting in retirement: why the over-60s are jumping off the property ladder

Since selling their five-bedroom house in ­London’s Belgravia two years ago, former newscaster Sir Martyn Lewis and his wife, Patsy Baker, have been living in a rental property a few streets away. Home is now a more ­manageable three-bedroom, four-floor townhouse with a courtyard garden.<p>The couple …

A Modern House Accentuates a Sensational Wyoming Landscape

An earth-sheltered and earthquake-resistant home is built to stand the test of time in an extraordinary Wyoming landscape.<p>For the owners of the Jackson Residence—a retired couple with grown children—the completion of their contemporary rural home in Jackson, Wyoming, has been a long time coming.<p>Set …

A Paul Rudolph-Designed Midcentury Is Rescued From Obscurity and Finally Completed

Previously kept a secret at the request of the original homeowners, the Fullham Residence in Newton, Pennsylvania, finally gets completed according to the iconic architect's original plans.<p>At the request of the original clients, Judge John and Alice Fullam, who resided in the home from 1958 to …

Architecture

This Tiny Glass Cabin Lets You Sleep Under the Northern Lights

A simple and clever design for a cabin in Iceland offers a unique experience of the Northern Lights.<p>The motto for the Panorama Glass Lodge states "Where the sky is," which works as a fitting descriptor for the design of this cozy 248-square-foot vacation cabin. Thanks to the glass panels that wrap …

Northern Lights

This Tiny Home and Writing Studio Was Invented For a Children's Author

The newest model from New Frontier Tiny Homes was designed for bestselling author Cornelia Funke, and is now available for $125,000.<p>When acclaimed German children's author Cornelia Funke, best known for the <i>Inkheart</i> trilogy, first contacted David Latimer of Nashville–based New Frontier Tiny Homes, …

Dining Rooms