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5 Private Islands You Can Rent

Why settle for a private swath of sand when you can have an entire island to yourself?<p>Why settle for a private swath of sand when you can have an entire island to yourself? <i>Via TownandCountryMag.com</i><p>Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines<p>Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay, Bahamas<p>Guana Island, …

The Food Lab: Red Wine-Braised Turkey Legs

It's time for another round of The Food Lab. Got a suggestion for an upcoming topic? Email Kenji here, and he'll do his best to answer your queries in a future post. Become a fan of The Food Lab on Facebook or follow it on Twitter for play-by-plays on future kitchen tests and recipe …

10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

The Biggest Cookies You'll Ever Make (PHOTOS)

Let's face it: the gooey, soft center is pretty undisputedly the best part of any cookie. So if there was a way to get your cookies even softer, chewier, and thicker, you'd do it -- wouldn't you? If so, the skillet cookie may just be the answer to your dessert-loving prayers.<p>A giant cookie baked in …

Got the Munchies? Sate Your Hunger with These 20 Recipes

A majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana—so we've collected 20 recipes to help pot smokers deal with the munchies

Cooking

61 Easy Pasta Recipes for Weeknight Dinners

Lose the jarred sauce—we're confident you won't need it with these easy pastas in your weeknight dinner arsenal.

Italian Food

Mexico’s Secret Beach

I don flippers and a life vest, leave my goggles, smartphone, and camera behind, and line up to dive into the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Marieta Islands.<p>Clusters of people jump off ahead of me — couples, friends, families, all bobbing in the water like Halloween apples. I survey the landscape …

Nature

Soft Pretzel Recipes, Because You Need One (Or 20)

When a soft pretzel craving hits, there isn't much else that will satisfy it. You might think that your one option for making soft pretzels at home is to buy those terrible, plastic-smelling, frozen pretzels from the grocery store. If that's you, and you're stuck in that frame of mind, prepare …

The Best Fried Chicken Recipes from Around the World

From Vietnam to India to Italy to Mexico—and beyond—we've got tons of recipes for fried chicken, and the appropriate side dishes

Curries

8 Unusual Uses For Bananas

Nothing ticks me off more than having to trash bananas that I bought four days earlier. I love the tropical fruit just as much as Baby Bop, but I shouldn't have to force feed myself bananas before they become overripe. But it turns out the old yellow fruit can be made new in the form of homemade …

50 Of The Best Dessert Recipes Of All Time

Dig in.<p>When it comes to dessert, the HuffPost Taste editors have got you covered. Between chocolate brownies, homemade ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, layer cakes and fruit pies, we got dessert on our minds all day long. (And this is not an overstatement.) You could even say that we’re somewhat …

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

<i>Karly cracks us up on her blog Buns in My Oven, and quite regularly stuns with all kinds of recipes. You'll find her passion for baking, especially Bar Desserts, on Food Fanatic.</i><p>Turns out that there are three types of people in the world.<p>The first type are the true foodie people. They would not …

Ground Turkey Recipes That Are Actually Delicious

Let's just be honest here and all admit that ground turkey is never the first choice. There are very few people in the world who actually <i>crave</i> ground turkey. We're willing to bet that the words "Man, I just want a turkey meatball sub so bad" have never, ever been spoken. Ground turkey is after all …

19 Southeast Asian Recipes We Love

Gallery19 Southeast Asian Recipes We Love<p>Southeast Asia is home to an incredibly rich food history. From French colonial-inspired bánh mì to Singapore's iconic chicken rice to creamy Thai tom yam kung soup, this is one cuisine that embraces enough flavors to satisfy any palate. Here are 19 recipes …

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6 DIY Versions Of Your Favorite Chinese Takeout Foods

Go ahead, take Panda Express off speed dial. You don't NEED them anymore.<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>2 tablespoons canola oil<p>1 1/2 cup yellow onion, julienned<p>3 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced<p>1 cup green onion, sliced thinly<p>3 cups Chinese celery, stem and leaves, finely chopped<p>2 cups cooked, shredded fatty pork or …

New England Lobster Rolls with Lemon Chive Mayonnaise

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.</i><p><i>Today: No need to travel to New England for its quintessential summer food.</i><p>WHO: Sonali aka The Foodie Physician is a culinary …

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Cookie Monster: Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I bake a lot, so it makes sense to buy chocolate by the block, not the bar. When I take home my hunk of raw material and stare at its craggy chocolatey form, it's probably similar to how Michelangelo felt as he stared into an uncut block of marble.*<p>*If I were a genius and making something important …

Bronx Eats: A Trinidadian Steam Table in Soundview

I've deemed the 6 train the best subway for serious eaters in the Bronx, with something good to eat near almost every stop, but you might be wondering about Elder Avenue.<p>For blocks in either direction on Westchester Avenue, you're more likely to find ancient but unpromising Greek diners, beat up …

The 10 Best Ways to Eat Raw Vegetables

One of the best things about summer is the sudden influx of beautiful summer produce. Markets, grocery stores, and gardens are practically bursting with fresh vegetables, ready to be enjoyed in their natural state. Sure, you can grill, roast, or saute them, but really, this is the time to be …

9 Super Sweet Facts About Honey

Your kitchen cupboards are filled with goodness that go beyond preparing your favorite meal. Household goods, including apple cider vinegar, baking soda and oatmeal also make for amazing ingredients in at-home spa treatments.<p>Wanting to get more use out of our honey bear squeeze bottles, we put a …

Skin Care

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

<i>Today, we're re-running one of our summertime references. A disclaimer: N</i><i>o fruit flies were harmed or killed in the writing of this post. (But we can't say we'd be sad if they had been.)</i><p>What's the only creature that loves fruit more than you do? Fruit flies. In the world of science, they're known …

Fishing

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Truffled Israeli Couscous with Meyer Lemon and Basil

<i>Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.</i><p><i>Today: There's a time and place for snobbery.</i><p>I can already hear the teeth gnashing over the use of truffle oil in this lovely little side dish, Truffled Israeli Couscous with …

Recipes

4 Steps to Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Make fries at home with this easy recipe! Incredibly healthy, vitamin-packed sweet potatoes are a great side dish. With a fraction of the fat of normal fries, these baked sweet potato fries are tossed in olive oil and sea salt, adding a healthy dose of good fats and vitamins.<p><b>Baked Sweet Potato</b> …

Thai Crunch Salad With Peanut Dressing

This recipe was inspired by the popular Thai Crunch Salad served at California Pizza Kitchen. It's made with crisp Napa cabbage, crunchy vegetables and edamame but it's the creamy peanut dressing -- flavored with ginger, garlic, lime and honey -- that makes it so good. I guarantee you'll want to …

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