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The best smart speakers

Is your speaker just <i>too dumb</i>? Do you sit in frustration, issuing fruitless voice commands to a cold, lifeless hunk of metal and plastic that couldn’t …

The Best Lemon-Garlic Chicken Comes from the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast<p>Serves 4<p>1 tablespoon olive oil <br>4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds total) <br>1/2 teaspoon kosher …

Slow Cookers

18 At-Home Date Ideas | The Art of Manliness

Every relationship expert will tell you that one of the keys to keeping the spark alive in a long-term relationship is continuing to court your …

Kids

How to Develop Situational Awareness | The Art of Manliness

There’s a scene at the beginning of <i>The Bourne Identity</i> where the film’s protagonist is sitting in a diner, trying to figure out who he is and why he …

Self Defense

Artist Paints Ephemeral Portraits on Vintage Paper Using Coffee as a Medium

Michael Aaron Williams is globally recognized for his statement street art that aims to provoke dialogue and stimulate social commentary. However, the Tennessee native has also become renowned for his detailed coffee paintings that capture the ephemeral nature of his subjects. Intimate and fragile, …

Art

How to Make Any Kind of Baked Pasta (& Live a Happy Life)

My mom is far from an Iron Chef and even farther from an Italian grandmother (and she would say the same). But despite these significant disadvantages, she can make a mean baked pasta.<p>She never relied on a fancy recipe—her go-to macaroni and cheese came from one Nancy Reagan—but, to this day, even …

Italian Food

14 Pies for Fall (A.K.A. Pie Season)

Pie holds a special place in our hearts all year long, but if there ever was a month for pies to shine, November would be it. We may have nearly three weeks to daydream about which ones will make it to the table on Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean we can't do a few trial runs along the way. We …

Baking

How to Brew Beer at Home (Especially if You've Never Brewed Before)

I can't remember exactly what was going through my head when I called Bitter and Esters, a home brew shop in Brooklyn, asking about their starter beer-making kit, but it went something along the lines of this: "<b>I like beer, so it should be a breeze to make it—right?</b>" Not exactly.<p>As I learned in one …

Beer

10 Essential Tools for Making Sourdough Bread at Home

A tender crumb, a golden-brown crust, an intriguing smell, and an amazing taste—baking with sourdough is a project in craft, beauty, and nourishment, and mysterious blend of many conditions—the grain’s soil and natural environment, the premises where the grain was processed, the baker's environment …

Bread

How to Make (Deep-Fried) French Toast Sticks

My school cafeteria served the predecessor to sad desk lunch.<p>Kids would take the rubbery cheese out of the stuff crust pizza and see if they could bounce it; "turkey and gravy on a biscuit" contained "real meat"; and the salad bar’s lettuce was limp enough to make a gas station salad seem appealing.<p>…

Breakfast

13 Totally Wicked DIY Halloween Garlands

Pumpkin carving. Creative costumes. Candy galore. Seriously, what isn’t there to love about Halloween? It’s one of our favorite holidays, for sure, and if you’re anything like us, you’re just dying to dress up your home with fun and frightful decor pieces like luminaries, wreaths and garlands. …

AC editors' apps of the week: TransPlan, Weather Timeline, Skyward and more

Our weekly app picks<p>It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to …

Apps

The Key to a Simple Dinner Party? Homemade Bread

<i>Present a good loaf of homemade bread and your dinner guests won't notice you're serving scrambled eggs.</i><p>Few things speak as profoundly and as eloquently of domestic prowess as the soft scent of bread baking in the oven. You can make the finest of pastries, butcher the fiddliest of birds, fillet the …

Baking

15 Slow Cooker Oatmeals And Healthy Breakfasts To Prep Overnight

A daily ritual of breakfast in bed is a long-shot wish: You might be able to swing it if you've got buckets of money and a crumb catcher built into your sheets.<p>The next-best thing? A healthy breakfast, more elaborate than a bowl of cereal or a sad granola bar, all ready for you as you groggily …

A Miniature Moss Garden for Your Tabletop

<i>We're teaming up with Squarespace for a week of inventive DIY centerpieces, from classics with a twist to totally wild takes. We invited a few of our favorite designers and stylists to participate, so join us as they share their tips and tricks—and scroll down for a code to get</i> <i>10% off a yearlong</i> …

Gardening

Watch and Learn: 5 Cast-Iron Skillet Tips & Tricks

<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>Watch KatieQ</i> <i>shares her top five cast iron skillet tips and tricks. Hint: Water is the enemy.</i><p>Cast iron pans are shrouded in mystery (at least it <i>feels</i> like they …

Kitchens

12 Recipes to Enjoy All Week Long

Sunday cooking can be the most satisfying kind. Not only do you get the relaxing benefits of being in the kitchen and making dinner, but you get the peace of mind of knowing that you don’t need to sweat what you’re going to eat for the upcoming week. When you plan ahead, you create options for …

Food

The Only Style of Wine You Need for Weeknight Meals

<i>We may have food down cold, but wine? This is where we'll conquer it. Join us; we don't want to drink alone.</i><p><i>Today: A style of white wine to go with whatever you want to eat right now.</i><p>There is a winery in South Africa named Meerlust, where the same woman -- her name is Betty -- has been cooking for …

Flavors

7 Deadly Sins of Concealed Carry: Using Wrong Ammo

I had a lot of fun with the “Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting” series a couple of months ago, and hope you did too. I got to thinking about …

Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.<p>The study by the Crime Prevention Research …

How a Handgun Works: 1911 .45

The model 1911 handgun is named for the year it was formally adopted by the U.S. Army – and while it was replaced as an official service weapon in …

Focaccia di Recco

<i>Every Tuesday, Italian expat</i> <b>Emiko Davies</b> <i>is taking us on a grand tour of Italy, showing us how to make classic, fiercely regional dishes at home.</i><p><i>Today: The thinnest focaccia you'll ever see has a surprise hidden inside: oozy melted cheese.</i><p>The people of Liguria -- a region along Italy's western …

Italy

Grilled Cheese Egg in a Hole + The Serpenti

<i>Today: When a grilled cheese meets egg in a hole, the sum becomes greater than its components, especially when paired with a simple but surprising cocktail.</i><p>Back in elementary school, it used to be a (not very good) joke to ask your friends what 1 plus 1 equals. "It's 2," they'd reply. <i>"</i>Wrong," you'd …

grilled cheese

10 Great Home Projects and What They Cost

<i>Mitchell Parker, Houzz Staff</i><p>It’s rare for homeowners to dust off their hands and say, “There! Our home is complete!” There’s always something we feel we can do to make our spaces better, more efficient, more comfortable or just more visually appealing. Here are some ideas to inspire your next …

Home Improvement

Josey Baker’s 10 Essential Tools for Baking Delicious Bread

<i>As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities -- but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we're asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.</i><p><i>Today: Josey Baker makes delicious bread (and</i> …

Baking

Why You Should Be Eating Dumplings for Lunch

<i>As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today: Stuff some dumplings, then stuff your face for lunch. Betty Liu of le jus d'orange</i> …

Food & Dining

Infographic: How to Cook Every Winter Vegetable

The next time you find yourself scratching your head over something you're not sure how to eat, consult this infographic for helpful pointers on …

Infographics

Kale, Lentil, and Bacon Soup Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> A super cozy, warming yet fresh and healthy soup, if ever there was one. Earthy lentils, verdant, good-for-you kale, and a little salty hit of bacon -- so good. As ever, I feel a splash of dry sherry enhances a vegetable-based soup, but it is up to you. This depends on using some good …

Soup

Things to Keep in the Car | The Art of Manliness

When I was growing up, I noticed that my dad kept his car well-stocked with supplies. A lot of the equipment was for his job busting poachers as a …

Snowstorms