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2013's hidden gems: the CDs and DVDs that got away

The Observer's critics pick the releases that didn't get the acclaim they deserved

Better Than Bacon: 25 Pork Recipes, From Chops to Tenderloins

From lean and tender pork loins to tasty pork shoulders to a classic pork chops, we've compiled 25 of our favorite recipes that puts a pig to good use.<p>Bacon makes everything taste better: in waffles, in quiches, in cornbread, in miso, on pizza, and wrapped around anything. You say bacon, and we're …

Cooking

The 10 Best Debut Novels of 2013

The debut novel is a tricky thing. Sure, the author may have put out short story collections or written pieces for major magazines, but a novel is …

How to Buy, Store, and Cook Lemons, in Season in December

Tips for buying, storing, and cooking with lemons, in season in December.<p>Thankfully, lemons are readily available throughout the year—it would be hard to imagine grilled fish without a spritz of lemon or a citrus-less drink in the summertime. But, like almost all produce, lemons <i>do</i> have an actual …

Ice Cream

23 Most YOLO Pastas Of 2013

Pasta is always perfect. But sometimes it's fun to shake things up a little bit.

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce and Pan-Fried Eggplant

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Most eggplant recipes, especially those in Italian cookbooks, call for salting the vegetable beforehand. This helps soften the bitter bite—definitely a good thing—but it comes at a cost: the process can take up to an hour, which basically means that …

10 unforgettable graphic novels from 2013

For the graphic novel — a misleading term that’s come to encompass nonfiction as well as fiction — the days when mainstream stories about the form always included references to caped crusaders and the risible phrase “not for just for kids anymore” are vanishing in the rearview mirror.<p>Read more on …

“Mean Streets” by Tennis - The Fox Is Black

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve heard a song so good that it had me rock my head back and forth, smiling from ear-to-ear. That’s the exact …

Famous Architecture Recreated with Gingerbread and Candy

If you look closely, you'll find that these detailed architectural close-ups are filled with surprises! Artist Henry Hargreaves and stylist Caitlin Levin used gingerbread and candy to create the buildings as part of a Dylan's Candy Bar display at the Art Basel winter festival in Miami. The black …

Art

Articles about how green your roof on Dwell.com - Dwell

Gardening is a great way to spend your time.<p>If you live in a large metro like we do, odds are you see mostly bleak-hued buildings. Lots and lots of buildings.<p>We're sharing a few useful projects from DIY Home Repairs: 100 Fix-It Yourself Projects, a book by Sarah Beeny, that will help...<p>While care …

San Francisco

Star Wars’ First Instagram Is a Darth Vader Selfie

For its first Instagram post on Monday afternoon, the Star Wars franchise joined the dark side, posting a picture of Darth Vader taking a selfie on …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Tattoos<p>A brief chat with JonBoy.<p>By Alex Wong1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Mark Anthony Green argues that it’s as essential and old-school as it gets.<p>By Mark …

Lifestyle

Star Wars 1313 Concept Art by Gustavo Mendonca

Senior Concept Designer Gustavo Mendonca has released some of the concept artwork that he created for <b>Star Wars 1313</b>. His list of past projects …

Star Wars

One of the Year’s Most Addictive Mobile Games Doesn’t Seem Like a Game at All

When I tell people I write about videogames, someone almost always asks, “What should I play?”<p>I’m not a reviewer, and there are plenty of games I …

Helpful Infographic Perfectly Pairs Wine with Food

Whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur or not, you could probably use this infographic to learn a thing or two about the liquid of the gods. How many calories does a typical glass of white wine versus red wine have and, more importantly, which wine should you pair with tonight's dinner? …

Infographics

Pixies fire bassist Kim Shattuck

For the second time this year, Pixies have parted ways with a bassist named Kim. Kim Shattuck — who replaced founding member Kim Deal — has been …

Table It Competition Inspired by Marc Newson

This year, the annual Collab Student Design Competition challenged students to design a table inspired by a discipline or industry within science, …

Furniture

Golden Galette Tops the List of All-time Favorite Potato Recipes

As the author of three "fresh" cookbooks, I'm supposed to say kale is my favorite vegetable. Or Brussels sprouts. Honestly, I like these veggies; but I would lie down on the train tracks for a potato gratin, a plate of crispy fingerlings, or a slice of Golden Gruyère Potato Galette (see below). …

Cauliflower Gratin With Nutmeg

Come November, I eagerly hunt for cauliflowers at my farmers' market -- precious and wondrous gifts from Mother Earth.<p>The cauliflowers grown by local farmers are not the oversized, Popeye-like grocery store variety. They are usually small in size, delicate and crispy. They come in all kinds of …

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Sweet Potato Biscuit Pillows with Honey and Coconut Oil

<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: Biscuits that live up to their name. (Seriously.)</i><p>WHO: TheWimpyVegetarian is a blogger, food writer, and cooking teacher …

College Football

6 Buildings That Look Like Vaginas

Yesterday, Zaha Hadid released her design for Qatar’s new World Cup Stadium. Everyone freaked out because it looks like a vagina. What other architects have defied the phallic building norm?<p>Zaha Hadid sent shockwaves over the Internet yesterday when she released her design for Qatar’s new World Cup …

Skyscrapers

Articles about 10 dwell houses their own words on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.<p>From a home designed by David Chipperfield in London to WORKac's New York duplex, here is what caught our eye over the last few...<p>From floating student dorms to concrete homes, catch up from …

San Francisco

Take Your Bacon to the Next Level with Pink Peppercorns

A sprinkling of black and pink peppercorns is a great way to dress up your bacon for company.<p>We're the first ones to admit that bacon needs little help to be the star of your brunch spread. Whether it's accompanying fluffy waffles or scrambled eggs, that salty, meaty bite anchors any gut-busting …

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I Can’t Stop Looking At These Pictures Of Ugly Carrots

A new book called Defective Carrots features strange, grotesque photographs of vegetables deemed unfit for consumers.<p>Every day, thousands of “optically deficient” carrots are mechanically scanned and promptly removed from factory conveyor belts, deemed unfit for consumers. These are the runts of …

Carrots