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Morgan Freeman On Helium Is the Best - PAPER

Morgan Freeman went on the Tonight Show last night and Jimmy Fallon convinced him to do an interview while on helium. We'd still let him narrate the <i>March of the Penguins</i>. [via Tonight Show]<p>Your deeply weird Internet zen koan of the day: "you could stop at five or six stores...or just one." [via F …

A Foreigner's Survival Guide to Ordering and Eating Peking Duck in Beijing

The title of this post is misleading: it's actually not that difficult to figure out how to eat Peking duck as a foreigner. The menus at the restaurants all have pictures (and barring that, you can always pantomime a duck, which serves the dual purpose of placing an order and entertaining the …

Chinese Velveting 101: An Introduction to Water-Velveting

Velveting meat—the practice of marinating slices of meat in egg white, wine, and cornstarch—is a Chinese cooking technique that we've covered here on Serious Eats before.<p>Typically, after the meat is marinated, it is quickly blanched in a bath of hot oil and then drained, at which point it's ready …

Requiem for an Egg Cream: In Search of a New York Classic

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>"This is how my father ordered egg creams as a kid," a friend once told me. "He'd take a sip at the counter and say, 'I'm sorry, but this doesn't have enough milk. Could you add some more?' The soda jerk would add some, dad …

Chinese Velveting 101: Stir-Fried Chicken With Mushrooms and Oyster Sauce

If you've been reading our water-velveting series this week, then you already know that it's an excellent home-cook technique for ensuring that meats stay extremely tender in stir-fries. Unlike the more traditional method that involves cooking the meat in a hot-oil bath, water-velveted meat uses …

A Beginner's Guide to Mead

To most folks, mead is little more than that sickly-sweet honey drink from the Renaissance Faire—a hangover in a glass for nine bucks a pop. But hear me out: that's the crappy stuff. When it's made well, mead can be a beautiful beverage, with all the complexity and taste-of-place of great wine, and …

Water Hoverboard

While we're still a long way off from achieving the kind of technology that allowed Marty McFly to effortlessly skateboard feet above the ground, the …

Steaklocker

One trip to a high-end steakhouse is all you need to convince yourself of the benefits of dry aging — and one look at a professional setup will …

Grovemade Desk Collection

Most of us have things like monitors, keyboards, pen cups, and lamps on our desk. The trouble is, unless you purchased them all at once or a terrific …

Synek Draft Beer System

Ice cold draft beer at home? It's not that uncommon anymore, with stores that fill growlers and home kegerators on the rise. But what if you could …

Aero-X Hoverbike

If you've always wanted to experience the feeling of flying, but don't want to deal with the expense of a plane or helicopter, or spend the time …

Nomad Desktop CNC Mill

Forget desktop 3D printers — if you want a machine to help you make truly useful things out of raw materials, check out the Nomad Desktop CNC Mill. …

Strietman ES3 Espresso Machine

Most modern espresso machines are rather complex affairs, with built-in frothers, pumps, and sometimes even grinders, letting you brew a cup with the …

Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs

Well, that's about as straightforward a title as you're going to find. Penned by renowned photographer Henry Carroll, <i>Read This If You Want To Take</i> …

Sister Earth

<i>Correction, 22 April: The original version of this article misspelled Dr Quintana's name as "Quintada". Our apologies.</i><p>ONE OF the biggest stories in …

Beef Bulgogi (불고기 Korean Cuisine) - Video Recipe

David Brown Speedback GT

When you think of a true vintage GT, it conjures up notions of long country drives with no particular destination, the joy of the road — and spending …

Amazon Dash

For a long time, the technology to build a fridge that scans items when you're getting them out so it knows to order more has been available. But …

Micro 3D Printer

Over the past couple of years we've watched as the barriers to entry for 3D printing came down one-by-one — machines grew steadily cheaper, more …

Ilegal Mezcal Anejo

As Mezcal continues to rise in popularity, the contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pretenders. One of those contenders is Ilegal …

Sichuan Red Chile Oil (Hong You)

2 cups canola oil<p>4 star anise<p>3 cloves garlic, smashed<p>3 cao guo (black cardamom pods)<p>3 whole cloves<p>2 bay leaves<p>1 stick cinnamon, broken in half<p>1 (3") …

Sichuan Tofu and Ground Beef in Red Chile Sauce (Mapo Tofu)

1 (14 oz.) package firm tofu, drained and cut into 1" cubes<p>1⁄2 cup hong you (Sichuan red chile oil; from recipe, or use store-bought)<p>6 cloves garlic, …

Recipes

How to Make Gnocchi al Pomodoro

Traditional Italian gnocchi is much easier to make at home than you might think—to create light, airy dumplings, all you need are potatoes that are …