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14 Desserts Made With Champagne

If there’s one drink that can manage to both get the party started and end things on a sweet note, it’s Champagne. Pop open a few bottles of that bubbly and you’ll soon find out what we mean. These 14 desserts each feature at least a splash of the sparkling stuff, making them the perfect treats to …

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> I'll just say it...these are amazing. Make them immediately.<p>Note: my favorite way to make these is to use a combo of semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips. And these are also good with walnuts.<p>Nutrition Info (1 muffin): 219 calories, 8g fat, 2g fiber, 2.5g protein …

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Possibly one of our most over-the-top Bat Mitzvah cakes ever! :)

My 3 year old son is fascinated with all things train related and would have loved this train themed cake for his own birthday.

This wedding cake also includes a tribute to the groom at the base of the bottom tier!

This cake includes everything my three year old son loves - planes, boats, trains and cars! A boy's dream! We created this cake for Elliott's 2nd birthday. Happy birthday Elliott!

10 Great Ways to Buffalo Sauce Your Food

Gallery10 Great Ways to Buffalo Sauce Your Food<p>Maybe it's something about being a college student, but the only thing that really registers on my tastebuds at 2 AM is some hot, tangy, sinus-clearing chicken from an on-campus eatery. Not that this penchant is limited to the dorm room; for me, …

12 Refreshing Sorbet Recipes We Love

Gallery12 Refreshing Sorbet Recipes We Love<p>Fresh fruit is in bounty at this time of year. When you're tired of firing up the oven for yet another pie or crumble, look no further than an icy sorbet. Cool and refreshing, they leave the integrity of summer fruit intact.<p>But first things first, head …

A Vegan Green Tea Smoothie That's Great for Breakfast or Dessert

I've long been a fan of matcha, the Japanese green tea powder that's fragrant and intensely flavored. On its own, the vibrant green powder is quite savory, but when incorporated into desserts such as French macarons, ice cream and even chocolate, it brings a wonderful depth that helps keep these …

12 Beer-Producing Countries to Watch Right Now

More<p>BEER!<p>We love it. And you've voted. See which is the best American beer city.<p>Already tried all the amazing beers on our bucket list? Then you're probably wondering what's next in beer, and where true beer innovation is happening. While we're always in favor of supporting your local breweries, …

Make Your Morning Smoothie Creamier by Adding Avocado

It's officially smoothie season: the weather's too hot to even think about solid food, and produce is at its sweet and fragrant best. I've never been a big fan of breakfast, but the promise of easy morning smoothies has ensured that my blender has seen a lot of action so far this summer.<p>Here's the …

What to Drink on July 4th

This Independence Day, you're going to throw the best party ever. We're certain of it—you'll cook awesome burgers on the grill and whip up some excellent sides, and you've assigned your guests to come bearing pie and ice cream, too. (Hey, there's no need to do everything yourself!) All that's left …

Summer Drinks Around the World: 12 Regional Specialties You Might Not Know

Ice-cold cocktails, lemonades, and sodas taste good all year round, but they truly become a necessity right about now, when just making it through another day of obscene temperatures and sticky humidity is a victory worth celebrating. These cooling drinks relieve our thirst, yes, but more than …

The Best French Bakeries in NYC

The past few years have been a renaissance for French pastry in New York. Not only are more shops serving better croissants, but ambitious upstarts like Dominique Ansel Bakery, Bien Cuit, and Lafayette have injected some much needed excitement into a pastry category that at times feels staid and …

A Closer Look at Your Italian Bakery's Cookie Case

The Italian-American bakery, with its cannoli and fruit-shaped marzipan, is a bonafide American tradition dating back to the late 1800s, when waves of Italian immigrants settled in cities from New York to Philadelphia to Boston and beyond. They came holding tight to family recipes, but the Italian …

This Week In Recipes

Appetizers and Sides<p>Whole-Wheat Spaghetti Salad With Grilled Zucchini, Kalamata Olives, and Feta<br>• Quinoa Salad With Dried Tart Cherries, Mint, and Feta in Lemon-Sumac Vinaigrette<br>• Farro Salad With Blue Cheese, Pine Nuts, and Tomatoes<br>• Fruity Black Rice Salad With Cilantro, Avocado, and Pepitas in …

From the Blender: Tropical Paradise Green Smoothie

Just as there are all sorts of reasons for eating—nourishment, pleasure, socialization, general awesomeness, to name a few—there are many reasons to drink a green smoothie. Sometimes those reasons are subtle or difficult to articulate.<p>Sometimes not. This smoothie, right now, let's say.<p>I'm smack in …

5 Grain Salads for Summer

I realize there's a chance grains don't wow you, unless you're a vegetarian or staunchly health-conscious. But even if you consider them a necessary (or unavoidable) evil, I'd say looks can be deceiving. Grains come in many forms, and they're a wonderful vehicle for flavors. The trick is striking …

Hog Mac 'n' Cheese From 'Pitt Cue and Co.: The Cookbook'

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>I had to put on my elastic-waist-banded pants just to read the recipe for the Hog Mac 'n Cheese from <i>Pitt Cue Co.: The Cookbook</i>. There's over a pound of cheese in there, and I mean good, esoteric cheese that you could …

8 Must-Visit Restaurants in Rome

Katie Parla is a Rome-based food and beverage journalist. She is the author of the blog Parla Food, the mobile app Katie Parla's Rome, and is working on a cookbook,<i>Really Roman</i>, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2016. Taking a trip to the city? Let her be your guide.<p>It takes years to …

Essential Buenos Aires: Where to Eat and Drink If You Go to Argentina's Capital

There aren't many places in the world where you can get down with a juicy piece of grass-fed beef, indulge in a multi-course chef's tasting menu, and drink an excellent bottle of wine, all for under 30 dollars. Oh, Buenos Aires, you are a frugal food lover's paradise.<p>If you asked me when I first …

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Make Your Own King Cones

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>With your trusty chocolate dip/Magic Shell recipe in hand, it's time to start tackling the ice-cream-truck man's arsenal of frozen treats. First up? We're going straight for the king...cone.<p>Good Humor's King Cone has changed form …

Novelty Ice Cream Week: How to Beat Mister Softee at His Own Soft-Serve Game

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>New Yorkers can debate all they want about who makes the city's best ice cream, but we all know the answer is really Mister Softee.<p>Mister Softee (and his knockoff siblings Master Softee and Captain Softee) does not truck in …

The Elements of Barbecue: On Matters of Meat

To those of us raised in the Carolinas, the concept of choosing a type of meat for barbecue seems odd. It was instilled into us since birth that "barbecue" means one and only kind of meat: pork. Sure, you might be able to eat "barbecued chicken," meaning chicken prepared in the style of barbecue, …

Zane Caplansky on Where to Eat in Toronto

Since opening on the second floor of Little Italy's Monarch Tavern in 2008, Caplansky's Deli has almost singlehandedly revived Toronto's Jewish deli scene, largely thanks to owner Zane Caplansky's unique take on smoked meat.<p>Later this year, the standalone location on College and Brunswick will …

Gadgets: Make 5-Minute Ice Pops With the Zoku Quick Pop Maker

Realistically, you can make ice pops in paper cups with wooden skewers for handles, but that's probably not as fun—or as trendy—as using a Zoku quick pop maker. Either way, it's certainly not nearly as fast.<p>The product comes in a range of sizes designed to make one, two, or three pops at a time; I …