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You’re Doing It All Wrong: Rimming Your Cocktail Glass

You’re Doing It All Wrong: Rimming Your Cocktail Glass

Yesterday Alex Ott went to a bar in New York City and saw a guy rim his glass totally wrong. Ott wanted to say to the bartender, "Stop what you're doing; there's an easier way to do it." He didn't. But he'll tell us now. READ MORE

Have a Ball: Spherical Food We Love

Have a Ball: Spherical Food We Love

New Year's Eve parties are made for appetizers. Even New Year's Day brunches welcome finger food. We don't know why we love ball-shaped food in this category so much, but we do. It could be the compact, easy-to-manage edibility. The shape makes great hors d' oeuvres. Plus, there's something fun and childlike about it. And a new year is a time for renewal anyway. READ MORE

Gift Guide for Sparkling Wine Connoisseurs

Gift Guide for Sparkling Wine Connoisseurs

There's something about that joyous froth, that pop-pop-pop in our mouths, that sparkle which makes us fall in love with Champagne and its bubbly cousins, again and again. It's special, a drink you can enjoy any day of the week, but often reserved for the most important moments of your life. Bottom line: Champagne equals celebration. READ MORE

Holidays Stress You Out? These 13 Items Will Help You Chill

Holidays Stress You Out? These 13 Items Will Help You Chill

You burnt the roast. The bathroom is still dirty, and guests are coming over. You forgot a gift for cousin John. Work is piling up before and during your holiday break. Sarah is sick. And your "better" half isn't helping. Stressed much? The holidays can do that to you. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Cook a Potato in the Microwave

The Basics: How to Cook a Potato in the Microwave

Need a starchy side in a pinch? Learn to cook your potatoes in the microwave and have dinner served in less than 10 minutes. READ MORE

Hacks to Impress Your In-Laws and Friends During the Holidays

Hacks to Impress Your In-Laws and Friends During the Holidays

Comforting, traditional holiday food is nice and all, but when you have guests during the holidays, you want to impress them with some dramatic dish. Sometimes it takes a lot of work, time, and patience to create that final crowd-pleaser. Other times — our favorite times — it's deceptively easy. READ MORE

Chrismukkah: Yet Another Merger

Chrismukkah: Yet Another Merger

This time of year, it's not uncommon to see a Christmas tree decorated with the star of David and dreidels, perched next to a table where a menorah flickers in the winter light. A Christmas-Hanukkah hybrid holiday is an annual reality for mixed-faith households, and Jewish people in Germany have been celebrating the secular, cultural traditions of the Christmas tree and gifts since at least the 19th century. This year, however, Chrismukkah has become even more apropos because the holidays overlap. Remember Thanksgivukkah in 2013? READ MORE

How to Handle a Holiday Brunch Potluck

How to Handle a Holiday Brunch Potluck

Last weekend, Kristin Donnelly arrived at a friend's potluck brunch carrying her signature scones marbled with sweet caramelized onions, oozy Gouda cheese, and buttery, crunchy pecans. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Cheesecake and NY Cheesecake?

What’s the Difference Between Cheesecake and NY Cheesecake?

There is New York cheesecake, and then there are all the others. Not to be totally New York-centric, but that's kinda how it is. Although, you could say ricotta cheesecakes are an Italian-inspired third version. Here's the deal. READ MORE

How to Soften Brown Sugar

How to Soften Brown Sugar

It happens all the time: You peer into your cardboard box of brown sugar and find brown concrete instead. When you tap that solid mass with your measuring spoon, it's like mining for gold with a pickax. Ugh. But you must make those cookies. READ MORE