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Steal These 15 Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

Steal These 15 Breakfast Ideas from Around the World

We often save our culinary explorations for lunch or dinner. But breakfast should get a break too from our ordinary, domestic treatment. These breakfast traditions from across the globe are delicious, more exciting ways to start the day. So morning-meal makers, accept this challenge to look at your eggs, fruit, and grains in a new light. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Slow Cooking

The Ultimate Guide to Slow Cooking

Welcome to the age of the crock pot. Browse the kitchen appliance aisle at Target or any other bustling general outfitter, and there they are: A line of slow cookers from basic to tricked out, as if every modern kitchen needed to have one, the way we all need microwaves and coffee makers. In fact, over the past five years, as the machines themselves have gotten better and most of us have made the odd beef stew or overnight oatmeal, the slow cooker become an essential cooking appliance. And while the slow cooker is among the simplest appliances to use (basically, you turn it on and you’re cooking), not all crock-pot dishes are created equal. What you cook, how you assemble it in the cooker, and how long you let it simmer—these are all crucial points in winning at slow cooking. READ MORE

How to Throw a Healthy Super Bowl Bash

How to Throw a Healthy Super Bowl Bash

Every year on the first Sunday in February, Americans gather in front of their televisions to watch football and chow down on snacks that are mostly deep-fried and pair well with ranch dressing. Which is a tradition that’s swell and all, but sometimes even the most steadfast rituals deserve to be shaken up. READ MORE

10 Good Luck Foods, Plus 6 Ridiculously Tasty Recipes for Chinese New Year

10 Good Luck Foods, Plus 6 Ridiculously Tasty Recipes for Chinese New Year

Enjoy prosperity, longevity, and happiness in the coming year. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Chocolate Mousse

The Basics: How to Make Chocolate Mousse

It’s not often that you run across a homemade dessert that can be made easily and on a whim. Most recipes will have you waiting for the oven to preheat and tracking down that cake pan you haven’t used in ages. Chocolate mousse, on the other hand, asks that you bring little more than a few bowls and a readiness to whisk—no tiresome baking, sifting, kneading, or frosting. This is one of those rare desserts that can be made easily on a weeknight: it calls for a mere three ingredients and takes hardly any time to prep. Because it’s so barebones, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the chocolate. When you dig into the finished product with a spoon you’ll understand why: this mousse is first and foremost a vehicle for all of cocoa’s complexities, set afloat by a quiff of air. READ MORE

13 Recipes That Make the Most of Your Muffin Tin

13 Recipes That Make the Most of Your Muffin Tin

Who says you have to stick to baking regular old muffins in your muffin tin? Get creative! READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to French Food

The Ultimate Guide to French Food

America has a long history of elevating French food to the status of the rare, the fancy, and the untouchable by ordinary home cooks. But since 1961, at least, with the appearance of volume one of Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck’s , America established another tradition: demystifying French food for home cooks. “Good and honest cooking and good and honest French cooking are the same thing,” American expat Richard Olney wrote in (1970). In other words, authentically French cooking is nothing an average home cook should be afraid to attempt, as long as one approaches it with energy and discernment. READ MORE

Super Bowl Party Playbook

Super Bowl Party Playbook

Tackling the game-day festivities. READ MORE

5 Things Julia Child Taught Us About Valentine’s Day

5 Things Julia Child Taught Us About Valentine’s Day

Julia Child had a thing for Valentine’s Day. In the 1950s in Paris, America’s greatest-ever French cookbook author would spend nearly as much time with her husband, Paul, crafting original Valentines, as she would perfecting a soufflé recipe. “Valentines cards had become a tradition of ours,” Julia writes in her posthumously published memoir, , “born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” One year, Julia and Paul created a Valentine in the shape of a stained glass window, with each of the five panels having to be painted by hand. “For 1956,” she writes, “we decided to lighten up by doing something different. We posed ourselves for a self-timed valentine photo in the bathtub, wearing nothing but artfully placed soap bubbles.” Bubbles were only the beginning of Julia’s Valentine’s Day wisdom. Here are five tips for navigating a home-cooked romantic French feast for two. READ MORE

Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

There’s something nice and nostalgic about bacon sizzling in an iron pan on the stovetop, isn’t there? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that nostalgia is a farce. This isn’t an argument against cast iron pans per se, because there are many things that cast iron pans are good at doing (hello, perfectly seared steaks). But if you want bacon that crisps and cooks evenly, you’re better off sticking it in the oven. READ MORE