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The Ultimate Guide to Picnicking

The Ultimate Guide to Picnicking

The picnic is one of the annual joys of warm-weather (and sometimes cool-weather) eating. On West Coast beaches, where the Pacific crashes into rocks along the horizon; in Midwest forests, and among the dunes of Lake Michigan; and in manicured urban parks in the Northeast, we love nothing better than to lift the lid of a cooler, flip open an old-fashioned hamper, and pop the lids of Tupperware to lay out a feast. Planning a picnic is more than just dragging outdoors the food you’d already be cooking. Throwing a great picnic is the result of a few factors: the setting, the weather (obviously), and the ease of serving and assembly (grilling marinated chicken skewers or portobello mushroom caps on coals is one thing; assembling and cooking panini on site, in a cast iron skillet precariously perched on cinderblocks over a fire, is another). READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Foods and Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Foods and Recipes

You can’t shop the aisles of a supermarket, pick up a fast-casual restaurant menu, or scan a rack of food magazines without seeing it, the GF tag: gluten-free. No movement has consumed contemporary food like the gluten-free one. Once a heavily restricted survival diet for those who suffered from celiac disease, gluten-free has become a mode of eating of choice for most of us, a way to battle mild to moderate wheat allergies we’ve only become aware of, cut down on carbs, or just to eat healthier, and with more intention. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Thai Food

The Ultimate Guide to Thai Food

It’s almost embarrassingly obvious at this moment it time to talk about Thai food as anything other than one of the world’s great cuisines. Since Thai restaurants became fixtures in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the speed at which North Americans have acquired a taste for tom yam (shrimp soup), pad Thai, som tam (green papaya salad), and green curry is remarkable. They’ve become naturalized in America and yet, despite familiarity, making Thai food at home can be daunting for a lot of cooks. READ MORE

The Complete Guide to Quick Breads

The Complete Guide to Quick Breads

Even if you think you don’t know a quick bread from a dinner roll, chances are you eat quick breads all the time, and love them. That square of cornbread with your chili, for instance—it’s arguably the most famous and best loved quick bread in the modern culinary repertoire. Quick breads are a huge category of baked goods, spanning flours, textures, sweetness levels, and personalities. As a broad definition, a quick bread is a loaflike baked good that relies on chemical leavening—most often baking powder and/or baking soda (rather than yeast or the air trapped in beaten eggs)—to achieve a risen state. READ MORE

19 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

19 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

Soup is a great make-ahead meal that's even better the next day ... and the next ... and the next, if you still have some left over. This idea works well for weeknight dinners, when you have a time crunch. But just because you toss a bunch of ingredients into a Crock Pot, press "cook," and head to work doesn't mean you'll have a meal to be proud of at the end of the day. Yet these 19 beautiful soups and stews make cooking with a plug-in appliance taste more sophisticated. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

These kitchen papers are both awesome for making cleanup faster and easier. They're also good for wrapping meat and fish and separating layers of baked goods for storage. But the No. 1 reason parchment paper is far superior to wax paper is because it won't melt or ignite in the oven. That's a biggie. Do not, we repeat, do not put wax paper in the oven. We try to avoid excess flames in the kitchen. The brown paper also has that cool artisanal thing going on when you wrap baked goods in it for gifts, especially with butcher's twine as ribbon — so Brooklyn. READ MORE

Academy Awards Cocktail Party

Academy Awards Cocktail Party

Celebrate the Oscars with old-school Hollywood style. READ MORE

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