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Potato Salad, Hold the Mayo

Hate to break it to you guys, but there’re more ways to dress a potato salad than either mayo or vinegar and bacon. Please, if only for the sake of

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7 Things to Pack for the Perfect Picnic

August is summer’s home stretch: Time to turn every last ounce of energy into a final kick for enjoying alfresco eating. Keep the basket by the door, make sure the

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Slow Cooker Quinoa-Stuffed Red Peppers

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out on the laziest day of the week. Stuffed peppers were one of the first things I cooked for my wife

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Killer Kebabs for the Rest of Summer

There aren’t many food rituals for summer: watermelon, strawberry shortcake, slushy drinks. And, of course, cooking everything you can on the grill.

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The Last Crawfish Boil

I grew up in Houston in the 1990s, when the city still had the Oilers football team and the glow of back-to-back NBA Championship titles. Then as now, Houston was

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How to Make Perfect Fish Tacos

The fish taco—battered and fried, cabbage-stuffed—might have originated in San Felipe, the Baja California gulf town south of Mexicali, or in Ensenada, a three-hour drive northwest to the Pacific. Nobody

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Mysterious Creature from the Deep, Grilled

I love eating octopus: the chewy texture when it’s perfectly cooked, the way it resists and then submits to my teeth in every bite. But I have this fear of

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7 Easy Pickles for Summer

We live in the era of the pickle: quick fridge, lacto-fermented, water-bath canned. If it can be put up in a jar, you can preserve it. So stock up on

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Easy Slow Cooker Peach Crumble

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out for what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. This summer slow cooker dessert is yet another Alton

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Slow Cooker Party Mix

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out for what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. This one is easy, but it takes some mindfulness

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Best 4th of July Recipes

Somehow, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year have already come and gone. Take advantage of the outdoors before summer slips away! Whether you’re planning

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Potato Salad: How Long Can It Stay at Room Temp?

A lot of us already know that, on its own, commercial mayonnaise poses no threat of food poisoning when kept at room temperature (although it may get a funky flavor

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Fresh Cherry Hot Sauce Is Spicy-Sweet and Smoky

I wanted to do a fresh version of the Cherry Bomb Hot Sauce I made last year, when cherries were out of season (it calls for bottled juice). So I’ve

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Strawberry S’mores Overload!

Like deciding whether you should wear your turquoise or coral tank top, summer demands making tough calls (it isn’t all just hanging out by the pool). The same is true

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Chocolate S’mores Sundae Blowout!

As Spumoni and Rocky Road were to earlier generations, the s’more is to ours. The blend of graham cracker, drippy chocolate, and toasted marshmallow has become a flavor in its

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Manhattan Cocktail, Spanish Soul

One of my favorite drinks at a very nice bar in California called Prizefighter is the Butchertown. It’s one of many variations on the Manhattan served up by modern mixology—the

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Frosty Chai Ice Pops

Some days a milkshake is what you need, other days—like today, when it’s 93 degrees Fahrenheit with 41 percent humidity in New York City—only an ice pop will do. Fortunately

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World Cup Menu: Global Score!

Ah, the World Cup. Even if you’re not a slave to your bracket, chances are you’ll stay current, if only out of a voyeuristic sense of global adventure. Speaking of

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How to Make Crispy Fried Avocados for Tacos

1/9 I’ve been on a taco quest in the past couple of weeks, playing around with breakfast tacos and trying to come up with a great vegetarian taco that isn’t

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Slow Cooker Savory Oatmeal

Welcome to Slow Cooker Sunday! Plug in and chill out for what’s supposed to be the laziest day of the week. I put together a set of savory oatmeal toppings

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Make These Delicious Fried Egg Tacos

Tacos and fried eggs are my two favorite things: Why not combine them? So I came up with these seven variations on the breakfast taco, all of them topped with

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