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Suspiro de Limeña Is a Sigh-Inducing Peruvian Sweet

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and

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Peru’s Iconic Chicha Morada Is a Perfect Summer Drink

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the

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Everything You Need to Know About Ube, the Purple Yam

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and

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Shakshuka Is the Best One-Pan, All-Purpose Egg Dish Around

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and

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

Potato salad is safe to leave out of the refrigerator for one to two hours max—but it’s not the mayonnaise that will make you sick. Leaving potato salad out at

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Should You Use Waxy or Starchy Potatoes for the Best Potato Salad?

What’s the best type of potato to use in potato salad? Well, that depends on a few factors. Potato salad is an American institution, and hardly seems difficult to throw

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Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?

If you’re doing some old-school grilling this 4th of July weekend, are you reaching for ketchup when it comes time to dress your hot dog? If so, you may be

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When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

Grill lid on or grill lid off? You want a simple answer to the question, When should you use the lid on your grill? But it’s not an open-and-shut case.

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Avoid These Grilling Mistakes for Perfect Meat Every Time 

The 4th of July is nearly upon us and that means lots of grilling across the U.S.A. Be sure to avoid these common grilling mistakes—both when buying and cooking your meat— for

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Where Do Hot Dogs Come From?

“Where do hot dogs come from?” may not be a question you find yourself asking often (or ever, tbh), but it’s one asked by millions—yes, millions—of Google users during summer

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Is It Actually Safe to Host a BBQ This Summer?

When you ask experts whether it’s safe to BBQ during the coronavirus pandemic this summer, the answers you’ll get tend to vary—and they can even change day by day.

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What’s the Best Way to Grill Bratwurst?

Grilled brats served on crusty rolls are a cookout favorite. But what’s the best way to grill bratwurst? We like a two-step approach of simmering them in beer to begin,

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Is It Safe to Go Camping This Year?

With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, the outdoors seems to be the safest place to be according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, with more people flocking

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Can You Make Good Ice Cream without Eggs?

Even if you’re not vegan, you may have wondered: Can you make good ice cream without eggs? You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, super rich ice cream,

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Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Is Actually Easy to Make at Home

Is it indeed magical?

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Is Oil or Butter Better for Fried Eggs?

Sunny side up or over easy isn’t the only important decision to make when frying eggs. Which fat the eggs are fried in affects both taste and texture. Oil, butter,

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The Best Wine Pairings for Popular Takeout Dishes

Restaurants may be inching their way open in some cities, but, let’s face it, we’ve started to get used to the idea of eating takeout from the safety of our

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Eat the Rainbow: The Science Behind Brightly Colored Summer Fruit and Why It’s So Good for You

The rainbow diet: Keeping the colors of the rainbow in mind is a good way to ensure you’re getting a healthy mix of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants during Pride month (June) and all

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Food Justice Explained and Why It Matters

What is food justice? We tackle the broad concept of food justice as well as some of the causes of food injustice and a list of organizations fighting for food justice in America. 

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7 Easy Tips to Start a Windowsill Garden at Home

Extra time on our hands during quarantine has proven that we home cooks certainly like to embark on projects. We’ve attempted sourdough starter, regrown our scallions from chopped bulbs into

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Coffee Roast 101: Which One Is Best for Your Taste?

When it comes to coffee roast, if you’re not really sure about the difference in flavor between light, dark, and medium roast coffee beans, here’s a handy guide to help

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