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Everything You Need to Know About Steak Tartare

Steak tartare. Or beef tartare. One of those classic preparations that seem to be constantly falling in and out of vogue. Off-putting to some and a coveted delicacy for others,

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Dry January: Alcohol’s Impact on Your Health

The last few months of every year are a seemingly endless parade of gluttony, from binging on Halloween candy to sampling a dozen forms of carbs on Thanksgiving and again

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What Is Mincemeat Pie, Exactly?

If you’re American, when you think of traditional Christmas food your head is likely filled with visions of ham, eggnog, and cookies, but there’s a whole world of international Christmas

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Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

When baking, can you substitute brown sugar for white sugar and vice versa? Sort of, is the quick answer. But there is a difference between what brown sugar and white

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This $36 Whisky Is the Best Whisky of 2019

In its annual, blind-tasted line up of the world’s best drinking whiskies, Whisky Advocate awarded the best whisky of 2019 to a budget-friendly, American selection from Tennessee, proving this year still has

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Here’s Why We Eat Latkes on Hanukkah

When it comes to the holidays, there’s one thing that everyone looks forward to during the eight days of Hanukkah: latkes. These crispy, smashed pucks of grated potatoes and onions

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What Is the Feast of the Seven Fishes?

Christmas is celebrated all over the world, and every country has their traditional foods for the occasion. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is known as an Italian tradition, although

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If You’re Not Eating Bavarian Nuts, You’re Not Celebrating Christmas

Anyone who enjoys a solid Christkindlmart usually makes a beeline for the bratwurst, warm apple strudel, or a hot cup of gluhwein. I, on the other hand, get far too

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Chicha Morada: How to Enjoy This Iconic Peruvian Drink

Chicha morada, Peru’s refreshing purple corn beverage, is a festive welcome during the holiday season and beyond.  As a holiday host who strives for exceptionalism in meeting the needs of

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9 Mistakes That Will Result in Holiday Baking Disaster

If previous attempts at holiday baking have been a bit of a disaster—your Christmas cookies crumbled and your black bottom cupcakes turned out all black (like, really black)—that doesn’t mean

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Yes, an Instant Pot Is Worth Getting

You’re probably familiar with all the things the Instant Pot promises by now. Pot roast in about 45 minutes. Perfect hard-boiled eggs. Tender ribs and pulled pork in a flash.

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Is Getting an Air Fryer Worth the Investment?

It’s a cruel fact of life: fried food is so good for your tastebuds (and nucleus accumbens), and so not-great for pretty much all the rest of you. Sure, you

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What It’s Like to Work in a Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day

While many people are busy celebrating Thanksgiving in theirs, or their friends’ or families’ homes, there are as many people taking their turkey, or avoiding it outright, in restaurants and

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Can You Make Mashed Potatoes Ahead of Time?

Peel ’em and soak ’em.

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When Did Thanksgiving Turn Into a Potluck?

Say I’ve invited you over for Thanksgiving and you’re wondering whether you should bring your semi-famous wilted Brussels sprouts salad with duck prosciutto, or your new favorite pumpkin-ginger soup with

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How Should You Store Your Pie?

If you’re getting ahead of the game and baking pies in advance of when you want to serve them (or, should you find yourself with the exciting and rare predicament

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13 Tips to Build the Cheese Board of Your Dreams, According to a Cheese Connoisseur

If you’ve been scrolling through Instagram lately, you’re bound to have come across a soaring cheese board spread: one peppered with gooey wedges of cheese, teeny pots overflowing with golden

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Baijiu: The World’s Most Popular Spirit, Explained

If you lately happen upon baijiu (pronounced BUY-joe) as a cocktail ingredient at your favorite hot spot, take note. The latest weapon in the arsenal of the American bartender isn’t

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Chow Chow Is the Blissful Marriage of Pickles & Coleslaw We’ve Been Waiting For

No, not the dog. Chow chow is a condiment so good a North Carolina city named their food festival after it. It’s also the perfect way to use up the

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Why Do We Call Deviled Eggs ‘Deviled’?

Ever wondered why they’re called deviled eggs? Hint: It actually might have something to do with Satan! Deviled eggs are staples of brunches, picnics, and potlucks. And it’s easy to

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Suspiro de Limeña Is the Next Sweet Thing to Obsess Over

Sus-something de what now…? I wasn’t entirely sure what I was ordering, given that it was my first day in Lima and still determined to fake my way through speaking

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