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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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What Is Za’atar and How Do I Use It?

It’s possible you’ve seen earthy za’atar seasoning piled up in soaring mountains in an Israeli shouk or tucked away in packets in your local spice shop. But if not, you

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Pumpkin Pie Lies: It’s Actually Canned Squash

Shocker: Canned pumpkin is not actually pumpkin—it’s squash. But they’re so much alike it doesn’t really matter…right? Pumpkins are a beloved symbol of fall, the decoration of choice on Halloween,

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11 Organization Tips from The Home Edit to Get Your Kitchen in Shape for Fall

These organization tips from The Home Edit will help you get your house in shape for fall (and keep it that way all year round). For those of us who

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What Are the Best Apples for Baking?

Fall is prime time for asking: What are the best apples for baking? If you’ve ever made a dessert with apples, you’ll know that not all varieties bake equally. Some

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How Did the Most Popular Apples Get Their Names?

Ever wondered how certain apples got their names? Here are the stories behind a few of our favorite apple varieties. There’s a plethora of perfect produce this time of year,

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Are Apple Seeds Poisonous?

“Are apple seeds poisonous?” seems like a simple question. And the short answer is: yes. But before you up and toss the literal fruits of your actual labor this apple

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A Guide to Pumpkin Beer, From Colonists to Craft Brewers

Everything you need to know about pumpkin beer, including who invented it and how it’s made. It usually tastes like warming pie spices; it reappears every year as we approach

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Why Roasting Makes Vegetables Taste Sweeter

Wondering why roasting makes vegetables taste sweeter? It’s all about the caramelization. Here’s the scenario: You have a bunch of vegetables and aren’t sure what to do with them. You

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6 Reasons Why Pumpkin Is the New Superfood

There’s a lot more to pumpkin than flavoring for your coffee or decor for your front stoop. Though the food is so intrinsically tied with all things autumn, and already

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How to Use Silken Tofu in Place of Dairy

You may know what to do with firm and extra firm tofu, but here’s a primer on how to use silken tofu, which can replace dairy in recipes both sweet

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What Are Shrubs? How & Why to Make Drinking Vinegar

Everything you need to know about shrubs (aka, drinking vinegar). Admittedly, the term shrub is up there with things such as buckles and grunts as far as weird names for

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