Food and Drink

Today’s Special: Marinated Beet Salad with Chef Josh Habiger

Beets have become a hugely popular, ubiquitous item on restaurant menus. But just because they’re a hearty root veggie doesn’t mean they don’t need careful treatment: They can run the gamut from steamed and bland to deliciously roasty and caramelized. “Well-roasted beets can be eye-opening,” chef Josh Habiger says. “A lot of chefs use beets as a really colorful ingredient […]

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Sweet Summer Corn Ice Cream

It is undeniably corn season, and for that we should rejoice. We have a divine recipe for Corn Risotto, which I had the opportunity to taste in our Test Kitchen last year. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water — fresh-from the stalk corn, garlic, onion, red peppers, and a generous serving of butter. I could gush forever about it. […]

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Food Label Literacy: What do expiration labels mean?

Food labels are important. So then why do they feel like an obscure language that needs to be decoded and deciphered? It’s not uncommon practice to throw away loaves of bread and bags of apples way past when we should or much earlier than necessary just so we can avoid asking the embarrassing question: Can I eat this? We talked to NSF […]

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Watermelon Water Revelry

Watermelon juice. At any age, it’s one of the most satisfying natural beverages for a summer day. Whether you’ve gone melon-crazy and find yourself with a trunk full of the striped fruit, or you’ve made the Watermelon Leather and now have two jugs of leftover watermelon “water,” I have a few ideas for you. The best part? Watermelon is refreshing […]

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Craft a Better Cold Brew: Homemade Coffee Ice Cubes

For immediate refreshment and downright deliciousness, iced coffee is my go-to choice on a steamy summer day. The first sips are pure bliss — crisp, smooth, and revitalizing —but then the ice begins to melt. Suddenly, that thirst-quenching, full-bodied iced coffee is now a watered-down disappointment. While my first thought was just that I needed to drink the coffee faster, […]

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Five on Friday: Throw an Emmys Dinner Party

There’s no denying it’s been quite a year for television. We begrudgingly said goodbye to Breaking Bad, shamelessly binge-watched Orange is the New Black, and traveled back to the post-Edwardian era with Downton Abbey. We sat stunned at the plot twists in House of Cards and are counting down the days until Scandal returns. Needless to say, we’ll be tuning into the 2014 […]

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Do I Need to Refrigerate a Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting?

Should I refrigerate a cake iced with cream cheese frosting? Last night at 11 p.m., I found myself asking this question. I had cut a piece of freshly-frosted cake and then realized everyone I would feed cake to was in bed and wouldn’t be able to eat my cake until at least 8 a.m. (Well, probably more like noon, since […]

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Q&A: Michael Symon’s Summer Grilling Secrets

Whether it’s brisket, burgers, Swiss chard, or even cherries, Chef Michael Symon knows how to grill it. Growing up in the Midwest, he remembers shoveling a path through the snow just so he and his family could grill in the wintertime. Now that’s dedication. This summer, the Iron Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author is teaming up with Serious Eats and Bank of America […]

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Grown-Up Lunchbox Treat: Watermelon Fruit Leather

Remember Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot? Those super sweet snacks that tasted like anything but fruit, wrapped in cellophane with cut-outs and hyper-pigmented colors? I do. And I loved them. Now? Not so much… but the occasional longing for something sweet and nostalgic is still there. In this new age of DIY, we’ve come up with a version […]

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Pucker Up! Both Moms and Babies Will Love This Tart New Superfruit

A new nutritional powerhouse has hit grocery store shelves nationwide — just maybe not in the aisle you’d expect. We found the aronia berry — a tart, purplish-black fruit about the size of a pea — in none other than the baby food section. We were intrigued when Beech-Nut, whose latest line contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, told us […]

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