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Recipe: Watermelon Salad with Feta & Mint

26 Nov

 

  Earlier this week we tipped you off to what Slate calls the “ideal ingredient to complement watermelon” — feta. It’s true: the salty creaminess of good feta turns watermelon from a simple treat into something dressed for a dinner party. It’s still very simple — here’s how I like to make my own watermelon and feta salad. 

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How To Make the Best Mashed Potatoes

25 Nov
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Beautiful, classic mashed potatoes.
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Is there nothing more comforting and delicious than mashed potatoes? This warm, creamy, dairy-laden starch might be more of an indulgence than everyday fare these days, but even if you only have them once a year (Thanksgiving!), I say go all out and do it right. Read on for a recipe for classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.

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15 Fresh Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

25 Nov

 

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It has become something of a tradition for us to talk about salad right now, days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, Thanksgiving is a literal feast of heavy, delicious foods like mashed potatoes swimming in butter (see our luxurious recipe here) and the sweetest flaky pies. But I think that a good salad is also essential. 

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I Heart Hostess: An Appreciation for the Fallen Snack CakeGUEST POST

25 Nov

 

Did you hear that Twinkies are about to be no more? As much as we love to hate those spongy confections, they do hold an outsized place in American food kitsch and childhood nostalgia. Our friend Casey Barber brings us a few thoughts on the subject!

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Hostess and its sister snack companies—Little Debbie, Tastykake, Frito-Lay, and the like—over the past year while writing my cookbook Classic Snacks Made from Scratch. Creating the book’s 70 recipes meant tasting every single treat under consideration until I nailed the homemade version; I’ve probably taken more bites of Sno-Balls and lemon fruit pies in 2012 than I had in the preceding decade. 

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How to Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method

25 Nov

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Here’s our super basic, super simple, super easy tutorial for roasting a super beautiful turkey this Thanksgiving.
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Are you roasting a whole turkey for the first time this year? Or perhaps you’ve done this many times before, but you want a quick refresher to brush up on the basics? We’ll help you make your mama proud with these step-by-step instructions for roasting a delicious turkey. Here’s our super basic, super simple, super easy tutorial for roasting a super beautiful turkey this Thanksgiving. 

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25 Nov

 

 Crème brûlée is simply one of the sexiest recipes going. You know that tap-tap moment, when the caramelized crust shatters, and you dip into the creamy custard below? Heaven. The rustic burnt topping makes each bite different and more delicious than the last. I confess, though, that I find classic crème brûlée a little fussy. I do make it and love it (see our basic crème brûlée recipe here), but when I was working on my forthcoming book about pudding, Bakeless Sweets, I wondered whether there was an easier way. Could I make crème brûlée without the oven and water bath? 

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