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Potatoes, tomatoes make up bulk of Americans' veggie intake

When Mom told you to "eat your vegetables," she probably didn't mean eat the same two vegetables -- potatoes and tomatoes -- most of the time. More>>

Discovering pour-over coffee

The formation of a lifelong morning ritual More>>

Starbucks goes nationwide with mobile ordering, adds feature to Android app

Next time you're craving a Starbucks coffee, skip the line and order ahead. Starbucks has rolled out its mobile ordering feature to all 7,400 stores in the U.S. More>>

Hate traveling? Eat a "happy" meal at the airport

London’s Gatwick Airport is embarking upon the ingenious idea of offering their passengers literal “happy meals” chock full of mood improving hormones that should make for an all-around better travel experience. More>>

Want to peel an entire head of garlic in seconds? Try the Garlic Shaker

Definitely useful if you spend a ton of time in the kitchen cooking with garlic, the Garlic Shaker is a new kitchen gadget that will take all the cloves from a head of garlic and peel away the skin quickly. More>>

Clearing land around farms doesn't improve food safety

Clearing areas of natural habitat around farm fields doesn't improve food safety, a new study shows. More>>

When do foods spoil?

Cut down on money lost to spoiled food by storing it properly, and eating it within the recommended guidelines. Your taste buds and your wallet will both thank you. More>>

Spicing up your meals might extend your life

Some like it hot, and a new study finds that folks who favor spicy foods might also have a lower risk of premature death. More>>

Fire pit cooking fun

Your backyard fire pit offers more than just good looks, you know. Try grilling, roasting, and even baking over its open flames. More>>

Wild mushrooms might be your last meal

A healthy 52-year-old woman who ate wild mushrooms growing in a Canadian park nearly died from her error. More>>

In some ways, fast food no worse for health than full-service meals

Eating on the run might not be so bad after all: A new study finds diners consume more salt and cholesterol in sit-down restaurants than they do in fast-food joints. More>>

True West: Family cooking in Las Vegas

The Bunkers, a sixth-generation Las Vegas family, carry on the spirit of the pioneers. More>>

Eggs recipes: Simple, versatile, delicious

Perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, the egg is one of nature's perfect foods. More>>

Eight anti-aging foods to help you look younger

There are healthy and simple ways to slow down Father Time. The first place to start is in your daily diet. More>>

How to plant tomatoes

The key? Hurry up and wait. More>>

Party out back: East Coast vs. West Coast grilling

From the fresh flavors of California to old-fashioned East Coast burgers, American backyard grilling is our favorite tradition, coast to coast.

Smoke and glory: Behind the scenes at Benton's Country Hams

Allan Benton's smokehouse in Madisonville, Tennessee, is a high temple of pork. More>>

Warming up to homemade tortillas

Making your own tortillas is a surprisingly forgiving process. More>>

Mallomars: A cookie with a season

From April through August, Mallomars can be nearly impossible to come by -- luckily, you can make your own. More>>

Turtleback cookies: Alabama's almost-lost recipe

These soft, glazed, spiced cookies are one of Alabama's best-kept secrets. More>>

Frying tater tots with a four-star chef

David Kinch may be the Michelin-starred chef-owner of Manresa, but he's not above the humble fried potato. More>>

Welcome one, welcome all: Tucker's Restaurant

Tucker's Restaurant, a Cincinnati institution since 1946, serves up more than comfort food More>>

10 Vietnamese noodle dishes just as good as pho

Chef Leah Cohen of Manhattan's Pig and Khao spent weeks chasing the best noodle dishes in Vietnam. Here, she shares her ten favorites.


Where to visit in Richmond, Virginia

Ten don't-miss spots in the historic city. More>>

Set Ups: New Orleans' low-key, DIY bottle service

Why the Crescent City's best cocktails are those you make yourself. More>>

New survey compares America’s cooking habits to the rest of the world

The joy of cooking may cross international borders, but for certain countries more so than others, a new study finds. More>>

Pastry renaissance

How three visionary pastry chefs, from London to Portland, are reinventing the baked good. More>>

Lots of leafy greens might shield aging brains

A single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may help keep dementia away, new research suggests. More>>

Best of the Blue Ridge

On Virginia's mountain highway, the sky's the limit for homegrown eats. More>>

Better eat your breakfast

The first meal of the day finally gets serious culinary consideration. More>>

The history of Italian gnocchi

The story of Italy's most beloved dumpling. More>>

Behind the recipe: Chocolate-raspberry babka

A classic Jewish bread, updated. More>>

City guide: Miami

A critical look at the old and new in an ever-evolving Magic City. More>>

The seven-minute egg

Author and blogger Molly Wizenberg finds the perfect egg for all ages. More>>

Blades of glory

The Southeast Asian grass called pandan brings floral vivacity to all sorts of dishes. More>>

Nuts may lengthen your life

Eating nuts, including peanuts and peanut butter, may help you live longer, a new study suggests. More>>

Almond macaroons (with no missing ingredients)

According to one chef, sharing a recipe with one missing ingredient was a test, a foolproof gauge of whether or not you were paying attention. More>>

Iconic eats: Louisiana

If you're traveling to Louisiana, don't miss out on any of these ten classic Louisiana specialties, from pillowy beignets to rustic, comforting gumbo. More>>

Dining like a rhinestone cowboy

The history of Las Vegas can be told through its steakhouses. More>>

7 guilt-free foods for your Valentine’s Day dinner menu

On what's considered one of the most romantic days of the year, the last thing on your mind might be how healthy your food is. Fortunately, there are a few simple Valentine's Day food ideas that you can easily incorporate into your celebration, while also sticking to a healthy diet. More>>

Valentine's Day appetizer recipes

Keep the love alive this Valentine's Day with special appetizers that are easy to make and delicious. More>>

Persian roots

Parsi dishes are bold, balanced, and lavished with diverse spices. More>>

The best homemade nachos are all about the sauce

At the Commodore in Brooklyn, N.Y., Stephen Tanner serves heaping plates of aptly-named Cadillac Nachos, laced with house-made queso sauce and three types of salsa. They're completely irresistible, and totally achievable at home. More>>

Guide to horseradish

Check out these tips for buying, storing, and cooking fall horseradish, plus some favorite recipes for horseradish. More>>

Nostalgia is an ingredient

First impressions count. Let them guide you in the kitchen. More>>

Rediscover German food

With the 50th anniversary edition of Mimi Sheraton's seminal and still-relevant classic The German Cookbook, there's no better time to get (back) into German food.


Winter produce guide to citrus fruit

Tips for buying, storing, and cooking winter citrus, plus some favorite recipes for different citrus fruits. More>>

7 good luck foods for the New Year

Read this list and start preparing dishes to make this year one of your best ever. More>>

Creative hot chocolate recipes for winter

Whether you're longing for a classic mug of hot chocolate or something different, check out this list of hot chocolate recipes to enjoy this winter. More>>

Christmas on the Coast

In Portuguese-inflected Goa, the most wonderful time of the year is a joyous blending of traditions. More>>

How sweet it is

There's nothing wrong with a little sugar in your holiday wine. More>>

Homemade for the holidays: Edible gifts

Check out this gallery of recipes that work beautifully as holiday presents or hostess gifts, from savory pickles and spice blends to candied fruit and sweet liqueurs.


Easy Hanukkah recipes

Help create warm and happy holiday memories by bringing the wonderful tastes of traditional, homemade Hanukkah foods to your table. More>>

Whiskey aces

Six exceptional bottles worth seeking out this winter, for a gift or for yourself.

In praise of the White Russian

Check out these variations on the coffee, cream, and vodka drink you won't be ashamed to love. More>>

Could a 'Mediterranean' diet extend your life?

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There are hints in a new study that eating the much-lauded Mediterranean diet may help boost longevity. More>>

How to weave a lattice top for pies

Though it may look fancy, it's easy to quickly make a lattice top when you follow this simple weaving technique. More>>

Forgotten coast: The Florida Panhandle

Among the pleasures of a scenic trip along the Florida Panhandle -- plump oysters, tender shrimp, crispy fried mullet, and classic Deep South dishes. More>>

Calorie counts mandated at chain restaurants

New rules announced Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have many restaurant chains posting calorie counts on their menus, and the rules even apply to movie theater popcorn and ice cream parlor fare. More>>

Guide to preparing for Thanksgiving dinner

If you plan on hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, make sure you're completely prepared by following this essential checklist for Thanksgiving dinner. More>>

Lucky charm: Barmbrack

Traditional Irish harvest bread is full of surprises. More>>

The world of garlic

Check out these 27 varieties of garlic to try in your home kitchen.

A goodly slice

Made from sweetened navy bean purée, this sweet potato-like pie boasts a silky, custardlike base spiced with nutmeg.

Save money on holiday meals

10 tips to host a delicious dinner without going into debt.


Holiday for the heroes

At Napa Valley's Bouchon Bistro, it's a Thanksgiving tradition to honor American veterans with an incomparable family meal.


Houston, we have turkey

An astrophysicist engineers the perfect bird, cooked in under an hour.

A taste of the past

A daughter comes to terms with her father through his childhood foods.

Devils on horseback

Usually, a dish by this name features prunes wrapped in bacon; when the oysters are swapped in, the "devils" become "angels." But whoever wrote this recipe knew these morsels were too diabolically delicious to be otherwise named. More>>

Great mail-order pies

For your money, the best innovation in American baked goods since sliced bread might be mail-order pie: great regional wonders delivered directly to your doorstep. More>>

Any given Sunday dinner

How an expatriate learned to love the roast, Australia's essential family meal. More>>

Milk fed

Midwest dairies try something new -- with cheese.

Almost family

At a Louisiana restaurant, a father-son bond is celebrated and forged again. More>>

Required eating

Bengali fish stew is more than just a dish -- it's tradition and ritual More>>

DIY hard cider

This homemade hard cider combines the flavors of a crisp white wine with the warm scent of cloves, cinnamon, orange, and apple. More>>

Season of plenty: China's mushroom harvest

From remote mountain forests to bustling urban markets, in China's Yunnan Province, mushrooms are foraged treasure. More>>

Chocolate turtle power

A Massachusetts candymaker updates an American favorite. More>>

Yogurt: Milk's finest hour

From decadent sweets and creamy condiments to the best marinade for tender grilled meats, yogurt's culinary potential is boundless. More>>

Bold pie and ice cream pairings

Check out these 14 bold pie and ice cream pairings, from a strawberry lattice-top with basil gelato to a rich raspberry pie brightened by a scoop of creamy peach. More>>

Two perfect days in Camden, Maine

Where to eat, what to do, and where to stay in this quaint, midcoast town. More>>

Papa's favorite poison

Straight up, over ice, or frozen, daiquiris are just as good now as when Hemingway drank them. Of course, like many classics, the daiquiri is easy to make and easy to get wrong. More>>

Art of antipasti

Is there a better way to start a meal than with an abundant antipasti platter, artfully arranged with ruffles of meat, cheese and vegetables?

A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

Putting heat to meat

Among burger aficionados, no question is more hotly debated than that of which cooking method produces the tastiest results. More>>

The love of tea

Wherever you are in India, you're never far from a tea vendor peddling chai, a sweet, milky tea, from trays of steaming glasses. More>>

Cape Town's classic shake

This avocado-mint milkshake from South Africa makes a cooling summer treat. More>>

Southern comfort, Indian-style

Crisp griddled dosas -- savory South Indian fried crepes -- pave the way for new friendships.

Fries: Belgium does them better

After a lifetime spent eating American-style french fries, a first taste of Belgian-style frites is a transformative experience. More>>

How to rehydrate dried coconut

Nothing beats the satisfaction of cracking open a fresh coconut. But if fresh coconuts aren't readily available, check out this trick. More>>

Fridge raid

Raiding the fridge for leftovers is a late night tradition. More>>

Juicy Fruit: Mexico's prickly pear cactus fruits

In late summer in Mexico, prickly pear cactus fruits, or tunas, are everywhere—a refreshing snack eaten out of hand and a popular ingredient in candies, drinks, jams, and more.

Bad weather? Make a stovetop smoker

The rich flavors of smoked meat are closer than you think: all you need is a pot, foil, and a steamer insert to make a stovetop smoker. More>>

Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

Here are some less traditional ways to think about kitchen design, whether your project is outfitting a rental kitchen in a tiny walk-up, or the kind of larger-scale remodel you dream about. More>>

Maine's latest seafood star

Cold northern waters are providing some of the best oysters you're likely to taste. More>>

4 perfect veggie burgers

These four veggie burgers are worthy occupants of any bun -- no faux-meat here, just fantastically delicious combinations of beans, vegetables, legumes, and grains. More>>

8 barbecue party tips you need to know

Whether you're a first time planner, or seasoned professional, a barbecue is one of the most fun and exciting parties you can throw. More>>

Summer juice smoothie recipes

Grab a blender and some ice this summer, and try your hand at making your own smoothies. More>>

Fourth of July cookout recipes

Entice your guests with traditional American favorites and a few grilled surprises. More>>

Berries made better: Macerating strawberries

The process called maceration softens fruit and imparts flavor, transforming even less-than-perfect berries and stone fruit into something worthy of dessert. More>>

The many faces of ramen

As a Japanese fast food phenomenon, a budget meal solution, a hangover cure, and an upscale menu item, ramen has proven to be an infinitely variable dish. More>>

A writer's beef

Ernest Hemingway's preferred hamburger recipe was a master work in its own right. More>>

Ice cream cocktails -- a Wisconsin favorite

The Greenwood Supper Club in Fish Creek, Wis., mixes liquors with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream for classic takes on a grown-up sundae. More>>

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