A beautiful cut of steak will only get you so far . . . next, it's all about mastering the Maillard reaction (a fancy way to describe the process of creating that crispy, caramelized crust on the outside of meat). Lucky for us, we have experts from Omaha Steaks to teach us the best technique for prepping and grilling steaks.
Two TV shows with fervent fan bases — Duck Dynasty and Downton Abbey — recently released tie-in lines of wine. The question is, are they worth trying or are they at best destined for a white elephant gift exchange? While one line was quaffable (though not outright fabulous), the other was barely passable. Can you guess which? Keep reading to find out which to sip and which to skip.
Sure, an involved recipe that takes hours to prepare is the perfect chance to show off your cooking skills. But there's nothing better than a super simple recipe that yields just as noteworthy results. That's why we're taking a look back at our favorite recipes from the year that are so easy to make, any beginner could master them. Ahead, check out everything from breakfast to dessert recipes and everything in between!
- Try out these delectable finger-food recipes — Food
- Video: Quiz yourself on these little-known Pokémon facts — Tech
- Britney Spears dishes on parenting and her 5-year plan — Celebrity & News
- 12 holiday movies you can stream now on Netflix — Entertainment
- How to pull off a magical Winter wedding — Home
- Heat up your chilly December with these steamy books — Love & Sex
- Feel the burn with the best butt workouts of 2013 — Fitness
- Travel through time with these geek-savvy 2014 calendars — Tech
- Make these adorable mini holiday herb wreaths — Smart Living
- Find out which celebrity is bringing crimping back — Beauty
- Perfect holiday gift ideas for your big kid — Moms
- You can wear your maxi skirt in Winter too! — Fashion
Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs know a thing or two about quality products; the two Food52 cofounders are the masterminds behind Provisions by Food52, an online home-goods shop. Since we're so besotted by the curated items (everything from vintage menu prints to handsome jadeite servingware) featured in Provisions, we asked the two arbiters of taste to reveal what they're secretly hoping to receive as gifts this season.
Terrain Washed Linen Napkins
"Great, reasonably priced dinner napkins are difficult to find. These washed linen napkins ($12 each) — I like them in charcoal — are soft, relaxed, well-made, and perfectly affordable." — Amanda
Suite One Studio Gray-Rimmed Platter
"I like the Alice in Wonderland quality of this Suite One Studio Brushstroke Regency Platter ($96), and yet it's also grown-up and useful. And pretty much any side-dish vegetable looks great on it." — Amanda
Everlane's The Cashmere Stole in Charcoal
"This oversized — and totally sumptuous — cashmere scarf ($250) is on both of our Christmas lists this year." — Merrill
Part thrill, part nightmare, the Christmas season is making an earlier appearance than ever with the abundant limited-edition, peppermint-flavored sweets filling grocery store shelves. We raided the aisles to bring you the very worst and best of the holiday-themed candies, cookies, chocolates, and more. As a bonus, we'll even show you the best way to eat all of the treats together at once, in GIF form. May your Christmas be sweet and your pantry peppered with only the most delicious mint-flavored treats!
Sweet edible gifts not your thing? Then how about something savory? Even better, how about something bacon-y, like this to-die-for bacon jam. It's so good that I could only give one jar away. (I gifted myself with the other jar.) It's smoky, sweet, porky, and spicy. A long, slow cook ensures that the onions caramelize and the bacon melts. It has the chunky texture of tapenade and is easy to spread.
I've enjoyed it on toast, crackers, pasta, burgers, and simply and devilishly by the spoonful. If you want someone to fall in love with you, then I highly recommend giving them bacon jam. The words themselves are magical — say it with me: bacon jam. Bacon jam. You get the idea; now get the recipe!
When we first saw the new Annie's commercial for macaroni-and-cheese pizza, we marveled like children at the thought of such a hybrid. It's a pizza crust with a layer of cheddar sauce, a sprinkling of elbow noodles, and shredded cheese topping.
Flash forward to the day we got our hands on one of these Annie's mac-and-cheese pizzas ($8 at Super Target). As we unwrapped the package, there was no doubt about the flavor of this pizza. Some frozen pizzas skimp on the cheese, but not this one. There's plenty of shredded cheese to go around, along with a fluffy, cornmeal-coated crust.
After a trip to the oven, the pizza emerged golden brown, and the cheese bubbled like hot lava. And hot lava it was, as we couldn't wait for it to cool before plowing in to try a slice. The pizza crust itself is doughy, soft, and definitely kid-friendly. The actual mac-and-cheese section of the pizza tasted more like frozen Stouffer's — a little gritty and sharp — but it was still delicious. Some taste testers thought it lacked some seasoning (garlic and onion, for example), while most in the room were apt to think it was just right. It's glorified cheesy bread dotted with elbow noodles, but for those rainy days that call for comfort food, we'd likely toss this pizza in the oven. Either then or after a late night with friends.
- How to make hot chocolate, recipe-free — Food52
- The ultimate sriracha burger — Delish
- Gawk at the world's largest gingerbread house — GrubStreet
- 7UP's surprising history — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- Get your holiday boozing on, Martha Stewart style — HuffPost Taste
- TipsForJesus hits Manhattan — Eater
- Food Network's answer to The Chew — Zagat
- How to keep holiday cookies fresh for shipping and sharing — Yahoo! Shine