- From bresaola to pancetta, a guide to cured meats — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- The best bites at 10 major airline hubs — Zagat
- Centenarian attributes her good health to whiskey and cigarettes — Delish
- The ultimate collection of Thanksgiving pie recipes — HuffPost Taste
- Tasting notes for Brad and Angelina's rosé — Grub Street
- What fine dining for kids might look like — Eater
- Stellar stuffing, hold the gluten — Food52
- Fabulous five-ingredient dinners — Yahoo! Shine
- 13 food-centric films to add to your Netflix queue — POPSUGAR Entertainment
This year, get a head start on holiday shopping for those who are often extratricky to shop for: the minimalist-design enthusiasts. We've rounded up our favorite cooking and bar gear — from everyday equipment to chic entertaining pieces — that's sure to satisfy these tough customers with solid design and the requisite lack of fluff and frill.
Whether you're attending a white elephant party or looking for the perfect gift for your friend with a raging sense of humor, these goofy gag gifts will end your search. From a tongue-in-cheek Paula Deen-branded "Butter Y'all" ornament to a box of candy canes that are more spicy than sweet, these gifts have got your shopping list covered and then some.
- A butternut spin on Fall's best breakfast spread — Food 52
- Doughnuts around the world — Zagat
- Vintage terms for being drunk will make you LOL — HuffPost Taste
- Watch Jon Stewart go on a rant about Chicago-style pizza — Eater
- The latest newspaper to shutter its food section — Grub Street
- Of course the "300 Sandwiches" blogger got a book deal — Delish
- A meal inspired by Roman Holiday — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- 9 products that'll cut your Thanksgiving dinner prep time — Yahoo! Shine
- René Redzepi dishes on creeps and kleptomania at Noma — Epicurious
However you feel about McDonald's recent revamp of its iconic Dollar Menu, the Dollar Menu & More is likely here to stay. On the positive side, with its introduction comes five new sandwiches, all of which we tried. And while the Bacon Cheddar McChicken ($2), Bacon McDouble ($2), Bacon Buffalo Ranch McChicken ($1), and BBQ Ranch ($1) all tempted with their bold flavors, it's one of the menu's thriftiest items — the Buffalo Ranch McChicken — (at $1) that we kept coming back to bite after bite.
- Zooey Deschanel's bizarre beef with Thanksgiving — HuffPost Taste
- 8 food policy laws you need to know about — Zagat
- Ordering a pizza just got a lot lazier — Delish
- Starbucks's $2.75 billion settlement — Grub Street
- Yes, you can bake a cake in a slow cooker — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- Wylie Dufresne on the dirty little secrets of chefs — Eater
- How to deep-fry a turkey, accident-free — Food52
- Fabulous Thanksgiving-ready wines that won't break the bank — Yahoo! Shine
- Hangover-free alcohol is closer to development than you think — The Guardian
With a dainty name like the gingersnap, one might assume that this cocktail is best reserved for ladies' night, but think again. Smooth and spicy, this warming tipple manages to steer clear of syrupy-sweet territory thanks to a heavy-handed dose of bitters and is an all-around crowd-pleaser, perfect for sipping throughout the holiday season.
If you need further convincing, it's one of those rare-gem restaurant recipes (an adaptation from a cocktail served at Momofuku Ko) that neither requires obscure ingredients nor intimidating technique. All in all, a win. So what are you waiting for? Get
Recipes don't get much more rib-sticking, budget-friendly, or comforting than a bowl of kneadforfood's French lentil soup.
A classic preparation of lentil soup, using French lentils and spiced up with hot sausage and kale.
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Put on your Versace apron. It's time to pay tribute to the latest crop of enterprising celebrity cookbook authors: the rap and hip-hop set. Lyrical references to food are nothing new in rap music — from classic Notorious B.I.G. ("go fill my belly, a T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape") to Rick Ross's shout-outs to diced pineapple, rosé, and countless other gustatory delights — but a handful of rappers are taking it beyond mere appreciation. Here are three artists who have the culinary chops to back up their lyrical lustings.
Worth purchasing for the extravagant instructions alone, #Meal Time, 2 Chainz's collection of tour-bus friendly recipes, breaks from the traditional cookbook form and is instead printed as the liner notes to his 2013 album, B.O.A.T.S. II #Metime ($15). Surprisingly health-conscious, 2 Chainz's collection of recipes more than make up for their lack of caloric decadence on the instructional front, as one might come to expect from the rapper who's brought such gems as "No Lie" and "I'm Different" to airwaves. 2 Chainz suggests everything from serving mashed potatoes in a gold bowl to plating "racks of lamb alongside a bottle of extravagantly priced Cabernet," all while cooking in a Versace apron, of course.
- What rare, medium, and well done actually mean — HuffPost Taste
- 10 women who should have made the "Gods of Food" cut — GrubStreet
- Roast chicken like a pro — Zagat
- Turkey ice cream . . . no, just no — Delish
- How hipster food ruined Paris — Eater
- The secret to silky-smooth sauces, gravy, and more — Food52
- Baking powder's rise to prominence — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- A stress-free dinner party plan — Yahoo! Shine
- How to celebrate Thanksgivukkah as a couple — POPSUGAR Love & Sex
Roast turkey and maybe even a honey-glazed ham are a given at Thanksgiving, but what if you're a vegetarian or hosting one at your Thanksgiving table? Enter this showstopping pumpkin tian — essentially a savory custard — from John Besh's much-anticipated new cookbook, Cooking From the Heart.
Far more simple to prepare than its dramatic presentation would suggest, this rich, eggy dish deserves a spot at your holiday table, dietary restrictions or not. I know I'll be giving it at least one more go this Fall. Get the elegant recipe.
What's even better than apple crisp à la mode? Apple crisp ice cream from crccooks.
Combine apple crisp à la mode into one glorious dessert!
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Take two classic holiday comfort foods, latkes and sweet potato casserole; combine them into one Thanksgivukkah-appropriate superdish; and the results are just as you might expect: expletive-inducing deliciousness. Generously dollop each oil-kissed fritter with tangy crème fraiche and a throat-tingling hybrid dish of its own, cranberry horseradish sauce, and it may just be the best thing to grace your Thanksgiving table. Enough talk. Trust me: you want the ridiculously tasty recipe.
Thanksgiving Day means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and family bickering, right? While many stick to this tried-and-true formula, nearly every family has a story behind a prized (and sometimes unconventional) tradition, so we asked around our office to find out how our POPSUGAR family celebrates the big day.
Some are a bit wacky (a murder mystery party) while others are just heartwarming (dishing up the same traditional Southern meal year after year). Who knows, you might even glean a tradition to take to your family's table this year.
When it comes to planning an epic undertaking like Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get bogged down in the details. While it's great to bookmark recipes that catch your eye along the way or gravitate toward longtime family favorites, it's important to consider the larger picture, as well. Keep these basic ideas in mind when planning your Turkey Day.
How many guests do you expect?
This number dictates how large a turkey to buy, how many sides to make (and whether any need to be doubled), the amount of alcohol to purchase, and how many place settings and chairs to plan for. Also, consider whether or not you'd like ample leftovers or if you can do without. If children will be present, a good rule of thumb is to consider their appetite as half that of an adult's.
How formal a meal do you want?
Will you and yours be dressed to the nines, eating off of fine china, or is a down-home buffet more your speed? Consider whether a potluck affair or asking guests to bring a bottle of wine or other necessities will ease the burden as well. Not only does the formality of the meal set the tone for place settings and decor, but it also may dictate the dishes you'll prepare.
If you've ever been puzzled by your capacity to devour a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels, then you're in good company. Sweet, salty, and oh-so-delightfully crunchable, this indulgent snack is pretty hard to beat when done right. But is Snyder's limited-edition line of Pretzel Dips ($4 each) up to snuff? Keep reading to find out.
- An in-depth look at Charlie Trotter's influence and achievements — Grub Street
- Good riddance, trans fats — Zagat
- A sweet and seasonal way to get your sriracha fix — Delish
- Behold: the Thanksgivukkah donut — Eater
- Upgrade your omelet game — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- Did your favorite fictional bar make this list? — HuffPost Taste
- A classic Thanksgiving dessert made raw and vegan — Food52
- Why sitting at the bar may be your best dining bet — Yahoo! Shine
Quick: what's your favorite Thanksgiving side? Stuffing? I thought so! Savory, comforting, and craveably carb-heavy, stuffing (or dressing, if you'd prefer) is divine in its many permutations, but none are as flat-out adorable as these stuffing muffins.
Not sold on the cute factor? No matter; stuffing muffins are also preportioned, are easier to serve, have more of those delectable crispy edges, and if — and that's a big if — you have leftovers, they're easy to pop in the freezer to keep fresh for days down the line.
This particular recipe is ultraclassic, aside from form. Consider it a jumping-off point for experimentation. Essentially, any stuffing recipe can be made into muffins provided you keep a few pro tips in mind. First, keep the pieces of bread (whether a crusty boule or a slab of cornbread) small (1/4 to 1/2 inch) so they'll mold to the muffin tin's shape better. Also, make certain your trusty recipe is on the moister side; if it's not, add beaten egg and stock until it can be pressed together into a cohesive mass.