Category: Cooking

A Sushi Chef Gives Us Tips For Making Japanese Food At Home

By now you’re probably sick of eating all the store-bought snacks and easy-to-make foods you’ve been living off of since quarantine hit. It’s undoubtedly getting old fast. But time is on your side, friend, which is exactly why you should be using these long days to start mastering the restaurant-level foods that you haven’t been […]

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beach bean salad

Considering that bean salads — a can of beans, a Good Season-ish dressing, whatever chopped vegetables struck my fancy — were a fairly significant staple of my diet in my post-college years, I was shocked, absolutely shook, to realize how sparsely they’re represented here. In fact, there’s only two and they’re among the oldest recipes […]

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This Is the Best Banana Bread Recipe in the World, and I Will Explain Why

Look, I get it: Baking your own bread (or BYOB, as it shall now be known, since none of us are bringing any beer or booze anywhere besides from our kitchen to our couch) seems like a cool hobby. You get a sourdough starter, and then you can brag about how the starter came from […]

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The 19 Things I Cooked in Self-Isolation and What They Say About My Mental State

Easy Peach Cobbler May 4, 2020 Mental State: Peachy keen I call my dad on Friday and tell him to send me the family peach cobbler recipe because I’m going to make one. My father, who is not tech-savvy, says he will instruct one of my sisters to take pictures of the recipe card that […]

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rhubarb cordial

My friend David Lebovitz, OG food blogger and nine-time author, wrote a book on the iconic cocktails, aperitifs, and cafe traditions of France, including 160 recipes, that came out in March. It’s the kind of book that makes you feel like you’ve hopped on a plane to fly to Paris to spend long, leisurely afternoons-into-evenings […]

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Cooking While the World Falls Apart

Remember restaurants? I do, but dimly: candlelight, cloth napkins, a basket of warm bread. Food delivered in courses, by a smiling stranger’s hand. Food prepared offstage, invisibly, materializing at the table as if by magic. I miss the whole rigmarole: the cold cocktail after a hard week’s work; the clamor of other people, other lives; […]

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how i stock the smitten kitchen

It’s true: I’ve dragged my feet over writing a guide to what I keep in my “pantry” (I don’t have a pantry) and fridge for 14 years now. I have my reasons, primarily that I’m not sure I know what your kitchen needs. I mean, shouldn’t you stock the stuff you need for what you’ll […]

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Unexpected Side Effect of Quarantine: We’re All Setting Our Kitchens on Fire

Two weeks ago, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urged everyone who is currently stuck at home to take a little extra care in the kitchen, because firefighters know how bad we can all be at cooking for ourselves. According to the NFPA, cooking is the number-one cause of fires in the home, and just […]

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A Ramen Chef Gives Us DIY Tips And A Special Quarantine-Friendly Recipe For Ramen

While the nerds are all working on their bodies to emerge from social isolation as buff ass butterflies or whatever, the rest of us are exploring a world of home-cooked meals and baking shitloads of bread. We’ve already nailed the art of fried chicken and our focaccia rivals that of the finest Italian chefs. We’ve […]

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Your Dutch Oven Is Trashed: Here’s How To Make It Insta-Worthy Again

SqualorJolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She’ll be here every week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Email her. A lament: “How come everyone else’s dutch oven is pristine white and mine looks like it’s been through a war?” Advertisement Well, the short answer is actually that all those […]

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Quarantine & Chill — Chef Andrew Zimmern Pairs His Most Popular Pasta With A Classic Food Movie

Andrew Zimmern’s program What’s Eating America was filmed last summer, when the current COVID-19 pandemic would have been impossible to predict. And yet the subjects of his six-part series could not possibly be more timely. “I feel like the issues that we documented back then have only become more critical,” says Zimmern from a self-imposed […]

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Cooking Through The Quarantine: An Expert Shares How To Stop Screwing Up Your Pasta

The coronavirus epidemic has been a nightmare. We can’t lie about that or sugarcoat it. People are losing their jobs, their retirements, their businesses… For many Americans, things are bleak. The best we can do is to help you muddle through. And in this case, that means teaching you how to cook through the quarantine. […]

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piña colada

In the first world of first world-liest problems, a problem I would love to be having this very week when I’m shivering again (despite many suggestions of spring on the near horizon) is that when in my life I’ve been lucky enough to decamp to a tropical location for a vacation, and wish to do […]

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