Food & Drink

The Secret to Perfect Spareribs

To be clear, spareribs does not mean they’re extra ribs. You’ll have to find it in your heart to forgive the barbecue staple’s misleading terminology.   Spareribs are actually cut from the bottom portion of the pig’s ribs and breastbone, right above the belly. Instead of being spare, the term “spareribs” is European in origin, derived from the German term […]

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The 17 Recipes You Should Make Before the Avocado Apocalypse

Hold on to your guacamole: Avocados are in trouble.   Southern California, home to 90 percent of America’s avocados, is currently being scorched by temperatures as high as 122 degrees. And while that’s as hot as hell itself, there’s also been 30-mile per hour winds. This heat and wind provides “a potentially devastating combination for avocado groves planted in sandy soil […]

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Here’s What We Would Make with Rachael Ray’s Grocery List

Rachael Ray likes making lists. And not just lists, but mammoth-sized grocery lists.     “I know they look a lot like Kevin Spacey notebook entries form the film Seven but the end result is a whole lot of good food served to deserving people rather than a ranting while plan for their ‘righteous’ demise in a sick plot to cut off […]

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What We’re Making for Our Fourth of July Barbecue

What happens when two food sites host a Fourth of July company barbecue? Hint: It’s a lot (like, a lot a lot) of food. There will be potato skins, pimento cheese, slaw, brownies, pie, and did I say a lot of food? Thankfully, we’re ordering-in the barbecue (can you imagine having to manage a smoker on a weekday?), so we […]

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12 Fourth of July Desserts That’ll Make You Go “What?!”

Long gone are the days when a simple strawberry pie or a bowlful of ice cream sufficed as a Fourth of July dessert. Now, things are bigger, badder, and red, white, and blue-er. There are fireworks and Pop Rocks and iterations upon iterations of the American flag.   Is it fun? Is it madness? That’s for you to decide. (We, […]

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The Newest (Almost Magical) Baking Book You Need on Your Shelf

Cookbooks are manuals. Some are more sparse than others, trusting you, the cook, to make decisions about how to prep this and season that based upon presumed prior kitchen experience. Others take a more technical approach, giving detailed instructions down to the 1/1000 gram of salt a recipe calls for. Both are great. Cake Magic!  is neither.     I didn’t […]

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10 Pitcher Perfect Cocktails for Summer

For parties and get-togethers (or really, just something more than you drinking alone), stirring up single cocktails isn’t practical. Especially not when there’s a way easier way to serve a crowd than mixing and muddling to order. Blood, sweat, and tears should never be part of your ideal summer cocktail, OK? Instead, grab a giant pitcher,  your booze of choice, a few […]

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You Can Now Sue Starbucks for Underfilled Lattes (and 7 Other Ridiculous Food Lawsuits)

  If you’ve ever looked at your latte and thought, “Wait, this isn’t even full-full. I mean it’s full, but it’s definitely not filled to the brim.” Get you a lawyer.   In March, a class action lawsuit was filed against Starbucks alleging the coffee company under-fills its cups by 25 percent. The suit claims Starbucks baristas have been, since 2009, filling […]

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The Milkshakes We Hope Kelis Serves at Her Pop-Up Burger Restaurant

  If you were alive (and of a certain age) during the early 2000s, here’s a bit of lyrical prose sure to strike a tender chord:   “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, And they’re like It’s better than yours, Damn right it’s better than yours, I can teach you, But I have to charge”   Yes, […]

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A Quick Guide to Tomato Spotting, Picking, and Eating

“Tomayto, tomahto,” right? No, not really. With more than 10,000 known varieties—3,000 of which are actively cultivated—that tomayto, tomahto business can be fairly confusing. Have you’ve ever come face-to-face with a multitude of bins filled with slightly different reddish orbs and thought, “Wait, which one(s) do I pick? Are sauce tomatoes the same as salad ones?” Well, do we have the […]

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