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Why Instant Pudding Is My Secret Weapon for Summer Desserts

Nickel & Dine is a budget column by Rebecca Firkser, food writer, recipe developer, and expert budgeter. This time, Rebecca is teaming up with our friends at Walmart to share tips for easy summer entertaining, featuring her signature flavor-packed, time-saving recipes plus a few of her must-have hosting items from Walmart—order ‘em online for pickup or delivery. Ah, pudding. I don’t see how anyone could not love the creamy, classic treat. (I know a lot of folks, in fact, who do not love pudding and I simply do not get it.) Made with just a few fridge and pantry staples—like sugar, cornstarch, milk, sometimes eggs and butter, plus vanilla extract or cocoa powder—it’s an affordable dessert that tastes like a million bucks. Read More >> …

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How to Zhush Up Lobster Rolls, Summer’s Favorite Sandwich

I may not have grown up in the Northeast, aka the land of the lobster rolls, but thanks to an annual trip to the Florida Keys I got my fill of them at least once every summer. Sweet, tender lobster over crisp lettuce on a butter-toasted hot dog bun—it’s the perfect hot-weather bite, especially after a sun-soaked day of fishing or riding bikes along the coast line. A lot has changed since those family trips to the Southernmost Point, including that I now do in fact live in the Northeast (specifically, New York City). As such, my access to top-notch lobster rolls has widened significantly. I’ve since learned that there are not only two categories of lobster roll—one hailing from Maine, the other from Connecticut (more on that in a second)—but also a few very righteous, very delicious variations. Read More >> …

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The Healing Powers of My Grandma’s Macaroni Salad

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones. It’s just a bowl of noodles. A stockpot, in my case, because I don’t have the basketball-sized Tupperware bowl my grandma uses, but it’s still just a bowl of noodles, coated with the most stereotypically American of ingredients—Miracle Whip, mayo, a little pickle relish. It’s a bowl of noodles, but now it’s something more. It’s my deliverance, my emancipation from heartbreak. Read More >> …

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Our 35 Best Eggplant Recipes of All Time

You bought too many eggplants. Or, you have an extra one that you have no idea what to do with. Or, your family always makes the same dish and you want to switch it up. That’s where these 35 recipes come in handy. From yogurt-y dips (hello, Saturday picnic) to chocolate cake (yes, seriously), these are some of our favorite ways to use one of summer’s favorite vegetables fruits. From Our Shop Kosterina Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil $30

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19 Recipes From Black Food Bloggers to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth (June Nineteenth) marks the date in 1865 when the news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas. On this day, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, nearly 250,000 enslaved people were freed. 
Although America’s history has and continues to be blemished with senseless acts of violence, brutality, and inequality toward the Black community, today, Juneteenth serves as a national day of remembrance and honor. And in a historic moment, on June 16th, 2021 the United States Senate unanimously passed a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday.  Through joyful celebrations and soulful traditions, Juneteenth allows us to make space to pay homage to our ancestors by acknowledging their struggles and perseverance. And at the center of these celebrations are an expansive range of soulful recipes with deep-rooted histories as rich and diverse as the Black experience itself. Read More >> …

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Easy BBQ Sauce

There are, approximately, 185,573,202 bottles of store-bought barbecue sauce available at the grocery store and no, that’s definitely not an exaggeration. Most are a generic version of Kansas City-style sauce—thick with a viscosity that’s far closer to ketchup than vinegar and sweet, most likely thanks to brown sugar, honey, or both. And yes, there are variations like smoky or spicy (or, again, both!). There are a lot of delicious brands of grocery-store barbecue sauce (read our ranking of the best ones here) and they’re great for backstock or picking up at a pinch. But what I love (almost) as much as a plate of pulled pork sandwich with a side of mac & cheese and cornbread is homemade barbecue sauce, preferably one that I can smother on said sandwich. From Our Shop our line! Five Two Essential Saucepan $69–$89 More…

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Epic Snickerdoodles in 20 Minutes Flat

For anyone who wants to go from zero to snickerdoodle in about 20 minutes—for any reason—this recipe is a boon. And it will be no standard snickerdoodle: This is a fancy bakery-style puddle of a cookie, with a rich belly and a sparkly chew at every edge. But for me and my ilk (a.k.a. parents of very small children), this recipe is nothing short of a miracle. Because I’ve learned I can make it with my 3-year-old by my side, from stirring to baking to blowing on cookies warm from the oven, all without ever losing her (or my) attention. Read More >> …

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Hushpuppies That Quiet My Homesickness

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones. My mother, Melissa, wasn’t much of a cook. But she loved making a quick spaghetti with ground beef, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Or a lasagna that was basically the same thing assembled in a different way. Nobody complained. Read More >> …

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Pierce Abernathy Is All About Cool Dips

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers. I’ve always loved hosting. As the daughter of a caterer, I guess this was a sort of inescapable fate, and I’m not complaining. When I was little I’d set up full-blown events for my Barbie dolls—there was nothing casual about the weddings and tea parties I staged. And now, as an actual adult who’s replaced her dolls with an apartment full of carefully curated trinkets, the host in me is thriving. Read More >> …

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Our Most Popular Recipes in May

April showers bring May flowers…and these top 10 recipes. This month, you, our readers, had both sweet and savory cravings, but as temperatures rose in many parts of the country, you also wanted to cool off. We totally get it. From Emma Laperruque’s Salt & Pepper Ice Cream topped with a crackly brittle to Rick Martinez’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Icebox Cake With Pistachio Brittle, these are the recipes we want to make when it’s too hot to do anything else. From Our Shop exclusive Plant The Box Scented Candles $30–$89 More Options

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11 Must-Haves If You Plan to Host Guests This Summer

We’ve teamed up with Walmart to help take the stress out of prepping for house guests. Order online or via their app, shop your go-to groceries, household supplies, and other goodies, then select delivery or in-store pickup for a seamless shopping experience. Growing up by the beach, I watched my parents host friends and family in generous style—anything that was ours was theirs. We always kept extra towels, sunscreen, beverages, and snacks on hand so guests felt right at home. Now, as an adult, I’m lucky enough to live in a city building with an outdoor pool, which means my friends in the area will be stopping by all summer long for a refreshing dip. Read More >> …

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15 Best Midnight Snacks for When You Just Can’t Sleep

If you can’t sleep, you may as well snack! Whether you’re nibbling on something sweet just before bed or your never-ending to-do list is keeping you from counting sheep, these 15 sweet and savory snacks will give you something delicious to dream about. There are protein-packed options like trail mix, quick hummus, and a crispy blend of lentils and pepitas. Plus, three-ingredient peanut butter cookies, made with peanut butter, fruit jam, and eggs which totally count as a protein-packed snack IMO. If you want something that’s all-around salty and savory, choose from buttered popcorn, a Japanese-inspired Chex Mix snack, or a spicy grilled cheese sandwich (for the nights when you’re really hungry). Here’s to you, fellow night owls—your secret is safe with us. Read More >> …

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Breakfast for Dinner, Anyone?

Without fail, I eat breakfast for dinner on a snow day—specifically pancakes, waffles, or French toast, stacked high and drizzled with maple syrup, a dusting of powdered sugar, and a pat (or two) of butter. It’s classic comfort food (and a reason to slip on my PJs a little early). But beyond simple breakfast recipes like scrambled eggs with hash browns or poached eggs over English muffins, we have so many breakfast-inspired recipes for dinner like Shakshuka Focaccia (individual pieces of focaccia topped with tomato sauce and baked eggs); a Pizza Omelet, which folds tomato and mozzarella cheese into the center of a creamy egg dish for one; or Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata, which quite literally folds spaghetti and pancetta into the mix. Read More >> …

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These 19 No-Churn Ice Creams Are Summertime Magic

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she’ll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way. As a baker, I’m not afraid to practice patience to get to the perfect end result. But here’s the truth: Some shortcuts are worth shouting about, and no-churn ice cream is definitely one of them. In this month’s ice cream episode of Bake it Up A Notch, I spend a lot of time chatting about this exact topic, and all the things you can do with it it. So whether you are looking for an easy summer recipe hack, or you don’t have room to store an ice cream maker, nothing should stop you from making homemade ice cream this summer. Read More >> …

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Our Homemade Limoncello Is Wayyy Easier Than You’d Expect

There’s a lot to love about Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales—our most recent Piglet champion!—but one thing excited me most: vodka. Which, if you know me, doesn’t make any sense. Because I hate vodka. Or I thought I did. Kachka’s first chapter is all about vodka—or, more specifically, infusing it. Tarragon, horseradish, chamomile, cacao nib, cranberry, strawberry. From Morales’s perspective, the possibilities are practically endless: “Alcohol is the perfect vehicle to both preserve and amplify flavors,” she writes. Read More >> …

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20 Best Father’s Day Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, or basically a vehicle for frosting, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 16, we’re celebrating dads. Maybe your dad was the one who brought you to school, taught you how to flip a pancake, or that life’s okay if you lose a basketball game. Or he’s the guy who told you ghost stories while camping or texts you silly jokes when you’re blue. Maybe he’s not even your dad at all, but a grandfather or uncle or mentor who always showed up. All sorts of men are worth celebrating. Read More >> …

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A Definitive Ranking of Trader Joe’s Frozen Pasta

The frozen food section in Trader Joe’s is my safe space. Though the steps to prepare their globe-trotting frozen meals vary in rigor, most are to just add heat and water—a simple set of instructions, and one of the reasons why this is my favorite TJ’s aisle. While you may know about Trader Joe’s frozen dumpling selection, or have read us wax poetic about their cheeses and dips, their frozen pasta offering is surprisingly impressive. I should know; I’ve eaten through every TJ’s frozen pasta I could find. Read More >> …

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How a Single Mom Conquered Dinner, One Pound of Hamburger at a Time

Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more. In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish that’s meaningful to them and their loved ones. Some people grow up with moms whose love language is flaky pastry or fragrant spice. Moms who say “I love you” by serving up heaping bowls of delicious food. My mom’s love language was the actual phrase “I love you.” She uttered these words frequently and generously. She spoke them, sang them, and wrote them. When it came to cooking, though, she kind of phoned it in. If recipe boxes had titles, my mom’s might be something like: “What Can’t You Do With Hamburger Meat?” Read More >> …

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How to Make Swirly, Flaky Sfogliatelle

Buckle up, guys—this pastry is definitely a project. But trust me, it’s a super fun, satisfying, and delicious one. There’s nothing like a batch of still-warm sfogliatelle (or if you’re just referring to one, sfogliatella), an especially beautiful Italian pastry. Multiple layers of gorgeously thin dough (rolled using a pasta machine) encase a creamy filling made with a base of semolina “pudding” and ricotta cheese. The pastry, sometimes referred to as “lobster claws” (not “lobster tails,” that’s something else) here in the States, bake up gorgeously golden and crisp. The result is a seriously impressive pastry that’s time-consuming, but totally doable at home, and worth it. Ahead, I’ll walk you through exactly how to make sfogliatelle at home using my go-to recipe and you’ll be folding and shaping dough in no time. From Our Shop Sale! Five Two Bamboo Double Sided Cutting Board $29–$119…

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7 Vibrant Recipes From ‘Mi Cocina,’ Rick Martinez’s Ode to Mexico

Today marks a very important date in our calendar—the launch of Food52 resident Rick Martinez’s first cookbook, Mi Cocina. “On September 12, 2019, I flew to Puebla to start a journey that would change my life forever,” Rick wrote in an Instagram caption today, celebrating the launch of Mi Cocina. The book takes home cooks on a journey across Mexico, with recipes inspired by the 20,000 miles that Rick traveled, including dishes like Tlayuda con Tasajo, Sopa de Lima, Puchero Tabasqueño, Torta de Lechón, and Tacos Gobernador. Read More >> …

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Our Most Popular Recipes in April

Spring has sprung and I am ravenous for anything and everything green. Here on the east coast, the weather can’t make up its mind—warm some days and still-cold others. Our most popular new recipes from April are a little like that: a mix of cozy-comforting and crunchy-fresh. And all delicious…but you knew that already. From Our Shop exclusive Mosser Colored Glass Cake Stand $44–$220 More Options

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Our Garlickiest Garlic Recipes

We’re doing what garlic enthusiasts do best: sharing our favorite garlic recipes to make today and every day. There are versatile recipes like garlic confit and garlic stock that you can apply in so many ways, plus one-off recipes to complete your garlic celebration (looking at you, pull-apart garlic knots). From Our Shop Dreamfarm Garject Garlic Press & Scraper $54.95

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1. Garlic Confit
Slow-roasted garlic is like candy—candy that you’ll want to serve on a charcuterie board with cheese, jam, crostini, and…

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The Best Chicken Caesar Salad I’ve Ever Had

The miracle of this marinade would have been enough. Stir together a few ingredients, pour off half for a feisty Caesar dressing and save the rest to marinate your chicken? Brilliant. But then, don’t let that marinade sit for hours to soak in. Don’t even wipe any off. Just sizzle the chicken and its protective cloak in a nonstick skillet, till the oil breaks free from the marinade and the Parm and anchovy all frizzles and browns. This can only be described as Whoaaa. Read More >> …

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We Heart These Artichoke Recipes

Artichoke season is here! Join me and jump up and down, please. Artichokes are ridiculously underrated—especially crispy quick-fried artichoke hearts or grilled artichokes topped with salsa verde, which are my two favorite preparations. Whether you’re working with canned and marinated artichoke hearts or fresh artichokes, there are so many ways to cook artichokes (18, in fact!) that you’ll fall in love over and over again. From Our Shop exclusive Feast Serving Platter by Yotam Ottolenghi $90–$115 More Colors

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The Absolute Best Way to Make an Egg Sandwich

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes she may never mash one again. Today, she tackles the egg sandwich. The breakfast sandwich has been around for far longer than you or your hangover. Read More >> …

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