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  • Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Don't soak your dried beans! Now even the cool kids agree

    Are you still soaking dried beans? Why?  For years I’ve been telling people that you don’t need to soak most beans. Now the cool kids are agreeing. Yesterday my old e-friend, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, published on Serious Eats his findings on cooking black beans. The headline: “So you like flavor? Don’t...

  • How do I thaw a frozen turkey?

    How do I thaw a frozen turkey?

    Cooking a turkey is intimidating, and one of the problems with roasting such a big bird pops up long before you need to season it and put it in to the oven. Every holiday season, home cooks around the country have one burning question: Wait, how do I thaw a frozen turkey? But worry no more! We...

  • Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

    Alexander Chee on the life, work and loss of his mentor, Kit Reed

    The first day of Kit Reed’s advanced fiction class, sitting in the yellow Victorian house I would come to know simply as “Lawn Avenue,” was my first time for so many things. I had never been taught by a professor in her own home, for example, and I remember I couldn’t stop looking at it all. I...

  • In the harvest season, life is in the kitchen. I could walk from house to house, stirring things

    In the harvest season, life is in the kitchen. I could walk from house to house, stirring things

    It’s hardly a cowboy’s life, hitting plastic buttons all day and plugging in various devices. Our dads and grandpas, who won world wars, would scoff. So when I have the opportunity to chop some onions and fry some pork, I jump at the chance to reestablish a foothold in manhood’s door. The kids,...

  • Get ready for Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals on Cuba, Greece and more

    Get ready for Black Friday-Cyber Monday travel deals on Cuba, Greece and more

    If part of your Thanksgiving tradition involves Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping, consider your travel plans when scouting for deals. Lots of tour operators and outfitters will be offering flash sales on overseas trips for one day or longer — and you can do it all online too. The deals: —Friendly...

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