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10 Steps to Becoming a Burger Expert

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:54 PM

By Leslie Stephens

Our definitive guide to burgers--for now, and to carry you well through tailgating season. 


More: 5 tricks to making a mind-blowing burger

Burgers are easy: Just buy a patty at the store, grill it, and serve. But great burgers--those juicy, you-still-remember-them-from-the-summer-of-'09...

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How To Keep Tomatoes Fresh For Longer

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 8:55 AM

By Leslie Stephens

This trick -- which only takes 5 minutes -- may be the answer to avoiding refrigerator-chilled, flavorless tomatoes.


More: How to keep tomatoes fresh for longer

A few weeks ago, when our Test Kitchen Manager Derek was doling out tomatoes that wouldn't survive the weekend...

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The Best Starter Houseplants & How To Care For Them

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Life-long plant whisperer Caroline Lange shares her love for houseplants--and which are easiest to care for.  

BK plants
Some of my plants at home in Brooklyn

More: 5 container plants for Fall

Part of my affair with houseplants comes, I'm sure, from...

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How to Make English Muffins with All the Nooks & Crannies

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Food52's Test Kitchen Manager Erin McDowell is here, with tips and tricks to help you master the ABCs of baking.

Today: Homemade English muffins beat the store-bought variety every time.  

I never understood the allure of the English muffin. I would see commercials and packaging boasting nooks and crannies, but...

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Does Putting Cheap Vodka Through A Water Filter Really Make it Better?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 10:31 AM

With a little creativity and a little planning, Catherine Lamb shows us how to make the most of a tight budget—without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: We test the rumor about filtering vodka, and share our findings with the world.


If you ever went to a...

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The Right Way To Poach An Egg

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Once you've perfected basic techniques like frying an egg and cooking rice, it's time to move on to those things that may have initially scared you off. Every other Monday, chef Camille Becerra is going beyond the basics to help us tackle even the scariest cooking techniques.

Today: Put on a...

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Learn How To Make 6 Simple Cocktails In Only 15 Seconds

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 4:16 PM

We’re strong proponents of having a good home bar. Welcome to Cocktail Hour, where we’ll show you the best ways to put your liquor cabinet to use. These videos are brought to you by

Today: Catch up on our latest Instagram videos -- and make better cocktails at home. 

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The Perfect Wedding Dessert, According To You Personality

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 9:32 AM

Are you having your wedding at Four Seasons or at a campsite? No matter the vibe of your big day, we've got a dessert for you. 

You and your partner have everything planned for your wedding: the rings you'll exchange, the first song you'll dance...

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DIY Party Ideas You've Never Seen Before

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:57 PM

You're getting married, congratulations! It's bound to be one of the most special moments of your life. Before you say the "I dos," though, a caveat: The list of things you'll feel pressured to buy for your wedding will probably run the length of a football field (or two). 

Unless you have the sewing skills...

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A Simple Way to Save $1000? Make Coffee at Home

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 7:45 PM

A latte a day will cost you $1,642.50. 

Last week I made a payment of more than three grand for my child’s nursery school for next year. Non-refundable. It’s just a quarter of what I owe for the year. (Yes, insane.) I had to take...

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8 Tips to Make Your Stir-Fry More Exciting

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 8:08 AM

With a little creativity and a little planning, Catherine Lamb shows us how to make the most of a tight budget—without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: Stir-fry—the broke kitchener's weeknight standby—just got a little more interesting. 

Basil Beef Stir Fry

You get home and you open your...

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Cook Like Hermoine Granger and 11 Other Ladies of Literature

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 8:03 AM

Eat like your favorite literary heroines with this menu from Cara Nicoletti, author of Voracious.

Before my book Voracious became a book, it was a blog. But even before that, it was a literary supper club that I hosted in...

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 10:20 AM

Today, we're re-running one of our summertime Food52 references. A disclaimer: No fruit flies were harmed or killed in the writing of this post. (But we can't say we'd be sad if they had been.) 

What's the only creature that loves fruit more than...

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One Bottle of Red Wine, 5 Ways to Use It

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever—or at least the whole week.

Today: Skye McAlpine of From My Dining Table show us what to do with red wine—besides drink it. 

I cook with wine a lot. And by that, I mean...

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Eat Pizza Pockets, Relive The '90s

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 9:36 AM

It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.

Today: Marcella DiLonardo of modest marce makes portable pizzas you're sure to get nostalgic over. 

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5 Nighttime Photo Tips from the Pros (Even if Your Camera is a Phone)

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 2:58 PM

Don't be afraid of the dark. Learn how to take perfect photos at candlelit dinners, dim restaurants, and outside at night.

The table is set, the candles are lit, and the food on your table could not look any...

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How To Make Stamped Menus Using Scraps Of Produce

(16) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:32 AM

Crafter Laura Kaesshaefer shows us how to make pretty stamps out of vegetable scraps. Attention: Members of our Burnt Toast Dinner Brigade (sign up here!)—try these out for custom dinner party menus.

DIY Vegetable Stamp Menus

A clever new use for fruits...

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Our 10 Best Grilling Tips -- All in One Place

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 10:18 AM

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Our best advice for helping you grill greater. 

Grill marks. Grill marks are mysterious. No matter how hard you...

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The Easiest Way To Seed A Chile Pepper

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:30 PM

We're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today on Food52: A fuss-free way to remove the seeds from hot peppers without hurting yourself.

I inadvertently wince each time I even read a recipe that calls for removing the...

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