Chocolate sprinkles were not on my radar as a kid. Compared with rainbow sprinkles, they never stood a chance. But both varieties were relegated to sundae bars, birthday cakes, and ice cream shops, until I discovered the existence of funfetti. Sprinkles! Inside a cake! Brilliant. I consider the sprinkles in funfetti baked goods to be […]

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Yes, we love day-long baking projects, and you can bet we’re going to labor over stunning cakes and pies worthy of Instagram stardom. But over holiday weekends, what we love even more than a pièce de résistance is a crowd-pleaser that can handle the jolts and jerks of travel. Labor Day is nigh, and we […]

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Football (and tailgating) season kicked off with a bevy of NCAA games last Saturday, August 26th. At Louisiana State University (my alma mater) and schools across the country, this means jumping from tailgate to tailgate, saying hello over beers and grabbing boudin from a friend’s dad’s neighbor. No matter if you even like football or […]

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Today: Elizabeth Milllard, author of Backyard Pharmacy: Growing Medicinal Plants in Your Own Yard, tells us the five herbs to stock up on for when you’ve spent too much time in the sun. You slathered on sunblock, diligently re-applied after the pool or lake, and then maybe added a loose layer of clothing as protection, along with […]

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Summer in Italy is long, and in cities like Florence and Rome, when things heat up, it’s downright sweltering. While a lot of Italian summer eating involves fresh, simple fare that needs little “cooking”—think caprese salad with milky mozzarella, based-on-a-poem panzanella salad, or paper-thin slices of prosciutto draped over cantaloupe—it’s a good idea to have […]

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The classic Negroni is strong as it is simple: equal parts citrusy gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Which is probably why it’s such a popular summer cocktail, served on the rocks or in a coupe. But there’s another beverage that claims to be ‘the drink of the summer.’ Less-watery, more caffeinated, and lower in acid, […]

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From Italian caponata to ratatouille in France, many warm-weather cuisines have developed recipes that make the most of late summer’s sun-loving vegetables. Morocco is no exception. There, a cooked vegetable jam called matbucha reigns. Matbucha, coming for ya. Photo by Julia Gartland As with most traditional dishes, there are as many variations to matbucha as there […]

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My consistent tearjerkers: this video of a lion being reunited with its owners after years of separation, the last chapter of Charlotte’s Web, Whitney Houston’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and cutting onions. And while three of those would take longer to unpack than I have the time for, at least I can now […]

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My roasted eggplant has a mind of its own. Some days, I pull it out of the oven and it’s golden brown and pudding soft: It collapses under the weight of my hovering finger, before I even have a chance to prod. Other days, it’s ornery—grey and dry, wrinkled and puckered. It’s cooked (I guess?) […]

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