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Turn Sad Winter Tomatoes into Delicious Roasted Salsa Turn Sad Winter Tomatoes into Delicious Roasted Salsa

At least once a year, desperate for the tiniest glimmer of spring, I buy the first crop of supermarket tomatoes that look even vaguely ripe. They are never anything but a total letdown, which means I end up regretting my purchase—and resenting those subpar tomatoes for suckering me in.

How to Identify and Report an Illegal Job Posting How to Identify and Report an Illegal Job Posting

Earlier this week, Epicurious site director David Tamarkin excitedly tweeted that they were in need of a “sharp, cooking-obsessed editorial assistant.” Within 48 hours, the posting had been mercilessly roasted by Media Twitter, and the New York State Department of Labor was even forced to intervene. What happened?

Leave Onion Roots Intact for Easier Slicing and Dicing Leave Onion Roots Intact for Easier Slicing and Dicing

By now, I could chop an onion in my sleep: slice it in half, trim off the stem and root, peel, and slice away. In all my years of onion prep, it never occurred to me to shake things up, but skipping just one of those steps—removing the root—has changed my heavily onion-based repertoire for the better.

What the Hell is Going On With Brexit? Catch Up with These Flowcharts What the Hell is Going On With Brexit? Catch Up with These Flowcharts

Today is a big day for Brexit negotiations. Members of Parliament are debating the “No Deal” exit, a plan that would have the UK leave the EU on March 29th with no formal organization or coordination whatsoever between the two entities. Should this happen, it would almost certainly cause economic chaos in not only the…

How to Maximize the Flavor of Lemon Desserts How to Maximize the Flavor of Lemon Desserts

Most people identify as either a chocolate dessert person or a fruit dessert person. I’m firmly in the second category, but more specifically, I’m a Lemon Dessert Person: give me a dessert lemony enough to pucker my lips and contort my face, or give me nothing at all.

Remove Pet Hair From Fabrics Using Your Dryer  Remove Pet Hair From Fabrics Using Your Dryer 

Cleaning pet hair off any surface is always a chore, but fabrics are very much the worst. Tempting as it may be, giving up and tossing a hair-coated blanket in with the rest of the wash will only transfer that hair to the rest of the load—and send the rest straight down your pipes. There’s a better way: Just throw…

How to Stay Sharp in Old Age How to Stay Sharp in Old Age

Of all the common consequences of aging, none is more frightening than memory loss. Even if you’ve never helplessly watched a loved one succumb to Alzheimer’s—which I promise is worse than it sounds—it’s natural to wonder if something similar could happen to you.

Your Breakfast Sandwich Needs Pickles Your Breakfast Sandwich Needs Pickles

Breakfast sandwiches are a deeply personal affair. The classic combination of meat, cheese, egg, and bread is infinitely variable, with everything from one’s preferred egg doneness to regional processed meat delicacies contributing to each person’s ideal version. Personal preferences aside, most people would probably…

Please Don't Put These Things Down Your Garbage Disposal Please Don't Put These Things Down Your Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals are designed to take a lot of abuse, but nowhere near what some people put them through. As magical as they seem, these powerful machines do have their limits—and if used improperly, you can do just as much damage to your plumbing with a disposal as you can without one.

Do You Really Need a Stand Mixer?  Do You Really Need a Stand Mixer? 

I love my KitchenAid fiercely, but I’d be lying if I said it’s because I can’t live without it. It’s a family heirloom, handed down from my great-grandmother to my mom to me; according to the model number, it turns 50 this year. I’ve moved it across the continent twice—from upstate New York to Oregon and back to…

Use Soap Before Water to Clean Greasy Hands Use Soap Before Water to Clean Greasy Hands

Everyone knows that the traditional hand washing procedure: get your hands nice and wet under running water, add some soap, and scrub away. Unfortunately, if your hands are coated with a thick layer of grease, the usual method might not cut it—but reversing it sure will.

How to Get Better at Crosswords How to Get Better at Crosswords

For some reason, lots of people believe that the ability to solve crossword puzzles is a talent doled out at birth to a select few. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Crosswords aren’t an immutable test of your vocabulary or intelligence—they’re a learnable skill that anyone can develop.

Soak Your Beans in the Fridge for Faster Meal Prep Soak Your Beans in the Fridge for Faster Meal Prep

Soaking dried beans is a somewhat controversial topic. Some people swear by it, insisting that it reduces gas (eh, maybe) and removes toxins (it definitely does not), but the only guaranteed benefit is shorter cooking time. Still, that’s not nothing, especially if you need dinner on the table ASAP.

Mix Cocktails Safely With This New Website  Mix Cocktails Safely With This New Website 

The words “cocktail safety” probably evoke memories of singed eyebrows from an errant flaming shot and nothing more, but it turns out that your fancy beverage could contain more than a few potentially dangerous ingredients. Thankfully, there’s a new website that aims to help industry professionals and aspiring…

How to Nail Your First Valentine's Day Dinner  How to Nail Your First Valentine's Day Dinner 

So you’ve decided to stay in this year and cook a nice Valentine’s Day dinner for your sweetie. There’s just one problem: You have absolutely no idea what you’re doing. That’s okay! We’re here to help.

Make This Buffalo Cauliflower Dip for Super Bowl Sunday Make This Buffalo Cauliflower Dip for Super Bowl Sunday

Buffalo wings and the Super Bowl go together like peanut butter and jelly, and nobody knows this like vegetarian football fans. As much as I love Buffalo cauliflower “wings,” they’re really best when deep-fried, which is a technique that doesn’t mix with alcohol consumption. Luckily, God gave us Buffalo chicken dip.

There's an Easier Way to Cut Cauliflower There's an Easier Way to Cut Cauliflower

If, like me, you’ve been cutting cauliflower from the florets down your whole life, you probably assumed that those annoying rubbly bits that get everywhere were just part of the deal. They’re not. Thankfully, you can easily banish them for good—just turn that crown upside-down.

What Are 'Frost Quakes'?  What Are 'Frost Quakes'? 

Temperatures across the United States plummeted today, with parts of the Midwest experiencing wind chills of 40, 50, even 60 degrees below zero—and that’s in Fahrenheit. As if frozen pipes and frostbite weren’t dangerous enough, some folks are learning about one of the rarer, scarier side effects of super-cold…

Treat Chapped Lips by Layering Moisturizer and Lip Balm Treat Chapped Lips by Layering Moisturizer and Lip Balm

The perfect lip balm is both thin enough to sink into your lips and thick enough to sit on top of them in a protective, watertight layer. In other words, it doesn’t exist—but you can fake it with a little bit of clever layering.

What is Subornation of Perjury, Anyway? What is Subornation of Perjury, Anyway?

Last night, BuzzFeed News published evidence that Donald Trump actively instructed his ex-personal counsel Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project. If you woke up to a timeline full of Twitter Lawyers screaming about subornation of perjury and you aren’t quite sure what it means, here’s…

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