One Mystery Box of Groceries = 5 Great Weeknight Recipes

Our friends at Imperfect Foods are reimagining grocery delivery. With just a few clicks, you can have all your must-have ingredients for the week (and beyond) shipped straight to your doorstep. To see just how far one Imperfect Foods order can take you…

Our friends at Imperfect Foods are reimagining grocery delivery. With just a few clicks, you can have all your must-have ingredients for the week (and beyond) shipped straight to your doorstep. To see just how far one Imperfect Foods order can take you, we sent Senior Editor Jess Kapadia a mystery box of groceries filled with pantry staples, produce, and more. Here are all the delicious dishes she cooked up…


I've been an Imperfect Foods customer for about a year, and have discovered that getting huge boxes of responsibly sourced animal protein, fresh produce, and other items I buy all the time delivered pairs very well with being a food editor—especially here at Food52. Whether I’m testing out a new recipe or cooking one of my weeknight favorites, I can customize my order to fit exactly what I need, while also taking advantage of their ever-changing lineup of seasonal offerings.

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In Strong Defense of Molly Yeh’s Popcorn Salad Recipe

Cookbook author, Food Network host, and Food52 resident Molly Yeh has effectively shaken the internet with her recipe for crunchy snap pea popcorn salad. Naturally, we couldn’t be happier for her or more excited to test out this tantalizing-sounding co…

Cookbook author, Food Network host, and Food52 resident Molly Yeh has effectively shaken the internet with her recipe for crunchy snap pea popcorn salad. Naturally, we couldn't be happier for her or more excited to test out this tantalizing-sounding concoction ourselves (though whether or not popcorn salad sounds tantalizing is, again, notably subjective).

Popcorn salad isn't a novel concept—it's existed in its traditional mayo-coated, vegetable-studded form across the midwest for untold decades (though scores of midwesterners weighed in to say they'd never heard of it until the recipe made its way into headlines). In fact, adding an acidic dressing to a puffed grain is commonplace in plenty of food cultures—think Indian chaat and Ecuadorean or Peruvian ceviche—and adding a liquid element of any kind to a puffed grain frequently results in a texturally pleasing crunchy-soggy hybrid that keeps us going back to the cereal box.

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Heinz Ketchup Packet Shortage Has Delivery Services Seeing Red

The latest effect of pandemic-influenced consumer habits is a Heinz tomato ketchup package shortage that’s affecting food delivery services around the country. What’s the culprit behind this condiment scarcity? Food delivery services.
As restaurants c…

The latest effect of pandemic-influenced consumer habits is a Heinz tomato ketchup package shortage that's affecting food delivery services around the country. What's the culprit behind this condiment scarcity? Food delivery services.

As restaurants continue to limit in-person dining capacities and customers continue to order in food, the country's seemingly limitless supply of ketchup packets has begun to take a hit. Glass and plastic ketchup bottles that typically live on restaurant tables have been largely unused since restaurants pivoted to delivery and takeout models more than a year ago, and the sharp increase in to-go orders has resulted in elevated demand for single-serving condiments as well (a move first recommended by the CDC to avoid shared dispensers).

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Is a Duster the Best Dust Buster? These 6 Products Are Even Better.

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a monthlong series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than 5 minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that bas…

Welcome to Your No-Sweat Guide to Spring Cleaning, a monthlong series that puts the fun (yep, for real!) back into cleaning. We’re talking spruce-ups that take less than 5 minutes, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that hacks, and hands-off cleaning tasks that basically…do themselves—plus our trustiest tools and helpers. The goal: Clean less, go outside more.


I live in a city where dust gets into apartments (without an invitation) through vents, radiators, windows, doorframes—you name it. No matter how often you dust, if you live on the lower floors of a building or in a particularly dusty locale, you'll never experience the divine satisfaction of the "finger swipe test" for more than a day or so. Dust bunnies need a far less cute name for the constant menace they pose, although they do accumulate quickly and it wouldn't entirely surprise me if they reproduced on their own.

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I Found Inner Peace Playing a Video Game About Growing Rice

As someone who is both a food editor and lifelong video game enthusiast, I’ve predictably played a ton of food-themed games. Over the last year, games have kept me excellent company, serving as a satisfying and consistent way to pass what I’ll refer to…

As someone who is both a food editor and lifelong video game enthusiast, I've predictably played a ton of food-themed games. Over the last year, games have kept me excellent company, serving as a satisfying and consistent way to pass what I'll refer to as "time." I revisited the food-centric games I previously loved, like Stardew Valley, Overcooked, the eerily realistic Cooking Simulator, and every last Cooking Mama. I've cooked my way through Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Final Fantasy XV (whose food imagery is stunning), and World of Warcraft. But when I popped recent release Sakuna: Of Rice & Ruin into my Switch a few months ago, I felt genuinely connected to the food I was interacting with on the screen for the first time.

In this farming, friend-feeding, and enemy-pummeling role-playing game, rice is king, and you happen to live on a paddy. Oh, and you've never grown rice before. Additionally, you're a harvest goddess coming down from quite the hot mess of a sake bender (see: "& Ruin"), so the stakes are pretty high.

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5 Mirin Substitutes That Live in Your Pantry (or Bar)

Mirin is a sweetened Japanese rice wine commonly whisked into sauces, dressings, and marinades, and added to simmered dishes like soups and stews. A little goes a long way, but a bottle won’t last forever. If you find yourself fresh out of this fragran…

Mirin is a sweetened Japanese rice wine commonly whisked into sauces, dressings, and marinades, and added to simmered dishes like soups and stews. A little goes a long way, but a bottle won't last forever. If you find yourself fresh out of this fragrant, umami-rich seasoning but still want to add the flavor and depth that comes from cooking with wine, here are our best mirin substitutes, so you can get that Japanese-style roast chicken on the table without further delay.

1. Sake

Sake makes a great substitute for mirin—already being rice wine takes it halfway to the finish line. Many kinds of sake, especially unfiltered, are sweet enough to substitute for mirin without any doctoring up. In the case of drier sake, a splash of apple or white grape juice or a pinch of sugar will make up for it.

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Our Favorite Spam Recipes Are Crisp, Meaty Heaven

Spam, that iconic American food product, is a versatile pantry staple with a history all its own, and devoted fans in countless countries around the world (especially in Asia). Whether you welcome its delicious, savory, meaty flavor with open arms or …

Spam, that iconic American food product, is a versatile pantry staple with a history all its own, and devoted fans in countless countries around the world (especially in Asia). Whether you welcome its delicious, savory, meaty flavor with open arms or shun it in favor of something a little more recognizable, Spam is here, and here to stay.

We happen to love it unabashedly, and gathered up our 11 best Spam recipes for hearty breakfasts, easy lunches, and quick, comforting dinners. That way, next time you pop open a can of the good stuff, you'll know exactly what to do.

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Analiese Gregory Cooks, Hunts, & Fishes at the Bottom of the World

Analiese Gregory was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to a Chinese-Dutch mother and Welsh father. Schooled remotely for several years during a caravan trip around Australia, she is no stranger to discovering the wonders of her environment without much pr…

Analiese Gregory was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to a Chinese-Dutch mother and Welsh father. Schooled remotely for several years during a caravan trip around Australia, she is no stranger to discovering the wonders of her environment without much provocation. Analiese worked in several of the world's finest restaurants—including under French culinary legend Michel Bras—before settling in Tasmania, the "bottom of the world," to head up the kitchen at the award-winning Franklin Restaurant.

She's since taken to the screen like a stingray to water, appearing with chef Gordon Ramsay in his National Geographic series Uncharted, working on her own upcoming travel and cooking show, A Girl's Guide to Hunting, Fishing, and Wild Cooking, and publishing her new cookbook, How the Wild Things Are, with narrative by renowned Tasmania-based nature and food writer Hilary Burden.

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The Best Champagne for Mimosas? Here Are 12 of Our Favorites

A mimosa in your glass is an inherently happy thing: bubbly, zingy, and frequently indicative of a special occasion—for instance, any weekend morning. Though the formula is simple, the question frequently comes up: what is the best Champagne for mimosa…

A mimosa in your glass is an inherently happy thing: bubbly, zingy, and frequently indicative of a special occasion—for instance, any weekend morning. Though the formula is simple, the question frequently comes up: what is the best Champagne for mimosas?

The answer is as delightful as the formula of orange juice and Champagne itself: any sparkling wine you deem worthy. Whether you spring for bottles of bona fide Champagne or reach for Spanish cava, Italian prosecco, or any other kind of imported or domestic bubbles (here are some great ones), the resulting mimosa will be a delicious, satisfying pairing for your favorite mid-morning dish.

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How to Store Fresh Herbs So They Last And Last

Ideally, you’d “store” fresh herbs in the garden, never snipping more than you needed. The chives on your scrambled eggs, the cilantro on your tacos, and the basil on your pizza would always be bright, fragrant, and bursting with life. Alas, the real w…

Ideally, you'd "store" fresh herbs in the garden, never snipping more than you needed. The chives on your scrambled eggs, the cilantro on your tacos, and the basil on your pizza would always be bright, fragrant, and bursting with life. Alas, the real world doesn't work that way. To avoid wasting nature's herbaceous gifts, we must use our ingenuity.

There are multiple complex factors influencing produce's longevity, and most of us don't have the means, the time, or even the inclination to precisely control for all of them. Conjuring maximum herbal freshness is therefore more art than science. Rather than recommend one approach, let's discuss the basic elements of freshness, then look at how things can go wrong so that you can respond based on what you observe in your kitchen.

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