A ‘Why Didn’t I Think of That?’ Hack for Longer-Lasting Lettuce

It’s a big week in salad news. Yesterday, author and TV producer Elan Gale exploded Twitter with his nine-part series on how to optimize salads in 2020.

I’ve got some NEWS for you people about WHY your salads are dull and flavorless. Are you rea…

It’s a big week in salad news. Yesterday, author and TV producer Elan Gale exploded Twitter with his nine-part series on how to optimize salads in 2020.

The Absolute Best Way to Fry an Egg, According to 42 Tests

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She’s seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes she may ne…

In Absolute Best Tests, Ella Quittner destroys the sanctity of her home kitchen in the name of the truth. She's seared more Porterhouse steaks than she cares to recall, tasted enough stuffing for 10 Thanksgivings, and mashed so many potatoes she may never mash one again. Today, she tackles fried eggs.


"The egg is one of the kitchen’s marvels, and one of nature’s," writes prolific food scientist Harold McGee in On Food and Cooking, his 800-page opus on, obviously, food and cooking. Fifty-plus pages are dedicated to the humble egg, which is mentioned upwards of 1,000 times.

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‘Help! The Bedbugs Arrived at the Same Time As My New Neighbors’

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next-door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceabl…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next-door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.


Bed bugs are, for many city dwellers, the ultimate apartment-based fear. They are tiny, they are almost invisible, and they are horribly invasive: the least-welcome houseguests of all time. And for those who get them, they can feel like a truly biblical plague. Getting rid of them often requires packing up and processing all your clothes and such, and can truly take over your life for a non-insignificant period of time.

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My Funny Little Trick to Make Leftover Pasta Creamy Again

This past New Year’s Eve, I hosted a pasta party. It was exactly what it sounds like: me, cooking more noodle courses than my three guests could possibly eat in the hours we spent huddled around my kitchen table, and quite a bit of Parmesan.

As the ev…

This past New Year's Eve, I hosted a pasta party. It was exactly what it sounds like: me, cooking more noodle courses than my three guests could possibly eat in the hours we spent huddled around my kitchen table, and quite a bit of Parmesan.

As the evening progressed, my stock of reserved pasta water grew as murky and expansive as my guests' conversation (blame our local liquor store's sale on sparkling wine). Some amount of bucatini all'Amatriciana, rigatoni with fresh basil pesto, and aglio e olio e salsicccia later, I found myself with a full jar of the starchy stuff.

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3 Tips to Keep Apples Fresh for Much Longer

According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit, they’re concerned for any given orchard…

According to the New York Apple Association, it takes about 8 to 10 years for a standard-sized apple tree to bear fruit. According to my friends, it takes me about 15 seconds to pick so many pounds of said fruit, they're concerned for any given orchard's longevity. (Quickest way to drown 'em out? Feed them pie.)

Consequently, I end up with a lot of apples every fall, all at once. Which turns my kitchen counter into something of a ticking time bomb. This year, determined to extend the lives of these innocent apples, I've done some research about the best way to store them for maximum freshness. Here are three tips:

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A 15-Minute Avocado Ripening Hack—& 3 Other Tricks

In New York City, the perfectly ripe supermarket avocado is a veritable myth, complete with an unlikely origin story (California droughts),
many a villain with which to contend (Australian real estate moguls, the threat of tariffs), and a personalized …

In New York City, the perfectly ripe supermarket avocado is a veritable myth, complete with an unlikely origin story (California droughts), many a villain with which to contend (Australian real estate moguls, the threat of tariffs), and a personalized iPhone emoji.

But unlike any sort of storybook character or chimerical creature, the perfectly ripe avocado can actually be conjured at home, with enough foresight.

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Neighbors Don’t Respect Your Space? Here’s What to Do

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceabl…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.


Apartment issues fall into two categories: the potentially annoying—like barking pets and stinky smokers—and the potentially dangerous. The former at least has the potential to turn into great cocktail party fodder, but the latter can keep you up at night. (I have a friend who recently moved out of his apartment because his roommate had taken to drunkenly leaving things on a hot stove.)

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‘Help! Can I Love Animals & Still Hate My Neighbor’s Dog?’

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceabl…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosy neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.


In a world filled with bad news, environmental destruction, and TikTok, pets can provide us with immeasurable comfort. They will cuddle with you, look up at you with eyes that have never come across The Mueller Report, and make for excellent Instagram fodder. (To be clear, I’ve only held off on adopting a cat because I’m vain and love my vintage upholstered couch far too much to let a set of scampy claws destroy it.)

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4 Ways to Snag the Best Flight Deals for Fall Travel

This might come as a shock, but you don’t actually have to go anywhere in the summer. The entire season might seem like an ongoing vacation—and loved ones may disappear for weeks on end—but none of that means that you have to participate. While consens…

This might come as a shock, but you don’t actually have to go anywhere in the summer. The entire season might seem like an ongoing vacation—and loved ones may disappear for weeks on end—but none of that means that you have to participate. While consensus argues that the warmer months are the time for adventure, I’d argue that it’s easier on your wallet, and more relaxing, to cut loose sometime in the fall.

“Fall is my favorite season to travel,” says Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights. “Unlike summer, when flights tend to be the most expensive they get all year, flights in September onward regularly go on deep discount.”

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‘Help! My Apartment Smells Worse Than the Subway’

What’s your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosey neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceab…

What's your apartment living pet peeve? Your next door nuisance? What do you do about the nosey neighbor who rifles through your mail? Or the guy who practices the trombone at 7 a.m. on weekends? In our latest series, Ask a Friendly Landlord, a peaceable expert suggests resolutions to the issues that arise when humans share space.

Some of the hardest things about living in apartment buildings is the lack of control we have on the environment. Thin walls and close quarters mean that we can hear the couple next door fighting about who has to take out the trash at night, and hear their alarm going off every 15 minutes the next morning. Of course, it can also provide intrigue—never forget Miranda Hobbes meeting the hunky Dr. Robert Leeds at a tenant board meeting—but things like sounds and smells are the most frequent reminders that so often, in apartment buildings, we’re living in someone else’s world.

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