7 Low-Effort Ways to Reduce Everyday Food Waste at Home

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive is desig…

We’ve teamed up with Blue Apron to keep dinner interesting—and stress-free as can be. Whether you’re a weekday vegetarian or all-around omnivore, Blue Apron’s ever-changing menus have recipes for every palate. Bonus: Every meal kit you receive is designed to minimize waste, with only the ingredients you need and packaging that can be reused or recycled.


New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to keep. But there’s one resolution (or if you prefer, intention) that might be a bit easier to stick with, since it’ll help you save money and food—all while doing something good for the environment, too: reducing food waste at home.

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What Is TikTok’s Sleepy Chicken Trend? A Good Way to Poison Yourself.

The internet loves little more than to gawk at the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the latest one making the rounds features “Sleepy Chicken,” which involves cooking chicken breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.

The online articles about it gasp at th…

The internet loves little more than to gawk at the culinary horrors of TikTok, and the latest one making the rounds features “Sleepy Chicken,” which involves cooking chicken breasts in a neon sea of cough syrup.

The online articles about it gasp at the dangers of the supposed trend, interviewing doctors about the potential harm and making vague allusions to how widespread and horrifying it is. (And to be clear: Do not do this—it is not a great plan from a poison safety standpoint.) But none seem to demonstrate any actual evidence that people tried to cook their chicken in cough syrup and actually ate it.

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My Before-Sleep Ritual Is to Treat Myself Like a Baby

I’ve been an insomniac since I was in sixth grade. Sleeping through the night has just never come easy for me, no matter what I do. I do all the sleep hygiene things you’re supposed to: no caffeine after noon, no alcohol three hours before bed (I mean …

I’ve been an insomniac since I was in sixth grade. Sleeping through the night has just never come easy for me, no matter what I do. I do all the sleep hygiene things you’re supposed to: no caffeine after noon, no alcohol three hours before bed (I mean most of the time), exercise, go to sleep and wake up on the same schedule, no screens. But I’ll still myself awake at 3 am, trying desperately to avoid checking the alarm clock and repeating the mental calculation of how much sleep I can get if I just managed to fall asleep right now and how tired I’ll be for whatever I have the following day. I’ve tried meditation, baths, sleeping pills, CBD, THC, sleepytime tea, Valerian tea, exercising in the morning, exercising at night.

These days my insomnia tends to come back in cycles—a few days every month I just won’t be able to sleep, no matter what I do. But most of the time, I figured out something that works: My wind-down routine is to treat myself like a baby.

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How King Cake Came to Rule Mardi Gras

About a decade ago, Jennifer Samuels would spend the months of Carnival in New Orleans furiously baking, baking, baking. Even though La Dolce Nola, which she owned, was a gelato shop, there was one thing every year that helped keep things going: King c…

About a decade ago, Jennifer Samuels would spend the months of Carnival in New Orleans furiously baking, baking, baking. Even though La Dolce Nola, which she owned, was a gelato shop, there was one thing every year that helped keep things going: King cake.

"It went really, really well," Samuels said. Back then, she was making cakes with flavors that seemed "a little out there," beyond the traditional cinnamon and brioche locals know and instead reached for fresh strawberry, lemon curd, and Nutella. Though the gelato shop ended up closing, her obsession with finding the next most interesting flavor lived on. It turns out, she wasn't alone, and today Samuels runs The King Cake Hub, a local pop-up that serves as a king cake clearinghouse—a one-stop shop for hungry locals to find 16 bakeries' more than 60 flavors of cakes.

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Babka’s Disputed, Delicious Origin Story

The babka I grew up with was bad. It was dry and crumbly and full of trans fat. It came from a grocery store in the same suburban strip mall as my orthodontist Dr. Diamond’s office and, in our household, counted only my parents as fans. I never would’v…

The babka I grew up with was bad. It was dry and crumbly and full of trans fat. It came from a grocery store in the same suburban strip mall as my orthodontist Dr. Diamond's office and, in our household, counted only my parents as fans. I never would've dreamt of sharing a photo of it—all stale and nubby next to the bagels on the top shelf our fridge—on Instagram.

Today's babkas, however, are runway models and pageview guarantors. They're one part buttery dough, one part chocolate chunks, and one part air. They're twisted, striated, and marbled; streusel-topped, syrup-soaked, and ice cream sandwich'd. They're plastered all over the Internet, the starlets of Smitten Kitchen (2007 and 2014), Bon Appétit (2016), Food and Wine (2016), The New York Times (2016), and our very own Food52 (also 2016).

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What Does a World-Famous Bartender Drink First Thing in the Morning?

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.

What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-d…

First Things First is a series chronicling the morning beverage routines of some of our favorite people.


What can you learn about a person from their coffee mug collection? If that someone is Aaron Polsky, the Los Angeles–based founder of ready-to-drink cocktail company LiveWire Drinks, you’d rightfully surmise that he’s a loving cat dad with an affinity for rock and roll, Larry David’s bristly sense of humor, and old-school Nintendo games. But then, as you make your way toward the back of the shelf, you may wonder about an outlier cup adorned with ballet slippers and more text than a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle. Don't worry, there’s a story behind that one, too.

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We’re Looking for Your Best Layer Cake (Again!)

A new year is often a time for reflection—and your friendly Food52 recipe contest community moderators have been doing our own sort of reflecting, and looking back at all of the past contest themes. If you are new to our recipe contests or a veteran c…

A new year is often a time for reflection—and your friendly Food52 recipe contest community moderators have been doing our own sort of reflecting, and looking back at all of the past contest themes. If you are new to our recipe contests or a veteran contestant who wants to take a walk down memory lane, check out these past contests that we loved:

But in our lookback, we were really most struck by our very first contest—Your Best Layer Cake—which, surprisingly, had only three entries! The winner was Not Red Velvet Cake with Fudge Glaze, and the runner up was Lemon Birthday Cake. If you can believe it, taking last place was a recipe that is now a beloved Food52 favorite: Chocolate Dump-It Cake.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers Are Peak Winter Vibes

Barrel-aged beers are popular right now: Fans stand outside of some breweries the day before a bottle release for the chance to snag the special, and often limited, liquid. Some collectors may try to buy them online in sales that sell out in seconds. M…

Barrel-aged beers are popular right now: Fans stand outside of some breweries the day before a bottle release for the chance to snag the special, and often limited, liquid. Some collectors may try to buy them online in sales that sell out in seconds. Many breweries require patrons to enter a lottery for a chance to buy releases to make it a little fairer. A majority of these 12- to 25-ounce beers sell for $20 to $100 a bottle, and end up reselling for hundreds or even $1,000 on secondary markets.

But it wasn’t always like this. Back when Chicago’s Goose Island entered one of its first batches of Bourbon County Brand Stout—the beer that kickstarted the barrel-aged stout style—into the Great American Beer Festival in 1995, the competition didn’t even have a category the beer could enter. Since then, it’s grown into a yearly release where everyone is excited to see just what Goose Island does next with its popular series.

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54 Sleep Teas Later, Here Are the Tastiest—& Sleepiest

After two weeks of drinking sleep-inducing herbal teas, I have never been so tired in my life. Regardless of flavor, these teas absolutely knocked me out. Like in the middle of the workday and during my pre-bed yoga practice (sorry, Adriene).

Drinking…

After two weeks of drinking sleep-inducing herbal teas, I have never been so tired in my life. Regardless of flavor, these teas absolutely knocked me out. Like in the middle of the workday and during my pre-bed yoga practice (sorry, Adriene).

Drinking tea before bed is said to have a calming effect, improve sleep quality, and overall give you a restful sleep. Here’s the thing: I haven’t had a bad night’s sleep since 1995 when I was a nocturnal newborn. I’ve slept through phones ringing in the middle of the night and literal trees falling down (the norm during snowy Connecticut winters). I didn’t think I had any sleep problems that needed fixing, especially from just an eight-ounce cup of bedtime tea, but I was wrong. As I worked my way through 54 different caffeine-free tea bags, I found myself dozing off at inconvenient times, which I’m sure was only encouraged by my pandemic habit of working in a nearly horizontal position on the couch in front of the television.

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The Chardonnay That Will Convince Chardonnay Haters

I can’t remember the first time I tried Chardonnay, which I’m sure is due, in part, to the fact that it was so bad I blocked the tasting experience from my memory. Chardonnay is one of the white wine varietals that’s pretty ubiquitous. It’s guaranteed …

I can’t remember the first time I tried Chardonnay, which I’m sure is due, in part, to the fact that it was so bad I blocked the tasting experience from my memory. Chardonnay is one of the white wine varietals that’s pretty ubiquitous. It’s guaranteed to be one of two, maybe three reliable white wines available at a wedding. It’s a variety that, in a sea of intimidating wine lingo on an extensive drinks menu, is familiar and approachable. At a liquor store three blocks from your college campus, you’ll be hard-pressed to find Sancerre or Txakoli (not a problem for the 19-year-old with a fake I.D. that hasn't heard of Txakoli), but you’ll have your pick of Chardonnays under $15.

All of this is to say that Chardonnay and I have taken more than a few walks around the block and we never got along. It was easy for me to write off Chardonnay entirely. That is, until I was introduced to unoaked Chardonnay.

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