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14 No-Fail Gifts That Work Every Time, According to Resident Hana Asbrink

If there’s one thing I’m good at that isn’t kitchen-related, it’s buying gifts. There’s nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of “wow-I-didn’t-realize-I-neede…

If there's one thing I'm good at that isn't kitchen-related, it's buying gifts. There's nothing more gratifying than giving someone the most thoughtful gift, which from my experience, marries style, utility, and a touch of "wow-I-didn't-realize-I-needed-that" whimsy.

The following gift ideas are a trusted assortment of beloved items that I own and are so good that I’ve already gifted them to my loved ones (or in the case of some, let people borrow and never saw them again).

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My Best Thanksgiving Prep Trick Comes From a Highly Unlikely Source

What thrills you about Thanksgiving? Is it the menu-making? The wine pairings? The guest and playlist selections? Yes, all of the above for me. But I’d like to throw in one more: The scrum board making and monitoring.

Allow me to introduce you to my f…

What thrills you about Thanksgiving? Is it the menu-making? The wine pairings? The guest and playlist selections? Yes, all of the above for me. But I'd like to throw in one more: The scrum board making and monitoring.

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite, most efficient way to set up for a multi-course meal, which incidentally borrows some project management parlance. In its simplest form, a scrum board (also known as a sprint board) is a visual task board that many teams use to chart out and follow along the progress of one or more projects (“sprints”) from beginning to end. It can be a physical board or a digital one, but the function remains the same. At its most basic, the scrum board is divided into three categories:

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Buttery Mushroom Pasta Is Exactly What You Need This Fall

We’ve teamed up with Vermont Creamery to share the cozy new pasta we’re keeping on repeat all fall long: a mushroom-packed cacio e pepe riff, with an extra kick of flavor and creaminess from their Cultured Butter With Sea Salt.

For some people, it’s…

We've teamed up with Vermont Creamery to share the cozy new pasta we're keeping on repeat all fall long: a mushroom-packed cacio e pepe riff, with an extra kick of flavor and creaminess from their Cultured Butter With Sea Salt.


For some people, it's pumpkin-spiced products that signal fall’s arrival—but for me, it’s mushrooms. Of course you can get great mushrooms at the supermarket nearly year-round these days, but you won't see me reaching for earthy varieties (like chanterelles and creminis) to cook with until it's cool enough for a light jacket. Sautéed, roasted, fried—you'd be hard-pressed to find a substitute for umami-packed mushrooms that always lend depth to a dish.

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Food52’s Ultimate Guide to the Long Weekend

There’s no better feeling than realizing on a Sunday evening that, “Hey, wait—I have off tomorrow!” The glory of the long weekend. This year, summer weekends feel especially sweet with many Americans slowly resuming pre-pandemic activities and reunitin…

There's no better feeling than realizing on a Sunday evening that, "Hey, wait—I have off tomorrow!" The glory of the long weekend. This year, summer weekends feel especially sweet with many Americans slowly resuming pre-pandemic activities and reuniting with loved ones after spending so much time apart.

To ensure you're making the most of every long weekend made available to you, we've come up with a guide to help you prepare for them all. Whether you're kicking back à la staycation, playing host to friends or family, or getting away yourself, we've got a menu idea, cleaning hack, or trusted product to make it easier for everyone.

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9 Smart, Sleek Products to Up Your Hydration Game This Summer

We’ve partnered with LifeStraw to give your hydration situation a boost this summer. Here, Food52 Resident Hana Asbrink shares her go-to products, including the LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher‚ for staying refreshed. Bonus: These picks aren’t just …

We've partnered with LifeStraw to give your hydration situation a boost this summer. Here, Food52 Resident Hana Asbrink shares her go-to products, including the LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher‚ for staying refreshed. Bonus: These picks aren’t just functional—they’ll look great around the house, in the backyard, and on the go.


Summer has officially arrived, and you sure can tell—after the year we've all had, the nice weather is luring everyone out in droves. With more socializing, traveling, and moving around on the horizon, I'm keeping it as easy as possible to stay cool and hydrated during this warm-weather season.

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Your Roast Chicken Leftovers Game Plan

We’ve partnered with Just Bare Chicken to share recipes, videos, and tips that make preparing not-boring, weeknight-friendly meals easy as can be.
There’s a reason why chicken constantly ranks up there among our most popular recipes. Endlessly versati…

We've partnered with Just Bare Chicken to share recipes, videos, and tips that make preparing not-boring, weeknight-friendly meals easy as can be.

There's a reason why chicken constantly ranks up there among our most popular recipes. Endlessly versatile, riffable, and leftover-friendly, chicken is truly the weeknight warrior you can lean on after harried work days and later-than-expected returns home.

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My Favorite Weeknight Staple Takes Less Than a Minute to Cook

Let’s face it: Some nights are harder than others. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve saddled up, ready to work at my kitchen counter―sleeves pushed up, hair pulled back―and had a stare down with the cutting board, willing a dinner idea to revea…

Let's face it: Some nights are harder than others. I can't tell you the number of times I've saddled up, ready to work at my kitchen counter―sleeves pushed up, hair pulled back―and had a stare down with the cutting board, willing a dinner idea to reveal itself.

And especially these days, that's fine. I don't have to tell anyone about the importance of keeping a well-stocked pantry, but there are a few specific ingredients that have proven their worth, time and time again. In my kitchen, udon noodles enjoy that MVP status.

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13 Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Those You Love (Yes, Including Yourself)

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Valentine’s Day sometimes gets a bad wrap. It can easily be seen as an…

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Valentine's Day sometimes gets a bad wrap. It can easily be seen as an unnecessary holiday that complicates something that should be simple: showing the people you love that you care. And while this is occasionally true (I'll admit it, I'm usually the person rolling their eyes at the cheesy commercials and giant stuffed bears crowding drugstore aisles), there's undeniably something sweet about having an excuse to treat the people you love.

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This Is How We Celebrate Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving

Happy Chuseok!

Photo by Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service

You might be able to readily identify what the third Thursday of November is, but w…

Happy Chuseok! Photo by Korea.net / Korean Culture and Information Service

You might be able to readily identify what the third Thursday of November is, but what about the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar?

To Koreans, this time is called Chuseok, also known as Hangawi. And as big as Thanksgiving is in the U.S., Chuseok is huge in Korea. It's one of the country's most significant holidays of the year, and could even be called Korean Thanksgiving.

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17 Canned Tuna Recipes for a Winner-Winner Pantry Dinner

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make th…

Now more than ever, home is where many of us are seeking refuge and solace in light of the novel coronavirus. This is a tough time, but we’re here for you—whether it’s a new pantry recipe or a useful tip for your kitchen, here are some ideas to make things run a little more smoothly for you and your loved ones.


Throw open my kitchen cabinet doors and you'll find a host of goodies: baking ingredients and dried goods on one side, a myriad of spices and tins along the other. My husband and I adore tinned things, especially those housing oily, briny, rich-in-flavor sardines, tuna, and shellfish. These have served their duty time and time again as easy weeknight "dinners" when we are just too tired to fire up the stove, or when we couldn't go to the grocery store and needed to rely on what was already stocked.

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