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Our 17 Favorite Hot Drinks to Battle Cold Winter Nights

At the conclusion of a frosty commute, when my toes and fingers and ears are numb, I throw off my bulky jacket and immediately pop a large mug of water in the microwave (I’m too impatient to wait for a kettle to boil). I’m already halfway to my favorit…

At the conclusion of a frosty commute, when my toes and fingers and ears are numb, I throw off my bulky jacket and immediately pop a large mug of water in the microwave (I'm too impatient to wait for a kettle to boil). I'm already halfway to my favorite way to warm up: a gigantic cup of fragrant, ruby rooibos. A warm drink (be it a cocktail or booze-free) first thaws my hands, but then builds a steady heat with each sip—sort of like a space heater for my insides. I'm partial to an aromatic mug of tea, but experiment with one of these 17 hot drinks to battle the cold.


Zero-Proof for Zero Temps

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The Cold Brew Negroni Is Made for Summer

The classic Negroni is strong as it is simple: equal parts citrusy gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Which is probably why it’s such a popular summer cocktail, served on the rocks or in a coupe.
But there’s another beverage that claims to be ‘the drin…

The classic Negroni is strong as it is simple: equal parts citrusy gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Which is probably why it’s such a popular summer cocktail, served on the rocks or in a coupe.

But there’s another beverage that claims to be ‘the drink of the summer.’ Less-watery, more caffeinated, and lower in acid, cold brew is like iced-coffee’s cooler sibling. It’s exactly what you crave as summer temperatures swell, and, just like the Negroni, it’s extremely simple to make.

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21 One-Pot Dinners to Pull Out for Weeknight Magic

This article was originally published in September 2018. It has been updated to include even more of our favorite one-pot dinner recipes.

Some people (like my roommate) wake up as the day goes on. By the time they get home from work, they’re ready …

This article was originally published in September 2018. It has been updated to include even more of our favorite one-pot dinner recipes.

Some people (like my roommate) wake up as the day goes on. By the time they get home from work, they’re ready to tackle a workout, dinner, and a couple of episodes on Netflix.

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20 Best Father’s Day Cakes for Dads (& People Who Love Cake)

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, or basically a vehicle for frosting, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 16, we’re celebrating dads.

Maybe your dad was the one who brought you to school, taught you how to flip a pan…

Whether it’s a tiered tower or a little loaf, or basically a vehicle for frosting, cake is a wonderful way to celebrate someone. And on June 16, we’re celebrating dads.

Maybe your dad was the one who brought you to school, taught you how to flip a pancake, or that life’s okay if you lose a basketball game. Or he’s the guy who told you ghost stories while camping or texts you silly jokes when you’re blue. Maybe he’s not even your dad at all, but a grandfather or uncle or mentor who always showed up. All sorts of men are worth celebrating.

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The Unfailing Way to Make Any Onion Last Forever

While I enjoy a nice, cathartic cry every now and then, onion tears are not that; they’re painful. They sting and burn, and to make matters worse, you’re holding a sharp knife, so don’t you dare rub your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re slicing, dicin…

While I enjoy a nice, cathartic cry every now and then, onion tears are not that; they're painful. They sting and burn, and to make matters worse, you’re holding a sharp knife, so don’t you dare rub your eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re slicing, dicing, or mincing, it all hurts. When fresh onions are cut, they release a sulfuric gas that causestears to stream down your face; the older the onion is, the stronger the gas is and therefore, the more heartbreak you’ll experience. There are numerous old wives tales about how to stop yourself from crying while cutting onions and only some of them work.

No one wants to drag out time when chopping onions, which is why it pains me to tell you that you need to chop the whole dang onion. Seriously. Chopping and freezing whole onions will extend the life of fresh onions, rather than only cutting and using what you need. Plus, you’ll get a head start on meal prep and will ultimately save yourself time and money (eliminating food waste is always a win).

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Too Many Lemons? 38 Recipes to Make Right Now

Bright, tangy lemons might evoke images of poolside cocktails or a kid’s neighborhood business venture, but citrus season comes with the end-of-year chill. Starting in December, lemons hang like ornaments from small, dark green trees, ready to brighten…

Bright, tangy lemons might evoke images of poolside cocktails or a kid’s neighborhood business venture, but citrus season comes with the end-of-year chill. Starting in December, lemons hang like ornaments from small, dark green trees, ready to brighten up holiday dishes and treats.

We hardly need to tell you how many ways you can use lemon juice, zest, or rinds. From baked fish to creamy pasta and fluffy meringue, little lemons pack a mighty, refreshing punch. Their sourness stars in sauces and creams, and supports hearty stews and salty dressings. Plus, they add much-needed acid to pastas and poultry. So, if you’re looking for some lemony inspiration, here are 19 recipes to get you started.

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18 Turkey Recipes to Gobble up on Thanksgiving

Maybe you’re the family’s go-to turkey whisperer. Or maybe this is the first year you’re in charge of cooking the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You’re looking to roast, smoke, fry, or grill a meal to remember, and don’t want to let your fans …

Maybe you’re the family’s go-to turkey whisperer. Or maybe this is the first year you’re in charge of cooking the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. You’re looking to roast, smoke, fry, or grill a meal to remember, and don’t want to let your fans (aka your friends and family) down. Look no further! I’ve gathered Food52’s best turkey recipes for Thanksgiving, from traditional to dark horse favorites. If this is your first time cooking a turkey, you’ll be amazed at how far herb butter, salt, and pepper can go.

A brined turkey is a must to seal in those good juices, but whether to wet or dry brine it is up to you. Most of our recipes are traditional methods for roasting a whole turkey, but you may want to spatchcock it for speedier service. Or maybe the deep-fryer that you saw in your neighbor’s backyard last year is calling your name this time around. The world is your oyster and these 18 recipes will put you on the right track. Once you remove the turkey from the oven, let it rest, and carve it, you’ll feel a huge sense of accomplishment...then grab the wishbone and pray to the turkey gods that you’ll nail it next year, too.

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How to Transform Leftover Potatoes into Shiny New Dinners

As a single person who loves to cook, there are many a week where I eat the same dish over and over (and over) again. But as much as I love leftovers (especially leftover potatoes), I also love variety. To balance affordability and flavor fatigue, I tu…

As a single person who loves to cook, there are many a week where I eat the same dish over and over (and over) again. But as much as I love leftovers (especially leftover potatoes), I also love variety. To balance affordability and flavor fatigue, I turn to dishes that transform into entirely new meals with just a few extra ingredients.

I hardly need to tell you, but hearty, humble potatoes are leftover superstars. From mashed to baked, roasted to boiled, potatoes transition into solid foundations for salads, soups, patties, and casseroles. With a little bit of planning, potatoes can fill you up all week long. Here are some of my favorite ways to reuse spuds.

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31 Best Trader Joe’s Fall Snacks to Stuff in Your Basket ASAP

Deep breath: We’re entering fall, y’all! The chaotic, exciting, autumnal frenzy where we throw gourds onto everything, wrap ourselves in sweaters, and dash between football fields and apple orchards and maybe a haunted house or two. To keep up your spi…

Deep breath: We’re entering fall, y’all! The chaotic, exciting, autumnal frenzy where we throw gourds onto everything, wrap ourselves in sweaters, and dash between football fields and apple orchards and maybe a haunted house or two. To keep up your spirits (and your energy), you’ll need snacks. Lots of them.

And no one knows how to celebrate the harvest like fan-favorite Trader Joe’s. Their latest Fearless Flyer boasts a cornucopia of pumpkin-everything, apples galore, and warm caramel creations—all in bite-size, speedy-sustenance form. We’ve gathered our favorite season’s eatings below:

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How—and When—to Defrost Your Turkey

We don’t need to tell you that Thanksgiving involves a little prep…okay a lot of prep. Peeling potatoes, cubing stale bread for stuffing, rolling out pie dough, folding buttery biscuit dough over itself once, twice, three times for pillowy rolls. But defrosting the turkey is one of those things that seems like it should just happen without much effort. While you’re busy filling the fridge with casseroles and potatoes and pies—there’s not a lot of room (physical or mental) to add a raw, frozen bird. But (surprisingly!) the turkey won’t magically thaw the morning of. In fact, depending on how big the bird is, you might even need to take it out now. (If you’re reading this in September, it’s probably too early…but if it’s the week of Thanksgiving, it’s definitely time to take the turkey out of the fridge to thaw it).


How to Defrost a Turkey

The easiest and safest way to defrost your turkey is in the refrigerator (kept at 40°F). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends one day of thawing in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds. So if you have a 15-pound bird, you’ll need to start defrosting at least three days in advance. If you’re planning to brine your turkey, you may want to allocate for an extra day, as brining is best done over the course of at least 24 hours. Make sure to place the wrapped turkey breast-side up on a roasting rack near the back of the refrigerator, where it will remain consistently cold. You might also want to keep it on a bottom shelf to prevent cross-contamination from any possible leakage. Once your bird has thawed, cook it within the next 4 days.

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We don’t need to tell you that Thanksgiving involves a little prep...okay a lot of prep. Peeling potatoes, cubing stale bread for stuffing, rolling out pie dough, folding buttery biscuit dough over itself once, twice, three times for pillowy rolls. But defrosting the turkey is one of those things that seems like it should just happen without much effort. While you’re busy filling the fridge with casseroles and potatoes and pies—there’s not a lot of room (physical or mental) to add a raw, frozen bird. But (surprisingly!) the turkey won’t magically thaw the morning of. In fact, depending on how big the bird is, you might even need to take it out now. (If you’re reading this in September, it’s probably too early...but if it’s the week of Thanksgiving, it’s definitely time to take the turkey out of the fridge to thaw it).


How to Defrost a Turkey

The easiest and safest way to defrost your turkey is in the refrigerator (kept at 40°F). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends one day of thawing in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds. So if you have a 15-pound bird, you’ll need to start defrosting at least three days in advance. If you’re planning to brine your turkey, you may want to allocate for an extra day, as brining is best done over the course of at least 24 hours. Make sure to place the wrapped turkey breast-side up on a roasting rack near the back of the refrigerator, where it will remain consistently cold. You might also want to keep it on a bottom shelf to prevent cross-contamination from any possible leakage. Once your bird has thawed, cook it within the next 4 days.

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