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Your Thanksgiving Turkey Might Be Twice As Expensive This Year

A looming turkey shortage coupled with rising inflation means that your Thanksgiving turkey is going to be hard to find and really pricey this year. Not only have food costs continued to creep up at an alarming rate thanks to inflation, turkey supplies are particularly tight thanks to a decision back in 2019 by turkey producers to cut back on the number of birds they raise after the price of turkey crashed. All this has been exacerbated by the ravages of avian flu, which killed 3.6 percent of the nation’s turkeys this year, reducing the number of birds available to purchase in the grocery store further, according to The New York Times.

What that means is that prices for turkey are going to be a lot higher than they were last year—in fact they could be as much as double. And it also means you might want to do your Thanksgiving preparations well in advance. LIke, yes, right now. “I tell people if they are going to buy one of our turkeys, if they see one in the store they better pick it up and put it in the freezer,” poultry producer Greg Gunthrop told The New York Times. He added that “I’ve never seen anything as crazy as the turkey market right now.”

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A looming turkey shortage coupled with rising inflation means that your Thanksgiving turkey is going to be hard to find and really pricey this year. Not only have food costs continued to creep up at an alarming rate thanks to inflation, turkey supplies are particularly tight thanks to a decision back in 2019 by turkey producers to cut back on the number of birds they raise after the price of turkey crashed. All this has been exacerbated by the ravages of avian flu, which killed 3.6 percent of the nation’s turkeys this year, reducing the number of birds available to purchase in the grocery store further, according to The New York Times.

What that means is that prices for turkey are going to be a lot higher than they were last year—in fact they could be as much as double. And it also means you might want to do your Thanksgiving preparations well in advance. LIke, yes, right now. “I tell people if they are going to buy one of our turkeys, if they see one in the store they better pick it up and put it in the freezer,” poultry producer Greg Gunthrop told The New York Times. He added that “I’ve never seen anything as crazy as the turkey market right now.”

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It’s Advent Calendar Season! Here Are Our 5 Favorites

It’s not quite Halloween yet, but we all know what happens when that day hits—within 24 hours, the mood changes from spooky season to festive season, in all its glory. If you love Christmas, and you love the Christmas season, well, it’s about to be the…

It’s not quite Halloween yet, but we all know what happens when that day hits—within 24 hours, the mood changes from spooky season to festive season, in all its glory. If you love Christmas, and you love the Christmas season, well, it’s about to be the time of year when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is appropriate to blast at all hours. The countdown to Christmas also means that one of our shop’s most beloved categories is finally making its seasonal appearance—Advent calendars.

Advent is the big, blinking countdown until Christmas, and Advent calendars make marking the days before the big festivities all that more fun. When I was growing up, I got an Advent calendar made of paper that dispensed waxy Santa-shaped chocolates every day of December until Christmas. But Advent calendars have come a long way since then. The Food52 shop has 20 options, stuffed with little holiday treats. From assorted teas to intensely flavored licorice, there’s a way to count down that should suit every taste.

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Olivia Wilde’s ‘Secret Salad Dressing’ Is Nora Ephron’s Vinaigrette, As We Suspected

You might be wondering why the internet is buzzing about Olivia Wilde’s salad dressing, and that’s fair enough. The short answer is that Wilde, her boyfriend Harry Styles, and her ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis (yes, the same actor who made Ted Lasso’s biscu…

You might be wondering why the internet is buzzing about Olivia Wilde’s salad dressing, and that’s fair enough. The short answer is that Wilde, her boyfriend Harry Styles, and her ex-fiance Jason Sudeikis (yes, the same actor who made Ted Lasso’s biscuits famous) are caught in a controversy about some alleged text messages their former nanny leaked to The Daily Mail. One of the texts refers to “a special salad dressing” that Wilde makes, which meant that for 24 to 48 hours, the internet was full of people doing some sleuthing to figure out what kind of incredible vinaigrette could fuel so much drama. Not since the Nicolas Cage favorite pasta shape mystery had so many people become instant food detectives.

A few folks narrowed in on a recipe that Wilde contributed to the Food Network in 2020, which features a very simple red wine vinaigrette. When I saw that dressing—red wine vinegar, mustard, olive oil, and shallot—I knew it looked familiar. It was suspiciously similar to my own back pocket vinaigrette that I learned from Nora Ephron’s novel, Heartburn. So when Wilde put a photo of the page in Heartburn that describes the dressing recipe up on her Instagram Stories, I felt wildly vindicated.

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My Favorite Kitchen Shears Came From the Trauma Bay

There aren’t many ways in which my kitchen tools overlap with surgical instruments. I don’t use tiny scalpels or tweezers—I’m just never cooking or preparing anything that requires that level of precision—but there is one accessory that’s found in both…

There aren’t many ways in which my kitchen tools overlap with surgical instruments. I don’t use tiny scalpels or tweezers—I’m just never cooking or preparing anything that requires that level of precision—but there is one accessory that’s found in both an operating room and my utensil drawer: my favorite kitchen shears, which aren’t from the restaurant supply store, but rather from the trauma bay.

How did I get my hands on these implements? Through a friend who is doing her plastic surgery residency at UPenn. While I was cooking dinner, she was examining my perfectly good, run-of-the-mill kitchen scissors. “You know,” she said. “You should really get some trauma shears.” Though I hope to mostly avoid trauma in my kitchen, she explained why I might be interested: They’re shears meant to cut the clothing off patients who arrive in the trauma bay, which means they’re both strong and super sharp. They’re designed to be ergonomic, and have a tab on the end of the blade that prevents you from cutting yourself when you use them. They’re meant to be easily sterilized in the autoclave, so the dishwasher is no problem. Many of them have a carabiner in the handle to clip to your scrubs (or in my case, apron). They come in a bunch of colors and, crucially, are very, very inexpensive.

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Just Give Up On Your Sheet Pans

Clean Like You Mean It shows you how to tackle the trickiest spots in your home—whether they’re just plain gross or need some elbow grease. You’ll get the cleaning secrets we’ve learned from grandma, a guide to our handiest tools and helpers, and so mu…

Clean Like You Mean It shows you how to tackle the trickiest spots in your home—whether they’re just plain gross or need some elbow grease. You’ll get the cleaning secrets we’ve learned from grandma, a guide to our handiest tools and helpers, and so much more. Pull on those rubber gloves and queue up the tunes: It’s scour hour!


I am not, by any standard, a neat person. I try to corral my chaos into various acceptable containers—junk drawer, closet, under the bed, giant plastic tubs of doom—and when guests come over, maintain the illusion that I have a handle on my life. I’m not a slob, but I am a maximalist, and my whole life, I have felt deep shame about it. Particularly when it comes to my kitchen.

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This Éclair Cake Is So Easy, an 8-Year-Old Could Make It

Éclairs are a staple of the French pastry case, elegant elongated poufs lovingly filled and dunked in ganache or fondant. You might think that means that they’re one of those things that is just too fancy to make at home, or at least not a project you …

Éclairs are a staple of the French pastry case, elegant elongated poufs lovingly filled and dunked in ganache or fondant. You might think that means that they’re one of those things that is just too fancy to make at home, or at least not a project you should tackle without having a day or two where you can afford to be leashed to your kitchen. And sure, éclairs can be fiddly to fill without crushing them.

But if you want all that éclair flavor without the hassle, the best way to go is with Resident Carolina Gelen’s Éclair Cake, which harnesses the delicacy of the patisserie with good old-fashioned icebox cake. It’s so easy that an 8-year-old can make it—and I should know, because I recently made it with an 8-year-old.

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20 Cannabis Edibles That Are Truly, Actually Delicious

If you hear the phrase “weed edible” and flinch, you’re not alone. My experience with THC-laced edibles, before the last year or so, was largely confined to eating a single, foul-tasting brownie at Bonnaroo and then becoming so uncomfortably high that …

If you hear the phrase “weed edible” and flinch, you’re not alone. My experience with THC-laced edibles, before the last year or so, was largely confined to eating a single, foul-tasting brownie at Bonnaroo and then becoming so uncomfortably high that I had to hide out in a tent for a while to contemplate the color blue, and also every bad thing I had ever done. I know I’m not the only one with a story like that. Homemade edibles can be delicious and gentle, but they can also be bitter, dosed in completely inexplicable ways, and generally a pretty serious gamble with your Saturday night.

But great news: With the increasing legalization of cannabis in the United States, edibles laced with THC and CBD as well as other cannabinoids are much more widely available, and much, much more delicious. Thanks to the innovation of many cannabis entrepreneurs, edibles are now, yes, actually good, come in many different forms, and crucially, are much more precisely dosed. That means that if cannabis edibles are of interest to you, calibrating to find the dose that you’re looking for is easier than ever. Cannabis-laced food and drink is a robust and ever-evolving scene, and it's only getting more diverse and interesting. Here, a round-up of some of the most delicious cannabis edibles we’ve found.

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Everything You Were Wondering About Orange Wine

Just when you thought you’ve figured wine out, a new style of wine hits the scene and it’s time to catch up or you’ll be left behind. Enter: skin-contact wine. You may have noticed a new category listed on your favorite restaurant’s wine list, or an un…

Just when you thought you’ve figured wine out, a new style of wine hits the scene and it’s time to catch up or you’ll be left behind. Enter: skin-contact wine. You may have noticed a new category listed on your favorite restaurant’s wine list, or an unfamiliar array of wine colors on the retail shelves. Don’t fret! Skin-contact wine, which is commonly referred to as “orange wine,” has been around for centuries but really became mainstream in the last decade. So what made this rare, ancient way of making wine the most asked for wine over the last few years? Was it the growing presence on trendy wine lists and retail stores? Are we to thank Action Bronson and his love of French natural wine bars? It doesn't matter! Skin-contact wine is here to stay.

Here’s the cliff notes on skin-contact wines

Don’t be alarmed when you hear the terms skin-contact and orange wine being used interchangeably. When it came to brand marketing, the term “orange wine” won the popularity contest and the rest was history. Wine professionals prefer to use the term skin-contact because “orange wine” creates a whole slew of confusion: First, the wine is not made from oranges, it’s made from white wine grapes, and second, it has a range of colors outside of orange so the name can be quite misleading.

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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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Trader Joe’s Pizza Bread Cheese Is As Delicious As I Feared

Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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Maybe you’ve never heard of bread cheese, let alone pizza bread cheese. Maybe before you saw the package in Trader Joe’s you assumed it might mean cheese on top of bread, or bread stuffed with cheese, or maybe bread that has been somehow transmogrified into cheese. But no: Bread cheese, also known as juustoleipä, a Finnish delicacy, is a mild, buttery cheese.

What makes bread cheese really special is its texture. Like Halloumi or paneer, it’s a cheese that you can griddle without melting. That means you can get a delicious crispy crust on the cheese before you eat it.

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