9 Sundae (Funday) Sauces for Even Better Ice Cream

We’ve teamed up with our friends at All-Clad to bring you Pans With a Plan—a series sharing smart techniques, tasty recipe ideas, and all sorts of handy tips for cooking novices and seasoned pros alike. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brie…

We’ve teamed up with our friends at All-Clad to bring you Pans With a Plan—a series sharing smart techniques, tasty recipe ideas, and all sorts of handy tips for cooking novices and seasoned pros alike. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shows us how to level up our summer dessert spreads with homemade ice cream sauces (all of ‘em come together like a dream in All-Clad’s D3® Stainless Sauce Pan).


I can feel summer’s heat beckoning from just around the corner. The days are already warm enough for T-shirts, and my kitchen is taking a cue from the weather. As soon as spring starts its gentle turn toward the hot, syrupy days of summer, my meals—and my cooking—begin to follow suit. As a nearly fanatic lover of ice cream, the time has come for frozen desserts.

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The Secret Ingredient of Five Two? You, Our Community

At its heart, Food52 is a community of cooks (and eaters!)—all of us who work here included. We understand the everyday triumphs, ordinary frustrations, and daily needs of the kitchen. How many times have we cursed our potholders for not being sturdy e…

At its heart, Food52 is a community of cooks (and eaters!)—all of us who work here included. We understand the everyday triumphs, ordinary frustrations, and daily needs of the kitchen. How many times have we cursed our potholders for not being sturdy enough to withstand the heat of our Dutch ovens? Or wished for a pan with a built-in strainer so we weren’t constantly searching for ours just as the pasta timer dinged?

None of our Five Two products would exist in their current (glorious!) form without specific tips from you. Today, on our annual holiday of the line’s launch, we’re celebrating the people behind this uniquely community-powered collection of products. Five Two was born of our desire to make all of us happier at home—what better way to ensure that products actually solve problems and grant silent wishes than to ask the people who will be using them? Practical advice and input from our Food52ers is woven into the details of every product.

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15 Best Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworms

I could describe myself in many ways—mother, sister, hiker, baker, writer, and so on—but reader has remained a longstanding identity, ever since I pieced together my first words as a toddler. My family jokes about my inability to be without a book, and…

I could describe myself in many ways—mother, sister, hiker, baker, writer, and so on—but reader has remained a longstanding identity, ever since I pieced together my first words as a toddler. My family jokes about my inability to be without a book, and they’re not wrong. And because of this, I don’t think there’s any gift as powerful and transportive as a great book—since it opens your world in ways nothing else can.

As someone who considers sitting in a bookstore one of life’s great pleasures (and would happily sit reading over watching a movie any day), I’ve gotten my share of great book-related gifts over the years. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the book lover or avid reader in your life, you’re in the right place. These are my 15 recommendations of gifts—either books or book-adjacent—that would both surprise and delight any reader.

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How to Find the Best Artwork in Unexpected Places

My favorite part of our house cost me only 25 cents. It’s a framed print, on our kitchen wall, of leeks, partially chopped and strewn on a cutting board, the colors luscious and rich: from deep sage at the ends to the delicate pale green and creamy whi…

My favorite part of our house cost me only 25 cents. It’s a framed print, on our kitchen wall, of leeks, partially chopped and strewn on a cutting board, the colors luscious and rich: from deep sage at the ends to the delicate pale green and creamy white of the root. The photographer had an eye for beauty: it captures such an ordinary cooking moment, but elevates it to art.

The print is from an old food magazine, one I bought at the used book cottage run by the local library in our little town. The front porch of the cottage holds piles and piles of donated magazines all costing a mere quarter each—dusty and dating back decades. I’ve spent hours there sifting through the stacks. I push past copies of The New Yorker and Architectural Digest and Popular Woodworking to find copies of Gourmet from the 1950s and a trove of Cook’s Illustrated, complete with pretty culinary illustrations on the backs.

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A Thanksgiving Trick for the Most Flavorful Roasted Vegetables

We teamed up with The Spice Hunter to share a very-clever trick for taking your roast vegetables up a few notches this Thanksgiving: Season them with The Spice Hunter’s Original Turkey Brine, plus the turkey’s pan drippings.

In my experience, people…

We teamed up with The Spice Hunter to share a very-clever trick for taking your roast vegetables up a few notches this Thanksgiving: Season them with The Spice Hunter's Original Turkey Brine, plus the turkey's pan drippings.


In my experience, people tend to fall into one of two camps when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner: the traditionalists and the non-traditionalists. The former prefer to stick with the exact same versions of classic dishes, year after year, even if no one eats the creamed onions or only one person likes cranberry sauce. The latter are always looking for new twists on the basic menu—whether that means deep-frying a turkey or mixing goat cheese and caramelized onions into mashed potatoes.

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Fudgy or Cakey? These Glorious Brownies Are Both

We’ve teamed up with Miele to streamline your weeknight dinner routine with smart, delicious recipes the whole family will want to dig in to. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie (Harwood) Brien shares the secret to her favorite brownie recipe:…

We've teamed up with Miele to streamline your weeknight dinner routine with smart, delicious recipes the whole family will want to dig in to. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie (Harwood) Brien shares the secret to her favorite brownie recipe: steam!


When it comes to my dessert cravings, I tend to gravitate toward something warm and freshly baked, like a soft, tender cake or a chewy cookie. But whipping up a dessert isn’t always in the cards—I don’t always have the time (or the foresight) to plan anything very involved, especially if I’m already prepping and making dinner.

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The Mint-Chip Smoothie I Love Even More Than Ice Cream

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!)…

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home. Here, food writer and recipe developer Posie Brien shares her recipe for a mint-chip smoothie that gets its signature creaminess (no dairy necessary!) from Oatmilk.


Let’s clear one thing up before we get started: I love ice cream. And not just the way most people do in a casual, summertime sort of way. I eat ice cream year-round and I rarely, if ever, am without at least a few pints in my freezer. Mint chip tops my list of the best flavors—and I’m very particular about it. It should be bracingly minty with a refreshing, cool depth of flavor. It shouldn’t be too cloyingly sweet and should taste like chocolate, with some texture and slight bitterness from the chips.

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A Cozy, Comforting Mushroom Stroganoff That Rivals the Classic

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from frothing up your morning cappuccino to using at as the base for creamy pastas, like this hearty mushroom stroganoff.

A bowl of creamy pasta is …

We've teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from frothing up your morning cappuccino to using at as the base for creamy pastas, like this hearty mushroom stroganoff.


A bowl of creamy pasta is as good as comfort food gets. You could go many routes to make it, from a classic fettuccine Alfredo to mac and cheese, but a favorite of mine has always been beef stroganoff. What it lacks in physical appeal and an enticing-sounding name, it more than makes up for in flavor. My mom would make ours in a big skillet, sautéing seasoned strips of beef in a cream and white wine sauce, then spooning it all over egg noodles.

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10 Ways to Upgrade Boxed Cake Mix, From a Pro Baker

Even though the best-quality cake mixes don’t completely live up to the taste of a cake made from scratch (thanks to the preservatives and additives needed to keep it shelf-stable), we’ve all probably made or eaten one at some point.

Whether you’re sh…

Even though the best-quality cake mixes don’t completely live up to the taste of a cake made from scratch (thanks to the preservatives and additives needed to keep it shelf-stable), we’ve all probably made or eaten one at some point.

Whether you’re short on time, looking for convenience, or not a super-confident baker (yet!), sometimes life will call for a boxed cake mix. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to upgrade all sorts of boxed cakes mixes, from classic yellow cake to moist chocolate fudge cake.

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Perfectly Fluffy Brioche Bread—No Dairy or Eggs Necessary

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from mixing it in your morning coffee to baking it into a fluffy, plant-based brioche bread.

With its light, tender texture and buttery flavor, bri…

We’ve teamed up with Planet Oat to share the many delicious ways you can enjoy their Oatmilk at home—from mixing it in your morning coffee to baking it into a fluffy, plant-based brioche bread.


With its light, tender texture and buttery flavor, brioche tops my list of most enjoyable breads to eat. It’s both comfort food and sophisticated fare all at once, combining the simple delights of a soft dinner bun or fluffy Parker House roll with a decadence that puts it in a class of its own.

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