Our Beloved Holiday Swap is Back—& Better Than Ever

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the Food52 Holiday Swap is back for 2021. And the best part? It’s back in full swing.
If you haven’t been involved in the Swap before, here’s the backstory: Ten years ago, F52er Noëlle (aka, enbe) posted on th…

It's the most wonderful time of the year: the Food52 Holiday Swap is back for 2021. And the best part? It's back in full swing.

If you haven't been involved in the Swap before, here's the backstory: Ten years ago, F52er Noëlle (aka, enbe) posted on the Hotline, suggesting a simple food-centered gift exchange between members of the community.

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Caramel Corn

We make popcorn almost every single week. It is our boys favorite snack. They love munching on big handfuls while we watch movies, sports, or play family games. We usually do regular popcorn with butter and salt, but sometimes we splurge and make marsh…

We make popcorn almost every single week. It is our boys favorite snack. They love munching on big handfuls while we watch movies, sports, or play family games. We usually do regular popcorn with butter and salt, but sometimes we splurge and make marshmallow popcorn, kettle corn, peanut butter popcorn, or Homemade Caramel Corn. Caramel…

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The Stress-Free Guide to Small-Space Entertaining

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


The one and only time I ever wrote a letter to the newspaper, I had recently moved out of a 265-square foot studio and The New York Times had just run a home tour of a similarly small studio in their Home section. The apartment, which belonged to decorator Zach Motl, was fantastic—it still holds up all these years later—but I was irked by Motl’s assertion that you wouldn’t want to cook in a small apartment. I love to cook and I especially love to cook for friends, so I wrote the Times to say that “no matter the size of his space, I wholeheartedly disagree.”

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Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)

One of our all-time favorite fall vegetables is the ever-versatile butternut squash! And after you try this lasagna, you’ll see why. What started as an attempt at gluten-free ravioli turned into something even more AMAZING! This new twist on classic la…

Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional)

One of our all-time favorite fall vegetables is the ever-versatile butternut squash! And after you try this lasagna, you’ll see why. What started as an attempt at gluten-free ravioli turned into something even more AMAZING! This new twist on classic lasagna swaps tomato sauce for a savory, creamy, butternut squash cashew sauce that pairs perfectly with lasagna noodles and sautéed kale and mushrooms. 

This plant-based (and gluten-free optional) entreé is undeniably comforting and crowd-pleasing and will make an excellent addition to holiday dinner tables or as meal prep for the week’s lunches!

Butternut Squash Lasagna (Vegan, GF Optional) from Minimalist Baker →

6 Best Meat Thermometers, According to Home Cooks & Chefs

A meat thermometer might sound unnecessary, but ask any home cook or chef and they’ll tell you it’s one of the most important kitchen tools. There’s nothing worse than slicing into a marvelously marbled cut of meat or hefty bird, or diving into a baked…

A meat thermometer might sound unnecessary, but ask any home cook or chef and they’ll tell you it’s one of the most important kitchen tools. There’s nothing worse than slicing into a marvelously marbled cut of meat or hefty bird, or diving into a baked potato only to find that it’s partially cooked through.

A good meat thermometer provides assurance that you’re hitting the right temperatures every time you cook, no matter what you’re cooking. You can trust your gut and senses for a lot of things, but gauging temperatures in roasts and grills without cutting into them is no place for that sort of guesswork. Cooking to proper internal temperatures is also important for food safety (if you’re curious, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides this helpful chart).

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How to Make Mulling Spices

Mulling spices are simple to make and make wonderful holiday gifts. Use mulled wine spices to make a festive holiday drink that creates the most beautiful fragrance throughout your home. These spices can be used for wine, brandy or as mulled cider spic…

Mulling spices are simple to make and make wonderful holiday gifts. Use mulled wine spices to make a festive holiday drink that creates the most beautiful fragrance throughout your home. These spices can be used for wine, brandy or as mulled cider spices. When we think about fall drinks, maybe pumpkin spice lattes are the […]

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Easy Roast Beef

EASY ROAST BEEFI don’t prepare Roast Beef often, but when I do have it I always refer to my mom’s Roast Beef Recipe! It’s so simple, full of flavor and the best I’ve ever had. My favorite way to serve roast beef is over mashed p…

EASY ROAST BEEF
I don’t prepare Roast Beef often, but when I do have it I always refer to my mom’s Roast Beef Recipe! It’s so simple, full of flavor and the best I’ve ever had. My favorite way to serve roast beef is over mashed potatoes and with lots…

Caramel Apple Board

This post is sponsored by Kroger. Caramel apples are a fall staple. I love making classic caramel apples, but to be honest, they are kind of hard to eat. Instead, I like to make a Caramel Apple Board, so you can dip apple slices into caramel and lots o…

This post is sponsored by Kroger. Caramel apples are a fall staple. I love making classic caramel apples, but to be honest, they are kind of hard to eat. Instead, I like to make a Caramel Apple Board, so you can dip apple slices into caramel and lots of delicious toppings! The caramel slices are…

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German Pancakes

Our family LOVES a good breakfast. We love making French toast, waffles, pancakes, egg casseroles, smoothies, and more! German Pancakes are definitely a staple at our house. They are super easy to make and SO fun! If you haven’t tried a German pa…

Our family LOVES a good breakfast. We love making French toast, waffles, pancakes, egg casseroles, smoothies, and more! German Pancakes are definitely a staple at our house. They are super easy to make and SO fun! If you haven’t tried a German pancake, let me introduce you! I guarantee they will be a favorite breakfast…

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22 Gifts for the Co-Workers You Can’t Wait To See

Even as we continue to work from home, we’re spending more time on calls with our work families than our real families. And while the past two years have been a rollercoaster to say the least, they’ve also helped us bond in a special way that makes us …

Even as we continue to work from home, we’re spending more time on calls with our work families than our real families. And while the past two years have been a rollercoaster to say the least, they’ve also helped us bond in a special way that makes us appreciate our co-workers more. Normally, we would celebrate the holidays with an office party, happy hour, or even an in-person white elephant gift exchange, but since we can’t, a thoughtful gift and a FaceTime call will have to do.

And by thoughtful, we don’t mean another bottle of wine—although we’ll never say no to that. We mean coffee books that transport them around the world, DIY jewelry kits they can use with their kids, and even dog treat makers for their furry BFFs—all under $50 because hey, we love our team, but we still have rent to pay.

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