The Smokiest, Spiciest Baked Beans for Your End-of-Summer Barbecues

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 Asha Loupy…

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 Asha Loupy shows us how to make the ultimate summer side dish—smoky, spicy baked beans with ham hock—using All-Clad’s FUSIONTEC™ 4.5-Quart Universal Pan.


As a kid, I never liked Labor Day. It always seemed to mark the end of carefree summer fun—slip-and-sliding in the front yard, late-night sleepovers with friends, food-filled barbecues in the Sacramento sun—and signaled the start of the school year. Even as an adult, that back-to-reality dread still sneaks in as Labor Day approaches.

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12 All-Star Community Recipes for the Ultimate Labor Day BBQ Bash

Twelve years ago, it all started with a book deal for the first-ever online community cookbook called—you guessed it—Food52. Our cofounders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs had a hunch that home cooks are the greatest cooks. And over a decade—and many …

Twelve years ago, it all started with a book deal for the first-ever online community cookbook called—you guessed it—Food52. Our cofounders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs had a hunch that home cooks are the greatest cooks. And over a decade—and many more cookbooks and, well, a lot of other stuff—later, we believe that more than ever.

As part of our birthday celebration this year, we rounded up 12 beloved community recipes, just perfect for summer—there's still time left! Which one have you made over and over (and over)? Which one is now on your must-make list? Let's chat all about it in the comments. Here's to another great year.

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Recall Alert: Watch Out for Hostess Hot Dogs & Hamburger Buns

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means that millions of Americans will be stocking up on burger patties, sausages, bags of chips, patriotic desserts, crisp lagers, and sparklers. But if you already purchased some hot dog and hamburger buns for the holiday, you may want to check the label. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Hostess Cake has issued a voluntary recall of their Soft White Hamburger Buns and Soft White Hot Dog Buns, as they may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria, two different forms of bacteria that can both cause foodborne illness. The company first announced the recall on August 13th, 2021 and has not learned of any illnesses related to the recall at this time. The bacteria was detected during a routine monitoring of the food production facility.

Fear not—no other Hostess products, including beloved nostalgic treats like Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes, or Honey Buns, were included in the recall.

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Labor Day is just around the corner, which means that millions of Americans will be stocking up on burger patties, sausages, bags of chips, patriotic desserts, crisp lagers, and sparklers. But if you already purchased some hot dog and hamburger buns for the holiday, you may want to check the label. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Hostess Cake has issued a voluntary recall of their Soft White Hamburger Buns and Soft White Hot Dog Buns, as they may be contaminated with salmonella and listeria, two different forms of bacteria that can both cause foodborne illness. The company first announced the recall on August 13th, 2021 and has not learned of any illnesses related to the recall at this time. The bacteria was detected during a routine monitoring of the food production facility.

Fear not—no other Hostess products, including beloved nostalgic treats like Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes, or Honey Buns, were included in the recall.

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9 Perfect Chip & Dip Pairings for A+ Summer Snacking

We’ve teamed up with Barnana—makers of organic ridged plantain chips and new grain-free, corn-free plantain tortilla chips in all sorts of tasty flavors, like Pink Sea Salt and tangy Lime & Sea Salt—to share our favorite summer dip recipes.

If y…

We've teamed up with Barnana—makers of organic ridged plantain chips and new grain-free, corn-free plantain tortilla chips in all sorts of tasty flavors, like Pink Sea Salt and tangy Lime & Sea Salt—to share our favorite summer dip recipes.


If you ask me, the happiest time of day is snack time—and that’s elevated exponentially when those snacks are devoured outside in the sunshine. My Platonic ideal of snackable summer food for socially distanced picnics, poolside bites, Labor Day spreads, and even camping is now—and will always be—dip.

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26 Labor Day Appetizers for a Sizzling Summer Send-Off

As summer comes to a close, you may start to feel a bit down. Don’t! Take a trip to the farmers market or the produce aisle and put together a Labor Day feast you’ll still be thinking about well into autumn.

If you’re planning to grill for the main ev…

As summer comes to a close, you may start to feel a bit down. Don’t! Take a trip to the farmers market or the produce aisle and put together a Labor Day feast you’ll still be thinking about well into autumn.

If you're planning to grill for the main event—simple and painless—you can spare some creative energy for the appetizers in recipes chock-full of tomatoes, corn, eggplant, and summer squash, with plenty of stone fruit in the mix. Since it's peak season for so much produce, many of these appetizer recipes skip the cooking and let the stars shine on their own, while others get fried, sautéed, or grilled.

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5 ‘Old School’ Veggie Burgers for Labor Day Weekend

Alright, I’m absolutely giddy that vegan ‘meat’ has gone viral. I’m super excited that you can find vegan Whoppers and plant-based taco filling and even vegan KFC! I feel like vegan has taken some huge leaps and bounds into mainstream lately, and a big part of that is courtesy of fake meat products like the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Hooray! If you love ’em, I’m happy for you.

But I’ll be totally honest, they just are not my thing. Maybe it’s because I’ve just never been a beef fan, and maybe they just taste too real for me. But when it comes to burgers, I definitely prefer something vintage. Give me mashed beans, rice, mushrooms, all those things in a slightly mushy, hand-packed patty. And with that, here are my 5 ‘Old School’…

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Alright, I'm absolutely giddy that vegan 'meat' has gone viral. I'm super excited that you can find vegan Whoppers and plant-based taco filling and even vegan KFC! I feel like vegan has taken some huge leaps and bounds into mainstream lately, and a big part of that is courtesy of fake meat products like the Beyond Burger and Impossible Burger. Hooray! If you love 'em, I'm happy for you. But I'll be totally honest, they just are not my thing. Maybe it's because I've just never been a beef fan, and maybe they just taste too real for me. But when it comes to burgers, I definitely prefer something vintage. Give me mashed beans, rice, mushrooms, all those things in a slightly mushy, hand-packed patty. And with that, here are my 5 'Old School'...

This is a summary, images and full post available on HHL website!

10 Labor Day Deals That Are Actually Worth It

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack…

Almost everything about the transition from summer to fall makes me a little sad, but that’s just the way it goes. At the very least, it makes my annual autumn soundtrack—Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and pretty much the whole Practical Magic soundtrack—all the more poignant.

Still, I think we can all agree that one one of the best things about fall is that the shopping gets better—it is the September issue of Vogue that matters, after all. But it’s not just the fashion that gets better.

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44 Make-Ahead Dessert Recipes for Now Through Labor Day

Yes, we love day-long baking projects, and you can bet we’re going to labor over stunning cakes and pies worthy of Instagram stardom. But over holiday weekends, like Labor Day, what we love even more than a pièce de résistance is something that’s sweet…

Yes, we love day-long baking projects, and you can bet we’re going to labor over stunning cakes and pies worthy of Instagram stardom. But over holiday weekends, like Labor Day, what we love even more than a pièce de résistance is something that's sweet, simple, and satisfying. For the best Labor Day dessert recipes, we thought we'd reach into our archives for easy, make-ahead summer desserts that follow the Nigella Lawson mantra: Minimum effort, maximum pleasure. Read on for the Labor Day desserts we can't wait to make this summer. So here are 44 no-fuss, totally delicious, make-ahead dessert recipes to enjoy from now until Labor Day—from speedy peanut butter and chocolate bars to citrusy no-bake cheesecake.


Our Best Labor Day Desserts

1. Key Lime Pie

For an intense, juicy lime flavor, use a combination of both lime juice and lime zest when you make this Florida Keys classic. Don't sleep on the graham cracker crust, made with unsalted butter and heavy cream, either; it's as good as it gets.

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44 Labor Day Recipes to End Your Summer With a Bang

To me, nothing says summer quite like the heady smell of smoke, emanating from a grill at a backyard BBQ. Enveloped by that smell, I’m likely to have friends nearby, an ice-cold beer in hand, and a freshly charred meal on the way. This very smell, recu…

To me, nothing says summer quite like the heady smell of smoke, emanating from a grill at a backyard BBQ. Enveloped by that smell, I'm likely to have friends nearby, an ice-cold beer in hand, and a freshly charred meal on the way. This very smell, recurring each weekend from May through August, makes me hope that summer will never end.

But alas, when Labor Day inevitably rolls around, the twilight starts retracting earlier into the evening, and the weekly gatherings begin to slow, the bliss of summer also feels like it's slipping out of reach. And that may well be the case. But there's always time for a final stint outdoors with fire and lots of food.

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33 Genius Summer Recipes for Labor Day

Whether you’ve scouted out a camping spot in the woods or will be bumping around at home, these recipes will make the long weekend better, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe, forever.
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Whether you've scouted out a camping spot in the woods or will be bumping around at home, these recipes will make the long weekend better, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe, forever.

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