How to Recork Champagne for Long-Lasting Bubbles

I come to you today to tell you about something magical—a foolproof trick that will teach you how to recork champagne and store it for days. I find this magical for several reasons, the first and foremost being that it has to do with Champagne&md…

I come to you today to tell you about something magical—a foolproof trick that will teach you how to recork champagne and store it for days. I find this magical for several reasons, the first and foremost being that it has to do with Champagne—or really, any sparkling wine at all. And, anything having to do with sparkling wine I find naturally has a certain allure and sophistication. It is immediately something I want to know about because sparkling wine—in any guise, be it a flute, a coupe, a cocktail, a spritz—is one of my very favorite things to drink.  

Champagne is second only to water and coffee, which I guess technically makes it third. But it's first in my heart, even if it's third in the pecking order of necessity for functioning. Along with all other sane people, I turn toward a regular rotation of Aperol spritzes and sparkling rosé during the stretches of summer that are the most sun-soaked and Mediterranean.

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What’s the Difference Between Morton’s and Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt?

Chefs are anything but nonchalant about sourcing ingredients. Missy Robbins, who cooks at Lilia in Brooklyn, has been using La Valle tomatoes for the past ten years; when it was time to choose a cooking olive oil for their restaurant, she tasted fiftee…

Chefs are anything but nonchalant about sourcing ingredients. Missy Robbins, who cooks at Lilia in Brooklyn, has been using La Valle tomatoes for the past ten years; when it was time to choose a cooking olive oil for their restaurant, she tasted fifteen types before landing on Monini; and they bring in Tutto Calabria jarred chiles from Italy.

Even the salt, an ingredient often taken for granted, is carefully chosen: At Lilia, they use only Diamond Crystal kosher salt—and if Morton's kosher salt comes in, Chef Robbins says, it throws everything off. (When Food52's Test Kitchen Manager worked in the kitchen at Franny's, he remembers using "the red box"—that's also Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt too).

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How to Confit (Almost) Anything

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 Maki Yazaw…

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 Maki Yazawa shares a holiday-ready dessert recipe that comes together in their D3® Stainless 3-Quart Sauté Pan: warmly spiced pear confit, served with a dollop of cardamom-infused crème fraîche.


Though you may have heard the term confit before—it’s usually associated with fancy-sounding dishes like duck confit—the method is much simpler than the name leads on. Requiring just a few essential components and key steps, learning to confit is easy enough for even the most beginner home cook to pull off.

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How to Make Your Home Much More Energy Efficient This Winter

There’s nothing that gets you thinking about energy efficiency quite like a cold breeze blowing over your toes while standing next to your front door. The farmhouse my partner and I bought this year is more than 100 years old, and while it’s full of hi…

There’s nothing that gets you thinking about energy efficiency quite like a cold breeze blowing over your toes while standing next to your front door. The farmhouse my partner and I bought this year is more than 100 years old, and while it’s full of historic charm, it’s seriously lacking in things like insulation and airtight sealing—no biggie, right?

Our biggest Year One project was replacing all the original single-pane windows in the house, and while I can’t wait to see the difference it makes in our oil bill, I know there’s still a lot we can do to (hopefully) reduce our wintertime heating costs.

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5 Super-Simple Grocery Shopping Tips for Saving Time & Money

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top grocery shopping tips and tricks. Whether your local store is Safeway, ACME, or one of Albertsons Companies’ 19 other supermarkets across the country, download their free Deals & Delivery m…

We’ve teamed up with Albertsons Companies to share our top grocery shopping tips and tricks. Whether your local store is Safeway, ACME, or one of Albertsons Companies’ 19 other supermarkets across the country, download their free Deals & Delivery mobile app. And don’t forget to join their for U™ Member program to get weekly personalized deals, redeem Rewards for discounts on groceries, receive an annual birthday treat, and even get a free item every month—all for no membership fee or monthly cost. Not a member yet? Here’s a sweet "Welcome" offer: Get $5 off your next online grocery order of $25 or more.


I don’t know about you, but every year come November and December, I’m amazed at how fast the time flies by. The holidays mean gathering with loved ones, of course, but they also signify an endless parade of dinners, parties, and traditions along the way.

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How to Chill Pie Dough at the Absolute Last Minute

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Maybe you’re reading this a few days in advance, the night before, or gulp the morning of. You followed all the proper avenues to get ready for the Thanksgiving feast—you defrosted and brined the turkey; you cut …

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Maybe you’re reading this a few days in advance, the night before, or gulp the morning of. You followed all the proper avenues to get ready for the Thanksgiving feast—you defrosted and brined the turkey; you cut a loaf of sourdough or cornbread into cubes for stuffing and left them out to dry; you even ironed the linens and bought flowers for a centerpiece. But the one thing you forgot? Chilling the pie dough for your pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie. For the best pie, it’s always best to work with very cold dough.

And now it’s the morning of Thanksgiving and you want to bake pies, but the dough is still too warm to roll out. Did you forget to put the pie or cookie dough in the fridge overnight? Did you pull out any hairs yet? Don't fret, don't pull your hair! Our beautiful community of smart, savvy home cooks has faced this very conundrum time and time again. And that’s where our hotline comes in. Food52 user and pie prowess CV posted a very simple, very cool (pun intended) trick over on the hotline to help us out:

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The Only Floral Arranging Tools You’ll Need, According to a Pro

When Ingrid Carozzi, founder of Redhook, Brooklyn-based floral design company Tin Can Studios, is working with clients like Vogue, the Queen of Sweden, and designer Carolina Herrera, it’s usually for extravagant events with impressive large-scale insta…

When Ingrid Carozzi, founder of Redhook, Brooklyn-based floral design company Tin Can Studios, is working with clients like Vogue, the Queen of Sweden, and designer Carolina Herrera, it’s usually for extravagant events with impressive large-scale installations. Think hundreds of blossoms cascading from the ceiling over a candlelit dining table, undulating vines that snake up structural columns in an event space, and huge budgets. But even she is no stranger to grocery store florals or a handful of foraged greenery.

In her latest book "Flowers By Design: Creating Arrangements For Your Space" out this November, Carozzi distills everything she's learned from eight years in the industry with super easy-to-follow directions, practical tips, and tons of inspiration to bring flowers into our homes in fresh ways. “I want to encourage people to find inspiration outside of the digital sphere—look at fashion, look at cooking, look at interior design, and find your inspiration there,” says Carozzi. 

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How to Whip Egg Whites for Lovely, Luscious Peaks

A French macaron without whipped egg whites would be a flat, paper-thin cookie with a gooey ganache filling. Swiss meringue frosting without the meringue would just be a regular, overly sweet buttercream. And a lemon meringue pie without the meringue w…

A French macaron without whipped egg whites would be a flat, paper-thin cookie with a gooey ganache filling. Swiss meringue frosting without the meringue would just be a regular, overly sweet buttercream. And a lemon meringue pie without the meringue would just be, well, lemon pie. Good, but not great.

Whipped egg whites are the secret to cloudlike meringues, beautiful baked goods, and sweet and savory soufflés. Soft peaks keep things light and airy, while stiff peaks bring body to meringue or frosting. But it’s easy to overwhip egg whites, resulting in a too-stiff, curd-like mess that no one wants. So what’s the trick to whipped eggs that are just right for your recipe? Ahead, we break down how much to whip the eggs based on the stiffness of the desired peaks...and a few tricks to ensure that they hold their shape.

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The Unexpected Item That Magically Cleans Hard Water Stains

Recently, I bought a house. Yes, that’s a brag. But also, it is a preface to a real question: How do people house? After a decade in a Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment, there are so many things that I have to learn about it. Like how to clean a garbage d…

Recently, I bought a house. Yes, that’s a brag. But also, it is a preface to a real question: How do people house? After a decade in a Brooklyn one-bedroom apartment, there are so many things that I have to learn about it. Like how to clean a garbage disposal, how to properly load a dishwasher, and what to do with more than one bedroom. And then there are the more pressing queries, like—how do I get this far-from-new toilet to be less gross?

In Philadelphia, where the aforementioned house is, the water is pretty hard, which means that there’s mineral build-up in the bathroom, and that the bottom of the bowl of the toilet was coated in an extremely unappealing layer of brown-yellow gunk. When my partner saw it, he assumed it meant that the family in the house before us was a big believer in if it’s yellow let it mellow. But after attempting my usual toilet scrubbing methods—Scrubbing Bubbles and a toilet brush—I found out that hard water stains are a good bit more resilient than I’d hoped.

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3 Easy-Peasy Ways to Cook Green Beans

It can be really easy to screw up cooking green beans. If you look away for just a minute, delicate beans can go from crisp-tender to over-cooked and mushy, and there’s no turning back. Plus when they’re at their peak, green beans have a vibrant green …

It can be really easy to screw up cooking green beans. If you look away for just a minute, delicate beans can go from crisp-tender to over-cooked and mushy, and there’s no turning back. Plus when they’re at their peak, green beans have a vibrant green color and lovely spring flavor that shines when they’re barely cooked. Before your beans lose their brightness and a staple side dish is ruined, learn how to cook green beans three ways—boiling, steaming, and sautéing.

How to Prep Green Beans

No matter how you cook them, it’s important to properly prep them. This means thoroughly washing and scrubbing them and then trimming the ends of any scraggly bits using kitchen shears or a paring knife. Haricots verts (aka French green beans) often come pre-trimmed, but be sure to give them a once-over to avoid eating any undesirable scraps. Discard or compost any beans that have brown or mushy spots and move forward with the rest.

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