Food & Drink

Food & Drink

10 cooking hacks that will make you the campfire hero

There were a lot of highlights on our first camping trip: Great scenery, challenging hikes, a tent that filled with bugs after a tent flap was left open, the Wes Craven-worthy screaming in the dead of night when a spider (allegedly) crawled across someone’s arm. My personal favorite, however, was the pie. I wasn’t sure how good I would be at camping or at cooking over a fire. But when I served up a variation on our favorite cobbler, fireside, at the end of a long day of hiking, the genuine delight I got in return was enough to keep me coming back.

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Which food trends are coming up? Flavored ghee, quinoa everything and, mmm, vinegar drinks

Every year, thousands of food brands head to New York to show off their wares and entice buyers from grocery stores to stock their products. It’s a trade show titled the Fancy Foods Show, and it’s one of the best places to catch trends before they hit grocery store shelves. New products make their debuts there, and months later, they appear on the shelves of your local Whole Foods Market. (Also, when it comes to free samples, the place is like an all-you-can-eat buffet.) Trendy turmeric? We called it. Gochujang is the new Sriracha, and souping is the new juicing? Yeah, we knew that in 2017.

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Microwave mug recipes that prove no-fuss cooking for one can actually be great

The idea of a “fast and fabulous” microwave mug recipe is irresistible: There’s little waiting or washing up, you don’t heat up the kitchen, and the mug is the perfect size when you’re cooking for one. It’s also an easy way to eat more homemade and less takeout without spending a lot of extra time. But up until recently, almost every mug recipe I tried was a letdown. The reason: Microwave ovens typically cook by steaming – energy waves heat up the water in foods and steam them from the inside out. And steaming doesn’t develop much flavor.

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Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes

To any real fan, a hamburger is never just a burger. Rather, it’s a work of art, passionately thought out and painstakingly executed. A great burger is the very extension of the grill master’s identity, the perfect blend of meat for flavor and just enough fat to keep it juicy and rich, flavored with the right mix of spices. Top that beauty with colorful veggies, a slathering of homemade sauce and maybe – just maybe – your own homemade pickles, and most of us would call it a masterpiece.

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What you should know about buying frozen fish

Standing in your grocery store seafood department, you see a counter with fillets of salmon, cod and tuna bedded on ice. Their tenderness beckons. Somewhere nearby, packages of those same fish and more, each fillet vacuum-sealed, wait behind a freezer glass door. They look ... well, you can’t quite tell, but the labels indicate where the stuff comes from and its sustainability. Which ones will go in your basket?

Ben & Jerry's dishes out free cones for customers for 40th year

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day started in 1979. This year, the company expects to give away more than 1.3 million free scoops.