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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Stunning enough for special occasions. Easy enough for weekday breakfasts. Marvelous enough to make you want it every damn day.

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Cantaloupe

How Cantaloupe Got Its Name

Cantaloupe. Muskmelon. Charentais. Tuscan melon. Rock melon. How the heck did summer’s favorite fruit get all these names?! Nancie McDermott explains.

Homemade Dish Soap

Homemade Dish Soap

This natural alternative to fancy liquid dish soap is inexpensive, effective, and gentle on hands. Doesn’t get much more practical than that.

How to Line a Cake Pan 9

How To Line A Pan With Parchment Paper

Learn how to keep your magnificent cake from sticking to the pan and turning into a sad heap of crumbs rather than the spectacularly stunning butter and sugar creation that it is.

What are GMO?

What Are GMOs?

If anything is as polarizing as politics, it’s the topic of GMOs. And, as with political issues, there’s a heck of a lot of misunderstanding and grandstanding. Here are simple answers to complicated questions.

How to Make a Cheese Plate for a Crowd

How to Make a Cheese Plate

Bore you with the same typical cheese plate advice you’ve already heard before? Nah. Not us. Instead we explain how to include something so that everyone—even the pregnant and the lactose intolerant—can partake.

Best Cookbooks of 2016

Best Cookbooks 2016

The best cookbooks of 2016 including something for bakers, barbecuers, breakfast mavens, and pretty much every other sort of home cook.

How to Hygge

How to Hygge

How to bring comfort to the everyday moments of your life. No matter what’s going on in the rest of the world.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

The fundamental idea behind Día de los Muertos is that the dead would be offended by being remembered with sadness.

Drinking for Chaps

How To Drink Like A Chap

An essay on the drinking habits and eccentricities of the British from a bygone era, which actually sorta remind us of so many contemporary Brooklyn hipsters.