The Best Way to Clean Up Flour — Holiday Cleanup

By Ayn-Monique Klahre

Baking is a messy endeavor, and the messiest bit of it all is the flour. It gets everywhere! And heaven forbid you try to clean it up with a sponge, like you would any other kitchen mess, because when you add water to flour, it turns into glue. Like, literally, glue — water plus flour is exactly the recipe I used to make papier-mâché with my kids one time, and that stuff has still not come out of the clothes we were wearing. That’s because water activates the starches in flour, making them sticky. And if they dry and harden, it’s almost impossible to clean. Hence, the ruined clothes.

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Recipe: Butter Pecan Sandies — Recipes from The Kitchn

By Kelli Foster

While there are many things I can tell you about my grandfather, the one thing you should know is that he loved pecan sandies. In fact, I cannot bite into these buttery, nut-studded cookies without thinking of him. This version, which he’d heartily approve of, is firm and sturdy, and greets you with a crisp edge all around that softens as you get towards the center. A generous scoop of brown sugar lends a rich, caramel flavor and highlights the toasted aroma in the pecans that you’ll notice in every bite.

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5 Things Everyone Should Do in New Orleans — Bite-Sized Guide: New Orleans

By Geraldine Campbell

New Orleans is definitely a contender for most delicious city in the United States (the world?). If you are planning a visit, you are basically guaranteed to leave very full and very happy — and with a list of things to do as long as the one you arrive with. The only real problem (and it’s a very good problem to have) is figuring out what to do now and what to save for your next trip.

As a former resident and frequent visitor, my trips to New Orleans are a balancing act between the new restaurants that has everyone buzzing and the places I can’t not visit whenever I’m in town. And I have to confess: My list of things I always do hasn’t changed much in the past decade. Here’s what makes the cut.

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The Most-Googled Tutorial of 2017 Is Super Playful — On Trend

By Elizabeth Licata

If you want to learn how to do something, chances are good that the first thing you do is go to Google. All it takes is a quick search, and Google will either tell you how to do something or point you towards someone who can. That’s true whether you’re looking to brine a turkey, throw a toddler’s birthday party, or learn to speak Japanese.

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The 10 Most-Googled Diets of 2017 Are Mostly Terrifying — Wellness News

By Elizabeth Licata

The world is full of diets and magical supplements that promise to help us be more healthy and lose weight, and that means many of us spend a lot of time Googling diets to see what they entail, and whether they’re real science or big scams.

This week Google released its annual “Google’s Year in Search” data, which tracks how many people searched for a given term in 2017, compared with previous years. It’s a good way of tracking trends, and according to Google, these are the most-searched for diets in 2017 in the U.S. Some of them, well, are just plain terrifying.

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Prime Rib, the King of Roasts — Meat Basics

By Christine Gallary

Prime rib, also known as a standing rib roast, is the undisputed king when it comes to a large cut of beef. I remember going to the steakhouse with my family on prime rib night for special occasions and celebrations, savoring every bite of a slice of rosy, juicy meat with some tasty jus.

Prime rib isn’t something you can only eat at restaurants, though. It’s actually the perfect cut for a holiday dinner or large dinner party. Where does it come from, what makes it so special, and why is it so darn expensive?

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Recipe: Pantry Cocoa Brownies — Quick and Easy Dessert Recipe

By Tami Weiser

Ah, the call of the brownie hits us all. Sometimes it’s midday, sometimes it’s midnight. Dense and rich, neither cake nor fudge, a chewy brownie satisfies that primal need. But sometimes you just don’t have every ingredient in the house when the need strikes. You’ve got some cocoa powder, flour, and sugar in the pantry, and just a few eggs in the fridge. Enter: these decadent pantry cocoa brownies that are so delicious, you may find yourself making them even when you have a kitchen packed with groceries.

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Recipe: Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara — Recipes from The Kitchn

By Faith Durand

How do you feel about spaghetti squash? Do you consider it a bad joke of a vegetable, promising carbs without remorse, but actually offering a bowl of slippery, slimy strings? Or do you love it for its teasing imitation of spaghetti, still holding its own with sweetness and a toothsome bite?

Actually — never mind. I don’t really care how you feel about spaghetti squash. Because I know how everyone feels about spaghetti carbonara, and this baked spaghetti squash carbonara is going to warm your pasta-loving heart in exactly the same way. Except, with way fewer calories. And isn’t that really the point of spaghetti squash, if we’re all being honest?

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7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Hotel’s Breakfast Buffet — Breakfast Matters

By Rachel Sugar

The free breakfast buffet is one of the purest pleasures of the hotel experience. This is not necessarily because it is unusually good, in any common definition of the word. While there are exceptions — I have experienced exceptions! — the breakfast buffet at a mid-range hotel is almost certainly some degree of mediocre. The bagels will not be the best possible bagels; the fruit is unlikely to be the best possible fruit. The scrambled eggs have probably been slowly coagulating in a trough on the steam table for at least half an hour.

However, these are not bugs, but features. Hotel breakfast is magical not in spite of its mediocrity, but because of it. It is the glorious flavor of vacation. And here’s how you can make it all even better.

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5 Steps to a Stress-Free Christmas, the German Way — German Christmas

By Madhvi Ramani

In London, where I’m from, the advent of Christmas is marked by frenzy. Tinsel gleams in shopping malls, lights flash, and pale turkeys line supermarket refrigerators waiting to be roasted. Everyone panics.

But in Germany, where I now live, Christmas is a quieter affair. I’ve spent the last few holiday seasons in a small Bavarian village, surrounded by the solemn Alps and hushed blankets of snow. It’s not just the setting, however. The Germans do Christmas differently. Teutonic traditions create a softer, simpler, and calmer atmosphere.

So why not take the stress out of Christmas this year by doing it the German way? Here’s how.

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