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  • Dinner Tonight: Minty Sautéed Radishes + Sugar Steak with Bourbon

    Tonight's dinner is a celebration of warmer weather, spring vegetables, and simply good food. Radishes are excellent straight from the soil, but a quick sauté and a sprinkle of mint helps soothe and cool their bite, transforming them into a subtle and elegant side. Sugar steak, something that everybody should know about, makes for a fantastic main attraction for this spring-centric and easy to make dinner. Plus, we all deserve a nice steak once in a while!

    The Menu

    Sugar Steak with Bourbon by amanda

    Serves 4

    1 flank steak (about 1 1/2 pounds)
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    1/4 cup bourbon
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    Kosher salt

    1. Layer together the flank steak, sugar, bourbon, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Rub the sugar and red pepper flakes into the steak. Put the steak in a 1-gallon plastic bag, add the remaining sugar mixture, seal the bag, and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

    2. Heat the broiler (or grill)

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  • 10 Chocolate-Loaded Cookies

    Sure, there's a time and place for a classic chocolate chip cookie, a chewy sugar cookie, an oatmeal raisin. But when we're craving serious cookies -- cookies that make us feel good, that make everything feel right -- we turn to chocolate cookies. Here are 10 of our favorite: some classic, some espresso-spiked, some peanut butter-filled, some fruity, some spicy, and all delicious.

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  • 6 Ways to Drink like Don Draper for the Mad Men Premiere

    Let's be serious: the only reason any of us really watch Mad Men is to fantasize about being as cool as Don Draper. And if there's ever any chance of that happening, you'll need booze (and ice, fetched by your secretary) in a glass, and you'll need it fast.

    Make any one of these classics, sit back, and settle in for this season's premiere. (Really settle in -- it's two hours.) Who knows, maybe Pete and Trudy will finally work things out, maybe Peggy will out-Don Don, maybe you'll drink two Old Fashioneds and never know the difference. It's Jimmy Barrett logic: the more tipsy you are, the funnier all of this becomes. Cheers, people.

    Old Fashioned



    Martini



    Sazerac



    Gimlet



    Algonquin



    Classic Daiquiri

    First photo courtesy of uproxx.com; all other photos by James Ransom

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  • 10 Lovely Lemon Recipes

    The flavor of lemon is something many of us can't get enough of. As it turns out, it's also incredibly versatile: Lemon can just as easily lend the perfect finishing touch to a pasta dish, as it can be the star in an ice-cold margarita. From dinner to drinks to indulgent sweets, here are 10 recipes to celebrate this humble, hard-working fruit.

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  • Dinner Tonight: Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon + Miso Salad

    Expecting your weeknight meals to be quick, balanced, and incredibly flavorful is never too much to ask. An enticing meal is not only within reach, but may also be easier than that pasta dish you were planning on making -- for the second week in a row. As the calming scent of ginger reaches your nose, and the heat of sriracha perks up your tastebuds, you'll know you made the right decision.

    The Menu

    Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon by Meatballs&Milkshakes

    Serves 4

    1 pound wild salmon
    4 inch piece of ginger, grated
    1 garlic clove, grated
    1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium)
    1/2 cup red wine
    1/4 cup mirin
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    1/2 lime, juiced
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 scallion, minced for garnish

    1. Combine the soy sauce, red wine, mirin, brown sugar, garlic and 3/4 of the ginger in a sauce pan. Cook for 10 minutes, until it reduces by half. Remove from heat and add the remaining ginger and the lime juice. Let cool.

    2. Rub the bottom of a baking

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  • 7 Fresh Ways with Biscuits and Scones

    Pasta, chicken, toast: all blank slates of the kitchen, ingredients on which to build, to experiment. We're adding biscuits and scones to that list. Because while they're wonderful plain, biscuits and scones can take on a wide range of flavors, from spring fruits and vegetables to sharp cheddar cheese. Pour yourself a cup of tea -- it's time to experiment with (and devour) some high-lofted treats.

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  • 10 Slam-Dunk Snacks for March Madness Parties

    It's entertaining season. You're hosting a March Madness party and need to impress your foodie friends. We get it. Here are 10 recipes to step up your hors d'oeuvre game but not make a big deal of it, because two bags of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa just aren't going to cut it anymore. This year, March Madness snacks are growing up, and still tasting great with beer.

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  • Dinner Tonight: Lemon Herb Quinoa + Roasted Spring Root Vegetables

    This is the kind of meal that leaves you feeling particularly virtuous, that you'll want to brag about (subtly, of course) at the office tomorrow. You'll almost feel the glow of that halo as you pack up the leftovers for your kids' lunch -- just look at those green polka-dotted, protein-packed grains. A mess o'vegetables on the side (buttered, because that's just good sense) can't hurt. Yum! A dinner well done.

    The Menu

    Lemon Herb Quinoa with Hemp Seeds, Spring Peas, and Basil by Gena Hamshaw

    Serves 4

    1 cup quinoa, dry
    2 cups water, cold
    1 cup green peas, fresh or frozen
    1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
    1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon maple syrup
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus a little extra)
    1 dash black pepper

    1. Rinse quinoa in a mesh strainer with cold water. Transfer to a pot and add the 2 cups cold water and a nice pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.

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  • 8 Parve Passover Desserts

    Passover means lots of rules: no leavening, no flour, and, for those who keep kosher, no mixing milk and meat. Luckily, we still have sugar, eggs, and fruit to do the sweet work for us. Instead of buying chalky, dense, packaged Passover desserts, bake your own this year. Since you can serve these treats after meals with meat as well as dairy, your seder-mates will thank you -- and you'll have a house full of sweets all week long.

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  • 7 Ways to Start Your Day with French Toast

    French toast: When perfected, it has that golden ratio of soft custard to chewy crust to caramelized exterior. Not too dry or too soggy, it melts in your mouth while still standing its ground against a generous pour of maple syrup or a hefty wedge of butter. It's the stuff of languid weekend mornings, of breakfasts in bed. These 7 recipes run the gamut from sweet to savory, simple to extravagant -- but all of them are sure to result in plates licked clean and requests for more.

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