• Rochelle Bilow

    This Rice Bowl Is Your New Lunch Go-To

    If you need a quick, healthy meal that’s ready in a flash, but can’t bring yourself to eat one more chopped salad, take heart: This rice bowl is your new best friend. (We’ve told you about lunch bowls, right?) With fiber-rich brown rice, protein-packed egg, creamy avocado for texture, and raw scallion for some bite and zing, this nutritious meal is anything but boring. Add a drizzle of hot sauce over it all to spice things up, if you like. Make it extra easy on yourself by cooking a big batch of rice in advance, then assembling the bowls throughout the week. It’s a lunch (or dinner!) that takes the guesswork out of simple, flavorful food.

    SEE MORE: Our Readers’ Favorite Bon Appétit Recipes of All Time

    Brown rice—higher in fiber and other nutrients than its white counterpart—is the perfect vehicle for this quick, protein-heavy lunch.


    • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
    • 2 cups cooked brown rice
    • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
    • Kosher
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  • Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

    Today: How to make perfect brown rice, every time.

    How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

    Compared to its white counterpart, brown rice is a challenge to get right: Where white is stripped down, giving up flavor for ease of cooking, brown has more burliness to fight against, more factors to figure. But when you succeed, you are rewarded with a depth of flavor and texture that white rice will never live up to.

    Here’s what’s tricky about cooking brown rice: You need to soften the outer bran layer, but if you try to force it into submission with too-long cooking times, you’re left with gummy innards.

    The best route to success, luckily, is a straightforward technique we picked up from our friends at Saveur: You treat the rice like pasta, boiling it in ample water, then strain it and let the rice steam in the pot’s residual liquid, which makes things soft but never gummy.

    This technique

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  • Fast food brands use various tools and tricks to make burgers looks fatter, bacon look crispier, and lettuce look greener. 

    Here are a few examples of advertisements vs. reality. 

    Quiznos' Italian Meatball Sub: quizno's meatball sub


    KFC Australia's new Nacho Box:


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    KFC Nacho Box

    Facebook/KFC Australia

    Taco Bell's Crunchy Taco: 

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    Taco Bell

    McDonald's Big Mac: 

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    Arby's Three Cheese and Bacon sandwich: 

    Arby's sandwich



    Starbucks' Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich:

    Starbucks Reduced fat turkey bacon


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    All photos: Gary Hovey

    For 25 years, Gary Hovey labored as a heavy equipment operator and industrial welder, but his true passion was a touch more whimsical.

    A decade ago, the Knoxville, Ohio resident was inspired by a 10-foot-tall horse sculpture made of steel bumpers by Chicago artist John Kearney. Hovey resolved to make a few smaller sculptures of his own, but with materials he had on hand.

    "I thought: ‘I could make those with spoons,’" Hovey told us. "They’d be smaller, and people could have them in their homes." And that’s exactly what he did, first welding a dog and then a heron. They were quickly purchased, and Hovey realized he’d struck upon something.

    "People liked them," Hovey said. "[The sculptures] make people happy." Many customers don’t realize at first how the sculptures are constructed, which Hovey takes delight in. "It is funny to watch people as it dawns on their faces: ‘It’s flatware!’"

    Hovey’s sculptures, which are made exclusively with forks, knives and spoons,

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    Austin chef Paul Qui is particular about how things look. The plates in his restaurant, Qui, are custom-made by a local potter. The aprons his servers wear were hand-sewn to his specifications. Qui commissioned the mural on the wall, which was painted by a Japanese artist he likes. And he convinced architecture firm A Parallel to build the space, even though A Parallel generally sticks to residential projects, because their work so perfectly matched his vision.


    What he made sure the architects included in their blueprint: an open kitchen, so Qui can see his guests. “I like watching people eat,” he says. “Maybe that sounds weird, but I encourage my chefs to do that, too.” Based on his diners’ reactions, says Qui, he might change a dish. “How they eat a dish is very important. That will tell me what nuances in the dish should go away or don’t matter.”


    Qui received this hawk eye training from working at a sushi bar. “Sushi chefs are always looking at what people are eating—and

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  • Sara Bonisteel

    We had a chance to visit Pinnacle Foods this week in Parsippany, New Jersey, to take a look at the test kitchen where Duncan Hines hones their boxed cake mixes and meet the senior research chef in charge there, Joe DiPaolo.

    SEE MORE: 15 Food That Are Better Frozen

    Consumers “want to be inspired,” DiPaolo said. “I think they want to be able to get more ideas. It’s beyond the cake. It’s what else can you do with it.”

    Much of his job is figuring that out. Here are some of the things he’s come up with using the brand’s latest line, Signature Velvet (the various iterations of mixes do matter, because they’re designed to give different kinds of crumb and moisture to a cake).

    "You can take our cake mix, and you can add one egg and a stick of butter and a little bit of water and … make almost a dough out of our cake mix, and then add a cheesecake filling, and put some of our Duncan Hines Comstock [canned fruit] on top of it," he said. "I’ve actually made it where you

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  • Amiel Stanek

    When I heard that Bon Appétit was, once again, devoting a whole week to all things spicy, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “What the hell kind of horrible thing are they going to make me do this time?” This time last year, I sampled a bunch of different foods doused with Sriracha—yogurt with berries, coffee, etc.—to see what they would taste like. Spoiler alert: A bunch of them tasted real bad.

    This year’s Sriracha Week challenge? To test different ways of cooling down one’s mouth after eating something really, really spicy. Goodie.

    So, every afternoon for seven days, I chewed up a fiery Thai bird chile, waited until the burning in my mouth was unbearable, and tried a different method for quelling the flames. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Here are the results.

    Ice Water: Surprise! This doesn’t work. My mouth felt bad. Thai bird chiles are spicy. I mean, I guess the cold numbed the pain somewhat while it was in my mouth. But as soon as I swallowed, the

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    I went over to a friend’s one Saturday night for an impromptu taco party. She’d walked to the new all-organic, all-artisanal, we-bag-your-groceries-in-hand-knit-sacks superstore to purchase ingredients for aforementioned fiesta. But you know what she couldn’t find amongst the purple potatoes and fiddlehead ferns?

    Iceberg lettuce. Cool, crisp, crunchy iceberg.

    This is not OK.

    In the last ten years, iceberg has been rightfully displaced from the salad bowl by microgreens and local lettuces—who wouldn’t rather load up their fork with nutrient-filled baby spinach, mixed greens, escarole and arugula after decades of iceberg domination?—but now the poor chump is being ignored and unfairly maligned.

    We’ve seen the enthusiastic embrace of the wedge salad at steakhouses and neighborhood bistros, and for good reason. If there’s one thing at which iceberg excels, it’s being a vehicle for fat, cream, and bacon-y unctuousness. But it has other tricks up its crunchy core. Let’s

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    Photo credit: StockFood. Illustration credit: Jennifer Fox. 

    It’s one thing to see a trend in Los Angeles and New York, where savory cocktails have become A ThingBacon-infused bourbon drinks? Yawn. A barbacoa-tequila number? Sure, whatever. There’s even a whole book devoted to this genre. 

    But under that big, trippy umbrella resides a slightly less common treat: the mushroom cocktail. It’s been spied on both coasts, from Boston to San Jose. Now even Dallas—certainly no slouch in the culinary department, but definitely dead-center in the middle of America—is in on the act.

    Mushroom cocktails are on the move, folks, from sea to shining sea. And we’re into it.

    'Shrooms are among the most umami ingredients around, and whether they’re sweet candy caps or gorgeous, buttery chanterelles, they’ve got the potential to add wonderfully nuanced notes to drinks. 

    In Boston, chef and owner Charles Draghi of Erbaluce makes a"Matsutake Flip,” which involves infusing bourbon with matsutakes, then

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  • Claire Saffitz 

    Ever crack an egg into simmering water only to watch the white spread out and form wispy tentacles? It happened to me until I came across this game-changing fix: Break the egg into a sieve set over a bowl. The watery outer edge of the white will drain through, leaving the thicker white and yolk intact. Then slip the egg directly from the sieve into the water; the white will firm up around the yolk, creating a smooth, compact package.

    SEE MORE: The 15 Most Common Counterfeit Foods—and How to Identify Them



    • 2 bunches scallions
    • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 large eggs

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    Mince 1 whole scallion, transfer to a bowl, and whisk in 2 Tbsp. oil and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set scallion sauce aside. Put the remaining scallions on a plate. Drizzle with

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