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10 Reasons You Should Have Honey on Hand at All Times

Everybody has one of those sticky little plastic bear jars in the cupboard. But for cooking, baking, and drinks-making with deep deliciousness, it pays to always have a more serious and flavorful stash of honey in the pantry. Here are 10 reasons why. READ MORE

11 Ways to Amp Up the Flavor Factor of Rice

When it comes to side dishes, rice is pretty much your no-brainer, goes-with-everything, workhorse par excellence. And while there is a sort of understated elegance to a mound of plain, unadorned rice, sometimes it can feel a little bit, well, plain. Luckily, the grains work like a sponge, soaking up any spices, broths, or dressings you add to them. READ MORE

12 Paleta, Milk Shake, and Ice Milk Recipes to Keep You Cool

When the temperature rises, you need something cool and sweet to regulate your own personal heat index. We’ve rounded up an even dozen creative confections to help you chill with style, from a delicious paleta recipe, through a tone of milk shakes (boozy and not), and one lower-in-fat almond ice milk. READ MORE

7 Reasons to Cook Your Summer Squash in the Slow Cooker

Summer squashes are a wonderful thing, except for when they’re overcooked into oblivion. Which is easier to accomplish than it seems—you’ve likely wound up with some singed black slices of zucchini or bloated, watery chunks of pattypan at least once or twice before.

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9 Key Lime Pie-Inspired Recipes You Can’t Miss

Key lime pie is a sweet and tangy summer dessert that makes the most of fresh citrus. Traditionally made with a graham cracker crust, it’s also one of the easiest pies to add to your repertoire. READ MORE

8 Totally Cool Wine Coolers

One upon a time, the wine cooler—a pour of Chablis from the jug, topped off with fizzy water—was the least sophisticated drink at the party. But the wine cooler has been cocktailized, with wine that’s used as a sophisticated base for balanced and interesting drinks. Here are 8 we’re thirsty for. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Making Killer Ceviche

Back in my wild and youthful restaurant days, I worked at a place that was something of a free for all of Mexican street foods. There were plenty of tacos and tamales to go around, as well as the obligatory tableside guacamole. But if you asked me, the real draw there was the made-to-order ceviches. READ MORE

11 Cool Cucumber Recipes to Combat the Summer Heat

Of all the vine vegetables you can grow this summer, your garden wouldn’t be complete without a health haul of cucumbers. Assuming you keep the ground fairly moist, cucumbers are one of the easier veggies to grow - they’re pretty much the Ronco Rotisserie of veggies; just set it and forget it.

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9 Iced Coffee and Iced Tea Upgrades

There’s more to customizing iced coffee and tea drinks than milk and sugar. Sometimes just the thing to perk up a pick-me-up is booze. Here are 7 eye-opening coolers that will leave you feel buzzed and, well—buzzed. Keep our Easy Cold-Brewed Coffee recipe close by for easy reference, then have fun. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Bananas Foster

From store to kitchen to table: CHOW's The Basics outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to dinner, without complicated techniques, methods you'll remember and deploy at will—the most basic way to make the thing you want to make. READ MORE