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Easy Pasta Three Ways

After a miserable day at work, coming home to cook can sometimes seem like a dreadful experience. I want to prepare things quickly so I tend to speed up the process, which inevitably leads to cooking issues. Failed homemade veggie burgers, over-baked quinoa thing, idiot-proof paella turned to mush: these are just a few of my disasters. Here are three recipes that haven't gone wrong for me yet. For two of the recipes, sauce can be made during the time it takes to boil the pasta. The third, Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, takes 45 minutes but it's the easiest of the three. I'll start with that one first. READ MORE

10 Great Bachelorette Destinations That Don’t Involve Strip Clubs

If riding a mechanical bull while wearing a veil and a tiara isn’t your style, here are a few alternative bachelorette-party activities that will be even more memorable than bringing 15 of your closest friends to Chippendales. READ MORE

6 Killer Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Combos

Remember your first taste of a grilled cheese with tomato soup? Well, processed cheese and canned soup are for five-year-olds. Blow that memory away with one of these killer grilled cheese and tomato soup combos. READ MORE

16 Scenes from Markets in Thailand

Senior Editor John Birdsall is on a two-and-a-half-week eating tour through Thailand. His first report was from a night market north of Bangkok, "Under the Temple, the Oldest Way to Eat.” Here's his latest report. READ MORE

7 Fall Recipes from Food Bloggers You Should Have Bookmarked

Fall is here, and you know the drill: The leaves start to change colors, the weather gets a little colder, and our appetites change from grilled burgers and ice cream to foods that warm and comfort us. Feed that urge with seven fall recipes from your favorite food bloggers. READ MORE

9 of the Most Underrated Dishes at Japanese Restaurants

There’s a lot more depth to sushi establishments than the usual hits: albacore tuna, salmon, or yellowtail. Here's some visual inspiration to try something new on the menu. READ MORE

NYC’s Best Burgers from the Top Burger Lists

Think you’ve had the best burger in New York already? Think again! With so many new restaurants—and so many opinions—there’s always a new list featuring the top burgers in every borough. It's a lot to sift through, so we’ve simplified the burger search process. Now you can spend less time reading, and more time eating. READ MORE

Hot Sauce Time!

Chile peppers are everywhere. My parents’ garden in the warm air smells like vaporized salsa. My mom and dad usually bypass needing to can or preserve any of the garden's overproduction simply by making huge batches of salsa ... every day. READ MORE

7 College-Student-Friendly Recipes

Just because you’re in college doesn’t mean you have to eat like it. Thanks to a few hacks on basic dorm-room essentials like a microwave, an electric kettle, and even an iron, you can turn out delicious meals without setting your room on fire. Here are seven dorm-room-friendly recipes. READ MORE

Is Action Bronson the Next Anthony Bourdain?

Is there a more potent pop culture force in the food world right now than Action Bronson, the 300-pound Albanian Jewish rapper with the swagger of Ghostface Killah and the refined palate of Ruth Reichl? Not since Anthony Bourdain has the general public taken so much interest in watching a single man devour food. READ MORE