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It’s Hot Out, Make an Icebox Cake!

Icebox cake is one of the easiest summer desserts around. Just layer cookies and whipped cream and let it sit overnight. The cream will soften the cookies into a sliceable, moist cake. READ MORE

6 Rules for Cooking Beef on a Budget + 7 Great Steak Recipes

Since we are in the midst of grilling season, it’s a great time to remind you that you don’t need to spend a week’s pay to cook something that is truly great. READ MORE

11 Peach Pies You Need For Summer

Not many desserts scream summer as loud as an amazing peach pie. Perfectly ripe peaches (or canned, if you’re in a pinch) are a great fit for a buttery pie crust. READ MORE

9 Recipes Starring Fried Green Tomatoes

A beloved 90s film as well as a delicious summer treat, fried green tomatoes are crispy, juicy, and delicious. A Southern specialty, the cornmeal and flour-coated green tomatoes are fried in hot oil and taste best fresh out of the skillet. READ MORE

A Field Guide to the Potato Salad Styles of the World

Potato salad is one of those things that no two cooks make quite the same. If you were to bounce from barbecue to barbecue all across America, you’d likely come across it in a number of different forms, from the eggy, to the vinegary, to fanciful versions decked out in spices, pickles, and more. READ MORE

How to Make the Best Teriyaki Chicken

Traditional Japanese cuisine is guided by principles that, at times, can verge on the philosophical. One of those principles is anbai. To sum it up in a nutshell, anbai means achieving a harmony between the basic flavors. Teriyaki, the classic sauce and marinade, is a great example of the concept. READ MORE

9 Reasons Why Summer Fruit + Pancakes is the Best Match Ever

Pancakes are a whole lot more interesting when you load them up with chunks of fruit. In the fall, you can fill them with apples; spring is for experimenting with rhubarb or strawberries. But summer is when mother nature really challenges you to up your pancake game. READ MORE

9 Recipes that Prove Pigs in a Blanket is the Best Summertime Snack

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Every great present deserves a good gift wrap, right? The beauty of what’s on the outside acts as a build up to the awesomeness of what waits within (unless that gift happens to be an artfully-wrapped stapler or necktie organizer). READ MORE

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