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9 Perfect Sides to Serve with BBQ Ribs

Ribs, whether baby back or spare, are the kind of thing that demand total absorption: eyes down, both hands getting messy, not coming up for air until that bone’s picked clean. When you do come up for air, though, you want something delicious to eat before tackling the next rib in the pile. Behold, 9 of our favs. READ MORE

Make Your Own Ice Cream Bars

Ice cream bars are one of the first true signs of summer. Rich, creamy, and incredibly convenient, ice cream bars are beyond simple to make at home and you can effortlessly customize the flavors and coatings. Why figure out what you would do for a Klondike bar when you can satisfy your craving with a few of these easy recipes?


Pucker Up With These 9 Savory Rhubarb Recipes

Some foods live double lives: the peanut would probably rather hide its secret identity as a legume and pork butt doesn’t need you to know that it actually comes from the shoulder end. But rhubarb is sick and tired of being pigeonholed as a fruit: it’s a vegetable, darn it, and any botanist will back up that claim. READ MORE

Why You Should Spiral-Cut Your Hot Dog for Grilling

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, co-owners of New York City's The Meatball Shop, are spicing up summer with our spiral-cut hot dogs (watch our video how-to here). READ MORE

8 Easy Dessert Recipes That Taste Complicated

Sometimes the most successful dessert isn’t the one you devoted all day to, but the one you made in 30 minutes using 3 ingredients. Complexity isn’t always the result of time and elbow grease—it can also be a matter of leaving well enough alone. Here are 8 examples. READ MORE

11 of the Best Grilled Vegetarian Recipes

Used to be that tossing a frozen veggie burger patty on the backyard grill is as far as our interest in warm-weather vegetarian cooking went. Now our grills are bristling with amazingly inventive and delicious options. Here are 11 of our favorites. READ MORE

Satisfy the Kid and the Adult in You with These 11 Boozy Milkshakes

Alcoholic milkshakes will always be associated with one place in my mind: DC’s The Diner. Located in the part of town where one goes when they feel like making poor decisions on the weekends, you only end up at The Diner when it’s closing in on 3 AM and most of the city’s other food options have shuttered for the night. READ MORE

Perk Up Any Meal with These 9 Plantain Recipes

Plantains are similar to bananas but are larger, more angular, and are usually only eaten after being cooked. They have more starch and less sugar than bananas and are used often in tropical regions as a filling addition to any meal. READ MORE

13 Eggs Benedict Recipes Bound to Cure Boring Breakfasts

Eggs Benedict. One of those dishes that we all love but are a little too intimidated to make at home. Poaching the perfect eggs and making hollandaise sauce that doesn’t have the consistency of glue are two techniques that require skill, patience and maybe a little bit of luck. READ MORE

How to Pan-Fry Pork Chops

In the cooking world, a lot of breath is spent on explaining how to cook the perfect steak. What else could you expect, given the near fetishisistic emphasis that gets placed on pricey, prime beef? But as long as we're on the subject of cooking to temperature and getting a sear, it's worth mentioning that, hey, there are other meats out there to which the very same principles apply, with no less tasty results. Consider the pork chop, which more or less, is the porcine equivalent of the rib eye, t-bone, or sirloin steak.