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11 Thai Dishes That Do Not Wimp Out

The era of pad thai is finally over! Thai cuisine is back, and it’s a lot more interesting this time around than when we were all being introduced to sugary coconut-milk curries. Now, say hello to fiery, funky flavors that don't hold back: Pungent herbs, spicy chiles, fermented fish, and sour tamarind are just part of the arsenal. Read on for a crash course in 11 of Thai food's new essentials. READ MORE

11 Meal Mistakes to Avoid at the Airport

The airport is a confusing, stressful, harrowing place at the best of times, but never more so than when there is a meal involved. Running late or spending hours on a hard seat during a layover can lead to bad choices when deciding how to dine. Here are the 11 pitfalls to avoid the next time you find yourself stuck at the airport. READ MORE

9 Easy Pork Belly Recipes

There is no argument that pork belly is a crowd-pleaser. And the fatty richness found on this boneless cut provides great comfort in frigid weather. Although braising takes time, preparation is quite easy. Here are nine melt-in-your-mouth recipes to get you through the chill. READ MORE

11 Fall Wines Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

You need only to look at the lines forming out the door at your corner Starbucks to realize that we’ve hit peak PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) season. Save yourself the line—and the sugar—and get your savory spiciness in a glass of wine instead. READ MORE

TV’s 10 All-Time Greatest Servers

Table for two? Many of us have worked food service jobs in our lives, and it can be hard, demeaning, and exhausting, but can also offer the best group of coworkers you could imagine. So I’d like to pause to salute a few of my favorite fictional servers from television. READ MORE

20 Easy Food-Processor-Friendly Dips and Spreads

Dips are my favorite food. They are the reason I attend sports-watching get-togethers. I love their variety, from hot and cheesy to cool and minty, and there are few foods I have not used as a vehicle for said dips. Often just my fingers.

Each one here is easy to make with a food processor. Get on Amazon, pick out a machine, and two days later you'll be knee-deep in these delicious dips. A few minutes, a few ingredients, and this one key piece of equipment will make you want to host the Super Bowl at your place. It’s the most adult purchase you’ll make before buying a house, so come on, stop waiting to get a wedding registry (and a fiancé)—be a grown-up and get a food processor. READ MORE

9 Hearty and Healthy Fall Breakfasts

Chilly fall mornings are the perfect time to slow down and enjoy the season’s harvest with a healthy breakfast. Whether you’re after sweet or savory, the flavors of fall offer plenty of possibilities. Here are some ideas to get you started. Try them on their own or to mix and match for a seasonal brunch to share with friends. READ MORE

Don’t Cook a Turkey If It’s Tamales You’re Thankful For

My dad was not Italian, but grew up with Italian kids in San Francisco and just south of there. Every year at Thingsgiving he’d recite the memory of his old friends’ dual holiday dinners, the turkey and gravy, sweet potatoes and stuffing, cranberry and pecan pie, but next to those a shadow feast of ravioli and crab cioppino, Swiss chard with olive oil, and red wine that somebody’s grandpa used to make in the garage, siphoned into Gallo Hearty Burgundy jugs. Those parallel spreads were the thing my father remembered best about Thanksgiving at his buddies' houses. READ MORE

We Made This Pizza Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

I've been making strange unacceptable pizzas for some time now. If you don't think Thanksgiving leftovers work as pizza (but trust me, they do!), then try using your leftovers to make epic turkey-tastic nachos. READ MORE

9 Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes, Traditional to Trippy

Turkey is the only constant on Thanksgiving. It’s often done poorly and is not that delicious, but if there isn’t a bird on the table there will be mutiny. So if you’re looking for something new to do to the bird, here are your options. Some add flavor, some cut down the oven time, and some are just fun to try. Just keep it classic for the first year with the in-laws. Then you can fly free. READ MORE