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Confessions of a Maple Syrup Smuggler

You don't take Parmesan to a pizza joint. The fancy restaurant will not appreciate your dime bag of finishing salt. But one of the other pacts you make with a diner is that as long as you don't set the place on fire, you're pretty much free to do whatever you want. Which is why I've started bringing my very own maple syrup. More

What I Ate When I Couldn't Eat Anything: Facing Gestational Diabetes as a Food Lover

In mid-March I found myself undergoing a hazing ritual pretty much all pregnant women experience: you show up at the hospital with an empty stomach, get your blood drawn, and then chug a bottle of extra-strong Kool-aid-like glucose solution to see how your system reacts to the sugar over a couple of hours. The fasting blood draw revealed a slightly elevated number—enough to make my doctors wary. For me, it meant goodbye, mocktails, so long smoothies, and definitely hope to see you later, mac and cheese. If you're in the same situation, hopefully these tips will help you love the food you can eat. More

Ed Levine's Golden Rules of the Perfect Pancake

Anyone can make pancakes, but what does it take to make great ones? You need a point of view, and you have to experiment enough to leave your imprimatur on the griddle while keeping them recognizable as pancakes. When someone has a paradigm in their head and achieves it—that is pancake greatness. More

Around the World in Pancakes

For most Americans, the word 'pancake' conjures a stack of fluffy, hot-off-the-griddle flapjacks, a pat of butter slowly melting beneath a rivulet of maple syrup. But pancakes take myriad forms around the world, from delicate French crêpes sprinkled with sugar to spongy, sour Ethiopian injera to chewy-crisp Japanese okonomiyaki, studded with seafood and drizzled with sticky brown sauce and mayo. Here are 23 great ones that we think you should get to know. More

Lager Is Craft Beer's Most Exciting Frontier

For most folks, the word 'lager' brings to mind pale, crushable beers, perfect for hot and humid days. But lager is more than that. And while craft beer's current identity in the US was formed around amber ales, pale ales, and IPAs, lagers will play an important part in its future. More

A Beginner's Guide to South African Wine

For many wine drinkers, South Africa is a bit of a mystery. A lot of stores have shelves of cheap bottles with various animals on the label, but while people all over the world assumed there wasn't much out there beyond 'Goats do Roam,' South Africa got busy making really great wine. Let's get caught up, shall we? More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Sunchokes?

The nutty sweetness of sunchokes most immediately lends itself to soft purées and soups, but they're more versatile than meets their knobby eyes. With spring as high sunchoke season, we asked a panel of chefs from around the country for some unexpected ways to bring out all the sweet, savory, and vegetal flavors that sunchokes have to offer. More

Think Inside the Bun: How to Make Your Own Taco Bell Cemita

It's strange how a fast food menu that's inspired parody videos about endlessly recursive foodstuffs and redrawn mealtime taxonomies has never ventured into serving something as simple as a torta. But we deserve some Taco Bell sandwiches to call our own. Fortunately, with a quick supply run to the grocery store, you can make that happen with the chain's very own menu. More

Do Wheat-Enriched Corn Tortillas Bring Us the Best of Both Worlds?

Corn tortillas have great flavor but weak structure. Flour tortillas are pliable and stretchy but short on taste. Enter flour and corn hybrid tortillas. They're tortillas that look like really great corn tortillas (charred leopard spots and all!), but contain some amount of flour or wheat gluten with the idea of adding stretchy structure to a typically brittle corn tortilla. So how do these guys stack, er, fold up? More

Children of the Corn: Baby Corn, Demystified

Have you ever thought about baby corn? I mean really sat and pondered the stuff—not just where it comes from but why you pretty much never, ever see it fresh? Chances are that unless you grow crops of your own, the only baby corn you've ever even seen, let alone tasted, came straight out of a jar or a can. Here's why. More

Your Tea Starter Kit: 5 Great Teas to Kick Off an Obsession

The road to drinking great tea, even at its most simple, gets complicated fast. On the one hand, you need some thorough guides to navigate the overwhelming diversity of styles, growing regions, and cultivars to have some sense of what you're drinking. But on the other hand, you just need to start drinking some damn tea. Here are five great ones to get you started. More

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