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Life at Sea: The Pleasures and Perils of Nautical Cooking

Sailing as a form of travel is pretty much like taking your house from place to place, kitchen (or galley, in sailor-speak) included. Your house just happens to be the size of a walk-in closet, and more often than not, it's rocking back and forth or hanging out at a 25-degree angle. Here's how you make every meal count. More

The Best Smokers Under $500, 2015 Edition

While you can smoke well on a grill if you know the tricks, nothing beats a dedicated smoker for succulent low-and-slow smoked ribs, pork, and brisket. You don't have to spend $10,000 on a big black submarine as seen on TV. Whether you want to go with wood, charcoal, gas, pellet, or electric, you can choose from a wide variety of smokers that are easy to use and get great results for under $500. Here are our picks. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Tahini?

Tahini, Middle Eastern ground sesame paste, often gets shunned as a supporting player when blended into hummus or smeared on shawarma. But it's versatile (and shelf-stable) enough to earn a permanent spot on our refrigerator shelves. We polled a panel of pro chefs on how they like to let it shine. More

Everything You Can Do With a Tub of Yogurt

In the steamy heat of New York in June, a tub of yogurt might as well be dinner on its own, but if you're willing to be a hair more ambitious, yogurt's one of the most versatile ingredients you can hold onto in your kitchen. Leaping from sweet to savory in a single bound, marinating meat and topping grilled vegetables, yogurt more than earns its place as a kitchen mainstay. More

Essential Peru: 10 Must-Eat Dishes to Seek Out

If you've been primed on Peruvian food, the conversation likely started with the country's mindboggling variety of potatoes. But culinarily speaking, Peru is the Hope Diamond of Latin America, home to dishes and flavors you won't find anywhere else. Here are 10 essential meals to dig into on your visit. More

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Jicama?

We love jicama for its slightly sweet crunch and ease of prep—just cut it into matchsticks for crudités or sprinkle on some chili powder and lime. But there's more to these porous roots than meets the eye. Here are five ways to use jicama from chefs around the country, all worthy of becoming kitchen mainstays. More

The Best Charcoal Grills Under $500, 2015 Edition

If you have a lot of money, it's as easy to select a great grill as to select a great wine. The trick is finding a great one that's also affordable. With over 500 grilling equipment reviews under my belt and ten grills out in my backyard at any given moment, I know a thing or two about buying grills. Here are my picks for the best five charcoal grills for $500 or less. More

The Chain Breaker: A Dairy Queen Like No Other

"Corporate would love for us to disappear, no question about that," says Moorhead Dairy Queen owner Troy DeLeon. With its seasonal hours and walk-up service windows—plus a penchant for producing menu items you won't see elsewhere—the shop has more in common with the first Dairy Queen, which opened in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois, than the sleek stone-walled Grill and Chills you're likely to see today. More

The Real History of Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies delicious, iconically Southern, and no one seems to have a clue where they came from. Which isn't to say that people haven't tried to explain their origin. Plenty have. The problem is that no one has really tried hard enough. More

13 Spirited Father's Day Gifts for Dads Who Drink

If you think Pop appreciated the paperweight you got him for Father's Day last year, just wait till his eyes light up when you set a bottle of primo hooch and a chunky pair of tumblers on the table and wordlessly pour out two fingers. Nearly every dad who drinks would prefer a tasty dram to a new necktie on the third Sunday of June. More

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