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Video: Rick Bayless Makes Sparkling Ginger Margaritas at Serious Eats HQ

We had a swell happy hour recently when Rick Bayless stopped by the Serious Eats office to demonstrate a few recipes from his book Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks. In this video, Rick Bayless and Ed Levine shake up an excellent batch of sparkling ginger margaritas, and Rick gives us a quick education about agave syrup and kaffir lime leaves. More

Behind The Scenes at the Absolut Vodka Distillery in Sweden

Rather than purchase raw neutral spirits, which is common practice for many manufacturers, Absolut takes control of the process from beginning to end—from seed to glass—and it's all done locally in Sweden. I traveled there to tour the distillery and learn about how vodka is made—I also got a sneak peek at some new Absolut products that are coming down the pipeline. More

Video: Alton Brown's 5 Essential Pieces of Kitchen Equipment

Now that it's a new year, we're on our way to becoming our best, healthiest, most organized selves. For those looking to simplify their kitchens, we gladly present: Alton Brown's five essential pieces of kitchen equipment. In our latest episode of the Chewing the Fat video series, TV personality and food science whiz Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America) elaborates on quite the interesting hit-list, including a few "essentials" many might not include. More

Video: At Home With Nick Anderer, Executive Chef at NYC's Maialino

Nick Anderer, executive chef at excellent NYC Italian restaurant Maialino, has no shortage of tricks up his chef-whites; see his perfectly poached eggs for evidence. But what does he cook when he's in the comfort of his own home? On a humid summer night, we stopped by Nick's apartment for kimchi fried rice jazzed up with homemade kimchi and leftover pork belly from the restaurant. More

7 Great Bites and Sips From Newport Folk Festival 2012

This weekend, we jammed out at the Newport Folk Festival. And in between soaking up Alabama Shakes and Jackson Browne (er, plus 25 gallons of rainwater), we searched for some serious food. Choosing lunch was almost as stressful as realizing we couldn't be at three stages at once (The Head and the Heart! vs Of Monsters and Men! vs Tune-Yards!)—but such challenges are ones we'll gladly take on. More

New Distillery: Hillrock Estate in Ancram, NY

Founder Jeff Baker dreamed of establishing a distillery that was a bit more like a small-production winery—a place where the spirit begins in the field and ends in the glass, all without leaving the complex. With the help of Master Distiller Dave Pickerell (formerly of WhistlePig Whiskey, and before that, Maker's Mark) and distiller Tim Welly, Baker has indeed created such a place. More

Can't Get Into Talde? Where to Eat and Drink Instead

Love this series, thank you Max!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Showdown: Starbucks vs. McDonald's

Here's my question: what about the Dunkin' Donuts version?!

Snapshots from Scandinavia: My Best Bites and Sips in Denmark and Sweden

@studyzone:
Yes, you are correct! One dozen [virtual] frozen meatballs coming your way ;)

Snapshots from Scandinavia: My Best Bites and Sips in Denmark and Sweden

@tinybanquetcommittee, @tamidon, @amies808, @Harrycody:
Thanks for the chokladbollar DIY tips! Must test these asap...

@Robyn: Meeee, too!

@all: Any guesses for the imposter photo? Hint: it's from IKEA.

(and no, it's not the chokladbollar)

Video: How to Make Sri Lankan Street Food at Home

Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)

Thanks all for the comments! We will be incorporating your feedback into future videos and look forward to providing you with useful content.

PS. @Alaina Browne had the idea to turn the bonus wink video into a GIF; please check out The Food Lab Wink, GIF-style!

Video: How to Poach Eggs, the Foolproof Method (Really!)

@ag3208: the below BONUS VIDEO is for you ;)

The Food Lab, signing out.

Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions

Where can I find dried ground sumac berries?

The Brunch Dish: Sublime Sweet and Savory French Toast at Nopa, San Francisco

Video: Alton Brown on Why His Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Is Perfect

@PaulC, @Toddlessness: We will share more excerpts from Alton & Kenji's conversation in the coming weeks!

Supermarket Sweets: New Eggo Granola Waffles

Thanks for taking one for the team, I was curious!

Sugar Rush: Pistachio-Agave Cookies at Toby's Estate

Too funny, I just had one of these the other day! Yum...

ps. I think mine was only $2 :)

Chef's Choice: 5 Dishes You Should Order at Bouche in San Francisco

Good lookin' photos!

A Pizza My Mind: On Matzah Pizza

@tonycalzone: Nope! The only other time matzah pizza has been on Slice was in this post that Adam wrote back in 2011.

@Trillby: That sounds really good! I might have to try it.

What gift should I give a new vegetarian/vegan?

Thanks so much for the suggestions!

@Zinnia1: I LOVE the mason jar idea, might work on that for the holidays :)

What gift should I give a new vegetarian/vegan?

Thanks, M!

But I should have mentioned: my other friend is already giving him Plenty :'(

Serious Entertaining: A Robyn Lee Dance Party

My only question: How did Robyn take a photo of herself tasting poison? ...Regardless, I'll be attending this party.

Vegetarian: Braised Baby Bok Choy

THANK YOU! Been in a bit of a bok choy rut. Perfect timing for my enormous bag from NY Mart :)

Boston, MA: Picco

Looks yum! I still have to eat here. Thanks for the reminder!

Cookie Monster: Lemon Polenta Cookies

Tasty idea for a pantry cookie! I wish my work desk was near yours :)

Video: Ask Nancy Silverton, Week 4

@PG: Great pizza makers unite :)

@conaglio: Thanks for the feedback. We filmed the videos in one session and broke them up based on questions; we wanted to keep them short and sweet. Would you prefer to watch a single video that's closer to ten minutes long?

Ps - Expect another Ask Nancy video highlighting Short Order coming up soon!

Hangover Helper: Empanadas and Croquetas at Coppelia, NYC

+1 for the chicken and corn empanadas! Extra credit if eaten after going out, but before bedtime? I like taking advantage of the 24/7 hours.

What kind of cupcakes should I make for a bridal shower?

Great ideas, thanks!!

What kind of cupcakes should I make for a bridal shower?

Yes! The theme is Spring Garden & the maid of honor suggested a "floral design." And there will be watering cans/bird houses etc for decorations. How that translates to cupcakes, I don't know... Edible flowers?

Weekend Baking Project: Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Yum! Carrie, you must have the best freezer.

Behind The Scenes at the Absolut Vodka Distillery in Sweden

Rather than purchase raw neutral spirits, which is common practice for many manufacturers, Absolut takes control of the process from beginning to end—from seed to glass—and it's all done locally in Sweden. I traveled there to tour the distillery and learn about how vodka is made—I also got a sneak peek at some new Absolut products that are coming down the pipeline. More

9 Gin Cocktails For Royals and Muggles Alike

Sure, we all know what to do with a bottle of gin and a bottle of tonic, but there are many more delicious drinks to mix up with gin—and summer is the perfect time to try them. Here are nine more unusual gin concoctions, from Will and Kate's royal punch to a luscious savory cocktail with cream of coconut and curry powder (don't knock it till you've tried it.) More

The Serious Eats Guide to Food Photography

The thing is, food blog photography is completely different from professional food photography. Most of the time, we're working in low-light situations where we neither have the time nor the ability to set up lighting rigs or even an off-camera flash, for that matter. Over the years, we've figured out the best ways to get presentable photos out of just about every situation food blogging will put you in. We've compiled the most important tips here. More

Snapshots from Mexico: Elote and Esquite

Corn in Mexico is commonly found in two forms: elote and esquites. Elote is straight-up corn on the cob, slathered in assorted accoutrements: the messier, the better. As I was traveling with people I'd met a mere ten hours earlier, I was glad to find the esquites: small, layered cups of the coated corn kernels that we could share with spoons to preserve dignity. More

Knife Skills: How To Peel Pearl Onions

To be honest, pearl onions are available pretty much year-round at the same quality level, but they're especially useful in winter when other vegetables aren't in their prime. Available in white, yellow, or red (just like their full-sized brethren!), they are generally milder than full-sized onions and take on a noticeable sweetness when cooked. Here's a little trick to help you remove the skin easily with your fingers by blanching the onions first. Watch the video for full instructions. More

The Pieman's Craft: How to Stretch Pizza Dough, 'The DJ Method'

New York City's Pizza a Casa bills itself as a "pizza self-sufficiency center." Part pizzamaking-supply store and part pizzamaking school, the little shop is owned by Mark Bello, who shows us his dough-stretching technique in the video here. Bello calls it "The DJ," and we think you'll see why — his quick and sure hand motions look like a turntablist scratching a record. ... Last night a DJ saved my slice? More