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A Depression-Era Cake for a 21st Century Queen

Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dessert is so easy, it doesn’t even involve baking. A few years ago while watching Netflix period teledrama The Crown, I developed a level of emotional intimacy with the Queen that I had, to that point, shared only with my children and two of my three cats. I know how this woman […]

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Lotus Root: It’s What’s Inside That Counts

After slicing into this porous tuber, you’ll be rewarded with incredible possibilities for braising and frying. A lotus root’s initial appearance is largely unassuming, especially when compared to the ethereal blossomed flower it anchors. But slice the sausage link-shaped root crosswise, and the root reveals a beauty of its own: an irregularly radial pattern of pores […]

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How Do I Make Cheap Beef Taste Good?

While quick grilling has its place, the slow braise is the ultimate way to unlock the joys of more economical beef. For Americans, the pricing of meat is pretty straightforward. Commodity markets dictate the price, and the most popular cuts—usually the most tender and easiest to cook, like tenderloins and rib chops—are more expensive than […]

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The Joys and Extreme Risks of Selling Food on Facebook

The online food hall is a haven for food sellers who otherwise can’t get access to the food-business world—so long as they accept the risks that come with it. You can mark the seasons by the foods that appear on Facebook Marketplace, a sprawling network of people buying and selling everything from makeup samples to […]

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