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When a Bifana is More than a Sandwich

Growing up, I never heard the word bifanas. My family didn’t make them. We never ordered them those few times–so few I could count on one hand–we went to a restaurant. We never had them at the St. John of God’s summer fair. Suffice it to say that these flavor bombs, these sometimes-drippy, always-alluring Portuguese sandwiches of garlicky marinated pork slices never crossed my lips. ☞ MAKE THE RECIPE: Bifanas |… devour more »          

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TV Dinners: Grand or Gauche?

Are TV dinners exquisitely grand or disappointingly gauche? David and Renee share their experiences and opinions from childhood regarding the iconic American convenience meal. He Said: I sit at the counter, tracing the copper veins of the marble Formica, waiting. What’s it going to be today? I ask myself. My grandmother trundles over and slides a bowl thick with purple broth in front of me, then sits down with my mother, father, and me. I… devour more »          

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What is the Difference Between Yeasts?

Ever wonder what the difference is between the various types of yeast, how to best use them, or if you can swap them with each other? Us, too. Read on to discover the answers to those questions and more. Yeast. It’s a type of microscopic living organism that exists everywhere and, when captured and used in wily ways, not only ensures your breads achieve that lovely rise but also lends itself to the making of some of our other favorite food… devour more »          

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Why Does Spinach Make My Teeth Feel Filmy?

What it is about cooked spinach that makes your teeth feel all filmy and icky? This article explains the chemical reaction that creates this annoying side effect—and how to avoid it. Why Does Spinach Make My Teeth Feel Filmy? Dear Never Cook Naked Guys: Whenever I eat spinach, cooked or fresh, I get a filmy feel on my teeth. What is that? Is there a trick to cooking spinach to minimize the effect?—Gritted Teeth Dear Gritted… devour more »          

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Is The Best Fried Chicken Steaming Hot Or Picnic Cold?

Is fried chicken best served steaming hot or picnic warm? Should the coating be crispy or crunchy? David and Renee offer their opinions. Feel free to chime (cluck?) in with your own. She said: When I was a kid, my mom and I would drive from our farm to town once a week to run errands. Our last stop before heading back home was always the store for a week’s worth of groceries. And those weeks when we were running behind and it was late… devour more » […]

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Let’s Hygge Together!

Hygge. Such a marvelously serpentine-looking word, isn’t it? Interestingly, it doesn’t sound at all like it looks. It’s pronounced hoo-guh, but I always see “higgy.”  Then I think “jiggy.” Then I think, well, all sorts of athletic bed gymnastics–so let’s not go down that rabbit hole together, shall we? Especially as I’m at my mom’s home helping her get set up, stocked up, and… devour more »          

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The Garden of Him

[On Saturday, January 25th, David’s beloved dad, Manny, died after a tough battle with mesothelioma and congestive heart failure. All of us at LC are deeply saddened. To honor the man who taught David so much, we’re rerunning his Father’s Day essay about Papa Leite.–ed.] My father is a good man. Just ask my mother. Actually, if you spend enough time with her, she’ll tell you anyway, blurting it out while watching TV or… devour more »          

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How to Decorate with Royal Icing

How to decorate with royal icing gives you an easy technique and tricks for how to pipe your icing onto sugar cookies. So simple it’s perfect for beginners. Whether for your Christmas cookies or your impromptu-Saturday-afternoon baking spree. Royal icing is a magic tool in decorating. When piped onto cookies, it sets hard and firm, allowing you to transport the cookies without smearing the decoration. You can get pretty intricate with the stuff, but even just a simple outline of a cookie does wonders for its looks. […]

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