Merry Mix: a better way to Chex Mix

My family makes this savory snack mix every winter. It’s perfect for parties, there’s no measuring, and it can be made for gluten-free eaters with a couple simple modifications. Bonus: no half-used bags of Wheat Chex!

A PSA: recreation vs. re-creation

Recreation is a thing you do for fun. Re-creation is the act of making something again. Internet? FIGURE THAT OUT, PLEASE.

Chewy Salted Butterscotchies

These easy cookies are chewy, buttery, caramely, and addictive. Add ice cream and you’re in trouble.

The Beginning of the End, or, Our Hurricane Sandy Time Line

I used Facebook to keep friends and family updated when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City in October 2012, and then continued in the aftermath. These are the posts, with additional links to photos I posted on Flickr after the fact.

Boiled Cider (a.k.a. Apple Cider Molasses, Cider Syrup, Bottled Autumn)

One ingredient, one pot, and a few hours are all it takes to stock the most amazing natural syrup (a sweetener, a topping, a baking ingredient, a glaze, a beverage concentrate) in your refrigerator for an entire year. Give boiled cider a try now while fresh cider is still plentiful!

Make-Ahead Taco Salad: Perfect for lunch or dinner

The other day, I posted this on Facebook: Fact: Taco salad is the best salad. Not a single person dissented; many agreed quite vocally. Seriously, what’s not to love? Taco salad can feel somewhat virtuous (though frequently it’s far from it), it’s a little more kicky than your usual garden greens, and it’s fairly customizable. One [...]

Chicago Dogs: Improved

Can you improve on the glory that is the Chicago-style hot dog? I can, and I did.

Ginger Ale: Now with Real Ginger

I like the burn. I like a ginger ale that doesn’t just politely ring your doorbell but instead bashes in your front door, shakes the rain off its coat, and leaves muddy footprints in the entryway. This is a soda I know I can bro down with—not just a delicately flavored vehicle for sugar and empty calories, but a soda that feels like a full-bodied treat, loaded with nuance and spice.

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Laziest Gift Ever

Making vanilla extract is quite possibly the easiest kitchen DIY project there is. Give it a shot!

Finger Lime Curd: Quite Literally Bursting with Citrus Flavor

Finger limes: The best, weirdest little fruit you’ve probably never had.

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