Light & Fluffy Pancakes



In the great Pancakes vs Waffles debate, pancakes are the beloved underdog—the humble-but-mighty breakfast warrior cherished by a passionate minority. David to waffles’ Goliath. Frodo to waffles’ Sauron. Pacquiao to waffles’ Mayweather. And who can blame that passionate minority? Pancakes are soft and pillowy, with a mouth-watering malty flavor, and they lovingly soak up your syrup and butter to become the decadent, stack-of-deliciousness they are.

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Crispy Yeasted Waffles



Who can resist the yeasted waffle’s crispy-outside, pillowy-inside, tan-and-toasty sex appeal? The way it cradles your butter and syrup in its sweet little squares? The way it refuses to fill you up, with its light and airy interior? The yeasted waffle has earned its special place in our hearts, and it’s not going anywhere soon.

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Slider Buns



McDonald’s burgers might seem unseemly in a post-Super Size Me world, but admit it: there’s something delectably nostalgic about that super-soft, squishy bun. And it’s not just Mickey D’s. Whatever fast-food joint you fancy—White Castle, In-N-Out, Five Guys—the common denominator is that crazy-tender, white-and-tan roll.

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30-Minute Mole



Mole—a notoriously time-consuming sauce—can in fact refer to any number of sauces in Mexican cuisine. Iterations on this legendary liquid are endless, and even those recipes closely associated with a particular region—such as Puebla, birthplace of the chocolate-laced mole poblano—vary from household to household, generation to generation.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies



A lot of us grow up baking chocolate chip cookies—often following instructions found on a bright yellow Tollhouse bag. But despite decades spent dropping those chip-flecked butterballs on to a pan, most of us still experience an occasional fail. They burn on the bottom, say, but retain a raw-ish liquid center. Or spread out to form greasy flying saucers. Or wind up crumbly and dry. Or, heaven help us, morph together in the oven to form one big amoebic mass—a cookie monster far less lovable than that cobalt-furred hedonist who lives on Sesame Street.

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The Science of Microwaves

That bag of popcorn is just the beginning. First sold in 1947, the microwave oven wasn’t a common household item until the late 1960′s. Along with the fridge, conventional oven, blender, and coffeemaker, it is now considered an essential appliance in the American kitchen.

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Corned Beef



Who hasn’t obsessed over a Reuben sandwich, stacked high with rosy-hued meat? Or a sloppy corned beef hash, fragrant and hearty and intensely delicious when topped with a runny egg? And then there’s corned beef and cabbage—one of the most comforting combinations that ever came out of the kitchen. These dishes rank high among the most crave-able—not to mention satisfying—meals you can sink your teeth into. And while it’s easy to pop by the market and pick up some prepared meat, this recipe rivals any corned beef we’ve ever tried—and requires surprisingly little work on the part of the cook.

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Swap Cream with Onion Purée for Better, Brighter Flavor

Maybe you come seeking dairy-free recipes, or want to make vegan risotto. Maybe you live a crazy-healthy lifestyle, or just go crazy for onions. Or maybe, just maybe, you simply love the idea of serving soups, pastas, and sauces that taste fresher and brighter than tradition dictates.

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