What to Do If You Find an Injured Bird

What to Do If You Find an Injured Bird

You don’t need to intervene if you find a baby bird. Truly, fledglings don’t need your help. But an injured bird is another matter. If one flies into your streak-free window, for instance, and is now lying on your deck, it only makes sense that you’d want to …...

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You Deserve This Fancy No-Bake Dessert

You Deserve This Fancy No-Bake Dessert

I’m a huge fan of dinner parties. I like to go to them, and I love to host them. It’s a chance to gather with the people you love and share stories and all that warm and fuzzy stuff, and that’s great, but mostly it’s an opportunity to show off. If you’ve been…...

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Don’t React to a Bison the Way You Would a Bear

Don’t React to a Bison the Way You Would a Bear

The U.S. National Park Service is anticipating so many visitors this summer that you actually need a reservation just to enter some of them. And with a record number of people becoming one with nature, you’re going to have some unintended, but not completely …...

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Dont Miss the Final Supermoon of the Year

Dont Miss the Final Supermoon of the Year

If you’ve been too busy for the last four months to see a supermoon, you can still catch the final one of the year. On Aug. 11, if you can spare a moment to gaze at the heavens, you will be able to see the full “Sturgeon Moon.” August’s full moon reaches peak…...

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What to Do When Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

What to Do When Your Dishwasher Isn’t Draining

You did everything right to properly clean and properly load your dishwasher. So why is there a pool of standing water at the bottom of the machine? What can you do when your trusty dishwasher refuses to drain? If the last thing you want is to shell out for a…...

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You Should Fry a Hard Boiled Egg

You Should Fry a Hard Boiled Egg

Some of my favorite foods are utilitarian sources of protein. Cottage cheese, jerky, hard boiled eggs—things I can grab and shove in my face the moment I realize I’m way past hungry. (Being a food writer does not automatically make one good at recognizing hun…...

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This One Ingredient Will Make Your Mayo More Dippable

This One Ingredient Will Make Your Mayo More Dippable

Last week I went to the much anticipated opening of Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Benjamin Amberg’s new bar, Pacific Standard. (If you read this site regularly, you may be familiar with a few of Jeff’s hacks and recipes.) The space was beautiful, the drinks good, …...

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Your Hotel Mini-Fridge Might Not Be a Real Fridge

Your Hotel Mini-Fridge Might Not Be a Real Fridge

Have you ever stuck your restaurant leftovers in a hotel mini fridge only to wonder the next morning why they’re so...warm? You’re not imagining it. Hotel refrigerators are often set to a temperature that keeps drinks cool, but is’t cold enough to keep food o…...

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Eat a Bit of Your Party Spread Before Your Guests Arrive

Eat a Bit of Your Party Spread Before Your Guests Arrive

As a host, nothing gives me more pleasure than preparing a beautiful and inviting spread of snacks and treats for my guests—but making things too pretty can actually discourage people from eating the food. “I don’t want to mess it up!” they say, hovering arou…...

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You Should Pour Hot Water on Your Cake Batter

You Should Pour Hot Water on Your Cake Batter

There are very few cake “improvements” that I trust right away. I’m a food skeptic by nature, and I usually stare at viral hacks and food tricks with squinted eyes until I’m convinced. That’s how I was when I assessed Renee Erickson’s peach cobbler with hot s…...

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