My Wedding Cake Was a Dessert Potluck — and It Was Awesome — Homemade Weddings

Our wedding photographer insisted that we needed a wedding cake, despite our insistence that the very small, non-traditional event didn’t need one. You see, even as a trained pastry professional, I didn’t want to add a cake to my to-do list for our handmade wedding. When our photographer persisted that we’d need something to cut into — he swore we’d regret not having photos of it later — my soon-to-be husband had the perfect solution: Let’s throw a wedding dessert potluck and make other people do the work.


10 Burgers for National Burger Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

I really don’t know who designates days to be all about a certain food. The industry? Intensely enthusiastic fans of Nutella, Fig Newtons, and Peach Melba? Well, whomever decided that today is National Burger Day seems right on time. Memorial Day is here and the holiday kicks off a whole summer of burgers — are they in your menu plans?

From a tutorial on grilling the juiciest burger ever to lots of vegetarian burgers (including my own favorite, black bean and edamame burgers — yum!), we have 10 recipes to get National Burger Day off to a good start!


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pasta Salad — Tips from The Kitchn

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Pasta salad, when assembled correctly, is sublime. A great pasta salad is the star of any backyard barbecue or picnic potluck. All too often, though, it is subject to mediocrity, thanks to too much mayo, squishy pasta, and not enough salt. Don’t make these common mistakes! Let this be the year you master the perfect pasta salad.


Recipe: Broccoli and Cauliflower “Coleslaw” — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Bringing a side dish to cookouts (and really any potluck) always feels a little bit like Thanksgiving dinner for me. I’m itching to go off-script, to prepare something new, exciting, and adventurous, while the rest of the family wants nothing but the classics. This slaw is the compromise where everybody wins. It ditches the standard shredded cabbage for a duo of crunchy chopped florets for a fresh spin. It’s an instant hit with this broccoli- and cauliflower-loving crowd! The creamy tang of the lightened-up classic dressing will satisfy even the most ardent coleslaw devotees.


Should You Pay Extra for a Counter-Depth Fridge? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

When it’s time to buy a new fridge, it can feel like there are about a thousand options — single door, French doors, freezer on the top, freezer on the bottom, stainless steel or not. The list goes on, but luckily we’re here to break it all down for you, including one more feature you probably didn’t even know existed before you started your refrigerator research.

Here’s the question: Should you get a counter-depth or a standard-depth fridge? The answer, of course, is that it depends.


Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Cake with Yogurt Buttercream — Easy Baking Recipes

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This cake might look the most simple take on our one-bowl vanilla cake, but it has a delicious, ingenious tip that sets it apart from any other cake: The subtly sweet frosting is brightened with Greek yogurt. That’s right, part of the butter in the classic American-style buttercream is replaced with Greek yogurt for a naked cake that is more flavorful than a fully frosted cake any day.


the red and black

For many Junes, this was my favorite cocktail. Yes, I realize that I sound particularly like a weird food writer person and not a person who lives among other people because most normal, sane people do not have a favorite cocktail for each month of the year, even if you agree with me — you do, right? –that a Perfect Manhattan is the ideal way to warm up on the first cold September day and a Porch Swing is the most refreshing way to endure a sultry July afternoon, but hear me out: this is squarely June or the weeks leading up to it because it’s a celebration of strawberries, so we might as well wait until they’re overripe the moment you turn your head and muddle them in a glass.

what you'll need, plus some limes and ice

The core flavor comes from fresh strawberries, black pepper, and lime, a combination I find so likable, I turned it into a popsicle, but at times when you’re not expected to share with kids, you should definitely add some white tequila. The drink was on the menu at Back Forty on Avenue B, an early locavore restaurant that abruptly, and with absolutely no notice, closed and never came back a couple years ago. Like all breakups you didn’t see coming, I’m still a little raw about it. Was it something we did? Something we could have done? But I’m sure they’re not somewhere pouting over us.

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Is It Worth It to Get a Wall Oven? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you’re considering a wall oven and cooktop instead of (or to replace your existing) a range, the first thing to be aware of is cost. The wall oven-cooktop combo is going to cost you more — possibly a lot more. On the other hand, investing in separate appliances does have its advantages. The price of having your oven at a height that doesn’t require stooping? For you, it may be priceless.

Life’s full of choices. Here, we help you break it down.