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A&E >  Cooking

Roast broccoli on parmesan for crunchy, golden, savory goodness

Whenever there are random bits of crisped cheese lingering on a baking dish or sheet pan, chances are you’ll find me hovering over it, picking it clean of the irresistibly crunchy pieces. I can never seem to get enough of them, which is why I find this recipe – which provides an entire pan full – so enticing. In it, mounds of grated Parmesan cheese are baked to form crunchy golden disks beneath tender, lightly smashed broccoli florets. The cheese acts as a savory platform for each piece of broccoli, staying a bit pliable where it touches the vegetable, and forming a deep brown, crunchy matrix around it.

A&E >  Cooking

You don’t need a mix to make this quick, classic hot chocolate

I half-joke that my Russian upbringing made me part Husky. I get so giddy when I see fresh snow, I want to stop doing everything – sorry to my work colleagues – and just revel in the magic and serenity of a world blanketed in white. And I want to do it with a steaming cup of hot chocolate in hand.
A&E >  Food

Freezer burn is a nuisance. Here’s how to prevent it

People from all walks of life – food writers, chefs and maybe your mom – warn of freezer burn, the boogeyman lurking in our kitchens waiting to take hold of our precious frozen foods. But what is freezer burn, and how do we stop it? And if it does latch on to a bag of chicken breasts or a loaf of bread, is all lost?
A&E >  Food

A brief ode to the brief taste of Fruit Stripe gum, now discontinued

Six stores and two hours of searching later, Tim Stewart still has not been able to find another pack of Fruit Stripe gum. That’s because the brand, known for its rainbow-striped strips with a flavor blast that quickly faded, is being discontinued after more than 50 years on the market.
A&E >  Beer/Drinks

How to make better coffee at home, in 5 steps

I love coffee and the precision that goes into brewing a cup of craft mud (trademark pending). It appeals to the part of my brain informed and influenced by my late father, a civil engineer. We shared a belief that perfection is attainable if you sweat every single mind-numbing detail, alienating anyone within a 25-foot radius in the process.
A&E >  Beer/Drinks

7 nonalcoholic drink recipes for Dry January

January has long been associated with a fresh start and a time to adopt new practices, but in recent years it’s been an especially popular period to reflect on drinking habits. For many, this has been spurred by the growing trend of participating in Dry January, a month-long commitment to abstain from booze. But just because you aren’t drinking alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t sip on something fun. There are now more alcohol-free spirits than ever, and mocktail options at bars and restaurants just keep getting better.