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6 Things Every Bacon Lover Needs to Know

Bacon

Writer Josh Ozersky could never figure out why people boast about their love of bacon. What’s special about that? Everyone loves bacon. It’s a substance so intensely and unfailingly pleasurable that only the most insensate of beings could fail to enjoy it. But loving it isn’t the same as understanding it. And it really deserves to be understood. Here are six facts that constitute the beginning of bacon wisdom. Read more >

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The Coolest Butcher Shops

Washington, DC's Red Apron

Here are just a few things you can do in a butcher shop these days: Get married; have a launch party for the cookbook Pure Vegan. (It sounds like an SNL skit featuring Stefon a.k.a. Bill Hader sharing details with Seth Meyers about a new club, but it actually happened at L.A.’s Lindy & Grundy.) And drink lots of lager in an adjoining German-style beer garden. These are the coolest butcher shops in the country right now. Read more >

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5 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast

Pumpkin Crepes

The talent behind F&W’s Photo Tour of Berlin, Marta Greber creates and photographs beautiful recipes for her Tumblr, What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today? Here, she shares some of her favorite pumpkin breakfasts. Read more >

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Party Like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka on Halloween

Neil Patrick Harris

Noted Halloween fanatics Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka made headlines last week for their family's impressive, adorable Alice in Wonderland costume ensemble, which became an Instagram hit to the tune of almost 100,000 likes. Since then, Harris has posted a couple of shots of the prep for his and Burtka's annual Halloween bash. Here, F&W's look at last year's edition of their over-the-top event. Read more >

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6 Ways to Use Canned Pumpkin

Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu

We all know that pumpkin makes great pies, but it can also upgrade smoothies, dips, pastas, grits, pancakes, soups and scones. In general, you want the canned stuff. It's easier to use and is actually more flavorful than fresh pumpkin. Here, six fantastic ways to used canned pumpkin. Read more >

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Where to Eat in St. Louis

Chef Gerard Craft

Chef Gerard Craft. Photo courtesy of Greg Rannells Photography.

As the World Series heats up between the Red Sox and the Cardinals, baseball fans can drink and eat their nerves away at some fantastic local restaurants. Empire builder Barbara Lynch has shared her favorite spots in Boston. Here, chef Gerard Craft —whose restaurantPastaria often hosts Cardinals players—divulges his hit list for the St. Louis area. Read more >

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5 Questions All People Need to Ask Their Hamburgers

Holeman & Finch's Cheeseburger

As a hamburger authority, I am often called on to make top 10 lists, judge hamburger contests and otherwise make value judgments about the things. No one wants to hear “each one is different” when asking what the best burgers are; people want a straight answer, and I always give it. But that’s because I know what I am looking for in a hamburger. Do you? Read more >

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11 Ways to Use Canned Coconut Milk

Coconut Chicken with Pickled Pepper Collards

The coconut water boom has ushered in something of a coconut milk renaissance. With its delicate tropical flavor and luscious texture, coconut milk remains an enduringly popular dairy alternative and a go-to pantry item for home cooks who love curry. Here, more ways to put the can in the cabinet to work. Read more >

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10 Ways to Use Kale

Squash-and-Kale Toasts

Whatever your opinion of the kale-gone-wild movement to infuse everything with kale, there is a reason to eat more of it. Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Here are 10 go-to ways to use this incredible superfood. Read more >

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Mario Batali on Essential Pasta Dishes to Master

Spaghetti al Pomodoro

How can you judge a pasta master? After an Eataly seminar during the Italian cooking conference Identità New York, F&W chatted with Mario Batali, chef Cesare Battisti of Milan's Ratanà restaurant and pasta producer Riccardo Felicetti (of Monograno Felicetti) about their personal tests. Here, they reveal the dishes that show true artistry best. MORE >>

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