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How to Make a Big Gay Ice Cream Cone

What Goes Into a Big Gay Ice Cream Cone

F&W's Gail Simmons, a Top Chef star, says she's "very intimate" with this cone at Manhattan's Big Gay Ice Cream; she's even gone behind the counter to learn how to make it. Here's what she saw.

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Seasonal Survival Guide

4 Ways to Make Everything Better with Cherries

4 Ways to Make Everything Better with Cherries

Earlier this week, F&W's Justin Chapple showed how to easily de-pit cherries using a wine bottle and a chopstick. Here, his Test Kitchen co-star Kay Chun offers four clever ways to use all that fruit.

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Expert Guide

3 New Smokers, from Budget to Baller

Smoker City

America's grill obsession has sparked a fascination with home smokers. Here, new models to satisfy your inner pit master.

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Expert Guide

4 Super-Easy Dishes to Make with Cucumbers

Green Market Math: Cucumbers

F&W's Kay Chun reveals four fantastic ways to use cucumbers, from refreshing gazpacho to super-simple fried rice.

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Expert Guide

11 Ways to Use Fennel

11 Ways to Use Fennel

This Mediterranean vegetable, at its peak in spring and fall, has a strong anise flavor and crisp texture that’s delicious in salads when raw. When cooked, fennel softens and the flavor becomes sweet and mild.

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Expert Guide

7 Things to Do with Fresh Fava Beans

7 Things to Do with Fresh Fava Beans

While they're time-consuming to shell and peel, flat, jade-colored fava beans are considered a spring delicacy. The beans have a delicate flavor that's especially good with anything creamy.

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Seasonal Survival Guide

Combating Winter with Summer Drinks

Toby Cecchini's Improved Pendennis Club Cocktail

We've had five feet of snow in New York City, it's been frigid for months and I've reached my limit on whiskey-based cocktails. Roll out the daiquiris and the piña coladas and the gin and tonics—I'm done!

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Blogger Spotlight

Cocktail Tips from the Fantastic Blog Reclaiming Provincial

Reclaiming Provincial on Beet Cocktails and Why Booze Makes a Great Gift

Even the cocktails are seasonal on the gorgeous blog Reclaiming Provincial.

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Seasonal Survival Guide

Mark Ladner on How to Use Tomatoes in Winter

Mark Ladner on How to Use Tomatoes in Winter

The dead of winter is a rough time for fresh produce. And while most fruits and vegetables aren’t at their peak right now, cold-season tomatoes are just about the worst.

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Seasonal Survival Guide

5 New Foods to Feign Fall

Fall Macarons

After an aggressively humid summer, fall couldn’t come faster. We’ve had our fill of refreshing coolers and beach boardwalk hot dogs; it’s time to bring on the apple pie and mulled cider. Here, five new foods and drinks to give fall a little boost.

Francois Payard Bakery, New York: The pastry chef's famed macarons come in two new flavors: green apple honey and raisin pecan. Originally inspired by Rosh Hashannah, the confections are equally good for non-high holy days. payard.com

Einstein Bros. Bagels & Noah’s New York Bagels, Nationwide: Both chains just debuted limited-edition pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese. Also new: Pumpkin Bagel Clusters, which are lowbrow brilliant pull-apart mini bagel balls that are tossed with pumpkin syrup and cinnamon sugar streusel and drizzled with cream cheese ice cream. einsteinbros.com noahs.com

Tieton Cider Works, Western U.S., Alaska & Texas: This company is making an over-the-top for fall Smoked Pumpkin Cider using Washington State pumpkins and apples. Fittingly, it's flavored with apple wood smoke. tietonciderworks.com

Reese’s & Good Humor, Nationwide: Ideal for those who live in a place that never cools off, Reese’s and Good Humor are joining forces on peanut butter ice cream pumpkins. The chocolate-coated, pumpkin-shaped ice cream bars are filled with peanut butter ice cream swirled with Reese’s peanut butter.

Cathead Distillery, The South & Indiana: Mississippi distillery Cathead recently released the perfect boozy pairing for pie: a pecan-flavored vodka. The vodka is macerated with roasted Mississippi-grown pecans for a nutty, lightly sweet flavor. catheadvodka.com

Related: Fantastic Fall Cocktails
Best Fall Desserts
Recipes for Fall Produce

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