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Fireplaces provide warmth, comfort and ambience during our seemingly endless winters. But for a growing number of Minnesotans, they also serve as a year-round cooking tool.

The first time Ingrid Norgaard had dinner at the home of her friend and fellow gastronome Bill Summerville, she had no idea what he was going to make. “And then he put a whole chicken in the fireplace,” she said. “It was the middle of summer.”

Norgaard was an immediate convert, and has even co-hosted pop-up restaurant-syle gatherings with Summerville built around fire-fueled foods. “Grilling and cooking in a fireplace are basically the same

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An Oklahoma man suspected of killing three people and maiming others admitted to cooking one of his victim’s hearts in a skillet with potatoes, according to a search warrant reported on by the Oklahoman.

Lawrence Paul Anderson was staying with his aunt and uncle in Chickasha, Oklahoma when he allegedly went on a rampage that left three people dead. The 42-year-old recent parolee was interrupted by local law enforcement after a 911 call was made from the home. A press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation shared that local police heard someone calling for help inside the

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During these pandemic times, when kitchen time has ratcheted up to three squares a day, day after day, there’s no such thing as too many tips and tricks to make life easier. We want all the clever hacks, from short cuts and time savers to kitchen tools put to unintended use. (Handheld mixer, may you shred our chicken for a lifetime!)

So we’ve compiled 20 of our favorite ways to make cooking simpler, faster or more successful. Some of these hacks hail from chef and cookbook author interviews over the years, while others are smart work-arounds we’ve come to rely

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I quickly stumped the clerk who helped me find groceries at the Indian market in Issaquah, Washington. She looked at the length of the shopping list on my clipboard, then at me, and said, “Let me find the manager.” He and I sped through the first 10 or 15 ingredients, stuff like black chickpeas, Kashmiri chili powder, jaggery, nigella seed, curry leaves, and buttermilk, before he caved.

“What are you making?”

These purchases created a whole new annex to my spice drawer. I was happily switching from being a consumer of one of my favorite foods—the Indian snack food known

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Anna Spearing started baking when she was about eight or nine, making ginger biscuits in the family kitchen in Southampton and watching endless YouTube videos full of “really yummy ingredients”, in a period she refers to as “the simpler times”.

Now 15, she is still baking, though the recipes have become more diverse, and the videos snappier and much shorter. Having discovered TikTok, the social video-sharing platform used by all her friends, she now frequently cooks dishes based on its 60-second viral videos, soundtracked by earworm songs and edited at rat-a-tat speed.

Lockdown has sent her interest in cooking

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Illustration for article titled Boxed Wine Is the Best Cooking Wine

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Cooking wine should be good enough to drink, but not so good that you feel bad dumping it into a sauce or stew. (It should not, under any circumstances, come in a bottle that says “cooking wine.”) It’s easy to find a $10 bottle that tastes good when simmered with tomatoes, garlic, and onions, but it’s harder to find one that I want to guzzle after I’ve poured the needed aliquot for my dish. This can lead to oxidized wine which, while still usable, is something I like to avoid.

Enter

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