Mussels In Red Coconut Curry

Home cooks seem to be under the impression that mussels are too unapproachable, too fancy, or too difficult to cook at home. Maybe it’s their association with French or Belgian food, or their price point in restaurants. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Mussels are among the easiest, and fastest, foods in the world to cook. They’re sustainable and affordable, too. At multiple groceries in Columbus, Ohio (that’s the Midwest!) we can get 2 pounds of mussels for south of $12, pretty much year round. Not too shabby.

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Waffles For Every Occasion

You don’t need an expensive waffle maker to make great waffles. And we can prove it.

Sure, we wish we could summon Waffle House waffles to our homes, from those impressive devices that flip the batter and time it out perfectly. But who’s got the money or counter space? And more importantly, why should waffles be a special occasion treat?

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Pretzel Bread With Everything Seasoning

Bread can be an intimidating challenge, so we decided to start easy. Pretzel bread, which we crave constantly, only takes a couple hours and simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Fresh out of the oven, pretzel bread is a perfect snack to tear apart and eat with butter or honey mustard dipping sauce. But unlike a regular pretzel, you can also slice it into the best sandwich—or grilled cheese. Our eventual goal is to turn it into a bread bowl, but we’re still working on that.

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Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup With Crispy Pork Belly

Here’s the secret of soup: It’s actually about texture. You can cook the broth from scratch, make the most tender meat, but if it’s all one texture, it’s instantly forgettable. That’s the brilliance of so many of our favorite Asian soups—from tom yum to phở to ramen, you’re served a mixture of crunchy and fatty and tender and firm, every bite different from the next.

We created this sweet potato-ginger soup with texture in mind. Often, soups made from sweet potato (or its orange friend, butternut squash) taste mushy and bland. Ginger and our favorite chili sauce, Sambal Oelek, add a tangy balance. But the crispy pork belly? It brings the party.

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Tom Yum (Thai Coconut Curry Soup) Will Cure What Ails You

This here is a soup household—specifically, an Asian soup household. Phở, ramen, egg drop, you name it. But it wasn’t until a cooking contest called that we attempted our spicy favorite: Tom yum, a Thai red coconut curry soup.

An office soup cook-off provided just the challenge we needed, and an opportunity to knock the socks off some spice-averse coworkers. After some research, we ended up with something pretty close to what we remember tasting and smelling at our favorite Thai restaurants. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that we won the contest.

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It’s Sweet Potato Casserole Season, Motherf***ers

The leaves are falling from the trees, the days are getting shorter, and because we live in the Midwest, it’s still 85 degrees for some reason. It must be decorative gourd season autumn!

Thanksgiving is a month and a half away, but this arbitrary demarcation of seasons means it’s already the perfect time for sweet potato casserole. Now, I eat sweet potato casserole year-round—Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover, really all the major holidays. But because this has nutmeg, it’s a fall classic.

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