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21 Sep

I Tried Target’s $5 Wine and Never Want to Drink Anything Else Ever Again

RUBEN CHAMORRO

It is truly delicious.

If you want the best wine deal of your life, run, do not walk, to the nearest Target. In late August the store introduced California Roots, a line of $5 bottles of wine, and they're finally available.
The line, which includes a red blend, cabernet, pinot grigio, chardonnay, and moscato, doesn't disappoint. It's honestly hard to believe that they're all only $5, and I'm going to have a difficult time paying more than that for a bottle of wine ever again.
Here they are, ranked by deliciousness, plus what you should know about each bottle:

1. Red Blend

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RUBEN CHAMORRO
One sip of this red blend, and you'll be thinking, There's no way this is only $5. It's smooth with cherry notes...
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18 Sep

BA’s Best Morning Buns

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BA's Best Morning Buns

Too many morning buns for your crowd? This recipe halves easily. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Ingredients MAKES 24 Dough 1 ¼-ounce envelope active dry yeast (about 2¼ teaspoons) 1 cup whole milk, warmed, plus ¼ chilled milk 1 teaspoon plus ¼ cup honey 4 large eggs, separated, plus 1 large egg yolk 3½ cups (or more) bread flour, divided 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons Diamond Crystal or 1 teaspoon Morton kosher salt 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest (optional) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature Filling And Assembly ¾ cup (packed) light brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom ½ cup honey, divided 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, divided Bread flour (for surface) Nonstick vegetable...
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15 Sep

A Portuguese Egg Tart Recipe You Can Make In a Muffin Pan

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Sometimes my recipe research leads to nuns. When I was tracing the origins of one of our favorite dim sum desserts—Portuguese egg tarts—I read Rachel Khong’sfascinating All About Eggs, which came out earlier this year. In one chapter, Anna Ling Kaye traces their history (buy it! read it!), which begins with the 16th century Portuguese nuns who used egg whites to “starch” their habits and had, as you would imagine, a growing surplus of egg yolks. So they did what any sensible, waste-fearing people would do, they made desserts. One of the most beloved of the holy yolk-based Portuguese desserts (and there are many) is the pastel de nata. Its creamy sweet custard is perfumed with cinnamon, vanilla, or lemon, baked in a shatteringly crisp...
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14 Sep

5 Tips For a Better Cup Of Coffee

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Drinking coffee is more than a routine that starts the day. It's the routine that lets you know you’re still breathing. That being said, it’s easy to get stuck in your ways. Stubbornness—or maybe just tiredness—can keep you from improving your coffee game. We’re here to revive your routine and deliver the best coffee experience possible, directly to your caffeine-deprived brain. We don’t want you slipping. We want you sipping (perfectly-roasted coffee). Here are five small changes that will bring a major improvement to your coffee agenda:

Photo by Jake Stangel
Photo by Jake Stangel
Pre-Warm That Mug If you’re in the pour over camp, temperature is key. Getting your kettle to the right spot, just to have your coffee hit a cold mug, is a disservice to...
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13 Sep

Candy Corn Ice Cream Is At Disney Just In Time For Halloween

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There are two types of people in the world: those who like candy corn and those who do NOT. And for those in the former category, prepare for a trip to Magic Kingdom this fall. Disney has now made your Halloween dreams come true with an orange and vanilla soft serve twist. According to Delish, the spooky treat—which is made from two ice creams and has crushed candy corns on top—isn't really new, but has been available at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party since 2013. Apparently, the candy corn ice cream really just tastes like vanilla, so those who hate the polarizing orange sweet don't need to run too far in the opposite direction. You can find the candy corn ice cream only at Magic Kingdom, along with...
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12 Sep

Second Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day

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Perhaps you've had the kind of morning in which you only snoozed the alarm once instead of four times, you made the bed, and wow, that dress you're wearing doesn't even have any stains. You ironed it too? Now you're just overachieving. At 7:45 a.m., you sit down to your healthy breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries, and then head into the office. You get there before 9, catch up on e-mails, and go to a couple meetings. Look at you go. The clock strikes 10:47 a.m. Your stomach lets out a growl that you are positive cubicle-neighbor Megan heard. How is it possible that you are already hungry for lunch? You ate breakfast! It was healthy and filling! Never feel guilty about that stomach growl....
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11 Sep

You Can Now Get Ryan Gosling Lattes At This Cafe—​And You Won’t Want To Drink Anything Else

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Worth a shot (of expresso).

Any coffee addict will understand the struggle of people talking to you in the morning before you've had your first cup – because let's face it, you're basically a different person before and after your caffeine fix.
Anyway, in the best thing that's happened (since our morning coffee), a cafe in the US is now serving Ryan Gosling lattes.
Yep, this is real, this is happening – Carrera Cafe in Los Angeles is allowing fans to have a drink with the Notebook actor staring into their souls through the medium of coffee.

Come and get your Ripple on! Try our newest ripple with Ryan Gosling 💋
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According to Los Angeles Magazine, the cafe uses a machine...
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7 Sep

Loaded Baked Potato Tot Waffle

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Loaded Baked Potato Tot Waffle

The kind of bacon you use here matters. Because the fat is flavoring the waffles, look for high-quality, smoked deli bacon. This recipe is from The Riddler in San Francisco, CA.

Ingredients
4 SERVINGS

4 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces

Flaky sea salt

8 ounces thick-cut smoked bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces

1 32-ounce bag tater tots (preferably Ore-Ida), room temperature

3 ounces sharp cheddar, coarsely grated (about ¾ cup)

Sour cream and cilantro leaves with tender stems (for serving)

Preparation Heat a medium nonstick skillet, preferably cast-iron, over high. Add scallions, season with sea salt, and cook, stirring often, until charred on all sides, 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Reduce heat to medium and cook bacon in same skillet, stirring occasionally, until golden brown...
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6 Sep

Millennial Pink Chocolate Is Happening, Because Of Course It Is

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Here's how "Ruby" chocolate is different from dark, milk and white chocolates.

Eighty years after the invention of white chocolate, pink chocolate has officially become the fourth type of chocolate brought into the world, after the Swiss chocolate company Barry Callebaut revealed that they invented “Ruby” chocolate at an event today in Shanghai, China.
Ruby chocolate gets its reddish-pink hue from the Ruby cocoa bean and has a faint, but naturally-occurring taste that “is not bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness,” according to a press release. “This is really a mix between the fruitiness, sourness and berry taste," the company’s dessert chef Martin Diez told Reuters.

COURTESY OF BARRY CALLEBAUT
COURTESY OF BARRY CALLEBAUT
Despite how it looks and taste,...
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5 Sep

Eric Kayser’s Top Tips For The Home Baker

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“When I was very young—7 or 8 years old—I asked my mother if I could make some cakes at home,” the French baker Eric Kayser says by phone from Miami, Florida, where he goes for summer vacation. “So I found an apple, I went to the baker to get a little dough, and I made my first apple pie with some brown sugar. It was just something beautiful.” It was in that moment that Kayser, who comes from a family of traditional French bakers, realized that he, too, wanted to dedicate his life to the profession. Decades later, Kayser opened his first bakery in Paris in 1996. Now, over 100 Maison Kayser bakeries exist around the world in 20 countries. There...
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