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Deciding to DIY your skincare can be a stressful endeavor. You start out strong, committed to using all-natural ingredients. You think, My skin will thank me! My wallet will thank me! But then you start researching, and it’s all downhill: A double boiler? A blended emulsion? Special waxes? Forget it. That’s how I felt when I entered the crazy (but awesome) world of DIY. But it’s not all as challenging as you might believe. In fact, the best DIY skin-care recipes are easy to make and have just a few high-quality ingredients—like the three olive oil-based projects below. Read More
This is not the fluorescent green-apple martini you may have tried on your 21st birthday. This is your grandmother’s famous apple pie but in a martini glass—and with bourbon. (Grandma would surely approve.) Delicious served straight up, on the rocks, warmed in a mug for one, or made as a punch for all your fall gatherings, November Dream is the perfect dessert drink for the season.  Martini  2 oz. bourbon 1½ oz. organic apple cider ¾ oz. cinnamon clove brown sugar  simple syrup * 2 tsp. orange brandy liqueur 1 Tbsp. Read More
Europeans have been baking with olive oil for thousands of years, so they know that if you partially freeze olive oil, it acts a lot like butter. Once in the oven, the cold pockets of oil react with the heat to make steam, creating flakiness. About an hour before starting to bake, place the olive oil in a thin plastic container. Freeze until it’s opaque and congealed but still soft, like the consistency of slightly melted sorbet. Top this pie with a scoop of coconut-milk ice cream and you’ve got a dairy-free confection that’ll tempt even die-hard butter lovers. Read More
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? This version gives you all that cheesy goodness using cashew cheeze sauce. Plus, it’s adaptable: you can basically mix in whatever you’d like and get your fix. Read on for a few ideas. Total Time: 30 minutes Active Time: 20 minutes Makes 4 servings Cost per serving: $1. Read More
  Beet vodka only takes three days to steep, and the end result is a deep red infusion that’s slightly sweet, with an earthy aftertaste—it’s dangerously smooth and delicious. Bonus: The Romans believed beets were an aphrodisiac, so pour some out on Valentine’s Day and let this beet booze get you in the banging mood. Making the Beet Vodka Wash, peel, and cube three medium beets and place them in a dry, clean, half-gallon Mason jar. Fill the jar with a liter of vodka (we used Tito’s). Seal the jar and shake well. Read More
  You might know Carla Hall from Bravo’s Top Chef or The Chew on ABC, but until now it wasa challenge to get a taste of what she makes. After raising more than $250,000 through crowdsourcing last fall, however, Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen will launch in Manhattan in 2015. Featuring Nashville hot chicken straight outta Hall’s hometown (along with traditional Southern sides), the spot is sure to be jumpin’. In the meantime, savor some of her signature flavor for yourself with the recipe here. Read More
Don't get us wrong: We've got some adventurous taste buds around the BUST offices, and we're big fans of Gaby Hoffman pretty much no matter what she's up to.  However. We're still trying to figure out exactly how we feel about Hoff throwing her afterbirth into a blender for breakfast. "I made smoothies out of [placenta] for three weeks," the new mama of Rosemary, age six weeks, told People mag. Read More
Whether it’s a carton of chocolate ice cream at 2am or instant oatmeal from a coffee mug before work, we’ve all been there. Either we're too busy or too lazy to bring our dish of leftover Thai fried rice from the kitchen to the couch. Instead, we fumble and flail around our tiny kitchens forking at our lukewarm spaghetti, and the only thing you’re doing that resembles manners is sticking your chin out over the sink to avoid getting marinara sauce on your already-wrinkled shirt. These are our private moments, not our worst but certainly not our best. Read More
Bread and mustard: there’s a 99 percent chance you’ve got ‘em in your kitchen right now. But have you ever thought about DIY-ing these fundamentals? It’s crazy easy, so much more fun than choosing store-bought versions, and your homemade creations will taste vastly fresher. Plus, tweaking the recipes to your specifications means you can have it your way, for real, so crack open your cabinets, and get down to bidness. No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Ingredients: 1 tsp. active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. Read More
Roasted pumpkin is one of the best fall foods, and it comes alive when smothered in chimichurri, an Argentinian sauce usually reserved for steak. Chimichurri is similar to pesto in that it’s full of fresh puréed herbs; this version combines parsley and cilantro with pepitas and a healthy dose of red wine vinegar for a thick, nutty sauce with a serious hit of acidity. The contrast of the sweet autumnal pumpkin with the intensely herbal chimichurri is killer. And black beans are a natural addition that pulls everything together. Read More