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Fried chicken sammies are having a moment. But you don’t have to wait in line at Popeyes or give your hard-earned cash to an establishment with an anti-LGBTQ philanthropy record (ahem, Chick-fil-A). You don’t even have to eat meat! You can make a finger-lickin’ good fried chicken (or meatless “chicken”) sandwich right at home.  Buttermilk Love  Buy a couple pounds of chicken (I like boneless, skinless chicken thighs because dark meat is delicious but if you prefer breast, knock yourself out). Cover in buttermilk seasoned to your...
Cereal Killer TAKE SOME NOSTALGIC BREAKFAST STAPLES ON A NEW CULINARY ADVENTURE Last year marked my 30th as a caterer (and my 20th writing for BUST!). One thing I’ve learned is that adults love to be treated like children, and nothing feeds your inner child more than eating classic breakfast cereals in unexpected ways. Here are some delicious dishes to get your kid on. Corn Flake-Crusted Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fritters Boil a 16-ounce package of elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain and set aside. In a deep,...
From the quarantini to cocktail parties via Zoom, social distancing has brought a whole new meaning to how we enjoy alcohol. While mixing drinks is a fun activity for many of us who have been stuck inside for weeks with no plans of going out any time in the near future, Ina Garten of the Food Network just took it to the next level. Garten, also known as the Barefoot Contessa from her hit cooking show, has been an icon since long before she posted this...

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Luckily, Gill Paul and Karen Sullivan, authors of Eat Yourself Calm, have some ideas for foods to nosh on when you’re experiencing...
IN 2017, AMY QUICHIZ was a recent college grad from Queens, NY, who wanted to eat healthier after too much student-style sustenance. So she began collecting plant-based recipes from other Latinx people in her community. “People wanted to share how their kids are vegan, how they do gardening, or how they live a low-waste lifestyle,” she says. “And I was like, ‘Wow, this can be more than just recipes.’” With the help of her friend Mariah Bermeo, Quichiz launched Veggie Mijas (veggiemijas.com), a vegan-focused collective...
When spring hits, my garden goes bananas. The herbs, the flowers, the colors! As a private chef and caterer, I’ve always loved incorporating the edible flowers I grow into my dishes, but one day I realized I could combine the age-old romance of flower pressing with my signature shortbread cookies and the result is *chef’s kiss*! With just a handful of ingredients (and an easy extra step in the cookie-making process to ensure the petals keep their hues), these cookies are a total win in...
Support women with every sip when you stock your bar with female-founded booze brands. From whiskey to pisco to pre-batched cocktails, every bottle here is 750ml and will get you through any function.  New York Honey Whiskey from Catskill Provisions The slight sweetness in this 80-proof rye whiskey comes from natural honey from New York’s Catskill Mountains, and Claire Marin isn’t only the distiller, she is also the beekeeper. $45, catskillprovisions.com  pür • likör Spice Blood Orange Liqueur from pür • spirits This 50-proof blend from Kiki Braverman’s...
  Any Way You Slice It WE’RE WAY DEEP into pumpkin-flavored-everything season, but there’s ultimately no substitute for digging into an actual slice of this timeless dessert. Now’s the time, however, to bypass the tired “pumpkin spice” routine for something more stimulating. Aromatic garam masala is an ancient Indian blend of sweet and savory spices: the necessary cinnamon, nutmeg or mace, and cloves, plus unexpected and zesty extras like coriander, cardamom, cumin, curry leaf, and black pepper. This creamy, luscious dessert will be right at home in...
Turnips get a bad rap. We either forget that they exist or relegate them to some depression-era food of yesteryear. But turnips are as versatile as potatoes and as tasty, too. Just be sure to clean or peel your turnips, and trim off the stem and root ends, before cooking them. There’s another reason turnips should be the stars of your spooky season: they’re the O.G. jack-o’-lanterns! As lore has it, the pumpkin-based jack-o’-lantern we know today is rooted (ha) in an Irish folktale about...
The enchanting effect of old-fashioned “Magic Shell” topping turns a humble dish of ice cream into a Willy Wonka–inspired thrill. How does a melty, fudgey sauce drizzled on frosty desserts transform into a solid chocolate coating? Coconut oil! Liquid at warmish room temperature but solid when chilled, coconut oil is the key to this classic treat, which can also be enjoyed as a dip for frozen fruit. Dunk skewered frozen bananas before rolling them in chopped peanuts or crushed pretzels to rival anything from Bluth’s...