Lifestyle 2021-12-22T20:40:15Z
On the left, pink box of trader joe's strawberry yogurt os behind poured bowl of them. On the right, white container of trader joe's mushroom and truffle pesto on wooden table.

I ate over 120 Trader Joe's foods this year. Here are the 15 best ones.

From the Kung Pao cauliflower tempura to the peanut-butter pretzels, here are my favorite foods I'll keep snagging from the beloved grocery chain.
Food 2021-12-22T19:58:19Z
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I made Ina Garten's favorite brisket and the easy recipe was perfect for the holidays

Ina Garten's go-to holiday beef brisket could feed a whole family.
Food 2021-12-22T19:29:21Z
Four different gin cocktails and someone placing a garnish in the second one.

13 essential gin cocktails you need to try and how to make them

Gin is a neutral spirit with tones of juniper and other botanicals that can serve as the base for a variety of cocktails.
Food 2021-12-22T18:55:45Z

Does honey go bad? Why the natural sweetner has a surprisingly long shelf life

While honey won't go bad if it's stored in an airtight container or jar and no water gets inside, it can lose some of its aroma and flavor over time.
Food 2021-12-22T17:04:12Z

This Greek baklava has been in my family for generations. I learned how to make my dad's easy recipe, and it's perfect for the holidays.

Insider's reporter has been eating baklava during the holidays for as long as she can remember. Here's how to make her family's easy recipe at home.
Food 2021-12-22T17:02:41Z

I tried the chicken biscuits from 3 Southern fast-food chains, and I'll stick to my favorite from Chick-fil-A

Our reporter thought each sandwich had some redeeming qualities, but she preferred Chick-fil-A's chicken biscuit over the others.
Entertainment 2021-12-22T16:10:37Z

Ryan Reynolds says he's mistaken for Ben Affleck at his local pizza spot but he won't correct them: 'They'll ask how J. Lo is'

"I've never corrected them," the "Red Notice" star said on the "Dear Hank & John Podcast."
Food 2021-12-22T14:16:24Z

I ordered the same meal from Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, and Whataburger, and I preferred the crispiest chicken tenders

An Insider reporter compared the chicken tenders and fries from Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, and Whataburger to determine which chain's meal was best.
Travel 2021-12-22T13:01:00Z

I visited Solvang, California, dubbed Little Denmark, to see how the knockoff European town compares to the original

Solvang, California is considered the Danish capital of America. Here's a side-by-side look at how it compares to Denmark.
Lifestyle 2021-12-21T19:19:24Z

I tried 5 different brands of powdered hot cocoa, and the best felt like drinking a bar of chocolate

I reviewed Ghirardelli, Hershey's, Land O'Lakes, Publix, and Swiss Miss hot cocoa powders to find the best mix to buy. Here's how they compared.
Food 2021-12-21T18:41:35Z

I compared sheet cakes from Publix, Kroger, and Food Lion, and my favorite choice had impressive frosting and texture

Many people adore Publix cakes, but our reporter said their buttercream frosting wasn't her personal favorite.
Food 2021-12-21T17:39:00Z

Jude Law says he learned to cook vegetarian food for his kids to 'respect their choices'

Jude Law told "River Cafe Table 4" host Ruthie Rogers he cooked vegetarian food for his kids because he "had to respect their choices as veggies."
Food 2021-12-21T17:17:41Z

8 surprisingly easy Christmas dinner sides Michelin-starred chefs swear by

Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share their favorite Christmas side dishes, plus tips so you can make them at home.
Food 2021-12-21T15:35:34Z

I tried every burger at In-N-Out and the Double-Double 'animal style' burger was my favorite

An Insider reporter recently went to In-N-Out and ordered and ranked every burger, including the ones on the chain's "not-so-secret" menu.
Food 2021-12-21T14:28:51Z

I tried double cheeseburgers from 9 fast-food chains and the tastiest was also the best deal

An Insider reporter tried double cheeseburgers from nine fast-food chains and thought In-N-Out had the most delicious burger for the best price.
Lifestyle 2021-12-20T20:11:15Z

I tried 5 hot-chocolate recipes from celebrity chefs, and my favorite is also a little boozy

I tried hot chocolate recipes from chefs Ina Garten, Jacques Torres, Sandra Lee, Alton Brown, and Carla Hall and reviewed each. Here's the best one.

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Lifestyle 2021-12-20T20:10:48Z

I made gingerbread cookies using 3 recipes from celebrity chefs, and the best were nice and chewy

I followed three recipes from celebrity chefs Buddy Valastro, Duff Goldman, and Alex Guarnaschelli to find the best version of this holiday cookie.
Entertainment 2021-12-20T18:42:05Z

I competed on 'The Great British Baking Show.' Here's what it was like during my sweaty, melty week 2.

I was on season 9 of "The Great British Bake Off." Here's what it was like reentering the tent for Cake Week — plus all the behind-the-scenes details.
Food 2021-12-20T18:03:19Z

I ate over 120 foods from Trader Joe's this year. Here are the 12 I definitely won't be buying in 2022.

I love the chain, but some of its breakfasts, dips, frozen meals, and snacks were super disappointing and will not be on my shopping list in 2022.
Food 2021-12-20T15:48:42Z

Michelin-star chefs share 8 desserts they love making for holiday dinners

Insider asked Michelin-starred chefs to share the desserts that they love to make for Christmas dinner and other winter holiday feasts.
Travel 2021-12-20T14:40:00Z

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker spent a Disneyland date kissing in front of rides and eating classic snacks amid huge crowds

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker got engaged earlier this year. They've visited Disneyland together on numerous occasions.
Lifestyle 2021-12-19T15:32:00Z

I've made over 45 recipes in the air fryer this year. Here are 8 of my favorites.

I cooked over 45 things in the appliance, including breakfast and dinner. From French toast to chicken and steak, here are recipes I'll keep making.
Food 2021-12-19T14:18:00Z

I made 67 celebrity-chef recipes in 2021. Here are the 12 I'll be making again in 2022.

From Guy Fieri's grits and Ree Drummond's pies to Ina Garten's baked potato and Duff Goldman's lava cake, here are the best things I made this year.
Food 2021-12-18T12:16:00Z

I tried Kim Kardashian and Rihanna's regular pasta orders at their favorite Italian restaurant, and the cheaper dishes blew me away

I went to Giorgio Baldi, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian's favorite Italian restaurant, and tried their favorite pastas to see who had the best taste.
Food 2021-12-18T12:11:00Z

I ate my way through a California town known as 'Little Denmark.' These are the best things I tasted.

You don't need a passport to try all the authentic, delicious Danish food available in Solvang, California, a small town modeled after Denmark.
Food 2021-12-18T12:01:00Z

I make Ina Garten's easy potato gratin for my family every Christmas, and it's the best holiday side dish

Ina Garten's easy potato gratin only calls for five main ingredients — and hardly requires any effort.
Food 2021-12-17T18:52:27Z

I made Martha Stewart's Christmas punch, and the easy holiday cocktail tastes like a winter sangria

Martha Stewart's Christmas punch — which includes cranberries, pomegranate juice, and vodka — is perfect for any holiday.
Food 2021-12-17T17:07:48Z

How to thaw chicken quickly and safely

Whole chickens should always be thawed in the fridge, but chicken pieces can be thawed under cold running water to make them thaw more quickly.
Food 2021-12-17T16:50:48Z

Understanding the main difference between mezcal and tequila

Mezcal and tequila are both made in Mexico from agave plants, but tequila is made out of a certain type of agave plant and isn't as smoky tasting.
Food 2021-12-17T14:56:37Z

Admit it, Five Guys is better than In-N-Out

Both Five Guys Burgers and Fries and In-N-Out Burger fast-food chains have major followings, but our reporter thinks the former is better.
Food 2021-12-17T11:41:16Z

Guy Fieri says he's a big fan of salad and CrossFit despite what people think

Guy Fieri, owner of smokehouses and barbecue joints, told GQ he doesn't always eat "deep-fried pizzas and cheeseburgers for lunch" like people expect.
Food 2021-12-16T20:02:26Z

The best way to freeze mushrooms to preserve their flavor and texture for up to a year

Yes, you can freeze mushrooms, and they'll stay good for up to a year. Steam blanching them first will help preserve their flavor and texture.
Food 2021-12-16T18:10:11Z

How to make roasted beets in the oven

Roasting beets whole can take over an hour, but slicing them into wedges first cuts the cooking time in half.
Food 2021-12-16T17:20:58Z

How to sauté mushrooms to add a quick savory punch to your meal

Sauté mushrooms in butter, olive oil, or avocado oil, or forego the fat altogether and opt for a dry sauté for a deeply concentrated mushroom flavor.
Travel 2021-12-16T14:56:11Z

8 fun and free ways you can experience Disney theme parks during the holidays at home

Though you might not be able to visit Disney theme parks for the holidays every year, there are lots of ways to celebrate at home.
Food 2021-12-15T16:34:50Z

How to boil chicken for tender meat that can be used in a variety of meals

You can either boil a whole chicken or chicken pieces, like the breast or thigh, to shred and use for meals or save for later.
Lifestyle 2021-12-15T14:41:13Z

Celebrity chef Sunny Anderson shares 7 tips for saving money in the kitchen

Partnering with Straight Talk Wireless, the Food Network star shared tips for shopping on a budget and the best pantry staples to save and splurge on.
Food 2021-12-14T22:47:15Z

Alison Roman says she was 'dragged to hell' after criticizing Marie Kondo and Chrissy Teigen

Alison Roman spoke to The New Yorker's Lauren Collins about being "canceled" after making controversial remarks in an interview in May 2020.
Food 2021-12-14T21:00:58Z

How to make homemade yogurt using the Instant Pot yogurt setting

Making homemade yogurt in an Instant Pot is easy with the built-in setting. It works in two stages — boiling and incubating — and it's pretty hands-off.
Food 2021-12-14T19:46:26Z

I tried Disney World's most coveted Christmas cookies, and I understand why people wait hours in line for them

The decadent cookies are found at Gideon's Bakehouse, a gothic bakery located in the Disney Springs shopping center.
Food 2021-12-14T18:23:43Z

I ordered the same meal at In-N-Out and P. Terry's, two fast-food chains with cult followings in Austin, and the winner had a stand-out burger but mediocre fries

Insider's reporter compared cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, value, and dining experiences at In-N-Out and P. Terry's and thought In-N-Out was superior.
Lifestyle 2021-12-14T16:41:07Z

Costco is my go-to place to shop for Christmas. Here are 10 of my favorite things to buy.

I run a recipe blog dedicated to Costco. From spiral ham to festive decor, here are the best things to buy from there for the whole holiday season.
Food 2021-12-14T16:22:53Z

Kim Kardashian's cornbread recipe is topped with honey and a sugar crust — and it will steal the show at Christmas dinner this year

Kim Kardashian's sweet, honey-topped cornbread recipe only takes 20 minutes to bake — and costs almost nothing.
Lifestyle 2021-12-14T16:14:39Z

18 of the best things to get at Aldi this month for under $5

From mulled wine and pasta to festive baking supplies and cheese, the grocery chain has stocked up on foods to add to your holiday table for under $5.
Food 2021-12-13T18:59:00Z

How to make espresso at home with or without an espresso machine

If you don't have an espresso machine, you make a coffee similar to espresso using a French press or AeroPress.
Food 2021-12-13T18:23:21Z

I made my mom's boozy coquito recipe for the first time and it's 10 times better than eggnog

The author tried her mom's favorite Puerto Rican holiday drink and found it far more flavorful than eggnog, thanks to the cinnamon and coconut milk.
Food 2021-12-13T17:45:32Z

Professional chefs and bakers share 14 simple tricks for becoming a better home cook

The holiday season is full of festive meals at home, and these professional chefs and bakers have plenty of tricks to make cooking and baking easier.
Lifestyle 2021-12-13T14:52:03Z

I was a Starbucks barista for over a year. Here are 9 signs you're about to get a bad drink.

From loud steam wands a brewed-coffee order at the wrong time of day, here are the easiest ways to predict a disappointing Starbucks order.
Food 2021-12-12T14:35:00Z

I ate 12 of Wawa's cold sandwiches and ranked them from worst to best

I tried most cold sandwiches from the popular American chain and convenience store. From Italian hoagies to turkey clubs, here's how they stacked up.
Food 2021-12-11T13:01:00Z

I'm a New Yorker who tried Waffle House for the first time, and it made me wish I had one closer to home

Our reporter tried the breakfast chain for the first time and was blown away by the experience and flavors.
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