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Bees solve puzzles, have distinct personalities and play with balls like a puppy. Zoologist Lars Chittka reveals amazing new discoveries about the mind of a honeybee and what a bee’s consciousness means for us humans.

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We’ve spent the last year collecting the world's greatest culinary ideas and distilling them to their essence for 200 weeknight meals. Whether upside-down pizza, tandoori traybake, or one-tray meatballs, every component is essential and in balance with the rest. Find the book now at the Milk Street Store and wherever cookbooks are sold.

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“When she pulls the cake from the oven, it’s puffed above the baking tin, looking on the outside like any other. But with time, it deflates like a week-old party balloon, wrinkling as it collapses and shrinking away from the sides.”

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30 of Our Favorite Spaghetti Recipes

Finally, a cake-making method I don’t dread: Blender cakes, cakes you make in a blender.

Listen here

Zoologist Lars Chittka reveals amazing new discoveries about the mind of a honeybee and what a bee’s consciousness means for us humans.

“When she pulls the cake from the oven, it’s puffed above the baking tin, looking on the outside like any other. But with time, it deflates like a week-old party balloon, wrinkling as it collapses and shrinking away from the sides.”

Our knives use thinner Japanese blades—making for safer handling and nimbler, faster slicing.

Make Tonight Spaghetti Night

Our take on classic spaghetti carbonara is bright due to a secret technique we learned in Rome: whisk egg yolks until cooked & slightly foamy for a light sauce.

Lemony freshness and light creaminess pair beautifully in this simple, vibrant pasta from Italy’s Amalfi coast.

“This recipe was simple, and the results were outstanding."

In this Venetian classic, clams, wine, spaghetti, and parsley create a seamless blend of light, briny, complementary flavors.

Pops of fresh peas and bright mint are beautiful springy companions in this light-and-creamy goat cheese pasta.

Canned Beans Deserve More Respect

A quick simmer and bit of baking soda render canned chickpeas super creamy.

Cannellini beans and ripe avocados team up with garden-fresh parsley and dill in this refreshing, make-ahead Greek Salad.

Smoky bacon, fruity cider vinegar and an entire bunch of scallions add loads of flavor, while red bell pepper and celery bring sweetness and crunch.

Warm, soft and crunchy chickpeas bursting with flavor: Using chickpeas three ways teases layers of intrigue from a simple can of beans.

Frying the beans in rendered bacon fat and fruity olive oil blisters, browns and crisps their exteriors, creating a pleasing contrast to the soft, creamy interiors.

The Latest

A little baking soda, a stint in the microwave, and the clever use of cornstarch are just a few of the ways we make canned beans sing.

The best cakes start with a blender.

Milk Street’s Hannah Packman introduces you to the perfect pasta for Valentine’s Day: Spaghetti Puttanesca.

Milk Street’s Matt Card introduces you to the Americano, a sweet, more subtle version of the classic Negroni.

Cocktail pros and authors Carey Jones and John McCarthy make the case for a simpler, more sophisticated strawberry daiquiri.

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The secret to great Korean food? A few bold homemade sauces. Join Ji Hye Kim to learn the essentials. | Sunday, March 3 @ 1 pm EST

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Word on the (Milk) Street

Zoologist Lars Chittka reveals amazing new discoveries about the mind of a honeybee and what a bee’s consciousness means for us humans.

They’re layered, with a parade of flavors that dance across your tongue.

The last buttercream recipe you’ll ever need.

High-impact ingredients make this soup speedy and delicious.

Got a cooking question? Email us at questions@milkstreetradio.com to get it answered on-air by co-hosts Chris Kimball and Sara Moulton.

MAKE YOUR NEXT CAKE IN A BLENDER

A tender all-purpose yellow cake that's almost as easy as a boxed mix, with a pure vanilla flavor you'd expect from a fancy bakery.

Our chocolate blender cake, with a brownie-like consistency and a rich chocolate glaze, comes together with only one blender and one cake pan.

We blitz whole, unpeeled clementines in a blender and use them to flavor the batter and finishing syrup in this fragrant, bright orange cake.

This super versatile reader favorite makes a light and sweet breakfast, dessert, or anytime snack. And it's made in a blender!

In bolo de cenoura, the blender pulls out an amazing, orangey sweetness from carrots—totally unlike any American carrot cake.

Make Cauliflower the Star of the Plate

Dressed with tangy sumac and creamy yogurt—all tucked into tender pita breads—it’s pretty amazing.

Satisfying sticky richness piled over a mound of freshly cooked rice.

A recipe our editorial director J.M. Hirsch learned while eating his way across Naples, Italy. He loves the way the vegetable turns creamy, blurring the line between the cheese sauce and the tender pasta.

A clever coating of cornstarch gives these oven-fried florets a beautifully crisp texture (without the greasiness you get from deep frying).

This whole-roasted cauliflower encapsulates Ikaria’s no-fuss home cooking: minimal manipulation, lots of flavor and brightness.

Chris Kimball’s Favorite Cakes and Tarts

In a Parisian bakery, the Fluffernutter sandwich became a salty-sweet, high-end tart.

Eggs, cream, and brown sugar: the reliably delicious crowd-pleasing trio.

These savory upside-down tarts, with a hot honey flourish, are so much better than cheese and crackers.

Get all the richness of chocolate pie with a far-easier crostata (sort of like an open-faced pie).

“Like eating the most elegant pecan pie you could imagine—next-level amazing.”

Comforting Soups and Stews

This bright red chicken and orzo soup gets rich, Turkish-inspired flavor from tomato paste, garlic, sweet paprika, and a touch of dried mint.

“One of the best lentil soup recipes I’ve ever tried,” a reader writes about this lentil soup that mixes soothing coconut milk, woken up with spices, heat, and cut with lime.

Ersatz homemade coconut milk provides the rich backbone for lime, lemongrass and chilies. Chicken and mushrooms add substance without dulling the aromatics.

Our grown-up twist on a childhood favorite—a bowl of creamy tomato soup with crisp Parmesan croutons.

This mulligatawny-inspired veggie soup utilizes the powerful trifecta of aromatic curry powder, coconut milk, and jalapeño heat.

Sheet Pan Dinners with Layers of Flavor

Umami-packed, salty-sweet chow mein can be made on a single sheet pan.

Indian-spiced, crispy-skinned chicken legs and tender cauliflower with caramelized edges.

The vegetables gets a head start in the oven while the salmon marinates in a savory-sweet mixture of miso, soy sauce and honey.

Cauliflower takes on light charring and becomes supple and tender while chickpeas roast alongside, turning toasty and crisp. A lemony, garlicky yogurt sauce ties everything together.

Hand-formed meatballs cook in a sauce of roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic and harissa.

Almost Vegetarian

Tequila complements the smokiness of the cured meat, while chipotle chilies add spice.

These luscious egg noodles—with caramelized cabbage and onions cooked in bacon fat, topped with a tangy sour cream sauce—are our meatier take on Polish haluski.

Salty, smoky bacon and lightly toasted garlic bring loads of flavor to cauliflower simmered in chicken broth.

Sriracha and fish sauce bring on the umami, balanced by a touch of brown sugar. Fresh basil adds pops of color and bright herbal flavor.

Using a combination of creamy kefir and crème fraîche, caramelized butter, umami-rich fish sauce, crunchy peanuts, and fresh scallions, this typically one-note dish is transformed into a dinner table standout.

Saucy, Meaty Mains That Are Even Better the Next Day

This savory, meaty stew gets a hit of salty flavor prosciutto. Paprika adds earthy flavor as well as a rich, brick-red color.

Pull together a flavor-packed weeknight chili with just eight ingredients and a few tricks.

Is anything more satiating than meaty, silky ragù over cheesy polenta? Even better, this dish is ready to serve in under 45 minutes.

In this version of paprikás csirke, chicken is bathed in a spiced, silky sauce of sweet roasted red peppers and tomato.

Slow-cooked, succulent meaty stew in a thick, chili-rich sauce.

Make Better Bread

In Bolivia, street vendors sell humintas—savory-sweet corn cake treats, made with fresh corn kernels, filled with cheese, and sealed in husks.

Tasty Brazilian cheese puffs, pão de queijo, are an easy, chewy, puffy snack for all occasions.

For years, Chris Kimball reminisced about a Moroccan breakfast at which he was served harcha—like a “particularly delicate variety of cornbread married to an English muffin.”

Pillowy Japanese milk bread is what Wonder Bread promised to be: both fluffy and chewy, perfect for sandwiches or as 2-­inch­ thick slices, slathered with butter and jam.

Our version of pane siciliano, or Sicilian sesame bread, has a soft, fine quality and a rustic, satisfying chew.

Top Travel Recipes of 2023

Never tried Korean fried chicken? Trust us, it’s time!

This Roman mash-up of carbonara and Amatriciana is, as Claudia Rinaldi describes it, “a dirty mess of delicious stuff.”

[T]his not only is unlike any cashew chicken I’ve ever eaten,” writes J.M. Hirsch, “it’s also wildly better.”

"I married her just for the lemon cake," a sixth-generation Amalfi lemon farmer told us.

Chicken curry in coconut milk with aromatic ginger and lime—toss-in-the-pot dinner, made special.

Eat Your Veggies

Our favorite ways to eat vegetables, without resorting to piles of raw roughage.

Butter-roasted cabbage: a humble vegetable made luxe and elegant.

We love a shortcut veggie curry—making a hefty vegan or vegetarian main from just some onions and garlic, spice, and tomato.

This roasted acorn squash gets instant, rich layers of tangy-sweet flavor from a quick glaze-like sauce based on the Italian agrodolce.

Tender-crisp, skillet-cooked asparagus the savory-sweet gomae treatment.

Latest Reader Favorites

This coconut-bathed chicken, packed with smoky-sweet charred peppers and a plantain, celebrates the spirit of Colombian cooking.

Korea’s tender, succulent strips of thin-sliced beef aren’t just a special occasion restaurant order—bulgogi comes together quickly with a blender marinade.

This classic cool-weather chicken from Catalonia, pollo a la catalana, is defined by a simple, elegant savory-sweet braise.

A delicious, creamy-crispy mess of white beans with deep flavor, minus the slow cooking.

A savory-sweet bowl of beef and butternut squash, inspired by Moroccan tagines—but cooked in an Instant Pot, rather than the conical earthenware vessel.

START THE YEAR WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS

Every kitchen should have a Chinese-style cleaver—its tall, heavy-duty blade and forward-heavy balance do most of the big batch prep work for you.

We don’t always share internet obsessions—but the Work Sharp Rolling Knife Sharpener lives up to the hype.

JUST IN: our rolling pin doubles as a ruler, and it rolls out dough to precise, even thicknesses.

Our trademark all-purpose knife takes inspiration from Japan, which knives are based on the blade of a featherweight samurai sword.

Super hard boards destroy knives! Spring for this soft wood model which Matt Card calls the “Rolls-Royce of cutting boards.”

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The moHA! Ginger Grater shreds whole ginger root in seconds and scrapes it into your dish with little effort.

When a chef’s knife is too big, and a paring knife is too small, the Milk Street Kitchin-tan is the perfect pinch hitter.

A sprinkle of our beloved caramel brûlée coffee sugar adds malty, vanilla-forward, creamy sweetness to warmed baked goods, coffee, chai, and more.

With four cutting sides, extra-sharp and durable etched metal graters, and a rubber detachable base, the Cuisipro box grater is a prep workhorse.

We love our knives, so we select our knife covers carefully! The Bisbell is customizable for knife size, magnetic, and durable enough even for travel.

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Incredibly delicious and soft, these flatbreads from chef Marianna Leivaditaki make smart use of a short ingredients list.

August heat calls for tzatziki: Greece’s cooling cucumber-yogurt dip, with heightened freshness from mint and dill, with a light garlicky kick.

Toasted nori and pickles carrots, onion, and radishes make one of the most flavorful and surprising salads we’ve ever tried—that’s why it’s Eventide’s signature dish.

Served at Ottoman empire palaces, this chicken salad is dressed with a rich, creamy walnut sauce, drizzled with a shock of red oil.

A recreation of a light, open-crumbed focaccia from Bari, Italy, with tomatoes and olives melded in the crust.

Weeknights

Laying dough over the “toppings,” placed directly on the pan, allows the flavors meld to the crust and creates an extra crispy, browned bottom.

These sweet potato noodles—our riff on mee goreng—are “like sesame noodles on steroids.”

Korea’s tender, succulent strips of thin-sliced beef aren’t just a special occasion restaurant order—bulgogi comes together quickly with a blender marinade.

This zesty, lightly perfumed lemon pesto is inspired by the world-famous lemons of Amalfi, Italy.

“One of the best lentil soup recipes I’ve ever tried,” a reader writes about this lentil soup that mixes soothing coconut milk, woken up with spices, heat, and cut with lime.

Weekend Project

Thick pasta rolls, stuffed with ricotta and spinach, come together easily with a food processor and lasagna noodles.

During a visit to Ukraine, chefs Ievgen Klopotenko and Igor Bragin taught us a great, old-school chicken Kyiv—one that’s nothing like the dry, bland, bready chicken cutlet roll that we’d known.

These “perfectly popped popovers” (Chris Kimball’s term) are light and airy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and rich with eggy flavor.

This melt-in-your mouth meringue offers delicate elegance and unparalleled fluffiness with only 5 ingredients.

Marika Contaldo’s luscious, homemade tagliatelle, flecked with basil and coated with a luscious buttery sauce.

The Best of Travel

Japan’s ever-popular fluffy, buttery bread makes a perfectly pillowy base for a sandwich or a slather of jam.

Whole shell-on prawns, doused in a garlicky white-wine-spiked tomato sauce.

In Bolivia, street vendors sell humintas—savory-sweet corn cake treats, made with fresh corn kernels, filled with cheese, and sealed in husks.

One of the most popular Korean BBQ items, this recipe from Hooni Kim’s “My Korea” pulls off a perfect balance of sweet, salty and umami.

This recipe was inspired by “a torrent of 700 foil-wrapped meatballs” we saw rain from balconies in Belgium.

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“Nice flavor besides just heat. And not too much heat! Our new chili sauce of choice.”

“This is THE pie pan I’ve been wanting for sooo long. It is the perfect size and very light. Recently made my best apple pie ever!”

"This sauce hits every flavor note. It’s so clean you can taste everything. Perfect heat, I just ordered more!"

"I love its straight blade and its sharp point. Getting through the skins of Veggies like bell peppers has never been easier."

Milk Street Sweets

A new spin on tiramisu—opting for matzo in place of ladyfingers—this recipe from Jake Cohen's “JEW-ISH” results in a surprisingly perfect make-ahead dessert.

Angie Mar's reinvented cheesecake is a lighter, tangier harmony of flavors.

This creamy make-ahead dessert gets its distinct spiced flavor from an earthy blend of turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon, plus honey for sweetness.

This super versatile reader favorite makes a light and sweet breakfast, dessert, or anytime snack!

No mixer? No problem! This rich and chocolate-y cake from Cheryl Day is a one-bowl wonder.

Milk Street Vegetarian

We updated our readers’ favorite broccoli pasta sauce—now even creamier (but still cream-free).

In our version of nohut piyazi, sun-dried tomatoes, Aleppo pepper, and a medley of herbs and lemon juice bring bright and rich flavor to earthy chickpeas.

Lime, salt, and chili tease magic from fresh-cut fruits—a lesson we applied to this fresh and bright summer salad.

Aloo matar, potato curry with green peas, is a classic (and vegan) comfort food: a flavorful balance of sweet tomatoes, pungent aromatics, and warm spices.

This whole-roasted cauliflower encapsulates Ikaria’s no-fuss home cooking: minimal manipulation, lots of flavor and brightness.

Chris's Favorites

"The közmatik is just one of those products that’s absurdly simple but simply works! You take one look at it and go, 'Why didn’t I think of that?'"

"This is like cutting through butter—it's just absolutely amazing."

This tangy-sweet elixir boosts everything from meats to salads.

In designing the Kitchin-to, “we look toward Japan, where knives are based on the design of the featherweight samurai sword.”

If you dread grating ginger, with your fingers close to the grater and ginger stuck in the teeth, the moHA! tool is a lifesaver.

Picks From the Archives

Chef Esmeralda Brinn Bolaños transforms the humble meatball using the rich flavors and classic techniques of Mexican cuisine. The result not only was delicious but showcased much of what we love about Mexican food.

Nowhere is pizza more revered, more celebrated, more innovated, more consumed than Brazil. “Pizza in São Paulo is almost a religion,” says Juliana Fava from Bráz Pizzaria.

There is the sometimes hidden architecture behind much Indian cooking. Anagha Nawathe from APB Cook Studio shows us how the same ingredient can manifest divergent flavors depending on how—and when—it is cooked.

In Lisbon, we discover a rare example of a touristy place doing food right with the traditional dish pica pau. Our version balances wine-simmered beef, briny pickles and a jolt of piri piri oil to create a savory, spicy dish.

“Every place has their own flavor starter recipe, they just call it another thing,” says chef Jose Santaella, author of “Cocina Tropical.”