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What To Cook
The last hurrah of Summer is here all too soon. Labor Day is the official end of Summer although the astronomical event is still three weeks away. Kids will be heading back to school; some have already started. It’s time to think about pulling the boat out of the water, closing the pool and preserving the Summer harvest. There are still the last parades and the not quite last backyard cook out. Here are some easy no-fuss recipes for the last hurrah from Epicurious
We live for ripe summer tomatoes, and there’s no better way to eat them than tossed with lemon juice and fresh herbs to intensify their flavor.
There will never be too many ways to barbecue chicken. In this recipe, molasses and apricot jam lend a deliciously sweet and sticky glaze to this summertime grilling staple.
Salt, pepper, garlic, acid, and a bit of heat are all you need to punch up this easy shrimp skewer recipe.
Like most everyone else, we can’t seem to get enough of the smash burger, with a lacy griddled patty (or two, actually, to maximize that crispy exterior). But, like drinking an Aperol spritz, cooking it is best done outside. Our grilled version won’t smoke out your kitchen, blanket your stove with grease, or ask you to spend even one more minute of this sweet summer night indoors. We found that a three-ounce patty hits the sweet spot: big enough to fill out the bun when smashed but small enough that two patties aren’t overkill.
Spicy chipotle and zesty lime perk up quick and easy grilled steak. Serve with tortillas and all the fixings for a zero-fuss taco night.
This simple basil butter offers a subtly peppery, aromatic flavor to one of our favorite grilled sides.
This velvety-smooth sauce uses real cheddar (not the processed stuff) and comes together in less than 10 minutes. Serve as is with chips, fries, or chili dogs, or transform it into the best queso you’ve ever had (see below for more on that). Pro tip: Skip the aged cheddar from the fancy cheese counter—the sauce will be even creamier with a block of no-frills cheddar from the dairy aisle of the supermarket.
There are few joys greater than eating ripe berries straight from the carton. But here’s one: tossing them with sugar so they’re juicier and sweeter, then folding them into freshly whipped cream. Whipping the cream by hand means soft, billowy peaks—just right for folding in macerated berries. If you’d like, hold back a few berries for topping.
- Could Red Wine Boost Your ‘Microbiome’?
A little pinot noir now and then might help keep the bacteria in your tummy healthy and happy, a new study suggests.
- Mumps Outbreaks Hitting Migrant Detention Centers
A new government report finds more than 900 cases of dangerous and highly contagious mumps have occurred at 57 U.S. migrant detention facilities over the past year, with nearly half of cases occurring in Texas.
- CDC Says ‘Don’t Vape’ As Lung Injury Cases Rise
The number of people who’ve developed a severe form of lung disease potentially tied to vaping has now risen to 215 cases across 25 states, and federal health officials are recommending that Americans not use e-cigarettes.
- Staying Safe Before and After a Hurricane
When a hurricane approaches, take steps to keep yourself and your family, including your pets, safe. WebMD offers basic tips.
- Even Age 80 Is Not Too Late to Begin Exercising
A new study found that men in their 70s and 80s who had never followed an exercise regimen could build muscle mass as well as “master athletes” — those of the same age who had worked out throughout their lives and still competed at the top levels of their sports.
- There Is No ‘Gay Gene,’ Major Study Concludes
There’s no such thing as a single “gay gene” that drives a person’s sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue.
- FDA Warns of Problems for Some Taking Hep C Drugs
Taking the hepatitis C drugs Mavyret, Zepatier or Vosevi can trigger rare cases of severe liver problems or liver failure in patients who already have moderate-to-severe liver impairment, the FDA warned Wednesday.
- Recall: Brutus & Barnaby Pig Ear Treats for Dogs
All package sizes of Brutus & Barnaby pig ear treats for dogs have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, the Florida-based company says.
- ‘Synthetic Pot’ Lands People in the ER
Using “synthetic pot” is rolling the dice with your health, experts warn, pointing to a healthy 26-year-old woman who ended up in the ER after smoking a batch laced with rat poison.
- Any Drinking While Pregnant Ups Miscarriage Odds
Just small amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, researchers warn.
- Teens Exposed to ‘Secondhand’ Vaping Fumes
The danger to teenagers’ lungs from e-cigarettes isn’t only occurring in those who vape: A new report finds many young bystanders are breathing in “secondhand” fumes.
- Obesity Harming Strides Made Against Heart Disease
Rising obesity rates, coupled with an associated jump in diabetes and high blood pressure cases, appears to be undoing decades of gains made against heart disease, a new study finds.
- Recall: 5.7 Million Contigo Kids Water Bottles
About 5.7 million Contigo Kids Cleanable Water Bottles have been recalled in the United States because the clear silicone spout can detach and pose a choking hazard to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.
- Areas Warned About Mosquito-Borne Illness EEE
Medical officials are warning residents about the rare but deadly eastern equine encephalitis virus, or EEE, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause brain swelling and leads to death in about 30% of those who catch it.
- Amazon Rainforest Fires: Effects on Health, Weather
The Amazon rainforest fires that have been blazing out of control in Brazil for weeks could have far-reaching effects on our health, experts warn.
- Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Heart Troubles
The treatments that childhood cancer patients receive often save their lives, but they also make survivors prone to heart troubles, a new study finds.
- Every Sudden Infant Death Deserves a Closer Look
Whenever a healthy infant dies suddenly, that death should be investigated to determine if abuse or neglect was the cause, a new study says.
- Boom in Pot ‘Concentrates’ Could Pose Addiction Risk for Teens
A startling number of teenagers are using marijuana concentrates. About one in four Arizona teens have tried a marijuana concentrate at least once, survey data shows.
- Restless Legs Syndrome Might Raise Risk of Suicide, Self-Harm
People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have nearly three times the risk of suicide and self-harm, which indicates that there may be a link between the physical condition and mental health.