04/18/19 Newsletter: Fluffiest Pancakes Ever

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If you’re having guests for brunch this weekend — here are some tips so you can serve the fluffiest pancakes ever. Swap milk or water for seltzer water, the carbonation of the water will amp up the fluffiness of your pancakes. It’s ok if there are a few lumps in the batter — overmixing the batter can cause your pancakes to become flat or worse, chewy. Pro Tip: Keep the pancakes warm  — and avoid the dreaded sogginess — by holding them on a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven until you’re ready to serve, so everyone can enjoy a hot stack of fluffiness. [Swirled]

Life Hack Of The Day: Ice Cube Edition

Boil and cool water before making ice cubes so they freeze crystal clear and not cloudy. Amp up the pretty factory by adding springs of mint, edible flowers or berries in the ice cubes before freezing.


Our ancestors caught their Z’s a lot differently than we do today. We might (try to) sleep a full eight hours each night, but 200 years ago, people slept for four hours, took a two-hour break and then went back to bed for another four hours. [Swirled]

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Food + Drink

Recipe Of The Day: Crispy smashed potatoes are one of the most straightforward sides to make. After boiling, drain the potatoes and spread onto a sheet pan. Then squish them with the back of a spoon until the skin bursts and they flatten, Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of melted butter and roast until they turn a golden brown. Finish with some fresh herbs — we love chives, tarragon or rosemary — and they’re ready to serve alongside your main dish. [Rachael Ray]

A quick tip that’s no small potatoes: New potatoes and teeny-tiny potatoes are easy to cook with because they only need a scrub before cooking — no peeling (yay!). However, if you come across a rogue big one, go ahead and cut that baby in half so they cook evenly.

Do you have a kitchen tip to share? Let us know: [email protected].


If you dream of floating down Venice’s Grand Canal on a gondola, you need to check out Burano. The island, which is a short boat ride away from Venice’s city center, boasts vivid rainbow colors on every building. Burano has roots as a fishing village, and previous villagers started the tradition of painting their homes with beautiful hues to be seen easily from the sea. [Swirled]

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