Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Garum

Sophia Pappas

A culinary star in ancient Rome, this fermented fish sauce transforms everything it touches

Extremely tasty and frequently misunderstood, garum is a fermented fish sauce that traces its origins back to Roman times. Over the course of more than a dozen centuries, it has managed to sustain its influence in the culinary world, even if its preparation method may have changed: Unlike the Romans, today’s garum makers don’t typically use huge quantities of fish and salt and seawater to prepare it, much less stone tanks. While the designation “garum” has been used (often incorrectly) to define fish sauces obtained from fermentation without salt, true garum is as relevant as ever, beloved by chefs throughout the world for its robust, umami-rich flavors: With just a few drops of it, you get a whole new dish.

So what is garum, exactly?

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Black Bean Tacos


Black bean tacos are an easy-to-make and healthy vegetarian dinner that the whole family will love. Flavorful black beans are spooned inside soft tortillas and topped with simple corn salsa and some avocado crema.

If you love healthy tacos as much as we do, also try these easy shrimp tacos, street tacos, and pumpkin spice tacos.

a close up of black bean tacos

Why you Need These Black Bean Tacos

If your family is asking “what’s for dinner,” these tacos are your answer. From start to finish, they’ll be on your table in less than 30 minutes. They’re packed full of flavor thanks to a handy kitchen hack – store-bought salsa. You’ll mix flavorful salsa with black beans, taco seasoning, and sauteed onion and garlic to make simple and delicious tacos.

Then you’ll quickly whip up a 4-ingredient corn salsa and an easy avocado crema and prepare for your family to rave about dinner. During recipe testing, … Read more

Homemade Gluten Free Spice Cake | The Most Tender Crumb

A true snacking cake, this simple, one-bowl gluten free spice cake is packed with the flavors of everyone’s favorite warm spices, and is just sweet enough. Slice it into squares, and watch it disappear!

Why this is the best spice cake recipe

This spice cake has a dense, but incredibly moist, crumb that’s rich with brown sugar and warm spices. It’s made with a combination of melted butter for flavor and and a touch of oil for moisture.

The result is a super tender crumb in a cake that stays fresh for days. You know the type of cake where the crumbs are always in clumps, never alone, and stick to the tines of the fork? This is that cake.

It only takes one bowl to make this delicious gluten free spice cake

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The Coolest Place to Drink Is Your Local Bookstore

Wild Child in Somerville, Massachusetts | Carlie Febo

New takes on the classic college-town genre offer guests the chance to curate reading lists, sip natural wines, and eat great food

A bookstore with a bar is easily one of mankind’s best inventions, up there with polar fleece and those potato chips that taste like ham. There’s usually a big chair, and if you do it right, you can read for hours while sipping a coffee or a glass of wine. However, bookstore bars have usually been bookstores first: The coffee is serviceable, the wine probably comes from a bag of Franzia, and the snacks tend to be mass-produced or just mediocre.

But in the past few years, a new generation of operators has rewritten the story of what a bookstore bar can be by making the food and drinks as much of a draw as the book selection. If what … Read more

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air fryer chicken parmesan is cheesy, crispy, and cooks up in less than 10 minutes! It’s an easy-to-make dinner that your family will go crazy over!

Air fryers make crave-worthy dinners in a snap! Brown sugar salmon, garlic butter steak, and parmesan chicken tenders are some of my all-time favorite air fryer dinners. I swear cooking them in an air fryer makes them even better! Nice and easy, too!

2 pieces of chicken parmesan topped with herb garnish in an air fryer basket.

Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Chicken parmesan is one of those meals you can’t turn down and always has everyone coming back for seconds. It’s top-tier! You can’t beat crispy breaded chicken smothered in homemade marinara and cheese. This is a family favorite at our house. Using an air fryer makes it sooo easy to throw together- which is great because my kids are always asking for it! This air fryer chicken parmesan is one of the few … Read more