Make A Better, Faster Onion Dip With Burnt Onions

Make A Better, Faster Onion Dip With Burnt Onions

Onion dip is mayhaps my favourite dip, but caramelising onions is both annoying and boring. Since I am already always a little bit annoyed and loathe being bored, I am now all about the burnt-onion lifestyle, and have taken to replacing caramelised onions with scorched ones when making onion dips.

How To Protect Yourself From The Newest Mobile Banking Malware

How To Protect Yourself From The Newest Mobile Banking Malware

Mobile banking apps are convenient, but you should tighten up your account security before checking your balance on your smartphone. According to a recent U.S. government cybersecurity PSA, a lot of people enjoy the convenience of mobile banking, but not nearly as many have taken the steps they need to…

Par-Cook Sweet Potatoes And Finish Them On The Grill

Par-Cook Sweet Potatoes And Finish Them On The Grill

A lot of people, when they first purchase a grill, are overwhelmed by the desire to cook the entirety of their meals on said grill, from start to finish, without “cheating” and using any other heat sources. This is folly. While some things are quite suited to grill-only cooking process,…

Don’t Flush Disposable Masks Down The Toilet

Don’t Flush Disposable Masks Down The Toilet

Disposable face masks are an efficient way of protecting yourself and others during the coronavirus pandemic—as long as you dispose of them correctly. Don’t toss a used mask into the road or onto the footpath. (I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of little blue masks littering…

Update Windows 10 Now To Block ‘SMBGhost’

Update Windows 10 Now To Block ‘SMBGhost’

When even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is starting to get nervous about your unpatched Windows 10 system, maybe it’s time to make sure you’ve downloaded everything you need from Windows Update.

You Can Have All The Martini Garnishes At Once

You Can Have All The Martini Garnishes At Once

While not as annoyingly iconic as “Shaken or stirred?” the question “Olive or twist?” is sincerely asked far more often, as most bartenders don’t give patrons the option of a shaken martini. (Good.) The choice of a garnish may seem like one of aesthetics—are you feeling bright and sunny or…

Four Ways To Install The New Android 11 Public Beta

Four Ways To Install The New Android 11 Public Beta

Because I just wrote a story about how to install the potentially buggier Developer Preview of Android 11, it’s only fitting that Google, today, launched the Android 11 public beta. And installing this latest beta onto your Pixel smartphone—and only Pixels, via official means—couldn’t be any easier.

Underestimate Yourself When You Return To The Gym

Underestimate Yourself When You Return To The Gym

Gyms in many areas are reopening, or will be soon, and a lot of us can’t freaking wait to get back to normal workouts. (I myself have a well-equipped home gym, but I dream of the day I can get back to a proper squat rack.) But let’s talk about…

A Chicken Salad Manifesto

A Chicken Salad Manifesto

Chicken salad is not usually perceived as sexy. It is a potluck food, a church supper food, an uninspired baby or wedding shower option, often under-seasoned and over-dressed. Bad chicken salad can put you off the category entirely. But good chicken salad? Good chicken salad can be transcendent.

The Blender Bottle Makes An Excellent Cocktail Shaker

The Blender Bottle Makes An Excellent Cocktail Shaker

The Blender Bottle is an item “healthy people” own and use, so I’ve never spent a ton of time thinking about it. But that little whisk ball inside the spouted plastic bottle is destined for more than merely blending protein powder—that whisk ball is made for alcoholic greatness.

How To Turn On Dark Mode In The eBay App

How To Turn On Dark Mode In The eBay App

It’s been a long time coming, but eBay’s mobile app is finally getting a dark mode, meaning shoppers will be able to track their bids late into the night without frying their retinas.

Why Advice On Masks Seems To Be Constantly Changing

Why Advice On Masks Seems To Be Constantly Changing

The World Health Organisation announced new guidance on masks late last week, spurring another wave of eyerolling about how “they” keep changing their minds. Previously the WHO did not recommend that healthy people wear masks; now they say that people over 60 and people with underlying health conditions should wear…

Virtually Visit The International Space Station

Virtually Visit The International Space Station

After several months of social distancing and staying home, a lot of people are experiencing major wanderlust. And given that were still involved in a global pandemic, taking a break from Earth may seem especially tempting. Though were not quite there when it comes to space tourism, we can at…

How To Make An Alcoholic Slushy In A Soup Container

How To Make An Alcoholic Slushy In A Soup Container

I make a cocktail every Friday morning, not because I need one, but because my job demands it. (I live on the west coast you see; getting a cocktail column up by 3 p.m. in New York means the photo shoot has to happen before noon Pacific time.) I always…

I Must Insist You Pickle Some Rhubarb

I Must Insist You Pickle Some Rhubarb

There are many fruits and vegetables that make one think springy, sunny thoughts, but none do it quite like the ruby-hued, super-tart rhubarb. Its great in pies, jams, and even in vodka, but a quick pickling lets you impart a bit of sweet and sour brightness to virtually every kind…

How To Change The Skin Tone Of Your Zoom Reactions

How To Change The Skin Tone Of Your Zoom Reactions

Nobody likes looking like Homer Simpson. At least, that’s how I feel whenever I fire off an emoji to a friend on my smartphone and forget to change the skin tone. If yellow’s your thing, that’s great; I think it looks a bit weird in a text message.

How To Watch Oprah’s Town Hall On Racial Injustice

How To Watch Oprah’s Town Hall On Racial Injustice

Adding her voice to the others discussing racial injustice right now, Oprah Winfrey is going to host a two-night town hall meeting called “Where Do We go From Here?” airing on June 10 and 11. The program will run on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, as well as across all of…

Check Out These Black-Hosted Podcasts We Love

Check Out These Black-Hosted Podcasts We Love

To respect and acknowledge the protests that are taking place across the country, and to show support for the Movement for Black Lives, we’re taking a break this week from The Upgrade. Instead, we’d like to recommend some podcasts from the voices we should actually be listening to. This is…

Host Or Attend A Virtual Dinner To Discuss Race In America

Host Or Attend A Virtual Dinner To Discuss Race In America

Since Minneapolis police officersdemonstrations have taken place in all 50 U.S. states. And while thousands of people have participated, many others—who would have otherwise joined the protests—have stayed at home because we’re also in the midst of a global pandemic. But that doesn’t mean you can’t interact with other people…

Protesting Is A Hack

Protesting Is A Hack

Protests get shit done. If you celebrate Independence Day, Pride or Martin Luther King Day, you know that public demonstrations, even riots, have forced change where other means could not. Earlier this week we shared with you five demonstrations that changed history; today let’s talk about what’s happening now.

I Removed Photos From An iOS Album And Now They’re Gone Forever?

I Removed Photos From An iOS Album And Now They’re Gone Forever?

I love a good scavenger hunt—just not when the object of the search is “photos I wanted to keep on my device forever, but that I now can’t find.” While your phone should be pretty smart about what happens when you remove photos from folders or delete folders or batches…

Make a Quick Mulled Wine in the Microwave

The words “mulled wine” most likely conjure up images of big pots, slowly simmering with vino and spices. That’s all good, but the holidays can be hectic, and you may not have time to babysit a bubbling pot. To infuse wine with aromatics without ever turning on your stove, you’ll…

Be Selfish With Your Meal-Planning Prep

Be Selfish With Your Meal-Planning Prep

At some point, “meal planning” became code for “packing five or six identical lunches and pretending to be psyched to eat them all.” Of course, if you actually are psyched to eat them all, that’s one thing — but seeing as there are nearly as many articles on how to…