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There are very few dishes — or moments — that can’t be improved by the addition of fat, salt, and heat, which may explain the popularity of nduja, a spicy, almost violently red pork salumi popping up on menus everywhere. Here's how to make you own.

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I rarely cook something the same way twice. This is especially true with pasta sauce, as it is adaptable by nature. The other night I was making a simple spaghetti dinner for myself and a friend, simply because I had found a can of tomatoes I didn’t know I had.

As I was tasting and tweaking, I remembered I had about half a cup of the spicy, nduja-like spread I'd made earlier in the week. I tossed it in the sauce and, after tasting, rejoiced.

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If you're going to plop down a serious chunk of change for a fancy meat, you want to make sure you're actually getting the good stuff. To learn the difference between charcuterie trash and treasure, Epicurious enlisted meat expert Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions to blindly taste a whole variety or meats at various price points.

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I am an absolute fool for a good charcuterie board, and enjoy all of their offerings, from the super-hard salumi to the spreadable and whipped liver mousse. But there is something special about a terrine which, at its best, is a harmonious amalgamation of flavours, textures and (of course) meats.

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Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit. If you've only heard of half of those terms before, here's a bogan-friendly meat primer to get you up to speed.

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The perfect romantic meal should be easy to prepare, easy to clean up, and not so filling that you're too weighed down to enjoy other, uh, activities. A steak dinner is never unwelcome, but it's a bit heavy, and you don't want to smoke up the house or fret about overcooking a rib eye. Luckily, there a bunch of dishes you can make to wow your sweetie, even if you're not quite Top Chef Material.