Superior Spread

Artisanal Cream Cheese

We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supermarket favorite.

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Baby Swiss Cheese

Baby Swiss Cheese

What actually distinguishes baby Swiss from Swiss cheese, flavor-wise?

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Polish Provisions

Kielbasa

We tested six smoked brands to find the best sausage with a coarse texture, a satisfying "snap," and a meaty, smoky taste.

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Crabmeat

Crabmeat

If you can't find fresh crabmeat, don't despair. There are several packaged options that are almost as good.

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Flour Power

Flour Tortillas

We gathered four national brands of 6-inch flour tortillas and put them to the test, tasting them plain and with fajitas.

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Scrutinizing Spaghetti

Spaghetti

Our tests proved that once pasta is topped with sauce, flavor differences from brand to brand are very subtle. But texture is a whole different story.

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Hearty Oats

Steel-Cut Oats

Judging from the brands and styles cramming supermarket shelves, there's an oat for almost every taste. Are any better for breakfast or for baking?

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Tongue Tinglers

Sichuan Peppercorns

We tasted five brands of Sichuan peppercorns to find out which had the best flavor and tingle.

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