Into the Pot
Testing Large Saucepans
Cookware doesn’t get much simpler than a saucepan: It’s basically a bowl with a handle and a lid. But it also doesn’t get more important, since this is the vessel you’ll use to prepare everything from soups and sauces to pasta and grains to custards and puddings. And when it comes to performance, we’ve found that the differences between models can be surprisingly significant. Well-designed saucepans sear, simmer, and steam at a steady, controlled pace; handle comfortably, even when full; and boast tight-fitting lids and stay-cool handles that eliminate the need for a potholder.
Easiest-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
by Andrea Geary
I've always made mac and cheese the traditional way. Is it creamy and cheesy? Yes. Fast? Definitely not. when I heard of an ultramodern recipe for the creamiest, cheesiest macaroni and cheese ever, I was curious. When I heard that it was also the fastest ever, I knew I had to try it. Modernist Cuisine, a research group at the forefront of the molecular gastronomy movement, devised a four-ingredient recipe said to have an extraordinarily smooth texture without relying on a béchamel.