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Quick Microwave Kale Chips

Published November 1, 2013.

Here's our easy method for making crispy kale chips at home.

Vegetarian Gelatin Substitutes

Published September 1, 2013.

Can you swap unflavored vegetarian gelatin for traditional gelatin in recipes?

Leave Out Lower-Fiber Vegetables When Freezing Stew

Published September 1, 2013.

Freezing stew offers make-ahead convenience, but not all vegetables handle freezing and reheating well. Which vegetables work well for this purpose, and which ones don't?

Using Sprouted Onions

Published September 1, 2013.

Is it OK to cook with sprouted onions?

Punching Up Potato Flavor

Published September 1, 2013.

We wondered if roasting the potatoes could concentrate and enhance potato flavor in dishes that usually call for boiled potatoes.

How to Prep Bok Choy for Stir-Fry

Published July 1, 2013.

Separating the leaves and stems ensures that this crisp-tender vegetable will cook evenly.

Unwilting Lettuce

Published July 1, 2013.

Will soaking wilted lettuce in ice water and vinegar crisp it up more quickly than just soaking it in water?

Enhancing Flavor with Kombu

Published July 1, 2013.

A little kelp can help out the flavor of your soups and sauces in a big way.

Salt-Cured vs. Brined Capers

Published May 1, 2013.

Can salt-cured capers be used interchangeably with brined capers?

Keeping Basil Green in Pesto

Published May 1, 2013.

We found two proven methods on how to keep the basil from discoloring over time.

Using Baking Soda to Tone Down Tomato Sauce

Published March 1, 2013.

We've encountered recipes which finish tomato sauce with a pinch of baking soda. Will this mellow out a sauce that is too acidic?

Coring Parsnips

Published March 1, 2013.

Should the cores of large parsnips always be removed and discarded before cooking?

Roasting Coffee in a Popcorn Popper

Published March 1, 2013.

We’ve always been intrigued by the idea that roasting coffee beans at home could be as simple as calling for an air popcorn popper, a method embraced by DIY diehards.

Making a Vegetarian Substitute for Fish Sauce

Published March 1, 2013.

Is there a homemade vegetarian substitute for fish sauce?

Giving Kale a Rubdown

Published November 1, 2012.

Here’s a way to tenderize these greens without ever subjecting them to heat.

Preventing Soggy Salad

Published November 1, 2012.

Is there a science to keeping a dressed salad crisp and fresh?

Scallions That Keep Growing

Published November 1, 2012.

If you store cut scallions in a glass of water, will they grow back?

Mushrooms: Porcini versus Shiitake

Published July 1, 2012.

Dried shiitake mushrooms have 15 times more flavor-building nucleotides than dried porcini. Should you switch to dried shiitakes from now on when you want to boost meaty flavor?

Perfectly Popped Corn

Published May 1, 2012.

Popping popcorn on the stovetop doesn't need to end in disaster.

The Fruit and Vegetable Blues

Published March 1, 2012.

I recently used red onions in a frittata and was surprised to see that they turned bluish green during cooking. What happened?

Achieving Silky Smooth Hummus

Published January 1, 2012.

The key to smoother, creamier hummus is all in the temperature of the beans.

Keeping Artichokes from Darkening

Published November 1, 2011.

It's believed that to keep artichokes from darkening, they must be stored in lemon water as soon as they are cut and then also cooked in lemon water. Are both steps really essential? And will vinegar work just as well?

Taking the Bite Out of Radicchio

Published November 1, 2011.

The deep red color of radicchio adds much to a salad, but sometimes it tastes too bitter. Is there any way to tame it?

Blowing on Salad Greens for Storage

Published September 1, 2011.

Blowing into a bag of salad greens is rumored to help them last longer. Why would this work?

Top Five Vegetable Grilling Principles

Published July 1, 2011.

Why heat up your kitchen to cook vegetables when you can get crisp-tender texture and deep, smoky char from your grill? Here are our proven methods for getting the best results. 

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