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Taming Raw Onion Flavor
Published: July 2009
Taming Raw Onion Flavor
Can the way you cut an onion affect its flavor?
Blemish-Free Pancakes
Published: July 2009
Blemish-Free Pancakes
Why does the first batch of pancakes turn out with splotchy, brown spots?
Experiment: Defrosting Sandwich Bread
Published: July 2009
Experiment: Defrosting Sandwich Bread
Freezing sandwich bread to keep it from going stale is a common practice. What i…
Quick Oats
Published: July 2009
Quick Oats
For emergencies only?
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Stone-Ground Oats
Published: July 2009
Stone-Ground Oats
We tested one brand of stone-ground oats. Could they please our tasters' palates…
Steel-Cut Oats
Published: July 2009
Steel-Cut Oats
Judging from the brands and styles cramming supermarket shelves, there's an oat …
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Provolone
Published: July 2009
Provolone
Can any domestic provolone stand up to those produced in Italy?
Published: July 2009
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers
These pinwheels of stuffed steak are in butcher cases everywhere. But juicy, smo…
Published: July 2009
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Radish and Orange Chopped Salad
We wanted complementary flavors and textures in every bite—not a random collecti…
Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Published: July 2009
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Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Olives and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Notoriously dry turkey breast is tricky enough to roast indoors using a predicta…
Published: July 2009
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins with Honey-Lavender Zabaglione
Baking berries and custard into a gratin should yield firm but juicy fruit, a cr…
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins with Lemon Zabaglione
Published: July 2009
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins with Lemon Zabaglione
Baking berries and custard into a gratin should yield firm but juicy fruit, a cr…
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins
Published: July 2009
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins
Baking berries and custard into a gratin should yield firm but juicy fruit, a cr…
Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Published: July 2009
Best Buttermilk Pancakes
We found the secret to buttermilk pancakes that cook up fluffy from batch to bat…
Published: July 2009
Belgian-Style Dipping Sauce
French fries are nothing withtout the right dipping sauce.
Published: July 2009
Chive and Black Pepper Dipping Sauce
French fries are nothing withtout the right dipping sauce.
Easier French Fries
Published: July 2009
Easier French Fries
Classic crisp French fries with half the oil and no double-frying? We burned thr…
Published: July 2009
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach and Pine Nuts
These pinwheels of stuffed steak are in butcher cases everywhere. But juicy, smo…
Gas-Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
Published: July 2009
Gas-Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
These pinwheels of stuffed steak are in butcher cases everywhere. But juicy, smo…
Charcoal-Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
Published: July 2009
Charcoal-Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
These pinwheels of stuffed steak are in butcher cases everywhere. But juicy, smo…
Published: July 2009
Pasta alla Norma with Olives and Capers
Meaty eggplant meets bold tomato sauce for a satisfying weeknight meal, Sicilian…
Best Gas Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
Published: July 2009
Best Gas Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
To achieve juicy glazed pork infused with deep smoky flavor without a smoker, we…
Published: July 2009
Spanish Tortilla with Chorizo and Scallions
This tapas bar favorite boasting meltingly tender potatoes in a dense, creamy om…
Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Herb Butter
Published: July 2009
Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast with Herb Butter
Notoriously dry turkey breast is tricky enough to roast indoors using a predicta…
Gas Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Published: July 2009
Gas Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Notoriously dry turkey breast is tricky enough to roast indoors using a predicta…
Pasta with Tomato, Pine Nut, and Arugula Pesto
Published: July 2009
Pasta with Tomato, Pine Nut, and Arugula Pesto
Not all pesto is basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan. In Sicily, tomatoes and nuts ta…
Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Alla Trapanese)
Published: July 2009
Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto (Pesto Alla Trapanese)
Not all pesto is basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan. In Sicily, tomatoes and almonds…
Published: July 2009
Fennel and Apple Chopped Salad
We wanted complementary flavors and textures in every bite—not a random collecti…
Published: July 2009
Pear and Cranberry Chopped Salad
We wanted complementary flavors and textures in every bite—not a random collecti…
Mediterranean Chopped Salad
Published: July 2009
Mediterranean Chopped Salad
We wanted complementary flavors and textures in every bite—not a random collecti…
Pasta alla Norma
Published: July 2009
Pasta alla Norma
Meaty eggplant meets bold tomato sauce for a satisfying weeknight meal, Sicilian…
Best Charcoal Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
Published: July 2009
Best Charcoal Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
To achieve juicy glazed pork infused with deep smoky flavor without a smoker, we…
Garlic Mayonnaise
Published: July 2009
Garlic Mayonnaise
This is particularly flavorful with our Spanish tortilla.
Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Red Peppers and Peas
Published: July 2009
Spanish Tortilla with Roasted Red Peppers and Peas
This tapas bar favorite boasting meltingly tender potatoes in a dense, creamy om…
Charcoal Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Published: July 2009
Charcoal Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Notoriously dry turkey breast is tricky enough to roast indoors using a predicta…
Berry Gratin with Lemon Sabayon
Published: February 2005
Berry Gratin with Lemon Sabayon
With fresh, slightly warmed berries, and a delicate, caramelized sugar crust, th…
Published: July 2009
Freezer Basics
Some basic freezer knowledge will help you better preserve food.
Published: July 2009
Indispensable Kitchen Utensils
We cleared out the clutter to identify 10 tools and gadgets you can't cook witho…
Published: July 2009
Need-To-Own Knives
Our top chef's knife, paring knife, and bread knife are a cut above the competit…
Published: July 2009
Bakeware Basics
For the best cakes, pies and muffins, our eight top picks offer quality and dura…
Published: July 2009
Essential Cookware
Here are the core pots and pans we rely on in the test kitchen and recommend for…
Published: July 2009
Must-Have Measuring Tools
To accurately follow recipes, our seven kitchen-tested favorites are an essentia…
Published: July 2009
Storing Sliced Onions
What is the best way to store sliced onions?
Published: July 2009
The Problem with Meat Probes
Meat probes are one of the best ways to temp meat—or are they?
Published: July 2009
Tasting Eggplants
Can the four most common varieties of eggplant be used interchangeably in recipe…
Published: July 2009
Oil Change for Baking
Can you substitute another type of oil for recipes that call for a small amount …
Published: July 2009
Know Your Oats
Whole, hulled oats are also known as groats. After being heated to inhibit ranci…
Sweetening with Stevia
Published: July 2009
Sweetening with Stevia
There's now a natural low-calorie sugar substitute at the supermarket called Tru…
Published: July 2009
Fortified Substitution
What exactly makes a wine fortified, and can I substitute ordinary red or white …
Published: July 2009
Lobster Tales
When I butcher a live lobster to remove the tail for grilling or sautéing, is it…
Lite Corn Syrup
Published: July 2009
Lite Corn Syrup
How will lite corn syrup affect baked goods?
Broiler-Safe Mini Gratin Dishes
Published: July 2009
Broiler-Safe Mini Gratin Dishes
We needed a shallow, broilerproof mini gratin dish to ensure a crisp crust for a…
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FlameDisk
Published: July 2009
FlameDisk
Was this small, lightweight charcoal replacement too good to be true?
Grill Cookware
Published: July 2009
Grill Cookware
Grill cookware promises to make it easier to grill small chunks of food so they …
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Lettuce Knives
Published: July 2009
Lettuce Knives
Does this knife deliver on its promise to prevent lettuce from turning brown aft…
Eco-Friendly Sponge Cloths
Published: July 2009
Eco-Friendly Sponge Cloths
Do thin, "eco-friendly" sponge cloths work as well as a heavy-duty kitchen spong…
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Corn Strippers
Published: July 2009
Corn Strippers
We tested five products to determine if corn strippers remove kernels better tha…
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Wine Aerators
Published: July 2009
Wine Aerators
Do these devices deliver on their promise to improve the flavor of wine? We test…
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Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto
Published: July 2009
Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto
Not all pesto is basil, pine nuts, and Parmesan. In Sicily, tomatoes and almonds…
Published: July 2009
How to Make Chopped Salads
Watery vegetables can ruin even the most well-composed chopped salads. Follow th…
Storing and Chopping Nuts
Published: July 2009
Storing and Chopping Nuts
Nut oils can quickly go rancid if exposed to light or heat. Here's the best way …
Pasta alla Norma
Published: July 2009
Pasta alla Norma
Meaty eggplant meets bold tomato sauce for a satisfying weeknight meal, Sicilian…
Best Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
Published: July 2009
Best Grill-Smoked Pork Chops
To achieve juicy glazed pork infused with deep smoky flavor without a smoker, we…
Cooking Eggplant
Published: July 2009
Cooking Eggplant
Properly sauteing eggplant is simple if you follow these steps.
Published: July 2009
Grill Cookware
Grill cookware promises to make it easier to grill small chunks of food so they …
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins
Published: July 2009
Individual Fresh Berry Gratins
Baking berries and custard into a gratin should yield firm but juicy fruit, a cr…
Butterflying a Flank Steak
Published: July 2009
Butterflying a Flank Steak
Butterflying a flank steak is simple if you choose the right size and shape.
Using Twine to Tie a Roast
Published: July 2009
Using Twine to Tie a Roast
To ensure that a roast maintains its shape and heats evenly while cooking, we ti…
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
Published: July 2009
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak
These pinwheels of stuffed steak are in butcher cases everywhere. But juicy, smo…
Boning a Turkey Breast
Published: July 2009
Boning a Turkey Breast
With a boning knife or a chef’s knife, it's easy to get two boneless skinless tu…
Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Published: July 2009
Grill-Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast
Notoriously dry turkey breast is tricky enough to roast indoors using the oven. …
Cutting French Fries
Published: July 2009
Cutting French Fries
Evenly cut potatoes are the first step to perfect French fries. Start by slicing…
Easier French Fries
Published: July 2009
Easier French Fries
Classic crisp French fries with half the oil and no double-frying? We burned thr…
Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda
Published: July 2009
Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda
Oftentimes, recipes call for both, such as in our buttermilk pancakes. Here’s wh…
Best Substitute for Buttermilk
Published: July 2009
Best Substitute for Buttermilk
If you’re craving a batch of biscuits or buttermilk pancakes but don’t have real…
Best Buttermilk Pancakes
Published: July 2009
Best Buttermilk Pancakes
We found the secret to buttermilk pancakes that cook up fluffy from batch to bat…
Perfectly Browned Pancakes
Published: July 2009
Perfectly Browned Pancakes
The first pancake in a batch of pancakes often comes out unevenly browned, with …
Garlic Mayonnaise
Published: July 2009
Garlic Mayonnaise
Intensely flavored garlic mayonnaise is a popular condiment in Spanish tapas bar…
Spanish Tortilla
Published: July 2009
Spanish Tortilla
This tapas bar favorite boasts meltingly tender potatoes in a dense, creamy omel…

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