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Low and Slow Braising
Published: May 2010
Low and Slow Braising
We’ve always heard that braising should be done “low and slow,” but how much of …
Published: May 2010
Decoratively Sealing Empanadas, Calzones, and Pies
A simple fork crimp will do the job, but this technique produces a more aestheti…
Testing Bread for Doneness
Published: May 2011
Testing Bread for Doneness
Is it true that you can test yeast bread for doneness by tapping the loaf and se…
Supermarket Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: May 2010
Supermarket Vanilla Ice Cream
Twenty-one Cook’s Illustrated staff members sampled eight national and regional …
Buy the Winner
Published: May 2010
Creamy Butterscotch Frosting
The ultimate cupcake isn't complete without the ultimate frosting.
Published: May 2010
Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting
The ultimate cupcake isn't complete without the ultimate frosting.
Published: May 2010
Creamy Vanilla Frosting
The ultimate cupcake isn't complete without the ultimate frosting.
Grilled Asparagus with Orange-Thyme Butter
Published: May 2010
Grilled Asparagus with Orange-Thyme Butter
There’s nothing wrong with brushing the spears with oil and tossing them on the …
Grilled Asparagus with Chili-Lime Butter
Published: May 2010
Grilled Asparagus with Chili-Lime Butter
There’s nothing wrong with brushing the spears with oil and tossing them on the …
Creamy Malted Milk Chocolate Frosting
Published: May 2010
Creamy Malted Milk Chocolate Frosting
The ultimate cupcake isn't complete without the ultimate frosting.
Beef Empanadas with Corn and Black Bean Filling
Published: May 2010
Beef Empanadas with Corn and Black Bean Filling
In Latin America, crisp pastry pockets stuffed with briny spiced beef make a sav…
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Charmoula Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Charmoula Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Provençal Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Provençal Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Gas-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Gas-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Sautéed Pork Cutlets with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Published: May 2010
Sautéed Pork Cutlets with Lemon-Caper Sauce
Searing prepackaged scaloppini usually guarantees two things: bland flavor and l…
Inexpensive Charcoal-Grill-Roasted Beef with Shallot and Tarragon
Published: May 2010
Inexpensive Charcoal-Grill-Roasted Beef with Shallot and Tarragon
Grill-roasting seems like an easy way to flavor a less-than-perfect cut of beef—…
Inexpensive Gas-Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Published: May 2010
Inexpensive Gas-Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Grill-roasting seems like an easy way to flavor a less-than-perfect cut of beef—…
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Chicken and Herbs
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Chicken and Herbs
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Beef Empanadas with Spicy Chorizo Filling
Published: May 2010
Beef Empanadas with Spicy Chorizo Filling
In Latin America, crisp pastry pockets stuffed with briny spiced beef make a sav…
Grilled Asparagus with Cumin Butter
Published: May 2010
Grilled Asparagus with Cumin Butter
There’s nothing wrong with brushing the spears with oil and tossing them on the …
Almost Hands-Free Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Fennel, and Green Olives
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Lemon Risotto with Chicken, Fennel, and Green Olives
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Spinach Risotto with Chicken, Leeks, and Garlic
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Saffron Risotto with Chicken and Peas
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Best Buttermilk Waffles
Published: May 2010
Best Buttermilk Waffles
How do you get waffles to come out crisp yet fluffy every time? Step one: Stop t…
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Published: May 2010
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
The ultimate cupcake isn't complete without the ultimate frosting.
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling
Published: May 2010
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling
There’s only so much chocolate you can cram into a cupcake before the texture li…
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Butter
Published: May 2010
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Butter
There’s nothing wrong with brushing the spears with oil and tossing them on the …
Chicken Canzanese
Published: May 2010
Chicken Canzanese
Before we could perfect the regional Italian classic known as chicken canzanese,…
Beef Empanadas
Published: May 2010
Beef Empanadas
In Latin America, crisp pastry pockets stuffed with briny spiced beef make a sav…
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Sautéed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce
Published: May 2010
Sautéed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce
Searing prepackaged scaloppini usually guarantees two things: bland flavor and l…
Inexpensive Charcoal Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Published: September 2012
Inexpensive Charcoal Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Grill-roasting seems like an easy way to flavor a less-than-perfect cut of beef—…
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Published: May 2010
Frozen Vs. Jarred Artichokes
Canned and frozen artichokes are readily available and ready to cook (unlike the…
Published: May 2010
Cooking Whole Grains
Grains can be used as an alternative to rice or pasta in a number of application…
Published: May 2010
Mapping Your Broiler
Every broiler is different, and it's important to know how the position of your …
Published: May 2010
Cleaning Wooden Utensils
Wooden utensils shouldn't go in the dishwasher. Fortunately, they don't need to.
Published: May 2010
Preventing Dairy from Boiling Over
Why does milk have a tendency to boil over more often than any other liquid?
Published: March 2011
Butter Temperature 101
Butter temperature can dramatically affect the texture of baked goods, but terms…
Published: May 2010
Best Method for Kneading Bread Dough
These days almost all recipes for bread seem to call for a stand mixer. Does old…
Italian-Style Flour
Published: May 2010
Italian-Style Flour
What is Italian-style flour and what recipes can it be used for?
Published: May 2010
White Asparagus vs. Green
What is white asparagus, and how does its taste compare to green asparagus?
Published: May 2010
Shelf Life of Organic Milk
Does organic milk have a longer shelf life than regular milk?
Published: May 2010
The Rainbow Effect in Meat and Fish
What causes the shiny, rainbowlike appearance on raw tuna and beef?
Published: May 2010
Miso Primer
The different types of miso available in the grocery store can be confusing. Her…
Published: May 2010
Storing Lemon Zest
What is the best way to store lemon zest for future use?
Dough Whisk
Published: May 2010
Dough Whisk
This handy tool mixes sticky batter or dough without clumping.
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Food Choppers
Published: May 2010
Food Choppers
Chopping a pile of vegetables can be wearisome work even for cooks with sharp kn…
Meat Pounders
Published: May 2010
Meat Pounders
Flattening a pork or chicken cutlet takes a steady hand and the right tool.
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Charcoal Grill Tool Holder
Published: May 2010
Charcoal Grill Tool Holder
We love our charcoal kettle grill but often find ourselves wishing it had a plac…
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Electric Wine Chillers
Published: May 2010
Electric Wine Chillers
Want to cool down that Chablis, quick? Three new electric wine chillers claim th…
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Published: May 2010
Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Red Wine Vinegar and Mustard Vinaigrette
Ideally, grilled tuna should combine a hot, smoky, charred exterior with a cool,…
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs
Published: May 2010
Almost Hands-Free Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs
Classic risotto can demand half an hour of stovetop tedium for the best creamy r…
Beef Empanadas
Published: May 2010
Beef Empanadas
In Latin America, crisp pastry pockets stuffed with briny, spiced beef make a sa…
Broiler Tips
Published: May 2010
Broiler Tips
To ensure a crisp topping without overcooking the rest of your food, it’s essent…
How to Revive Honey
Published: May 2010
How to Revive Honey
Just because honey has crystallized and solidified in the jar doesn’t mean it ne…
Garlic Tips and Techniques
Published: May 2010
Garlic Tips and Techniques
There are a number of methods for removing stubborn garlic skins, but some work …
Freezer 101
Published: May 2010
Freezer 101
The freezer is great for extending the life of meat and soups, but it can also b…
Mincing Rosemary
Published: May 2010
Mincing Rosemary
Perfectly minced rosemary doesn’t need to be a painstaking, meticulous process i…
Juicing Lemons
Published: May 2010
Juicing Lemons
When it comes to juice, not all lemons are created equal. Follow these tips to s…
Chicken Canzanese
Published: May 2010
Chicken Canzanese
Before we could perfect the regional Italian classic known as chicken canzanese,…
Inexpensive Charcoal-Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Published: May 2010
Inexpensive Charcoal-Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary
Grill-roasting seems like an easy way to flavor a less-than-perfect cut of beef.…
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Butter
Published: May 2010
Grilled Asparagus with Garlic Butter
There’s nothing wrong with brushing the spears with oil and tossing them on the …
Trimming Asparagus
Published: May 2010
Trimming Asparagus
To remove the tough woody stems from asparagus at precisely the right point to m…
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling
Published: May 2010
Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling
There is only so much chocolate you can cram into a cupcake before the texture l…
Best Buttermilk Waffles
Published: May 2010
Best Buttermilk Waffles
How do you get waffles to come out crisp yet fluffy every time? Stop treating th…
Sauteed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce
Published: May 2010
Sauteed Pork Cutlets with Mustard-Cider Sauce
Searing prepackaged scaloppini usually guarantees two things: bland flavor and l…