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Does Poking Meat During Cooking Cause Moisture Loss?
Published: January 2012
Does Poking Meat During Cooking Cause Moisture Loss?
A widespread belief holds that piercing meat with a fork during cooking should …
Published: January 2012
Turning Your Oven into a Proof Box
Professional bakers often have a proof box on hand. Home cooks don't. Or do they…
Published: January 2012
How to Safely Thaw Meat in Hot Water
Use this trick to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria when thawing frozen mea…
Muffin Pan Myth
Published: January 2012
Muffin Pan Myth
If you’re making a half batch of muffins or cupcakes and thus don’t fill all the…
Published: January 2012
Is Aluminum Cookware Safe?
There are conflicting reports that cooking in aluminum pots and pans is risky be…
Spaghetti
Published: January 2012
Spaghetti
Our tests proved that once pasta is topped with sauce, flavor differences from b…
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Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Supermarket Cheese Ravioli
Store-bought cheese ravioli offer convenience, but would any pass muster?
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Oyster Crackers
Published: January 2012
Oyster Crackers
Many people enjoy oyster crackers simply for snacking, but they were originally …
Fennel and Tarragon Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Fennel and Tarragon Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Kale and Sunflower Seed Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
Green Olive, Almond, and Orange Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Green Olive, Almond, and Orange Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
Sage, Walnut, and Browned Butter Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Sage, Walnut, and Browned Butter Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
Published: January 2012
Potato and Shallot Galette with Goat Cheese
We knew we wanted the ease of a free-form tart, but the typical delicate butter…
Butternut Squash Galette with Gruyère
Published: January 2012
Butternut Squash Galette with Gruyère
We knew we wanted the ease of a free-form tart, but the typical delicate butter…
Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorgonzola
Published: January 2012
Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorgonzola
We knew we wanted the ease of a free-form tart, but the typical delicate butter …
Home Fries
Published: January 2012
Home Fries
Could the key to really good, genuinely crisp home fries be really bad boiled po…
New England Fish Chowder
Published: January 2012
New England Fish Chowder
Searching for a route to fresher, cleaner flavors, we got a bonus: shorter cooki…
Croissants
Published: January 2012
Croissants
Croissants can be a culinary triumph—or a waste of time. Our recipe guarantees s…
Hazelnut-Mocha Truffles
Published: January 2012
Hazelnut-Mocha Truffles
Turning out dense, creamy, professional-quality chocolate truffles at home was e…
Chocolate Chai Masala Truffles
Published: January 2012
Chocolate Chai Masala Truffles
Turning out dense, creamy, professional-quality chocolate truffles at home was e…
Chocolate Truffles
Published: January 2012
Chocolate Truffles
Turning out dense, creamy, professional-quality chocolate truffles at home was e…
Chicken Marbella
Published: January 2012
Chicken Marbella
More than 25 years ago, this dinner-party mainstay put The Silver Palate Cookboo…
Red Wine-Braised Pork Chops
Published: January 2012
Red Wine-Braised Pork Chops
To get juicy, tender meat and a rich, silky sauce, we first had to pick the righ…
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms
Published: January 2012
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms
When we took a closer look at the way Spanish cooks make beef stew, we found a w…
Published: January 2012
Do You Need an Antibacterial Cleaner?
Can cleaners without antibacterial agents still get the job done?
Published: January 2012
Low-Calorie Sweeteners
There are plenty of sugar substitutes on the market, but could any of them actua…
Published: January 2012
Storing and Handling Sweeteners
Just like all kitchen ingredients, there's a right way and a wrong way to handle…
Published: January 2012
Uncommon Uses For Sugar
There's more to sugar than adding sweetness to baked goods.
Published: January 2012
Sugar: A Multitasker In Baking and Cooking
The sucrose, glucose, and fructose in real sugars contribute much more to baking…
Published: January 2012
A Guide to Everyday Sweeteners
Not just for desserts, these kitchen essentials play a crucial role in browning,…
Exponentially Upping the Flakes in Pastry
Published: January 2012
Exponentially Upping the Flakes in Pastry
Puff pastry, croissants, and flaky pastry all rely on a mathematical phenomenon…
Published: January 2012
Ceviche "Cooking" Times
How long until ceviche is "cooked" through?
Published: January 2012
Professional-Quality Soft Pretzels at Home
Professional bakers dip raw soft pretzels in a lye (sodium hydroxide) solution j…
Published: January 2012
Coconut-Milk Whipped Cream
Is it possible to create dairy-free whipped "cream" using the thick layer of coc…
Published: January 2012
Achieving Silky Smooth Hummus
The key to smoother, creamier hummus is all in the temperature of the beans.
Shopping for Loin Pork Chops
Published: January 2012
Shopping for Loin Pork Chops
Here's what you need to know to buy the right chop for the job.
Aerating Wine in a Flash
Published: January 2012
Aerating Wine in a Flash
What if you want to pour a glass of wine and you haven't planned ahead? Use this…
The Truth About Black Rice
Published: January 2012
The Truth About Black Rice
What is black rice?
Pickling Salt
Published: January 2012
Pickling Salt
Many pickle recipes call for pickling salt. What is this ingredient? And is ther…
Published: January 2012
Quick Fix for Corked Wine
Can anything be done with a corked bottle of wine—besides pour it down the drain…
Published: January 2012
Ready-to-Use Quinoa
Quinoa is a pain to rinse before cooking. Is there an easier way?
Published: January 2012
Demystifying Cardamom
Some spice shops carry three different kinds of cardamom pods: white, green, and…
Flavoring Dried Beans with Seaweed
Published: January 2012
Flavoring Dried Beans with Seaweed
What purpose does putting a strip of seaweed in the pot when cooking dried beans…
All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
Published: January 2012
All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
For cutting through grease, grime, and food splatters on counters, stoves, and …
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Moka Pots
Published: January 2012
Moka Pots
Before we found a winner, we had to learn how to master the subtle techniques th…
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Wash Basin
Published: January 2012
Wash Basin
For your most delicate glassware, even handwashing in the sink may be too risky.
Mortars and Pestles
Published: January 2012
Mortars and Pestles
We were crushed (so to speak) to learn that our favorite mortar and pestle had…
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Peanut Butter Mixer
Published: January 2012
Peanut Butter Mixer
If you hate stirring natural peanut butter by hand, this may be the gadget for y…
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Croissants
Published: January 2012
Croissants
Croissants can be a culinary triumph—or a waste of time. Our recipe guarantees s…
All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
Published: January 2012
All-Purpose Spray Cleaners
For cutting through grease, grime, and food splatters on counters, stoves, and…
Chocolate Truffles
Published: January 2012
Chocolate Truffles
Turning out dense, creamy, professional-quality chocolate truffles at home was e…
Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Published: January 2012
Roasted Red Pepper and Pistachio Pesto for Cheese Ravioli
Packaged ravioli are super convenient. But choose the wrong sauce and dinner wil…
New England Fish Chowder
Published: January 2012
New England Fish Chowder
Searching for a route to fresher, cleaner flavors, we got a bonus: shorter cooki…
Red Wine—Braised Pork Chops
Published: January 2012
Red Wine—Braised Pork Chops
To get juicy, tender meat and a rich, silky sauce, we first had to pick the rig…
Home Fries
Published: January 2012
Home Fries
Could the key to really good, genuinely crisp home fries be really bad boiled po…
Chicken Marbella
Published: January 2012
Chicken Marbella
More than 25 years ago, this dinner-party mainstay put The Silver Palate Cookbo…
Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorzonzola
Published: January 2012
Mushroom and Leek Galette with Gorzonzola
We knew we wanted the ease of a free-form tart, but the typical delicate butter…
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms
Published: January 2012
Catalan-Style Beef Stew with Mushrooms
When we took a closer look at the way Spanish cooks make beef stew, we found a …

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