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Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Published: November 2015
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Pasta and chickpeas is a homey Italian standard. Our tweaks added depth but not…
Shopping for Lamb
Published: November 2015
Shopping for Lamb
Lamb has been staging somewhat of a comeback—and for good reason. Here's our tes…
Published: November 2015
Homemade Pie Shield
Here's our test kitchen tips for protecting the edges of your pie crust during b…
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
Published: November 2015
Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
We tasted five white, and nine multigrain gluten-free sandwich breads to see if …
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Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Published: November 2015
Supermarket Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Often dull or even rancid-tasting, supermarket olive oils never seem to live up …
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Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Browned Butter Vinaigrette
Published: November 2015
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Browned Butter Vinaigrette
Salads made with these hearty leaves can be a lot to chew on. We fixed that.
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette
Published: November 2015
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette
Salads made with these hearty leaves can be a lot to chew on. We fixed that.
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Dates and Almonds
Published: November 2015
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Dates and Almonds
We’ve updated our turkey methods but never reworked stuffing. The time had come.
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Fennel and Pine Nuts
Published: November 2015
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Fennel and Pine Nuts
We’ve updated our turkey methods but never reworked stuffing. The time had come.
Sautéed Mushroom Topping
Published: November 2015
Sautéed Mushroom Topping
Serve with our Cook's Illustrated Sweet Potato Soup.
Marshmallows
Published: November 2015
Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows are easy to make. Serve with our Hot Chocolate Mix or cut …
Baked Alaska
Published: November 2015
Baked Alaska
The classic cake, ice cream, and meringue combo is a science experiment you can …
Miso-Marinated Salmon for Two
Published: November 2015
Miso-Marinated Salmon for Two
Turns out, miso is one of the best ways to flavor salmon—inside and out.
Miso-Marinated Salmon
Published: November 2015
Miso-Marinated Salmon
Turns out, miso is one of the best ways to flavor salmon—inside and out.
Ultranutty Pecan Bars
Published: November 2015
Ultranutty Pecan Bars
By banishing the custard filling in favor of a topping that emphasizes the pecan…
Maple Sour Cream
Published: November 2015
Maple Sour Cream
The sweetness of pure maple syrup and tanginess of sour cream make an ideal garn…
Candied Bacon Bits
Published: November 2015
Candied Bacon Bits
For a sweet and savory garnish for sweet potato soup, we cook bacon pieces until…
Buttery Rye Croutons
Published: November 2015
Buttery Rye Croutons
Instead of turning on the oven to make croutons, we gently fry them in a skillet…
Sweet Potato Soup
Published: November 2015
Sweet Potato Soup
The secrets to creamy sweet potato soup with deep, earthy-sweet flavor? Use thos…
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Published: November 2015
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Salads made with these hearty leaves can be a lot to chew on. We fixed that.
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Cranberries and Walnuts
Published: November 2015
Rustic Bread Stuffing with Cranberries and Walnuts
We’ve updated our turkey methods but never reworked stuffing. The time had come.
Best Ground Beef Chili
Published: November 2015
Best Ground Beef Chili
Ground beef chili offers more convenience than chili made with chunks of meat. B…
Better Chicken Marsala for Two
Published: November 2015
Better Chicken Marsala for Two
Chicken cutlets napped with a silky mushroom-Marsala sauce are a restaurant stan…
Better Chicken Marsala
Published: November 2015
Better Chicken Marsala
Chicken cutlets napped with a silky mushroom-Marsala sauce are a restaurant stan…
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Mint-Almond Relish
Published: November 2015
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Sweet Mint-Almond Relish
If you have the know-how, rack of lamb can be one of the simplest—and most elega…
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Published: November 2015
Roasted Rack of Lamb with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
If you have the know-how, rack of lamb can be one of the simplest—and most elega…
Published: November 2015
Speedier Brussels Sprouts Prep
We prefer to thinly slice 1½ pounds of sprouts for Brussels Sprout Salads (see r…
Published: November 2015
Use a Bowl for Simpler Seasoning
Here's our test kitchen tip for seasoning smaller cuts of of meat, like cutlets …
Published: November 2015
Removing Pin Bones from Salmon
The best way to remove pinbones from salmon fillets.
Published: November 2015
The Solution to Searing Meat
When cooking meat, including recipes like our Roasted Rack of Lamb with Roasted…
Published: November 2015
Ensuring Weight and Temperature Accuracy
Small inaccuracies in measuring temperature and weight can lead to problems lik…
Published: November 2015
Flavoring Whipped Cream
A small amount of extract or ground spices can be whisked into whipped cream to …
Published: November 2015
The Nicest Rice for Pudding
Rice pudding is usually made with long-grain rice, but we wondered if it could …
Published: November 2015
Chestnuts: Buying and Shelling
We recommend using fresh chestnuts when they are available in the fall or early …
Published: November 2015
Cracking the Cocoa Nib
Everything you ever wanted to know about cocoa nibs, and how to use them.
Published: November 2015
Comparing Kale
Three types of kale are commonly available in supermarkets. So, how do you know …
Personal Blenders
Published: November 2015
Personal Blenders
“Personal blenders” offer promising perks over full-size blenders, such as small…
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Pie Carriers
Published: November 2015
Pie Carriers
Traveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrie…
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Champagne Savers
Published: November 2015
Champagne Savers
Champagne savers promise to keep champagne and sparkling wine fresh for anywhere…
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Oven Thermometers
Published: November 2015
Oven Thermometers
An oven thermometer is the only reliable way to know what’s happening inside you…
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Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
Published: November 2015
Spatula-Spoons (Spoonulas)
A spatula-spoon (or “spoonula”) promises to serve both functions in one handy it…
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