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Premium Teas
Published: July 2007
Premium Teas
Supermarket teas have improved in quality; does it still make sense to buy premi…
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Penne
Published: July 2007
Penne
Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?
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Whole-Milk Yogurt
Published: July 2007
Whole-Milk Yogurt
The fat makes all the difference.
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Lemon-and-Herb Marinades
Published: July 2007
Lemon-and-Herb Marinades
We tasted four bottled varieties to see if we could find an acceptable substitut…
Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Published: July 2007
Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Not just any crispy cuke will do.
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Published: July 2007
Quick Fresh Tomato Sauce
With flavorful seasonal tomatoes, it's easy to make a tomato sauce in under 30…
Quick Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
Published: July 2007
Quick Homemade Bread and Butter Pickles
Traditional pickles can be an all-day affair to prepare, but there’s a shorter…
Asian BBQ Glaze
Published: July 2007
Asian BBQ Glaze
This glaze works well on chickens and Cornish game hens.
Published: July 2007
Moroccan Chicken Breasts with Olives and Lemon
Time-consuming techniques and esoteric ingredients make cooking authentic Morocc…
Published: July 2007
Blueberry Yeasted Waffles
Yes, yeasted waffles sound old-fashioned and they require an ounce of advance pl…
Thai-Style Soup with Pork
Published: July 2007
Thai-Style Soup with Pork
Authentic Thai-style soup gains complex flavor in minutes via a handful of exoti…
Published: July 2007
Thai-Style Soup with Shrimp
Authentic Thai-style soup gains complex flavor in minutes via a handful of exoti…
Rustic Plum Cake
Published: July 2007
Rustic Plum Cake
Rustic plum cake should be an ideal showcase for summer-ripe plums, but it is of…
Blueberry Scones
Published: July 2007
Blueberry Scones
We already knew what a blueberry scone could be—dry, crumbly, or dense. We baked…
Peaches, Blackberries, and Strawberries with Basil and Pepper
Published: July 2007
Peaches, Blackberries, and Strawberries with Basil and Pepper
Could an old bartending trick be the simple answer to a better fruit salad?
Published: July 2007
Nectarines, Grapes, and Blueberries with Orange and Cardamom
Could an old bartending trick be the simple answer to a better fruit salad?
Published: July 2007
Honeydew, Mango, and Raspberries with Lime and Ginger
Could an old bartending trick be the simple answer to a better fruit salad?
Cantaloupe, Plums, and Cherries with Mint and Vanilla
Published: July 2007
Cantaloupe, Plums, and Cherries with Mint and Vanilla
Could an old bartending trick be the simple answer to a better fruit salad?
Shrimp Salad with Wasabi and Pickled Ginger
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad with Wasabi and Pickled Ginger
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. We fix the shrimp, then …
Shrimp Salad with Corn and Chipotle
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad with Corn and Chipotle
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. We fix the shrimp, then …
Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Orange
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad with Avocado and Orange
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. We fix the shrimp, then …
Shrimp Salad with Roasted Red Pepper and Basil
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad with Roasted Red Pepper and Basil
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. We fix the shrimp, then …
Shrimp Salad
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. We fix the shrimp, then …
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens on a Gas Grill
These birds provide crisp skin and delicate meat and are an elegant alternative …
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens on a Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens on a Charcoal Grill
These birds provide crisp skin and delicate meat and are an elegant alternative …
Pasta Caprese
Published: July 2007
Pasta Caprese
This summer dish combines ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil wi…
Greek-Style Beef Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce
Published: July 2007
Greek-Style Beef Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce
We were craving restaurant-style Greek gyros that we could wrap our hands around…
Greek-Style Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce—Gyros
Published: July 2007
Greek-Style Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce—Gyros
We were craving restaurant-style Greek gyros that we could wrap our hands around…
Grilled Orange-Tarragon Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Orange-Tarragon Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Orange-Tarragon Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Orange-Tarragon Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Chipotle-Lime Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts on a Gas Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts on a Charcoal Grill
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary on a Gas Grill
How could our recipe for grilled potatoes be improved? With rosemary, garlic, an…
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary on a Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary on a Charcoal Grill
How could our recipe for grilled potatoes be improved? With rosemary, garlic, an…
Barbecued Beef Brisket on the Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Barbecued Beef Brisket on the Gas Grill
Our mission was simple: We wanted a brisket with slow-cooked pit barbecue flavor…
Barbecued Beef Brisket on the Charcoal Grill
Published: July 2007
Barbecued Beef Brisket on the Charcoal Grill
Our mission was simple: We wanted a brisket with slow-cooked pit barbecue flavor…
Tabletop Grills
Published: July 2007
Tabletop Grills
Can you bring restaurant-style tabletop grilling home?
Onion Goggles
Published: July 2007
Onion Goggles
Do these solve a tearful problem?
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Grill Grate Lifter
Published: July 2007
Grill Grate Lifter
Is a grill grate lifter a viable alternative to using a mitt?
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Barbecue Thermometers
Published: July 2007
Barbecue Thermometers
For long and slow barbecuing, it's especially important to monitor grill tempera…
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Cutting a Mango
Published: July 2007
Cutting a Mango
Removing the flesh from a mango can be tough. First cut off the ends and remove …
Peeling and Chopping a Melon
Published: July 2007
Peeling and Chopping a Melon
The first step is cutting off the ends to create a stable base. Next you'll want…
Taking Care of Knives
Published: July 2007
Taking Care of Knives
A sharp knife is essential for both safety and performance. Here's a simple test…
Freezing Mozzarella
Published: July 2007
Freezing Mozzarella
Freezing the cheese for just ten minutes is the key to perfect Pasta Caprese rat…
Pasta Caprese
Published: July 2007
Pasta Caprese
This summer dish combines ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fragrant basil wi…
Importance of Salting and Draining Tzatziki
Published: July 2007
Importance of Salting and Draining Tzatziki
When you're making tzatziki, here's why draining your yogurt and salting and dra…
Mincing Oregano
Published: July 2007
Mincing Oregano
There are a few general guidelines you should follow when mincing herbs like ore…
Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki
Published: July 2007
Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki
We were craving restaurant-style Greek gyros that we could wrap our hands around…
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
Published: July 2007
Grilled Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary
How could our recipe for grilled potatoes be improved? With rosemary, garlic, in…
Measuring Flour
Published: July 2007
Measuring Flour
We compare the accuracy of three different methods: weighing the flour, spooning…
Grating Frozen Butter
Published: July 2007
Grating Frozen Butter
Here at America's Test Kitchen, we've found that a few simple tricks help to mak…
Barbecued Beef Brisket
Published: July 2007
Barbecued Beef Brisket
Our mission was simple: We wanted a brisket with slow-cooked pit barbecue flavor…
What Happens If I Use Butter That Isn't Cold?
Published: July 2007
What Happens If I Use Butter That Isn't Cold?
Cold butter is one key to our super-flaky blueberry scones. It allows the butter…
Basic Knife Skills
Published: July 2007
Basic Knife Skills
Good knife skills are invaluable. They'll improve the flavor of your dishes, spe…
Peeling and Deveining Shrimp
Published: July 2007
Peeling and Deveining Shrimp
We don't recommend buying pre-peeled and deveined shrimp. Here are a few simple …
Buying Shrimp
Published: July 2007
Buying Shrimp
Almost all the shrimp you can buy at the supermarket has been frozen even if it …
Shrimp Salad
Published: July 2007
Shrimp Salad
Deli-style shrimp salads are usually rubbery and bland. In order to solve this p…
Skewering a Game Hen
Published: July 2007
Skewering a Game Hen
When cooking Cornish game hens on the grill, skewering them is a good way to coo…
Butterflying a Game Hen
Published: July 2007
Butterflying a Game Hen
Removing the backbone makes it easier to cook a Cornish game hen evenly and to c…
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens
Published: July 2007
Grill-Roasted Cornish Game Hens
These birds provide crisp skin and delicate meat and are an elegant alternative …
Slicing on the Bias
Published: July 2007
Slicing on the Bias
Lots of recipes call for slicing meat, poultry, or vegetables on the bias. Here'…
Smoke Rings
Published: July 2007
Smoke Rings
The pink line called the "smoke ring" is the hallmark of great barbecue. But wha…
Barbecuing Brisket on a Gas Grill
Published: July 2007
Barbecuing Brisket on a Gas Grill
Here's how to set up your gas grill for long, slow, smoky cooking. You'll need a…
Barbecuing Tips
Published: July 2007
Barbecuing Tips
Grilling at a low heat for a long time is not an exact science, but these techni…
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts
Published: July 2007
Grilled Lemon-Parsley Chicken Breasts
We wanted boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came off the grill juicy and f…
Blueberry Scones
Published: July 2007
Blueberry Scones
Blueberry scones often come out dry, crumbly, or overly dense. We baked over 800…
Preparing a Charcoal Grill for Roasts or Poultry
Published: July 2007
Preparing a Charcoal Grill for Roasts or Poultry
When we grill large pieces of meat, we build a modified two-level fire with two …
Rustic Plum Cake
Published: July 2007
Rustic Plum Cake
Rustic plum cake should be an ideal showcase for summer-ripe plums, but without …
Properly Kneaded Dough
Published: July 2007
Properly Kneaded Dough
The most common problem with scones and biscuits is overkneading. But how do you…
Zesting Citrus Fruits
Published: July 2007
Zesting Citrus Fruits
It's important not to over zest, because the white pith tastes bitter. You'll wa…