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The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away

There's a mysterious, myth-packed lore when it comes to cast iron pans. On the one hand there's the folks who claim you've got to treat your cast iron cookware like a delicate little flower. On the other, there's the macho types who chime in with their my cast iron is hella non-stick or goddam, does my pan heat evenly! In the world of cast iron, there are unfounded, untested claims left right and center. It's time to put a few of those myths to rest. More

How to Clean and Debeard Mussels

Mussels have a reputation as being fiddly to clean or dangerous to eat. How many of you got freaked out about ordering mussels at restaurants after reading Kitchen Confidential? The good news is that it's almost all untrue. Mussels are not only quick to prepare (think: fridge to table in about 15 minutes), they're also inexpensive, readily available, and deliciously elegant too. Here's how to get them ready for any recipe. More

The Food Lab: How to Poach Eggs for a Party

A couple of weeks back a friend of mine asked how to poach a large number of eggs for a brunch party. Here's a secret: When poaching eggs, you don't have to cook them to-order. In fact, you can poach them up to five days in advance with no loss in quality. Not only that, but it takes just 2 minutes and zero skill to take those eggs from fridge-cold to ready-to-serve once brunch begins. Here's how it's done. More

So You Like Flavor? Don't Soak Your Black Beans!

I've spent my whole life soaking black beans before cooking them just like every other bean around. But Russ Parsons of the L.A. Times recently chastised me for it, claiming that un-soaked black beans are better in almost every way. I put it to the test, comparing soaked and un-soaked beans for flavor, texture, color, ease of preparation, and, er, digestibility. Guess which method came out on top? More

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