If you're like most people, you've probably been so hammered by thick, gloppy bottled dressings or overdressed, soggy greens that you've forgotten what a pleasure a nice, light, side salad really is. Good thing it's pretty easy once you know the basic steps. Here's how to make your simple side salad the right way—it's my go-to counterpoint for rich and heavy fall and winter dishes.
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White chicken stock, in which neither the chicken nor the aromatics are roasted first, may be the most versatile of all stocks, enhancing any soup, sauce, or glaze you use it in. It's also incredibly easy to make. Here, we look at some of the factors that lead to a deeply flavorful stock, while keeping the method and ingredients as easy and accessible as possible. Requiring such a minimal investment of time and effort, this stock will upgrade any dish or sauce you make compared to the store-bought variety.
People, even experts, swear that you should never put a tomato in the fridge. They are wrong. Here's the follow-up to our tomato-storage tests from earlier in the summer, with some basic tips for how you really should store your tomatoes.
Getting jam to set properly is a matter of adding just enough sugar, acid, and heat to the mix. Here are the hows and whys.
Six quick and easy grilling hacks to help you become a true master of the flames.
It's not hard to buy good ice cream these days. Same goes for sorbet. But sherbet? That you'll have to make at home. And you should.
However many ways there are to skin a cat, I'd wager there's fifty times as many ways to make tomato sauce from fresh—not canned—tomatoes. The best, though, comes from summertime tomatoes at the peak of ripeness, and layers the deeply sweet flavors of long-cooked tomatoes with the fresh, bright, fruity notes of barely-cooked ones. This sauce achieves that, and is so good, you won't even need to put cheese on top.
Grilling squid is, in theory, incredibly simple. The challenge, though, lies in getting the naturally very wet squid to brown before it overcooks into chewy oblivion. Here are keys to searing squid on the grill while keeping it completely tender.
So you're in the middle of baking cookies and find out that what you thought was cocoa powder is really a jar of peanut butter. Can you swap in a chocolate bar instead? The answer's a tricky one.
Cast iron frying pans are versatile, durable, and remarkably cheap. While pans that have passed down for generations might have a whole lot of sentimental value, you can buy a brand new cast iron frying pan without shelling out much cash. But do you think of using one when you're not frying up bacon?
There are some baking ingredients you can substitute without a problem, but what about cocoa powder?
For bakers, chocolate is one hell of a complicated ingredient—over 600 volatile compounds contribute to its aroma and flavor. So if you want to bake with chocolate, it helps to know some fundamentals.
In part two of our jam-making series, we look at the tools and techniques you need to know to make the most beautiful, intense, fresh-tasting jams.
Grilling salmon steaks is, in theory, as simple as throwing them on the grill until done. But with a little prep work, you can make boneless rounds that cook more evenly and are easier to handle on the grill. Here's how.
Velveting meat is a common practice in Chinese stir-fries: By marinating strips of meat with egg white and cornstarch, then dipping then in a hot oil bath before finally stir-frying them, the meat develops a texture that is tender, silky, and smooth. But the hot oil bath is cumbersome for home cooks. Here's how to do it with water instead at home, with just-as-good results.
Sweet potatoes started out as a way of stretching expensive refined flour in biscuit doughs for those who couldn't afford otherwise, but they're not just an economical step: They create moist, flavorful biscuits that are even more likely to be tender, because some of that sweet potato replaces what would otherwise be wheat gluten. Here are the steps to make them.
Tradition says all sorts of things are necessary to make good pesto, from (pricey) Ligurian olive oil to pecorino sardo—not romano—cheese. What's the truth to all this? We put pesto dogma to the test.
Wondering how to make better coffee in a French press? Technique and tips, plus the science behind why this brewing method is a bit different from the rest.
The angel biscuit is the lovechild of a biscuit and a soft roll: using both baking powder and yeast for leavening, they are guaranteed to rise to pillowy heights. The final result is featherlight and soft with a buttery, biscuit-y flavor. They make a great vehicle for sliders or sandwiches, but are equally as good split in half and served with butter, honey, or jam.
Grilling may be one of my favorite ways to cook a whole fish—the intense direct heat does wonders to the skin, crisping it up, while the coals below impart a delicious flavor to the fish. Granted, it's not quite as easy as just tossing a whole fish in the oven, but a few key steps will guarantee it comes out perfect every time.