There's no herb storage method I know of that can faithfully retain the flavor and texture of completely fresh herbs, but if you find yourself with more than you can possibly use, there are some methods that will work better than others. So you want to have something that closely resembles fresh herbs for sauces, soups, and stews? In that case, the freezer is your friend. Here's the best way to freeze herbs for long-term storage.
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Honeycomb is a delicious aerated caramel candy made with sugar, corn syrup, and baking soda that's also known as hokey pokey, cinder toffee, puff candy, and golden crunchers. It's quick to make and totally addictive, especially when coated with chocolate and salted peanuts. Here's how to make it.
Artichokes look like the armored tanks of the vegetable world—an impenetrable defense of shield-like leaves and thorny tips. But with the right tools and know-how, it's easy to get them ready for eating. Here are three ways to trim them: all the way down to the heart, minimally for steaming, and also for the classic Roman-Jewish dish carciofi alla giudia.
A perfect poutine is a trifecta of the best of its three ingredients—fries with a crisp exterior and soft interior, fresh and soft squeaky cheese curds, and a beefy brown gravy that's just flavorful enough without overwhelming the fries or curds. Getting each piece of the puzzle together for an ultimate version like this takes some time, but once complete, the reward is so good you'll go gaga even if you're totally sober.
Beef with broccoli is a staple of North American Chinese fast food joints, but the real version of this dish uses Chinese broccoli (gai lan), not the more familiar broccoli florets. Gai lan pairs perfectly with the strips of marinated beef, shallots, garlic, and oyster sauce in this easy dish.
These rustic-looking chocolate swirl meringues are flavored with cocoa powder, a touch of molasses, and a pinch of cinnamon. Baked until crisp, they combine a light and crumbly texture with intense chocolatey flavor. The cinnamon provides just a hint of warmth, while the molasses gives the meringue a subtle caramel flavor.
Considering how fundamentally simple they are, potato gnocchi sure do make people nervous. Do it right, and they're light and tender. Do it wrong, and they're gummy little bricks. Here we delve into every major aspect of gnocchi making and explain how each can impact the result. But first take a deep breath, because this doesn't need to be stressful. It can actually be a lot of fun, and an excellent exercise in honing your abilities as a cook.
If you're looking for a cocktail sweetener, it's time to look beyond sugar. Here's how to choose the best honey for your drink and how to incorporate it into a balanced cocktail recipe.
Like oysters and princes, herbs are nearly always at their best when they're fresh. But we've all been there: you buy a bunch of parsley from the supermarket for those 2 tablespoons of garnish that you need, a week goes by, and you suddenly find yourself with a whole lot of fresh parsley that's on its way out. What do you do? Compared to other drying methods—like hanging or using a low oven—the microwave produces the most potent dried herbs with the freshest flavor and the brightest color. Here's how to do it.
Long before ships brought native crops from the Americas to Europe, Italy was a land without red sauce, corn polenta, or potato gnocchi. But even without the potato, gnocchi still existed, such as in the form of the classic gnocchi alla Romana, this custardy oven-baked version made with semolina, egg, cheese, and butter. You could say these are the OG: the original gnocchi.
Spinach and artichoke dip is here as a part of my life, and I'm certainly not complaining about it. But sometimes I need to switch things up and take the dip beyond the chip, so I decided to stuff it inside tender pierogi dough instead.
My wife Adri and I have stocked out freezer with frozen dumplings since before we were husband and wife. After years of experience, I've figured out the easiest, fastest, and best ways to cook them from frozen. Here's how.
Proper measuring is a crucial part of successful baking. Unlike cooking, where you can often get away with eyeballing, baking is chemistry and requires precision. Add too much flour to cake batter and the cake may come out tough and dry. Not enough flour and you risk ending up with a badly structured cake that will collapse in the oven. Enter: Measuring 101. Today we're going to talk about the best tools for measuring, how to measure wet versus dry ingredients, why an ounce is not always an ounce, and why you should really, really consider investing in a good digital scale.
Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar. It's very easy to make at home from a can of sweetened condensed milk!
I don't make much popcorn at home: I don't own a dedicated popcorn popper, and the sound of the metal pan scratching on the burner as I shake it back and forth is enough to drive me crazy. The solution lies in a brown paper lunch bag and the microwave. Here's how to make the easiest popcorn ever.
Brown butter is one of those shortcut ingredients to great cooking, adding nutty, toasted flavors to whatever it touches. And all it takes to make is some butter, a pan, and a spatula. Here's how.
Beef tenderloin is the most expensive cut of meat on the steer. At a good butcher or supermarket, a trimmed center-cut tenderloin can run you as much as $25 to $30 per pound! But there are ways to minimize that cost. The best way is to buy the tenderloin whole and untrimmed, bring it home, and trim it yourself.
A butcher's knot has one big advantage over a regular square knot: it's a slip knot, which means that once you tie it, you can adjust it very easily without needing an extra finger to hold the knot in place as you tighten it.
Crown roast of lamb is one of the most impressive centerpieces for the holiday table, but its shape limits your options as far as cooking methods are concerned. Here's the best way to cook one without accidentally messing up such an expensive piece of meat.
Most home bakers are familiar with making buttercream. It's smooth, creamy and it tastes amazing spread over cake, piped onto cupcakes, or smushed between two cookies. However, there are actually six different kinds of buttercream! Read on to see how they compare...