Ever since giving up soda a couple months back, I've been drinking a lot of iced tea and coconut water. A lot of coconut water. After having drunk, tasted, and meticulously note-taken my way through every brand of coconut water I could find, I consider myself a sort of expert on the subject, and I've got some opinions on what makes great coconut water, and who does it the best.
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Frozen dumplings can be flavorful, satisfying, and almost indistinguishable from fresh ones, especially when you cook them properly. Then again...they can also suck. That's why we set out to try as many nationally available brands of Chinese-style pork dumplings and potstickers as we could get our hands on, tasting each and every one to see which ones are worth your precious freezer space.
There's a dearth of good vegan cheese alternatives out there. Some are downright abysmal with tofu-like flavor or watery, grainy interiors. Others come closer to the mark. But even the very best melting-style cheeses are a far cry from the real deal. The good news is that there are two cheese-style products I've found that are not just good-for-vegan food, but are good enough that anyone should be happy eating them.
Whether or not you're suffering from winter-induced gloom, there's nothing a good, rich cup of drinking chocolate won't help. Yes, drinking chocolate—powdered hot cocoa's fancy-pants cousin, made from the finest beans and the richest ingredients, and meant to hit you hard, like a liquid-chocolate freight train. Here are three of our favorites.
I've often thought that I could live on beef tartare and cured meats alone. But the true testament to my obsession is that I still think that after trying 20 of the country's most highly rated salumi. In one sitting. Here are my favorite dry-cured salami that are not only worth their salt hangover, but 100% worth going out of your way to order online if you can't find them at a specialty shop near you.
There's bad white chocolate and good white chocolate, and the good stuff, when treated right, is one of the most versatile and useful ingredients in the pastry kitchen. What does fantastic white chocolate taste like, and where can you find it? We tasted over 20 varieties to find out.
When it comes to crowd-pleasers, it's hard to beat a great chocolate chip cookie. Which pre-made cookie doughs are worth your time? We tasted nine brands to find out.
I can't think of another snack that nails the triple C (classic, comforting, classy) trifecta as perfectly as spiced nuts. They're total crowd-pleasers that don't require any prep more than dumping 'em into pretty bowls for serving. We tried 12 varieties from Trader Joe's to see which ones to stock up on this holiday season.
I may no longer be a New Yorker, but I am a die hard fan of the New York hot dog. Aside from a good slice of pizza, it's the thing I'll undoubtedly miss most at my new home on the West Coast. But as a recent (and permanent) Bay Area resident, I know that unless I'm making them myself, I'd better start scouring those supermarket shelves for a worthy hot dog to become my new go-to. Here's what we found.
Does domestic Parmesan come close to competing with the real D.O.P. deal? We rounded up as many domestic versions as we could, then put them to a blind taste test with an imported one in the mix.
Who Knew Butter and Dairy-Free Cookies Could Be So Good? New Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough From Hampton Creek is Solid
Last year, Hampton Creek's Just Mayo vegan mayonnaise beat out our winning brand of traditional mayonnaise in a blind taste test. Now the company is about to release Just Cookie Dough, the vegan chocolate chip cookie dough they've been working on. Could their cookies pull off the same trick as their mayo in an informal taste test? We enlisted the help of strangers to find out.
It wasn't until a few years ago, when I had my first taste of a freshly made, flaky, charred, lard-packed flour tortilla in Texas, that I realized how good these flatbreads can be. And the cook-at-home tortillas from TortillaLand I just discovered last week are a revelation: I can now have my fresh tortillas and stay lazy in the process.
There's a new line-up of corn-based chips in your grocery store's deli section. They're non-GMO, certified gluten free, and (most importantly) totally delicious.
You don't wake up every day and say, "I'm gonna eat every Pop Tart on earth."
Does any salad do a better job of combining refreshing lightness and total indulgence into one than Caesar salad? Here our panel of blind tasters sample our way through several supermarket brands in search of the ones that live up best to from-scratch standards.
Tea people always talk about how the quality of your water can affect the taste of your tea. What does that claim look like when you put it to the test? Should you bother making your tea with bottled or filtered water?
Which fast food chain has the best chicken nuggets? We found out.
I've had this idea griddling in my brain for quite a while now. New York and Chicago both have a proud hot dog culture that highlights all-beef, natural casing franks. But whose dogs are really better?
I grew up with Tillamook ice cream, and I still like it. While the flavors tend toward classic, not surprising or 'gourmet', they're good versions of the classics. So I was eager to taste Tillamook's new line of chocolate-dipped ice cream bars. Here's how they fared.
Puff pastry. The light, flaky, buttery stuff of apple turnovers, beef Wellington, and, of course, the most epic waffles you'll ever eat. But which pre-made brand yields the best results? We tasted the top two contenders to see how they'd perform.