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Mexican Tamale Pie (Cazuela de Tamal) With Black Bean Filling

If I halved the recipe, do you think a 10 inch cast iron skillet would be the right size? Also wondering how long this would keep and how it is reheated. One of the nice thing about tamales is that you can freeze them and steam whenever, so hopefully this would be similar and then I could make the whole batch. Looks great

Juicy and Tender Swedish Meatballs With Rich Gravy

I made these tonight over egg noodles and they were fantastic. Perfect amount of salt (I used diamond crystal) and really tender. The store was out of ground pork so I used their meatloaf blend which is 1:1:1 ground beef chuck, ground pork, ground veal. I doubt I'd spend the extra money on the veal if it hadn't been in the package, but in a delicate meatball like these I think it works really well.

The Food Lab: Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Wings With Xi'an Flavors Bring the Heat

I'm pretty sure you meant the baking powder slightly raises the pH (lowering acidity) not the other way around, right? Either way I've always had great success with your oven fried wings and love the flavors of Xi'an, so definitely trying these as soon as they plow enough for me to get to the market

Brown Butter Cake With Brown Butter Frosting

Looks like a nice cake, brown butter is a wonderful flavor to highlight. But I wish the weights for all ingredients would be included in baking recipes on this site (other than perhaps those under a tablespoon), and metric would be even better. I find myself skipping a lot of recipes and cookbooks just to avoid measuring cups at this point.

The Food Lab: Rethinking Beef Stroganoff

@Kenji so sorry about Yuba. The hardest part of adopting an adult dog is how much less time you get to spend with them, but I'm sure you made her days very happy.
Made this recipe tonight, and as my first experience with Stroganoff it was amazing. Very comforting in this cold weather. I left out the mushrooms since we're not fans and just added a few extra pearl onions, didn't feel like it was missing anything.

The Real Deal With White Chocolate, Dessert's Delicious Underdog

I'm not sure which white chocolate they have, but Fairway carries Cacao Barry pistoles portioned into half pound amounts. Reasonably priced, it's what I generally go for when I need some chocolate, especially for cooking since pistoles are so convenient

Clay Pot Rice With Spicy Sausage and Mushrooms

Soaking white rice does not turn it to mush. It's very common to soak basmati, japanese and sometimes long grain rice after rinsing and before normal cooking, at least it is in asia. I can't remember why (other than with basmati it makes the very long grains less likely to break during cooking), but even my rice cooker always starts with a soaking.

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Why Crème de Cassis Deserves a Revival

My all time favorite liqueur. Used to drink it mixed with fizzy french lemonade as a kid - I didn't even know it was alcoholic, and it was so diluted it didn't really matter. I wish it was easier to find a good quality bottle that doesn't taste like cough syrup

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brownies swirled with salted caramel

How to Make Traditional Cassoulet (And Why You Should Put Chicken in It!)

Any chance I could substitute fresh pork belly for the salt pork, or would it really miss the cured flavor. I've never seen salt pork at my supermarket - non mainstream pork products like this, lard or a variety of pork sausages seem to be really hard for me to find. Is it something I could find in a chinese market?

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spaghetti with a quick marinara is one of my favorites - mostly pantry ingredients and real quick to throw together

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french apple cake

The Best Slow-Cooked Tomato Sauce

Do you drain the tomatoes before crushing them? Mine are packed in purée. Can't wait to make the sauce this afternoon.

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baked pasta with sausage and peppers - one of the first things I learned to cook, and certainly something I come back to for comfort

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potatoes with chorizo

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lots of garlic, chilies and lime

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I like boneless thighs with a really crunchy batter

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Why You Should Stop Boiling Your Oatmeal and Start Baking It

Would this work with steel cut oats? Any idea how much longer it would take? I might need to experiment and see if its something I could do the night before and reheat in the morning. I don't eat anywhere near as much oatmeal as I would like to just because I hate waiting around for breakfast in the morning.

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rabbit butchery - I've tried it once and ended up so frustrated I just used the legs for dinner and the rest for stock. poultry is easy, four legged animals I'm lost with

The Food Lab: How to Make Adana Kebabs (Turkish Ground Lamb Kebabs)

Would Aleppo pepper be an acceptable sub for the Urfa pepper flakes? I feel like I already have so many specialized peppers that I hate to buy one more and risk it losing it's potency before I get a chance to use half (which has happened to me before).

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pie from whatever fruit is in season

The Food Lab Turbo: Forget the Flank, Skirt Steak is the King of Stir Fries!

In most stir frys you pour the sauce in the center on the bare metal so that it can come to a simmer quickly and reduce/thicken

Vacuum Sealer from SousVide Supreme

I've been wanting to try out sous vide cooking for a long time. I recently found out that SousVide Supreme is now making a vacuum sealer that they're selling with their water oven on as a bundle for $500. It sounds like a really good deal to me. I was just wondering if anyone knows if the vacuum sealer is a good one, or if I should just spend the extra money on a food saver.

How to Make Gorditas With Masa

Once you eat a Mexican gordita, your life may never be the same again: Corn cakes made from masa dough are pan-fried to create a crisp exterior and a steamy, tender interior, then stuffed with any number of traditional fillings, from spicy beans, to fresh white cheese and tender shredded meats. More

Equipment: 9 Essential Pots and Pans

My personal "essentials" lists evolve slowly over time based on not only minor refinements in selection or new product availability, but also on my own cooking style. It's impossible for me to tell you that the pots and pans that I use the most will be the same as the pots and pans you'll use the most. But I can tell you this: I cook a lot, and I cook a wide variety of things, and with these pots and pans in my arsenal, I never find myself saying, "man, I wish I just had [insert pan X here]. Nearly every recipe on this site can be cooked in a kitchen equipped with these bad boys, so if you or a loved one has been extra nice this year, listen up! More

Mongolian Stir-Fried Lamb with Cumin

Dry-style stir-fried lamb is a Northern Chinese dish originating in Mongolia. It's primary flavor comes from cumin, soy sauce, and Sichuan peppercorns. It's musky, hot, and well, awesome. That it doesn't have a sauce makes it once of the quickest, easiest stir-fries to prepare at home. It works equally well with beef. More

From a Polish Country House Kitchen's Pierogi with Potato, Cheese, Bacon, and Peas Filling

From soup-filled to soup-simmered, I have never met a dumpling I did not like. So it was with great excitement that I flipped open From A Polish Country House Kitchen to find not one, not two, but three different recipes for pierogi. Pierogi are boiled and then pan fried half-moon dumplings usually filled with some kind of meat, cheese, or potato filling. Pierogi are usually made en masse as a celebratory meal, since all of the kneading, rolling, filling, and boiling can take the better part of a day. Anne Applebaum and Danielle Crittenden's recipe, however, is scaled back to make just enough pierogi for 4 people, so the challenge is a little less formidable. Their classic "Ruskie" filling of potatoes, ricotta, bacon, and peas is a humble one, but it is nonetheless delightful. More

Classic Potato Salad

How does the tang get in the tater? Read all about it here. Note: Cornichons are small salty pickles that can be found in most grocery stores. If unavailable, regular dill pickles or pickle relish can be used in its... More