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Perfect Steamed Boiled Eggs

I now use this method exclusively for making hard-cooked eggs, although I found that 12 minutes was a little too short. A minor adjustment to (usually) 14 minutes, and the fact that it takes only moments to bring an inch of water to a boil, makes this recipe invaluable.

Meet the Mini Baking Steel Griddle

#1 Kenji please don't stop doing product reviews! I only have a limited amount of money to spend on kitchen tools, and I can't afford to buy a whole bunch of things that don't work! I've stocked my kitchen with things you've recommended, and I've never been disappointed.

#2 That being said, it is uncanny how often a great deal is advertised RIGHT when I don't have the money for it. :) Although, that's kind of irrelevant now, because:

#3 I continue to heartily curse the glass-top electric stove that our current rental house has. One of these days I'm going to throw it out the window, and do all my cooking on my Lodge camp oven. I don't have to worry about THAT shattering in the course of daily use. (mutter mutter bloody glass-top stove mutter mutter mutter)

#4 Also, I have terrible luck with seasoning cast iron, so I'm curious to see if I would be any more successful with this product. I love making smashed burgers, but they destroyed the painstakingly-built-up seasoning on my Lodge griddle, and I'd like to not have to worry about that.

22 Supermarket Items You Should Leave on the Shelf (and What to Get Instead)


I would love to buy bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts! But where can one find them? All of my grocery stores stock several brands and varieties of boneless/skinless chicken breasts, but I have never seen bone-in/skin-on ones. Does one have to find a real butcher shop and special order them?

Taste Test: Is Better Vanilla Extract Worth the Price?

I've made my own the last few years, with a big bag of beans I got cheap on Amazon... I liked using bourbon, and vodka worked fine, but this last year I used white rum, and it's way too boozy. Oatmeal comes out tasting like alcohol instead of vanilla -- live and learn. Once I'm done with the beans in the alcohol, they go into a jar with white sugar, so I can get at least two uses out of them.

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Overall great recipe.

I had the same question as @wingbatwu, so I tried it with both granulated sugar/cornstarch, and with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar version gives a stronger chocolate flavor.

It seems a little thin to me, but that's probably because my previous hot chocolate recipe involves just chopping a chocolate bar into hot milk and adding powdered sugar to taste.

I do recommend adding the mix to your pot of hot milk and whisking it on low heat for a minute or two to really get it all melted and combined.

This is great recipe to have on hand for when you don't have the energy to make fancy hot chocolate. :)

The Best Cheap Booze for Classic Holiday Cocktails

Four Roses is my favorite for making vanilla extract.

In Praise of Ugly Food

I've tried so many pretty-looking dishes that didn't taste good at all that I don't even pay attention to the pictures anymore. A good photographer can make anything look good; it doesn't say anything about the flavor of the food. In fact, I'm probably MORE skeptical if the picture is especially attractive.

Ounces and Grams: Why Mass Is Not the Best Way to List Ingredients

I use a combination of whatever's practical at the time.

Last year I converted all of my Christmas baking recipes to weight measures, but I don't think it made my old-standby Christmas cookies any better!

@ Madhu Menon
Why can't you look up the conversions and write it in? That's what I do when I (American) use an international recipe. Most of my volume-to-weight or metric-to-imperial conversions I've just done myself. (Or imperial-to-metric, in some cases.)

Easy Skillet Baked Ziti With Sausage and Ricotta


The tool is a potato masher; Kenji talks about using it for ground meat here.

And Kenji, what pan is that you're using? The proportions seem unusual; I have a 5-qt skillet, but it's much flatter and wider. I like the taller, narrower version in these pictures.

This Is the World's Easiest Biscuit Recipe

This looks amazing, except I never keep self-rising flour in the house... I might try cheating with my regular unbleached ap. Great way to use up heavy cream, though!

Know Your Tahini: The Many Sides of a Sesame Powerhouse

What recipe is that under the "Sweet, Sweet Sesame" headline?

Ed Levine's Golden Rules of the Perfect Pancake

This is my favorite pancake recipe ever. Flours: half all-purpose and half whole wheat, and buttermilk for the liquid. The whole wheat flour doesn't weigh them down at all, but gives them a more substantial flavor. I don't think I could go back to all white flour.

Cemitas (Mexican Sesame Seed Sandwich Buns)

I have a question about the kneading: lacking a large food processor, what is the best method for combining the ingredients?

I have a stand mixer, but not with a "normal" dough hook (it has two twisty-hooks that twirl around one another; they work but it doesn't seem like the same thing as a Kitchen-Aid dough hook).

I also have a dough whisk; would that approximate the effect if I stir quickly? (I like my cooking to be as much of a workout as possible. :)

Incidentally, said lack of food processor is the only reason I haven't tried the pizza dough recipe yet.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

I am sad that the logo is changing. I keep having to squint, otherwise the new one looks like a suitcase. As Stewie said, I don't like change!

Sweet and Moist Northern-Style Cornbread

Absolutely perfect; this is the cornbread recipe I've been looking for for years. My husband ate about three times the amount he normally does! I can't wait to try it with bacon drippings.

Upgrade Your Tamale Pie With Braised Skirt Steak and a Brown Butter Cornbread Crust (Plus: A Quick and Easy 45-Minute Skillet Version!)

Great, now I'm starving. But this is definitely going on the list of things to try as soon as I get over my fear of cooking with real chilies.

The Food Lab: How to Make Potato Leek Soup the Easy and Easier way

I am also in love with Julia's version. It breaks horribly and looks awful after it's been frozen, but with some heat and vigorous whisking you'll never know the difference. The creaminess of something that has so few ingredients was one of my first epiphanies when I started learning to cook.

The Food Lab: Better-Than-Twix Chocolate-Covered Caramel-Filled Shortbread Cookies

This is the perfect Christmas present! I used to love Twix, but all cheap chocolate candy tastes weird to me now - a sour or bitter aftertaste. Now I can have my favorite again! As always, a heartfelt thank you, Kenji. Still anticipating the book(s)!

The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables

I have to link to the roasted Brussels sprouts recipe that changed my life. Important: I always used toasted sesame oil instead of peanut or canola - the flavor is amazing!

Introducing the Ultimate 4-Layer, Candy-Packed Halloween Ice Cream Cake

My old grocery store carried the Famous Chocolate Wafers on the special little shelf for ice cream toppings; check there if you can't find them with regular cookies. Or, chocolate graham crackers make a good chocolate crumb crust!

How to Make Sweet and Moist Northern-Style Cornbread With a Crust a Southerner Would Be Proud Of

This is exactly what I've been looking for! My favorite cornbread is from the Jiffy mix, but I wanted a way to make it from scratch. All the "real Southen cornbread" recipes I've tried were too dry and bland, although I'm sure very authentic.

Use Your Potato Masher To Break Up Ground Meat in the Skillet

I used to have a potato masher that shape but plastic, and I got rid of it because it wasn't strong enough to squash anything. I usually use my Kwik-Kut chopper for breaking things up in pans and for pureeing tomatoes.

The Food Lab: Make This Crisp-Skinned Chicken and Roast Vegetables in One Cast Iron Skillet

Ditto arbeck's question: is this recipe the long-awaited excuse I need to buy a 12" or 15" cast iron skillet? I just don't see all that fitting in my 10".

Also, just moved from SoCal to Connecticut and am loving the fact that seasons exist here! And temperature variations!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies From 'Baked Occasions'

I am always nervous about pumpkin and chocolate combinations; the Pumpkin Spice M&Ms were terrible, but the Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Milanos were pretty good. The cheesecake flavor might make it a little better.