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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Kitchen Shortcuts

We love a great big labor-intensive all-day cooking project as much as the next crew of food writers, but that doesn't mean we're above cutting corners—especially when those corners save time and effort without compromising deliciousness. And yes, <i>sometimes we even buy pre-made tomato sauce</i>. From …

Regular Butter Is Fine, Chicken Butter is Beautiful

You'll want to eat this chicken fat-infused butter from the spoon. We're not sure if you should, but you'll want to.<p>I thought I knew everything I needed to know about butter. I mean, It’s butter. It’s fatty, salty, and simple. It spreads better when it's left at room temperature. It should be …

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The 30 Elements of Consumer Value: A Hierarchy

When customers evaluate a product or service, they weigh its perceived value against the asking price. Marketers have generally focused much of their time and energy on managing the price side of that equation, since raising prices can immediately boost profits. But that’s the easy part: Pricing …

Should I Salt My Bean-Cooking Water?

It's one of those cautionary kitchen sayings I used to hear all the time in my restaurant days: <i>Don't put salt in the bean water, or those beans will never soften!</i> In fact, I knew one cook who went so far as to suggest that one could save overcooked beans by salting them after the fact. (No, it …

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless

Pour scorn elsewhere. / Joanna SlodownikLate capitalism is like your love life: it looks a lot less bleak through an Instagram filter. The slow …

The New Parisian Breakfast: How Petit Déjeuner Is Changing

Tartines with butter and jam, fluffy croissants, and other flaky-buttery rounds, paired with an orange juice and little else — this is the usual …

The Real Rules of Making Polenta (Hint: They're Not What Everyone Says)

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>I can't help but laugh when I think of polenta, the Italian corn porridge. Everyone always repeats the same old rules for making it—make sure the liquid is boiling before adding the polenta, then stir nonstop until it's done. And yet, of all the things worth …

How to Stock a Japanese Pantry: 13 Indispensable Ingredients

Perhaps you can remember the scene in the cult classic <i>The Breakfast Club</i> when Bender and Claire have a little back-and-forth over some tuna sushi rolls. "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat <i>that</i>?" he asks incredulously. Well, America, we've come a long way since 1985. …

Rustic Pâté – Bruno Albouze – THE REAL DEAL

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

What's the Difference Between Raisins, Sultanas, and Currants?

Raisins, sultanas, and currants are small, sweet dried fruits that are used in many of the same ways, but they have their own unique traits.<p>Do you …

The Best Way to Make Clarified Butter

In the world of cooking fats, butter is the odd one out. Most of the other fats we cook with, like vegetable oils and lard, are nearly 100% fat, while butter is an emulsion of about 80% fat and 15% water, with the remainder made up mostly of milk proteins. Some of butter's best qualities are the …

Why Serious Bakers Have Mother Issues

They came from all over Europe—a village in Poland, a farm in Tuscany, a town in Bordeaux. They were carried across the continent, and trekked from the Old Country to the New World. There were arrests and clashes with the police. But through a combination of luck and love, they arrived in New York …

New York City

5-Ingredient Fried Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

Look at that fried chicken sandwich. Check out the crisp, craggy crust with that <i>come bite me</i> sheen that promises juicy, tender meat underneath. Look at that potato bun, its buttery, golden dome beckoning to you. And then...the pickles. The most playful little pickles! Cradling the chicken in a …

Does Mixing Oil and Butter Really Alter the Smoke Point?

I've heard chefs on TV and in books say that combining both oil and butter in a skillet when you sauté lets you heat the butter to a higher temperature without smoking. Is there any truth in this?<p>The idea is appealing: butter offers great flavor but smokes and turns acrid at a relatively low …

The 13 Best Movie Chefs, Ranked

Fictional chefs have played roles in films both big and small, but when they get a star turn it can change a movie's dynamic completely. From inspired to inspiring, here are our 13 favorite fictional movie chefs, ranked:<p><b>1.</b> Primo, <i>Big Night</i><p><b>2.</b> Remy, <i>Ratatouille</i><p><b>3.</b> Chu, <i>Eat Drink Man Woman</i><p><b>4.</b> Carl, <i>Chef</i><p><b>5.</b> …

The Best Place to Store Eggplant Is Not in the Refrigerator

I just received two plump eggplants from my CSA, and as I was sticking them in the refrigerator, I suddenly questioned whether this was the right …

The Food Lab: Four Secrets to Improving Any Fried Chicken Recipe

More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>Really great Southern fried chicken needs two things: juicy, flavorful meat and an ultra-crisp and crunchy crust. Here are four quick and easy ways to achieve both. The best part? These tricks will work for <i>any</i> …

Cooking

How to Make Light and Tender Potato Gnocchi

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>A few weeks ago, I came down with a nasty cold that lingered in the form of an even nastier cough. It kept me up for several nights, the bed shaking with each hacking eruption, but even worse, it threatened to keep …

The Science of the Best Fresh Pasta

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Guess what? If you have flour in your kitchen, you can make pasta. Right now. Got eggs, too? You have everything you need to whip up a batch of silky-smooth fettuccine. Have some cheese or vegetables lying around? You could …

Meringue Is the Secret to Lighter-Than-Air Japanese Cheesecake

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>"Oh, this cheesecake is too rich!" I <i>hate</i> when people say that, as they take one forkful and then push the rest of the dessert aside. I hate it because it makes me look like that much more of a glutton, as I keep my …

Meringue

How Real Maple Syrup Gets Made (and Why It's Worth the Price Tag)

Here's how maple syrup is made, from bark to bottle.<p><i>Around these parts, we get pretty excited when the weather starts to slowly warm up, and not just because that means more stuff is in season. It's also sugaring season! Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow, who also happens to be an ex-farmer and</i> …

Seaweed, Aisle 4: Why This Bacon-Flavored Superfood Could Be the Next Kale

Forget the chicken of the sea—this seaweed is being touted as the (super-healthy) bacon of the sea.<p>If your seaweed consumption is limited to the miso soup and seaweed salad from the corner takeout sushi joint, you need to meet <b>dulse</b>. Researchers are betting you'll soon be downing this seaweed with …

The Serious Eats Guide to Shopping for Asian Noodles

The world of Asian noodles is vast. Walk into any Asian market and you'll see aisles of noodles, each of different shapes, lengths, and textures. Noodles in Asia are more than a food—they're an essential part of culture with a 4,000 year history. Even the noodles' length has significance—they are …

Learn About 13 World Sandwich Styles in Under 3 Minutes

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3 Reasons to French Toast Every Pastry in the Basket

Move over challah and brioche. The French toasts capturing our imaginations these days are all about the most decadent pastries in the basket.<p>Move over challah and brioche. The French toasts that have captured our imaginations recently don't just go doughy, airy, and big on the toppings and …

Video: The Food Lab's Foolproof Hollandaise in 2 Minutes

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>I'd read about hollandaise, I'd eaten hollandaise, I'd even tried to make hollandaise as a very young cook, but it wasn't until I actually had to make it for paying customers that I <i>really</i> got the hang of it. Somehow, making a …

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Miso Paste?

For most of us, miso automatically means Japanese, but chefs everywhere know just how versatile this sweet-salty-savory-nutty paste can be. Here, our panel shares their favorite uses specifically for sweet, delicate white miso, finding uses for it in every corner of the kitchen.<p>Make Crave-Worthy …

How to Make Dukkah at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Jeanine Donofrio from Love and Lemons is sharing a versatile Middle Eastern spice mix that will spice up your life -- or at least your dinner.</i><p>For …

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