Madi Sjahfiedin

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Make the Mac and Cheese of Your Dreams by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Homemade macaroni and cheese is way better than the boxed stuff—here's how to make the perfect batch.<p>Boxed macaroni and cheese is easy. But so is whipping up a pan of the homemade version—and it tastes about 1,000 times better. But before you preheat that oven, hear us out: There are a few common …

The Best Cooking Tricks We've Picked Up Over the Years

From the proper way to clean a cast-iron pan to a life-changing pasta trick, here are the best cooking tips and tools we've learned to use over the years<p>People don't just wake up one day and know how to cook. Like any other skill, cooking is a learning process. Whether it's cooking your way through …

27 Diagrams That Make Cooking So Much Easier

Including easy ingredient substitutions, basic knife skills, meat marinating times, and more.

How to Break Down a Whole Chicken (and Cook with It All Week)

<i>There are 3 million chicken recipes on the internet. We're here to show you the good ones. Win, win.</i><p><i>Today: One chicken can go a long way -- an entire week of meals, to be exact.</i><p>It's not uncommon for my weekly grocery list to feature a smattering of protein odds and ends. With one ribeye here, one …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …

Thanksgiving video tips: Homemade whipped cream (and a recipe)

Homemade whipped cream. Try it just once and you'll never look at the store brands again. Nothing beats the flavor or texture, and preparation is simple. Purists are right -- using a hand whisk is one of the best ways. But here's a secret: I think the food processor method is the best.<p>Here are some …

Baking

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

<i>This buffalo chicken pizza is full of spicy buffalo sauce, chicken, and drizzled with a creamy ranch dressing.</i><p>Sometimes I can't even stand my life.<p>I mean, how did I grow up to land this gig where I cook, photograph food, and write about it for a living? It's so fabulous, I can barely handle it …

Recipes

Your Mashed Potatoes Are Good. These Are Better.

Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center.<p>Every taste of these smooth and buttery spuds aims straight for the brain’s pleasure center. Follow these <i>BA</i>-approved tips and we guarantee your potatoes will be a Thanksgiving table hit.<p>Pick Your Spud<p>We use …

Love Your Pan: What to Cook (and What Not to) in a Cast Iron

Steak is made for cast iron cooking. A bolognese? Not so much.<p>If we could, we'd shout it from the mountain tops: We love cooking with cast iron. They're durable, efficient, endlessly useful, and make a pretty photo to boot. And yet, for so many, cast iron pans remain tucked away in the furthest …

The Science of Baking Bread (And How to Do it Right)

Welcome back to Breadmaking 101. For those of you just tuning in, this column is all about bread, and how to make it yourself in your own home.<p>If you haven't read our previous posts, you can check out the recipe for the workhorse loaf here. Earlier, we discussed how to mix dough with confidence and …

How to Make Japanese-Style Chicken Meatball Skewers With Sweet Soy Glaze (Tsukune)

Last fall I worked on a recipe for Pakistini chicken keema done in kebab form. This required taking a pretty wet ground chicken mixture and getting it to cling to a skewer, which is no easy feat to accomplish. In my tests, chilling the mixture in the freezer for a little while helped things out, …

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Creamy White Chili With Chicken

<i>Close your eyes. Let your mind float upstream and imagine a world in which all beans are tender, all chicken is juicy, and all chili is white. Let it envelop you in its warm, creamy broth, tingle you with its layered spices, and taunt you with its hint of lime and cilantro.</i><p><i>You there yet? Good. Now</i> …

Waffle Iron Churros Recipe

Want to eat churros every morning but don't want to deal with daily deep frying? Then these waffled churros are for you. Plus, the nooks and crannies of the waffled churros provide space for the chocolate sauce to pool.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>Using a waffle iron instead of deep-frying produces …

These Quick Thai Noodles are Better than Takeout

These spicy rice noodles are deliciously easy.<p>Whip up a bowl of these hot pepper rice noodles in less time than it would take to get delivery from your favorite Thai place. And feel free to swap out chicken for the protein of your choice. Beef, shrimp, and tofu all work great.<p>Get the Recipe: Hot …

White Bean Tortellini Soup with Broiled Havarti Toasts

White Bean Tortellini Soup with Broiled Havarti Toasts.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> October 23, 2014 76<p>It’s full blown soup weather and I don’t hate it.<p>In fact, I …

Best Meatloaf Recipe

<i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p>My Favorite Meatloaf Recipe<p><b>Yield:</b> 6 to 8 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>15 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>1 hour<p><b>Total:</b><p>1 hour 45 minutes<p>After years of …

Recipes

The Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

<i>Reheating pizza is an important skill, especially since we're talking Italy all week long! So we're re-running this post. Thank us later.</i><p>So you've managed—by some divine grace—not to finish your entire pizza. That alone is accomplishment enough, and you should be proud of your noble restraint. You …

The Food Lab: For the Best Chicken Parmesan, Take a Lesson From the South

All week we're celebrating Italian-American classics. Check out more Italian-American recipes and taste tests this way!<p>More<p>Fried Chicken<p>Digging into the cluckin' awesome world of our favorite fried food.<p>I can count the number of times I've had truly bad chicken parm on one hand, and all of those …

Oven Roasted Potatoes With Bacon, Garlic, and Parmesan

<i>These oven roasted potatoes are loaded with crispy bacon, fresh garlic, and grated Parmesan. They make a delicious side dish that everyone will love!</i><p>I'm on a diet, you guys.<p>I know. It's awful and dumb and I don't even know if life is worth living anymore.<p>Whyyyyyyyy is my life so full of vegetables …

Recipes

Roasted Tomato and Pesto Grilled Cheese

Here’s what we’re going to do:<p>We’re going to go to our refrigerators and gather all of the delicious things. If those things are roasted, pesto-ed, …

Skip the Pie: Use Your Apples In a Dutch Baby, Instead

If you're a fan of apple pie, you'll like this giant, fluffy apple pancake.<p>It's that time of year again: You can't turn a corner without bumping into an apple pie. We like pie just fine, but this season, we're all about the Dutch baby. Never had one? Think fluffier, bigger, better pancakes—and …