Nancy Hammond

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24 Essential Kitchen Tricks and Tips

What Kitchen Short Cuts Am I Missing?<p>I have owned a food processor for almost a decade but only recently tried out the cheese grater attachment - and instantly felt like a complete idiot for wasting countless hours of my life grating cheese by hand. I am sure there must be many other techniques i …

For Personal Use Only: Restrictive Clauses in Craft Patterns

This stern-sounding language usually appears at the end of the pattern, often in small type or a footnote. You may see variations on what is …

19 Labor Day Side Dish Recipes That Work

When you're planning a cookout you might have a tendency to focus on the mains—whether you're grilling up burgers, brats, or anything else, side dishes can quickly become an afterthought. But if you're so busy with the entrees that all you serve them with are mayo-drenched coleslaw and potato salad …

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 …

3 Ingredients, 5 Minutes: Fruity, Stable Food Processor Whipped Cream

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>You may have noticed by now that I publish a lot of recipes for whipped cream. In part, that's because there's no simpler (or classier) way to dress up a dessert. But, to be totally frank: I just love whipped cream. It's a welcome dose of silky richness atop …

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

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>Why is it that nearly all recipes for stir-fried beef call for flank steak? I've been following the advice for years, but have never been <i>truly</i> satisfied with the end results. Sure, flank steak is pretty …

How to Choose the Right Pie Pan (Hint: Cheaper Is Better)

My neighbors have been calling it the Summer of Pie. As I've researched flaky crusts (both traditional and gluten-free), the ins and outs of tapioca starch in cherry pie, and how to use frozen fruit to amp up the flavor of a classic blueberry pie, I've given away approximately 36 fruit pies—each …

Dipping Into Queso, a Texas Potluck Classic

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>In 1976, Lady Bird Johnson contributed a recipe for <i>chile con queso</i> to the San Antonio Symphony League's community cookbook. It called for "1/2 pound of pasteurized cheese and 1/2 can of canned tomatoes with chilies," …

What Is American Cheese, Anyway?

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>It happens every time I post a picture on Twitter or Instagram of a delicious cheeseburger—perfectly crusted ground beef (most likely cooked smashed-style) on a soft bun, layered with onions, lettuce, pickles...and …

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You'll Never Buy Dried Pasta Again After Learning This Hack

Fresh pasta is better than dried — no questions asked. Being the hardcore pasta enthusiast that I am, I've always loved and appreciated homemade pasta . . . but I just can't bring myself to invest in a pricey pasta maker. Up until recently, I thought that was the only way to make pasta from …

Italian Food

Science! This is Why Hot Water Can Freeze Faster Than Cold Water

Last week researchers at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore proposed what might be the most plausible explanation yet for the Mpemba effect [PDF].<p>You've probably heard before that hot water freezes faster than cold water—that's the …

How to Make Queso Fresco, the World's Easiest Cheese

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Let's face it, there are some skills that are just cool to have. Being able to weld things, very cool. Ability to moonwalk? Always cool. And being able to turn everyday milk into wicked good cheese definitely belongs …

What We Miss When We Call Women "Domestic Goddesses"

Maybe you heard the song Fergie dropped last week, or saw her music video. It’s called “M.I.L.F.$.” a.k.a. “MILF Money.” If you haven’t seen it—well, it’s something. (Psst: It also might be NSFW, depending on where you work.)<p>In it, Fergie and a heck of a girl gang—including Kim Kardashian West, …

The Story of American Cake in 12 Recipes

If I asked you to close your eyes and think of a cake, you might picture multiple layers covered in billowy frosting or a grocery store sheet cake with tongue-coating icing tinted an unnatural blue. Perhaps, if you grew up like me, the image that comes to mind could be a birthday cake made from …

The Pans That French Mamas Use Instead of Cast Iron

You might know the French brand Mauviel for its top-of-the-line copper cookware, the stuff of wedding registries and shiny, rose-colored, dream-kitchen dreams.<p>But one of their lesser-known lines, called M'steel, deserves a foot in that spotlight, too: The French-made, commercial-grade pans are made …

Empanadas are Little Pockets for All Your Leftovers

Crispy on the outside, chock-full of filling inside, empanadas are the savory pastries of my dreams. On their own, they’re a good snack or appetizer, especially for happy hour. Paired with a big salad, you have a perfect meal (but then again, I’d say that about nearly any kind of dough-based baked …

Top 5 Stretches For Knitting Pain And Stiffness

If you are like most knitters, you were probably up late this Christmas Eve, knitting.<p>Also like most knitters, you may have woken up with knitting …

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Knitting Tips: 3 Ways to Weave in Ends

As any new knitter will tell you, weaving in yarn ends seems like it should be a pretty straightforward task, but hiding those extra inches can be surprisingly frustrating if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, learning three simple techniques—the selvedge edge weave, duplicate stitch, and …

How to Convert Knitting Stitch Patterns Like a Pro | Interweave

Pick an appropriate stitch pattern.<br>Some patterns are easy to convert from rows to rounds; some can be mind-bendingly difficult. Before you get your …

Knitting

Clip & Save: 3 Tricks for Tidy Socks

Dear Kay, This is it: the sum total of my personal tips for tidier socks. I’m top-down, two-circs devotee, so if you’re a toe-upper, just ignore all …

Knitting

Master of Bun

Bob's Red Mill, a specialty flour company, reports it sells more than 70 kinds of flours. King Arthur Flour, another favorite with bakers, sells 56. …

How to Stock a Thai Pantry: Essential Ingredients for Your Shopping List

Not so long ago, the only Thai food most Americans knew was a plate of overly sweet and soggy pad thai—and plenty of us knew even less. It's hard to imagine now, but I passed the first two decades of my life without ever tasting Thai food. I grew up ignorant of the smoke-infused satisfaction of …

Curries

The Food Lab: How to Make Great Home Fries

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>The other day, I asked folks on Twitter what, in their minds, is the difference between home fries and potato hash. Hoo boy, was that a can of worms. Most of the debate seems to be about what constitutes hash. Is …

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

GalleryThe Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? I mean, it's the first meal that most of us learn how to cook at home by ourselves. …

How to Make Flavored Marshmallows for All Your Summer S'mores

Strawberry marshmallows? You might surmise that the best way to make them would be to cook fresh berries or their juice to a concentrate and use the reduction to flavor the marshmallows. While that is very smart thinking, your marshmallows will taste more like strawberry jam than fresh strawberries …

Recipes

8 Spices Truly Worth the Splurge

When it comes to a spice cabinet, I'd rather have fresh, well organized spices than a tumbling tower of top-shelf stuff so old I can't remember when I bought it. No matter how good a spice is, it doesn't do you any good unless you use it, and in most cases good spices don't cost much. Visit the …

12 Things You Can Do with Silicone Muffin Cups (Besides Bake Muffins)

I love thinking outside the box—or bowl, or spoon, or whatever—when it comes to kitchen gadgets and tools. Many common gadgets have uses beyond what they're sold for, and it makes them so much more valuable than those one-trick gadgets that you seldom use. And it's just plain fun to be …

7 Recipes for Real (and Really Good) Homemade Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt chains, with their cheery decorating schemes and adorably peppy names, are all over the place now, but it's hard to find one that's really serving <i>yogurt</i>. What's sold under the name is often sugared up beyond all recognition, dispensed at the pull of a lever, and buried under so many …

Why I Prefer Teaspoons to Grams: 6 Measuring Mistakes That Derail Dessert

Cooking is often framed as a science, but it's baking that most demands we pay close attention to the chemistry of a recipe, balancing ingredients like C12H22O11 (sugar), NaCl (salt), and NaHCO3 (baking soda) with more complex substances like milk, chocolate, and butter. We're not just mixing; …

How to Make Crème Fraîche (in One Easy Step!) Recipe

For those of you who pay attention, yes, we did talk about this back in August. I just feel like minds weren't sufficiently blown that time around. Certainly, mine wasn't, so I thought I'd share my feelings on the matter.<p><b>Me:</b> "I'm going to need crème fraîche for the dinner I'm cooking tomorrow. But …