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The “Butter-Chicken Lady” Who Made Indian Cooks Love the Instant Pot

<i>This post has been updated to include Urvashi Pitre’s recipe for Instant Pot butter chicken.</i><p>Last spring, Urvashi Pitre, a Dallas-based food blogger raised in Pune, India, posted a recipe for butter chicken to the Instant Pot Community Facebook group, a million-member discussion board dedicated to …

18 Dipping Sauces for Grilled Meats and Veggies

We've got plenty of grilling season left, but by this point in the summer I wouldn't blame you for being in a little bit of a culinary rut. Even the best grilled meats and vegetables are going to get boring if you eat them over and over again. One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into …

Cooking

The Food Lab: Batter and Breading Basics for Frying

<i>Editor's Note: This article is adapted from my book,</i> The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. <i>I hope you enjoy it. You can buy the book here and find more Food Lab content here. Visit my personal website and sign up for my newsletter to hear about my upcoming second book and live …

The One Big Factor That Will Make or Break a Good Pot Roast

Even growing up in a Chinese-American family that predominantly ate Chinese food, I knew what pot roast was. I'd seen it mentioned on television and …

Police: Man left DNA in toilet during burglary

When you gotta go, you gotta go.<p>A California man accused of burglary left DNA evidence in the toilet of the home he robbed last October, Associated Press reported Tuesday.<p>Andrew David Jensen, 42, "did his business and didn't flush it," Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office …

Crime

Spaghetti Puttanesca (Spaghetti With Capers, Olives, and Anchovies) Recipe

"Puttanesca" literally translates to "in the style of prostitutes," supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives tossed with pasta were how Neapolitan prostitutes would lead customers to their doors. This is one of those stories that seem, in the words of Douglas …

Kimchi and Spam Fried Rice Recipe

Whatever the provenance of the can of Spam I found hanging out in my pantry, I knew its destination: Add to it an egg, an onion, and a few other aromatics, and I had everything on hand to make myself a big ol' plate of the ultimate Korean-American late-night drunk food: kimchi and Spam fried rice. …

The Food Lab: The Long and Short Paths to Chicken Paprikash

My kitchen has smelled like dried peppers for the last two months. When I run my hands through my hair, my fingers come out with flecks of fine red powder on them. I've palmed off so many batches of chicken stewed with Hungarian paprika on my neighbors that they no longer accept them. I've taken to …

Thai-Style Crab Fried Rice Recipe

Southeast Asia is a great place for crab lovers, and there aren't many better ways to eat it than in Thai <i>khao phat buu</i>—fried rice with crab, made with fragrant jasmine rice that's gently seasoned with garlic and chilies, then tossed with scrambled egg, picked crabmeat, and scallions, finished with …

An Avocado Sandwich With Triple The Flavor (Thanks, Mayo)

In college, I was a member of the Peruvian Student Forum. We had gathered one day to plan an upcoming event, and the discussion quickly turned to food. The group reacted enthusiastically as each member announced the dish he or she was going to bring to this function, until someone mentioned the …

How To Make the Best Pasta Salad Without Mayo — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

I have to admit an unpopular opinion: I am just not into mayonnaise-based summer salads. When it is hot out, I want to eat light and refreshing …

Recipes

Condiments

• Memorial Day• <b><br>Condiments</b><p>Spicy mustards, tangy ketchups, and more condiments to complete your meal.<p>Vegetarian Homemade Spicy Chili CrispMake this spicy, tingly, salty, crunchy, addictive chili condiment your own.<p>Gluten-Free Harissa Ranch DressingKick up you ranch game by stirring in some homemade …

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The Food Lab: How to Make New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Whoever came up with the expression "a case of the Mondays" probably never spent much time in New Orleans.<p>Head to any classic New Orleans restaurant on a Monday, and you're likely to spot red beans and rice running as a special. (An even better plan: Get invited …

Easy Pressure Cooker Pork Chile Verde Recipe

There's a reason that this Easy Pressure Cooker Green Chili With Chicken is one of my most popular pressure cooker recipes. The flavor-to-work ratio is simply off the charts. Here's the gist of it: Dump some ingredients into a pressure cooker. Turn it on and cook. Blend, season, and enjoy. No …

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Great Lobster Bisque Is All About the Broth

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Let's start from a very simple premise: Lobster bisque is little more than a gussied-up lobster stock. It's important to start there, because many lobster bisque recipes, in all their convoluted twists and turns, can obscure that. Just take Julia Child's as an …

The Best Tamale Pie With Braised Skirt Steak, Charred Corn, and Brown Butter Cornbread Crust Recipe

Tamale pie is a dish that screams for an update. I mean, it's cornbread and chili all rolled into one! This version uses tender, slow-cooked, shredded skirt steak flavored with layers and layers of aromatics and vegetables for a rich, complex, chili-based stew topped with corn bread flavored with …

For cheaper chops, make rack of lamb at home

Luxurious rack of lamb is sweet and juicy and, if cooked properly, deliciously caramelized at the edges. You pay dearly for that. On a steakhouse …

How to Make Osso Buco (Italian Braised Veal Shanks)

The most incredible thing about osso buco, the hearty Milanese dish of braised veal shanks, is how singular its flavor is given how simple it is. The braise itself contains little more than your classic assortment of aromatics, like onion, carrot, and celery; the shanks themselves; plus some wine, …

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Corned Beef Recipes To Make For St. Patrick's Day

No more store-bought!<p>First, let’s just set the record straight: corned beef does not involve corn. Corned beef is just a cured piece of brisket that has been salt-brined. The reason corn is part of the name is because the old British word for grain was corn (i.e. a corn of salt).<p>Next, you should …

The Food Lab: Easy Weeknight One-Pot Salmon Chowder

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>As a born-and-bred Boston kid, chowder holds a special place in my heart, and fish-based chowders doubly so, as a fish chowder was the very first dish I ever got to stick on a real restaurant menu. It was early on in my career, when I was working the lunch shift …

How to Make Earthy, Smoky Penne Boscaiola (Pasta With Mushrooms and Bacon)

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Recipe names don't always make much sense. Take <i>cacciatore</i>, for instance, which is named for a hunter, yet, in all its many forms, it almost never includes ingredients you'd expect someone to bring home from the hunt. The pasta sauce known as …

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Chicken Piccata (Fried Chicken Cutlets With Lemon-Butter Pan Sauce) Recipe

Chicken piccata takes a beloved food—pan-fried chicken cutlets—and tops it with a simple but luxurious lemon-butter pan sauce. The result is a flavor and texture festival that blends crispness, juiciness, richness, and tartness all into one.<p>Why It Works<p>Japanese panko bread crumbs form a coating …

Seafood-Stuffed Shells Recipe

These rich stuffed shells are packed with a mixture of crabmeat, shrimp, and scallops, then baked with a creamy sauce and golden, buttery bread crumbs. It's like a crab cake stuffed into pasta.<p>Why It Works<p>Slightly undercooking the pasta during boiling ensures that it stays al dente during …

Hold the Lobster: Shrimp Fra Diavolo Hits All the Right Notes

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>If I buy lobsters to eat at home, there's only one way I'm going to eat them: cooked whole and dipped in drawn butter. I will crack the shells at the table, I will chew on the legs, I will scoop out and eat the tomalley (damn anyone who says it's not …

Italian Food

Magic Bagels: They Stay Fresh for Days

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Forget space: As far as I'm concerned, homemade bagels are the final frontier. From the mythos surrounding New York water to the fact that my boss is the guy who wrote a 2,500 word bagel manifesto with a comments …

Breakfast

The Best Veal Saltimbocca That'll Ever Jump Into Your Mouth

Saltimbocca. Translated from the Italian, it means "jumps in the mouth." I've long wondered why this Roman dish, of all Italian dishes, got that name. I can think of plenty of other Italian foods I'd sooner have leap from the plate into my expectant maw. A bowl of spaghetti <i>ai ricci di mare</i>, for …

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For Smooth, Stable Cheese Sauces, Cornstarch and Evaporated Milk Are Your Friends

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>I don't know much about football, but I <i>do</i> know that if you're stuck watching a game at your friend's house, for no discernible reason other than to see New York teams get creamed, you'll be much happier if you've got …

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A Few Simple Rules for Perfect Chicken Marsala

The British deserve at least partial credit for the creation of chicken Marsala, even if that might make more than a few Italians cringe. The dish, which has its roots in Sicily and is a staple of Italian-American restaurants and homes, cannot be made without Marsala wine, which refers to wine …

Kenji's Favorite Recipes of 2016

It's been another great year of recipes at Serious Eats, both at my home kitchen here in San Mateo, and back at Serious Eats World Headquarters in New York, where Daniel and Stella have been cooking and baking up a storm. Can I just stop for a second and mention how awesome it is that we now have a …

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Between the Sheets: How to Make Lasagna Bolognese

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Here in the United States, when most people say they're going to make lasagna, they almost always mean the baked dish of wide noodles with thick layers of ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and either tomato or meat sauce. But that limited use of the term …