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The Food Lab: For the Best Broccoli Cheese Soup, Divide and Conquer

In the world of cheaty foods, broccoli cheese soup has always seemed like one of the cheatiest. Yes, "broccoli" is the first word in the name, and "soup" sure sounds healthy, but let's get real: When you go up to the counter and tell the order-taker, "I'd like a bowl of broccoli cheese soup, …

Classic Split Pea and Ham Soup, With and Without a Pressure Cooker

Let's face it: Pea soup is not an attractive dish. It's not even attractive in a down-home, plain kinda way. It looks like, well, like something that is projectile-vomited out of Linda Blair's mouth.<p>Good thing it's got some pretty darn redeeming characteristics. It's cheap, filling, hearty, and …

Cooking

12 Sweet Cinnamon Recipes to Spice Up Your Fall Days

We don't often look to the spice rack to inspire a recipe roundup, but, given its ubiquity in fall baking in particular, cinnamon deserves a deep dive. Also known as cassia, the cinnamon you're most likely to find in the US is bold and spicy-sweet (in contrast with milder Ceylon cinnamon). Sure, we …

Breakfast

5 Surprising Ways Baking Soda Can Improve Your Cooking

For most of my life, I assumed that baking soda was good for two things: baking (duh) and absorbing odors. Bakers have good reason to love the stuff; when the chemical leavening agent gained popularity in the mid-19th century, it basically revolutionized the American dessert scene. But I'm not much …

Onions

23 Japanese Recipes That Cost Less Than a Ticket to Tokyo

Though Japan is renowned for both its cuisine and its food culture, relatively few of its dishes have made their way onto menus in the US, let alone onto the tables of home cooks. True, sushi, tempura, and teriyaki-glazed fish are familiar to more Americans than ever before. But Japanese food …

Cooking

A Few Not-So-Classic Ingredients Make a More Savory Shepherd's Pie

Years ago, while studying in London, I noticed a critical detail in the way a lot of Brits eat that helps explain why their food often gets a bad rap from outsiders. Let's say, just as an example, that I'm at a pub eating dinner, and on my plate are some mashed potatoes, boiled peas, and roast meat …

Cooking

21 Smashing Pumpkin Recipes to Try Tonight (Tonight)

Pumpkin season is officially under way, which means that the tubby orange gourd and everything associated with it is once again crowding our field of vision (and smell, and taste). Love it or hate it, the return of the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, now often handily abbreviated "PSL," may be the …

Dessert

Ditch the Kit for a Gingerbread House Good Enough to Eat

Maybe it's the natural progression of my childhood affinity for Legos and Lincoln Logs, but I've been obsessed with gingerbread houses for as long as I can remember. From the simple milk-carton-and-graham-cracker constructions we built in kindergarten to the cottage my brother and I thatched with …

Dessert

Love the Latte? Double Up on Autumn Flavor With Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin spice is one of those things people love or hate (and love to hate), but me? I've got nothing but love. Pumpkin spice is a flavor combo that dates back to the flippin' Age of Enlightenment, so I don't want to hear any flak about it being trendy. Good food is all about celebrating seasonal …

Breakfast

Just Beet It: 11 Recipes for Beet Salads, Pastas, and More

Beets, much like Brussels sprouts, have only recently begun to get the attention and respect they deserve. Once thought of by many (and still viewed by some) as primarily a punishment food, the deeply hued root with the distinctly earthy flavor is enjoying a new period of vogue—particularly as home …

Healthy Eating

BraveTart's Homemade Milk Duds: All That's Missing Is the Yellow Box

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>So far as I'm concerned, there's only one candy at the movie theater concession stand: Milk Duds. From their unassuming name to their humble appearance (best described as a brownish blob), Milk Duds are a study in simplicity. No …

Dessert

Why Anything Slow Cookers Can Do, Others Can Do Better

People love their slow cookers. I mean, they <i>love</i> them. Month after month, they continue to be one of the top-selling kitchen appliances, and the number of websites and books dedicated to recipes for them is staggering. And with good reason. At least on the surface, slow cookers offer a level of …

Kitchens

Love Me Tender: Caramel Apples That Won't Chip a Tooth

Hypothetically, caramel apples are nothing more than flawless seasonal produce paired with the simplest homemade candy. Done right, they're a study in contrast, every juicy bite of apple offset by the earthy richness of caramel, sophisticated in its composition but presented humbly on a stick.<p>If …

Dessert

15 Squash Recipes for a Brighter, Sweeter Thanksgiving

Squash is an iconic feature of the fall kitchen—your local grocery store is probably overflowing right now with fat pumpkins, butternut squash, and perhaps a few more esoteric varieties, like <i>kabocha</i>. Despite its seasonality and symbolism, squash isn't prominent in too many classic Thanksgiving …

Cooking

15 Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks for Maximum Overeating

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was always a marathon day of food. Sure, dinner was an elaborate affair, but we actually started eating hours before sitting down at the table, and the appetizers were as important as the turkey and mashed potatoes. We blamed the snacking on the fact that dinner …

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• Thanksgiving<p>Jump to Section:<p>Turkey Recipes and Techniques<p>Recipes Simple Roast Turkey With GravyYour grandma’s roasting pan may have sentimental value, but it’s not the tool for the job. Use a Baking Steel instead for a bird that’s tender, moist, and juicy throughout.<p>Recipes Easy Stuffed Roast …

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The Food Lab: 18 Comfort Foods, in Case You Need Comforting Now

You don't ever really need an excuse to want to feel comforted, so go ahead and indulge in these cheesy, creamy, carb-filled, fat-packed comfort classics, and take a break from the real world for a little while.<p>Ultra-Gooey Stovetop Mac and Cheese<p>It's just as fast as the blue-box stuff, but way, way …

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16 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes, Because You Gotta Have Pie!

You can serve whatever other desserts you want, but let's be real—it's just not Thanksgiving without pie. No matter how much you stuffed yourself during dinner, it's tough to turn down a slice. I'm not interested in waxy store-bought pies, though—this is the time to go homemade, which is easier …

Baking

2 Easy Pie Crusts, the BraveTart and Food Lab Ways

You've probably noticed that we have two different pie crust recipes that we call upon with regularity here on Serious Eats. In one corner, from 2011, we have my Easy Pie Dough (which is, in turn, a variation on a recipe I developed for <i>Cook's Illustrated</i> way back in 2007). And in the other corner, …

Baking

The Food Lab: Why You Should Never Buy Gravy Again

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>The short and simple answer to the title can be found in our canned-gravy taste test, right here. <b>Store-bought gravies just don't taste right.</b> Sure, some of them have that nostalgic, cafeteria sort of appeal, but unless you're seriously trying to relive middle …

Cooking

Silky Sweet Potato Pie: A Fresh Twist on a Southern Classic

Having grown up down South, I can't imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas without a sweet potato pie. If that's not a familiar tradition for you, I can understand the temptation to see it as a mere replacement for pumpkin. But resist that urge, and trust me when I say that sweet potato pie is a thing …

Baking

Two Roads to Gooey, Stretchy, Extra-Cheesy Baked Mac and Cheese

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>For so many American kids, boxed macaroni and cheese is one of those bedrock foods, as foundational to their identity as hamburgers and pizza. As a result, it has shaped their …

Cooking

Rethinking Swiss Meringue: Lighter, Fluffier, and More Stable

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Meringue is the puffy heart of every sweet soufflé, the airy start to classic buttercream, the basis of seven-minute frosting, the secret to flawless <i>macarons</i>, the chewy-crisp foundation of pavlova, and the fluffy cloud atop a lemon pie. While there are countless …

Baking

So Long, Whipped Cream: Why Light, Airy Meringue Belongs on This Chocolate Cream Pie

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>Okay, after reading the words "Chocolate Cream Pie" and spotting meringue in the photos, you're probably thinking I've lost my mind. But believe it or not, meringue is the traditional topping for …

Baking

How to Form a Double-Crust Pie

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Whether you're using my Easy Pie Dough or Stella's Old-Fashioned Flaky Pie Dough, the steps for rolling it and shaping it into a sealed double-crust pie are identical*: Roll the dough, fill it, cover it, trim it, crimp it, egg wash it, and bake it. Ta-da!<p>*Why …

Baking

How to make a great bowl of pho at home

Pho noodle soup has been around for over 100 years. It's iconic to people who identify with it as Vietnam's national food, but for those who've recently tried the steamy bowls of rice noodles, thinly sliced meat, and gently spiced broth, pho is merely a new food find.<p>Pho arrived in America in 1975 …

Avocado Shrimp Deep Fried Gyoza エビとアボカドの揚げ餃子

Shares 2K<p>If you love Japanese food, you will love the Australian avocado and shrimp deep fried Gyoza. It’s addictive. In fact Gyoza is so popular, …

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Stir-Fried Vegetables with Turkey Medallions

Step 1/10<p>Rinse asparagus, wipe dry, peel the lower third of the stalks and cut off the tough ends. Cut spears into pieces (about 4-5 cm) …

Crispy Curry Noodles Recipe

IMAGE Patrick Martires<p>Recreate this popular Thai crispy curry noodle dish at home. Egg noodles are the star ingredient—a type of noodles whose dough …