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Perfect Pork Chops

Notes<p>Eating pork with a little bit of pink color in the middle is perfectly safe these days according to the USDA.<p>Back in the old days, pigs were not …

Cooking

These Melting Sweet Potatoes Are the Side Dish You Need

You might have heard of melting sweet potatoes before, or seen them on Pinterest. The concept is simple: You roast sweet potato rounds in butter …

Crispy Cheesy Potatoes Stacks.

Best potatoes ever right here. The best.The post Crispy Cheesy Potatoes Stacks. appeared first on Half Baked Harvest.

Potatoes

Much of the world drinks yogurt to stay cool. We should join in.

I still remember my first sip of ayran, the salty yogurt drink popular throughout Turkey. It was a beautiful spring day in 2007, and a friend and I were having lunch on the patio of a Turkish restaurant in Menlo Park, Calif. I have a wide-ranging palate, so I ordered the ayran casually, sure that …

Flavors

"Dry Brine" Chops for Juicy, Succulent Meat Without the Time, Mess, or Waste

I love brining meat—it produces super juicy and flavorful results, but you usually need a ton of salt, sometimes spices, and of course, water—not to …

17 Reasons to Eat a Thai-style Diet

1. A Thai diet is <b>rice-based</b> rather than wheat-based, so is naturally good for gluten-free diets (you'll need to use gluten-free soy sauce and stock cubes though) and those looking to cut down on eating wheat.<p>2. <b>Chillies make you happy</b> ... your body reacts to the spiciness by releasing natural …

How to Make Zhug, the Yemenite Hot Sauce You'll Want to Put on Everything

Last week, when I wrote about my recipe for <i>phat phrik khing</i>, I tried my absolute darnedest to convince you that a good mortar and pestle belongs in the arsenal of any home cook. It will actually extract more flavor from herbs and spices than a food processor or blender ever can, producing chili …

How to Bake the Best Bread With and Without a Bread Machine

<i>This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.</i><p>Nothing beats the comfort, taste and smell of fresh-baked bread. Unfortunately, making bread can be labor …

Slow Cooker Parmesan Honey Pork Roast Recipe

"It's hard to make slow-cooked food look pretty, and this pork seriously fell apart when I tried to take it out of the slow cooker, so don't judge …

A Genius Technique for the Best Vodka Pasta (And Better Marinara, Too)

Sure, you could sling together penne alla vodka in half an hour and it will taste just fine—there's spice and cream and tomato and, mysteriously but necessarily, vodka (we'll come back to that).<p>But if you're going to commit—to the cream, the vodka, all of it—you can do a whole lot better than just …

Cooking

How to Cook Ribs in the Oven for Meaty Satisfaction All Year Long

Just because it's too cold to grill outdoors doesn't meant you can't enjoy juicy, tender, falling-off-the-bone ribs. Here, seven luscious recipes for …

Mustard and White Wine Braised Chicken

Heat oven to 375°. Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper; working in batches, cook chicken, …

Mustard

Braised Zabuton with Coffee Beans

Heat oven to 300°. Heat oil in an 8-qt. saucepan over medium-high. Rub beef with Cajun seasoning. Working in batches, cook beef, turning as needed, …

Spices

Fettuccine Recipes That Go Way Beyond Alfredo

When most Americans hear the word "fettuccine," they immediately think "Alfredo." While fettuccine Alfredo -- that simple, creamy, buttery pasta -- is one of the world's best comfort foods, it's not fettuccine's only trick. Fettuccine, which in Italian means "little ribbons," tastes great with many …

The Five Mother Sauces Every Cook Should Know

<i>We partnered with Jet.com so you can browse their (digital) shelves while you're searching for ingredients or supplies. (Seriously, they have everything!) Get almost every ingredient for this recipe here.</i><p>In the 19th century, Marie-Antoine Carême anointed Béchamel, Velouté, Espagnole, and tomato …

Cooking

Better Than Parm? Dried Olive and Miso May Be the Ultimate Pasta-Topper

I'm going to say something that might bother you, if not cause you to immediately dismiss this entire article: <b>Parmesan can be boring.</b> Let me explain. On the one hand there's nothing boring about the King of Cheeses <i>per se</i>; I love a good Parmigiano-Reggiano, with its intense nutty, funky flavor and …

Tom Colicchio's Bacony-Delicious Cider-Braised Cabbage Wedges

Tom Colicchio shares one of his favorite ways to prepare cabbage: bacony and braised in apple cider.<p><i>The chef and</i> Top Chef <i>judge shares one of his</i> …

Tagliatelle with Black Truffle Cream Sauce

Melt butter in a 12" skillet over medium-high. Cook mushrooms and garlic until golden, 6-8 minutes. Add wine and thyme; cook 8 minutes. Add reserved …

Mushrooms

A Better, Truer, More Southern Way to Make Grits

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: You're doing grits wrong. Here's how to do them right. (Hint: It will involve some coddling.)</i><p>I’d be wise to trust a chef with four restaurants, a marquis spot on an …

Seafood

Mashed Potato Butter Aioli Is The Comfort Food To End All Comfort Foods

Sometimes there's nothing better than eating a spread not on a piece of bread or a cracker but straight out of the jar with a spoon. Nutella and peanut butter? Yes. But butter? No. Aioli? Nope, not that either. As much as we love butter and aioli, and we <i>could</i> eat them by the spoonful, we draw the …

Grill Coffee-Rubbed Flank Steak | Men's Health

Flank steak, one of the more underrated cuts of beef, has an intense savoriness and tastes best cooked to a shade below medium-rare. Grass-fed beef, fortuitously, also tastes bright and robust when it's cooked to just above bloody. Because grass-fed cattle aren’t fattened on a diet of grains before …

The Food Lab: Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Wings With Xi'an Flavors Bring the Heat

I'd put chicken wings right up there with pizza and nachos as official candidates for foods-that-should-be-their-own-food-group, and while Buffalo-style wings, with their hot, drippy, tangy, buttery, garlicky sauce, might be the reigning champion of the category,* there are an awful lot of scrappy …

Meyer Lemon & Garlic Confit

How (and Why) You Should Cook with Caramel

Stop spooning caramel over your dessert and starting working the sweet stuff into your meals!<p>Count us citizens of caramel nation. For all the sweetness, caramel's got surprising depth of flavor. It's simple to make, and as a topping or a mix-in for everything from ice cream to brownies to hot …

Dessert

Tex-Mex Crockpot Quinoa

Crockpot quinoa with a Mexican twist. This delicious meal comes together in a snap and cooks low and slow all day.<p>You know that saying “a dog is a man’s best friend?”<p>Well, I think that’s false.<p>After much ponder-age, I have decided that a slow cooker really is a man’s best friend.<p>Let’s look at the …