For over a year now, we've been talking with cooking experts (chefs and cooks, cookbook authors, food writers, recipe developers) about what they feel are their top five essential things a home cook should know, do, own, or understand in order to be a great cook.
In honor of the Big Feast day tomorrow, we combed our Expert Essentials archives, pulling out nuggets of kitchen wisdom to help you make it though your cooking marathon with body and mind intact. Read on for our special Thanksgiving edition, with appearances from Deborah Madison, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater, and more of our favorite voices in the kitchen.
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah typically arrives in December, but I start getting excited for it sometime around Labor Day. I love lighting the menorah (Hanukkah candelabra) and watching the candles' reflection, warm and comforting, in my window. And I crave the overall feeling of coziness that comes with the season. But what I long for most are the latkes — fried potato pancakes that Jewish families fry up during the eight-day holiday. Their unique mix of starch, crunch, salt, and oil is the ideal accompaniment for a frosty holiday evening.
All right, folks. Thanksgiving is upon us. What are your plans? Are you starting your turkey brine today? Or your rolls? Are you trying new things, or sticking the old favorites? This thread is all for you — discuss your meal amongst yourselves! We'll pop in too and offer advice if you have burning questions. Let's get this holiday done together!
This actually happened to a friend of ours last year: She had cleaned out the turkey, rubbed it with her marinade, and was ready to put it in the oven when she realized that she had a roasting pan but no rack! If you find yourself without a "real" roasting rack with hours to go before dinner, here are some quick solutions to MacGyver your way to roasted perfection.
Thanksgiving is here, and we know that you probably have turkey on the brain. We're here for all your last-minute Thanksgiving questions! How do I cook this turkey? How do I make gravy? I still need a mashed potato recipe!
Here are our best recipes and guides to Turkey Day. We have simple recipes for spiced cranberry sauce and a basic turkey gravy, not to mention Golden Mashed Potatoes and Classic Sage & Onion Stuffing. There's butternut squash soup with sage and apple, and the best Brussels sprout salad you've ever had. On the turkey side, we show you how to take the turkey's temperature and roast it to golden, crackling perfection. If you have a last-minute question, the answer is probably here.