2. Cast-iron pans don't heat evenly?!
Food scientist Harold McGee tests out sauté pans, from copper to cheap stainless to new Teflon alternatives, and weighs in on which cook best. We learned a lot about heating oil and cooking over high heat without getting sticky, stubborn residue.
3. We're making this soon.
Melissa Clark's steamed flounder with mustard greens and ginger sounds so simple, and it only dirties one pan. Great for a quick weeknight dinner.
4. A Jewish-Indian dessert for Yom Kippur.
Saath padar pastries with coconut and pistachios were the specialty of a grandmother who hid her Jewish faith while living in Pakistan.
5. Farming saves a town.
Hardwick, Vermont thrives in tough times by supporting local farmers and each other.
What was your favorite piece from the Times this week?
Related: Last Week's Roundup! Rice Cookers and Food Mills, from 10.01.08
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