Christine Gallary's Recent Articles
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Chocolate-Covered Pretzels Are the Easiest No-Bake Treat
You just need two ingredients.
Jan 10, 2023
Milk Bread Buns Are Pillowy, Fluffy Clouds of Perfection
They make the best sliders.
Jan 10, 2023
3 Types of Rice to Use for Making Risotto (and Which to Skip)
These varieties make the creamiest and most comforting risotto.
Jan 6, 2023
Spicy Shrimp Creole Is the Ultimate Comfort Food
The magic is in the easy homemade shrimp stock.
Dec 20, 2022
Instant Pot Vegetable Soup Cooks in Less than 5 Minutes
The easiest, most delicious way to get your daily dose of veggies.
Dec 19, 2022
Instant Pot Pork Shoulder Is the Fastest Way to Make Delicious Pulled Pork
Use it as the base for many great meals.
Dec 18, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Flank Steak and Skirt Steak?
Flank steak and skirt steak are both long, odd-looking cuts of steak. Wonder if you’ve ever eaten either of them? If you’ve ever had fajitas, then chances are it was skirt steak. In most recipes, they can be used interchangeably, so how are these cuts actually different from each other? The flank is located at the cow’s bottom abdominal area, while the skirt is a thin, flavorful cut located in the diaphragm area.
Dec 15, 2022
10 Foods to Keep in Your Freezer to Make a Quick Meal
A full freezer is only useful if it’s stocked with foods that can help you put dinner on the table quickly on a busy weeknight — unfortunately, ice cream doesn’t fit the bill. Over the years, I’ve learned through trial and error what to always keep in my freezer so that I can, with the help of a few pantry and fridge staples, throw a variety of dishes together quickly with little effort. Here’s a list of my top 10!
Dec 8, 2022
5 Nut-Free Alternatives to Peanut Butter
Nut-free? These tasty alternatives will make you forget all about peanut butter.
Dec 6, 2022
Why Dried Shiitake Mushrooms Should Be in Your Pantry
Flavorful shiitake mushrooms are such a foundation of Asian cooking. They have an intense flavor that always reminds me of my Chinese grandmother’s cooking, where she used shiitake mushrooms in soups, braises, and steamed dishes. My grandmother always had a big glass jar of dried shiitake mushrooms in her pantry, and I’ve picked up this habit too!
Dec 4, 2022
A Guide to Food Coloring Types and How to Use Them
Food coloring comes out in full force around the holidays when it’s time to make colorful icings, candies, and other sweet confections. While liquid food coloring used to be the only option available for tinting foods, there are now many other choices, from gels to pastes to even powdered food coloring. Here’s a guide to the different types, how they can be used, and the pros and cons of each one! What it’s made out of: Synthetic colorings with a water base.
Dec 4, 2022
I Just Tried Green Garlic for the First Time and Here’s What I Made
It looks like scallions, and has a much more mild taste than regular garlic.
Dec 4, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Flanken and English Cut Short Ribs?
Although short ribs used to be seen as a less desirable cut of beef, they’ve risen in popularity, causing prices to also increase for this cut that used to be fairly inexpensive. So if you’re now spending more for short ribs, it makes sense to get to know the two popular ways that they’re cut, flanken and English style. The difference can come down to thickness of the cut and cook time for your desired meal.
Dec 4, 2022
5 Fun Alternatives to Graham Cracker Crusts
My favorite part of a pie or tart, hands-down, is the crust. In fact, if there’s a double crust, I’m even happier. And while graham cracker pie crust is one of the easiest crusts to make, don’t forget that there is a whole world of other fun possibilities out there that are equally delicious. Pretty much any crunchy thing that’s cookie or cracker-like can work in as a pie crust. You just have to grind it up, mix it with some butter to hold it together, and press and bake.
Dec 3, 2022
What Are Boneless Country-Style Pork Ribs, and Why Don’t They Have Bones?
Boneless country-style pork ribs are a bit strange — they’re rib-like strips of meat but are in fact boneless. If they don’t have any bones or ribs in them, why are they still called country-style pork ribs? Interestingly enough, boneless country-style ribs don’t actually come from the ribs, thus the confusing naming convention. Maybe the name stems from the fact that the meat has a texture and flavor similar to meat around the ribs?
Dec 1, 2022
The Best Way to Keep Carrots Crisp and Fresh
There are a lot of reasons to always have carrots on hand — they’re one of the ingredients for mirepoix or homemade stock, make great snacks or crudité, and are inexpensive to buy (even if you choose organic). It’s more economical to buy them in packs or bunches, but how can you keep carrots fresh and crisp if you don’t plan on using them up in a few days? Here’s our easy way. First of all, trim any green tops off the carrots.
Dec 1, 2022
The Best Way to Keep Fried Foods Crispy
Lots of recipes for fried foods (like fried calamari or fried chicken) call for placing them on paper towels, brown paper bags, or even newspaper to drain excess oil, but unfortunately, this doesn’t help keep that nice crispy texture you worked so hard to achieve. There’s an easy way, borrowed from restaurants that deep-fry food every day, to keep your fried foods crispy and delicious! The best way to keep fried foods crispy? Just place them on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet.
Nov 30, 2022
Sous Vide Chicken Breast Guarantees Juicy Chicken Every Single Time
Set it and forget it.
Nov 19, 2022
We Published This Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe More than 8 Years Ago, and It’s Still Our Favorite
Skip the oven and take things outside.
Nov 12, 2022
This Spinach Omelet Is One of My Favorite 5-Minute Meals
It's perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Nov 7, 2022
Super-Soft Ricotta Cookies Are a Bakery-Style Treat Everyone Will Love
They're soft, frosted, and topped with sprinkles.
Nov 6, 2022
Your Thanksgiving Table Doesn't Need Salad, It Needs This Slaw
This easy vegan number won't wilt like more fragile salads.
Oct 29, 2022
5 Gluten-Free Alternatives to Bread Stuffing for Thanksgiving
A bread stuffing (or dressing) is such a must-have Thanksgiving side dish that it’s probably hard for those staying away from gluten to give it up. And while you can definitely substitute gluten-free bread into your favorite stuffing recipe, consider a break from tradition and trying something new instead.
Oct 26, 2022
What Is Carnival Squash? And How Do You Cook with It?
Learn more about this colorful winter squash.
Oct 19, 2022
This Denver Breakfast Casserole Is the Simplest Way to Feed a Crowd
One baking dish is all you need.
Oct 18, 2022
How to Make Perfect San Francisco-Style Cioppino
It sounds fancy, but actually comes together rather quickly.
Oct 14, 2022
What Are Brussels Sprouts?
And are they really from Brussels?
Oct 7, 2022
The Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Drinking Glasses Our Whole Family Uses
They look like a wine glass, but we didn't have to worry if she dropped it because they're made out of Tritan polymer and won't break.
Oct 10, 2022
Apple Crumble Pie Is the Perfect Pie for Streusel-Lovers
A thick layer of buttery, sweet crumbs crowns the top.
Oct 9, 2022
These Are the Only Potatoes to Use for Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
I grew up thinking that mashed potatoes came from the dehydrated flakes in a box. When I finally made my own from scratch, the result was such a revelation that I haven’t looked back since. But transforming a potato into the delicious, comforting magic of mashed potatoes really starts at the grocery store. You need to pick the right potato so you end up with light, fluffy mashed potatoes. There are three basic categories of potatoes: starchy, waxy, and in-between.
Oct 8, 2022
7 Alternative Ways to Keep Thanksgiving Dishes Warm
Making sure Thanksgiving food stays warm can be quite a hard thing to pull off once the turkey’s in the oven and every ounce of stove space is being used to do last-minute cooking. And maybe Aunt Martha showed up with an unexpected dish, throwing a wrench in your carefully thought out planning and timing for heating and warming all the food. Well, fear not!
Oct 7, 2022
Cranberry Orange Scones Are the Perfect Fall Breakfast
The orange sugar takes it over the top.
Oct 6, 2022
Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma
A warm mix of spices coat this easy chicken sheet pan dinner.
Oct 4, 2022
Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins Stay Moist with One Little Trick
One extra step takes these to the next level.
Oct 4, 2022
Extra-Cheesy Broccoli Is Guaranteed to Be a Family Favorite
It's like mac and cheese, but with broccoli.
Oct 3, 2022
Cabbage Roll Soup Is Everything You Love About the Classic (but So Much Easier)
No stuffing and rolling required for this easy cabbage soup.
Oct 1, 2022
Pomegranate Martini Is Sweet-Tart Perfection in a Glass
You just need four ingredients and some ice.
Sep 30, 2022
Do You Know Your French Mother Sauces?
Going to culinary school in France meant that our main focus was, of course, French cuisine. And as I quickly learned, French cuisine is all about sauce. At the end of each day, we nervously brought our version of what had been demonstrated earlier to our chef for critique. It was usually a composed plate of protein and sides, but what did the chef always taste first? The sauce.
Sep 29, 2022
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes Are the Ultimate Comfort Food
Sour cream gives it a tangy, creamy kick.
Sep 25, 2022
An Aviation Cocktail Is a Celebration of Gin and Créme de Violette
Relive the golden age of air travel with this easy cocktail.
Sep 24, 2022
Your Guide to the Ultimate Charcuterie Board
Shopping lists, building tips, and more!
Sep 20, 2022
Sweet Potatoes are the Easiest Side Dish to Toss on the Grill
Don't go one more day without trying this technique.
Sep 18, 2022
How to Make a Half-and-Half Substitute, With 4 Easy Options
I always have milk in the refrigerator, and more often than not, I also have cream in the fridge or freezer. But half-and-half? Never. Since I don’t drink coffee on a regular basis, I grudgingly buy half-and-half when a recipe calls for it — usually quiche or ice cream, which I only make once or twice a year. There are other uses for half-and-half other than coffee. If you need it more often, you can actually make a half-and-half substitute out of dairy you probably have at home.
Sep 17, 2022
What Is Half-and-Half?
Half-and-half sits quietly next to regular milk and cream in the dairy section, a constant presence that doesn’t seem to be as widely used as its neighbors. Is there something special about it, and how do you use it besides in morning coffee? Half-and-half, also known as half cream in the United Kingdom, is a simple blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream. It averages 10 to 12% fat, which is more than milk but less than light cream.
Sep 16, 2022
The Best Potatoes for Potato Salad
Just remember waxy is better than starchy!
Sep 13, 2022
Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes
Garlic-herb butter is the perfect sauce for crispy potatoes and juicy, tender steak.
Sep 12, 2022
Why It’s Worth Getting to Know Gluten-Free, Low-Calorie Shirataki Noodles
Traditional shirataki noodles are pretty much the perfect food for those who may have food allergies or are on special diets; they're vegan, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.
Sep 12, 2022
What's the Difference Between Apple Cider and Apple Juice?
Apple cider and apple juice look quite similar but can be made, packaged, and labeled in different ways. Learn the differences between apple juice and apple cider here.
Aug 26, 2022