Christine Gallary's Recent Articles
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Here's How to Make the Best Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme at Home
Crunchy layers of perfection that make it even better than Taco Bell.
Sep 8, 2022
5 Ways to Use Thai Curry Paste
That little jar of red or green Thai curry sitting in your fridge adds a powerful punch of spicy flavor to whatever it’s added to. And while it’s great for making curries, don’t be afraid to use it in other dishes too — here are some of our favorites ways to use it. The beauty of soups that use Thai curry paste is that you usually don’t have to simmer them for very long since the paste is so flavorful by itself.
Sep 7, 2022
A Complete Guide to Steak
Here are the four most popular cuts of steak. We'll cover where they're cut from, what they taste like, and how best to cook them.
Sep 6, 2022
These Animal-Style Fries Will Satisfy Your In-N-Out Cravings
No trip to California necessary.
Sep 6, 2022
Lettuce Is So Much More than Salad. Here Are 10 More Ways to Eat It
Yes, we all know that lettuce is the foundation of most salads, but c’mon — lettuce has so much more to give! I love that you don’t have to use up a whole head at once — one head in the crisper drawer can be used in so many different ways over the course of days, so you won’t ever feel like you’re eating the same thing over and over again.
Sep 6, 2022
A Visual Guide to 10 Varieties of Asian Greens
I love the vegetable section in Asian grocery stores because there are so many greens to choose from, especially when I’m tired of kale and chard. But for those who haven’t cooked a lot with Asian greens, the produce aisle might be a bit overwhelming, especially since the greens can go by multiple names. As with most greens, Asian greens can be steamed, stir-fried, stewed, braised, chopped, and cooked in dumplings or soups. Some of these can even be served raw in salads!
Sep 6, 2022
How To Line a Round Cake Pan with Parchment
When baking cakes, especially layered ones, my greatest fear is that the cakes won’t come out of the pans easily even if I’ve greased the living daylights out of them. The solution is simple: place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the cake pan. The cake will easily slide out every time. While you can buy parchment paper already pre-cut into rounds, they’re expensive and you’d need to buy more than one type of round if you have cake pans in multiple sizes.
Sep 6, 2022
This Is How Long Cooked Chicken Lasts in the Fridge
Here are the quick facts.
Sep 2, 2022
A Complete Guide to Pork Chops
These are the most common cuts, what they taste like, and the best ways to prepare them.
Sep 2, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Rice Vinegar and Seasoned Rice Vinegar?
Rice vinegar is used in a lot of Asian cooking because of its mild acidity and hint of sweetness. Recipes usually call for the two most common varieties, rice vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar. What are the differences, and which one should you buy? The subtle, but important differences in rice vinegar and seasoned rice vinegar boil down to sweetness and acidity. While there are many types of rice vinegar, including red, brown, and black, the most commonly available one is white rice vinegar.
Aug 30, 2022
Easy 15-Minute Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Button mushrooms are cooked in browned butter, garlic, and fresh thyme for the easiest fancy side dish.
Aug 30, 2022
How Long Can You Keep Opened Condiments?
I have an ongoing real estate battle in my refrigerator door between condiments and cocktail ingredients. While I can ignore boozes and bitters since they seem to last practically forever, condiments definitely have shorter shelf lives and need to be pruned occasionally. We can all read a date stamp, but an opened container is another thing. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common condiments and how long they last once they’re opened.
Aug 30, 2022
An Anatomical Guide to Chicken Wings
My favorite part of a chicken is, hands down, the wing. Whether I’m nibbling on one as I carve up a whole roasted chicken, or feasting on a messy pile of saucy buffalo wings, they’re fun to eat and oh-so-satisfying to a dark-meat lover like me. If you look closely, whole chicken wings are actually composed of three parts. Do you know what they are called? I consider chicken wings a bit of a delicacy since there are only two per chicken, but they pack a ton of flavor.
Aug 28, 2022
Here’s How to Substitute Yogurt for Sour Cream
Need sour cream for a recipe and only have yogurt on hand? Or perhaps you’re looking for a healthier alternative to sour cream and have been wondering if yogurt can do the trick. Sour cream and yoghurt are generally great substitutes for one another. Here’s how to do it, with a few tips for the best results. When substituting sour cream for plain yogurt, or vice versa, it’s quite easy: the basic rule of thumb is that you can just use the same amount.
Aug 25, 2022
The Best Ways to Reheat All Your Leftovers
Here's a guide to help you figure out if you should reheat your food on the stove, in the oven, or in the microwave.
Aug 25, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Split Peas and Lentils?
I remember this one time I didn't label my purchases from the bulk bin, and I couldn't remember what was in the bag. Were they split peas or lentils?
Aug 24, 2022
3 Vegetarian Substitutes for Gelatin (Because Vegans Love Jello Too!)
Gelatin is made from animal collagen, but if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can still make these delicious desserts.
Aug 23, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Grape and Cherry Tomatoes?
They can't always be used interchangeably.
Aug 22, 2022
How To Make Egg Drop Soup
Egg drop soup makes me think of my grandmother every time I see it, and it's a dish I turn to when I need something light, comforting, and warm.
Aug 22, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Cornmeal and Polenta?
Cornmeal has long been used for baked goods and giving fried foods crunch and texture. Polenta may feel like a less-familiar newcomer, not surprisingly causing some confusion. What’s the difference between these two cornmeal products? The difference between cornmeal and polenta is in the consistency of the grain. Polenta is also made from corn, but is it really just cornmeal labeled differently and sold at a higher price? Can the two be used interchangeably? Read on to find out!
Aug 22, 2022
Easy Balsamic Glazed Steak Tips and Mushrooms
This is about to become your new favorite dinner.
Aug 22, 2022
This Tool Does Not Actually Sharpen Your Knife. Here’s What a Steel Really Does
If you watch food competition shows, you’ll probably see a competitor or chef expertly running their knives over that steel tool pictured above. In fact, you might even own one of those steels if you have a big knife set or knife block. So do you know what that tool is? It sharpens knives, right? But here’s where you’re wrong: That tool, no matter what it is labeled, is decidedly not a sharpening steel. The tool many think of as a sharpening steel is actually a honing steel.
Aug 15, 2022
Where Kosher Salt Comes from & Why It’s Called Kosher
My pantry always has three kinds of salt: fine table salt, kosher salt, and a super-flaky salt like Maldon. I use all three in different ways, depending on what I’m cooking or how I’m seasoning something. When people see my kosher salt, I usually get asked this question: Just what is kosher salt, and why do I have it if I don’t cook kosher? The coarse salt usually isn’t iodized and can be great for seasoning meat and vegetables.
Aug 15, 2022
A Simple Trick for Keeping Greens Fresher, Longer in the Fridge
We tried three popular methods to find out which was best — and there was a clear winner.
Aug 15, 2022
These Stir-Fried Tomatoes and Eggs Taste Just Like My Grandmother's
Ketchup is key.
Aug 13, 2022
This Humble Pantry Staple Is the Secret to the Crispiest Grilled Chicken Wings
This tiny step will make your wings so much better.
Aug 11, 2022
If Meat Changes Color, Has It Gone Bad?
What happens if you forgot your ground beef or chicken breasts in the fridge for a couple of days? Do you need to scrap your plans for burgers or chicken for dinner? Is it still safe to eat or should you throw it out?The good news is, even if there’s a color change, the meat or poultry is still perfectly fine to eat if stored properly in the refrigerator or freezer and consumed within a safe period of time (up to two days for ground meat and five days for other cuts).
Aug 11, 2022
How to Choose the Best White Fish for a Recipe?
Buying the right kind of fish can be a bit challenging. Your recipe might call for a specific type of fish or it may just have the very generic term: “white fish.” Fish can be very regional and sometimes the seafood counter has only a few options to choose from, so how do you shop for the correct type of fish? White fish is often referred to tilapia, cod, bass, grouper, haddock, catfish, and snapper. They are great for frying, searing, using in soups and chowders.
Aug 10, 2022
What’s The Difference Between Regular and Greek Yogurt?
The options in the yogurt aisle at the grocery store have increased greatly over the years, with Greek yogurt taking up just as much space on the shelves as the regular stuff. What’s the difference between Greek and regular yogurt? It comes down to straining: Greek yogurt is regular yogurt with the bulk of its the liquid components removed, a process that make Greek yogurt thicker and gives Greek yogurt more protein and fat per serving than regular yogurt. So which one should you buy?
Aug 9, 2022
What Is Gochujang, and How Do You Cook With It?
This Korean red pepper paste will add serious kick and depth of flavor to anything you stir it into.
Aug 8, 2022
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup Is Hearty and Customizable
It's all about the toppings.
Aug 7, 2022
How to Make Easy Cinnamon Rolls
With just seven ingredients, you can make delicious cinnamon rolls that require no stand mixer, no prolonged kneading, and, best of all, absolutely no rising time!
Aug 6, 2022
The Most Common Types of Molasses and How to Use Them
When it’s time for fall and winter baking, dark, sticky molasses gets pulled out from the back of my cabinet. There’s no replacement for the sweet, almost smoky flavors it adds to cookies and cakes, like chewy molasses cookies and dark molasses gingerbread cake, plus it plays oh-so-nicely with winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Molasses comes in different forms and each has its taste, use, and way of making it.
Aug 5, 2022
Is Fresh Yeast Important When Baking Bread?
I don’t bake with yeast all that often, but I always reach for the packets of dry yeast when I do. But what about those little cakes of fresh yeast, the ones professional bakers are always talking about? It was time to find out more about fresh (or cake) yeast, and see what the fuss was all about. How is it different from dried yeast, is it easy to use, and would breads made from fresh yeast taste better?
Aug 4, 2022
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Are the Best of Both Worlds
Peanut butter and chocolate once again join forces in this soft, buttery cookie.
Aug 3, 2022
Chile Relleno Casserole is the Easier, Baked Version of the Deep-Fried Favorite
All the big, bold flavors are still there.
Aug 3, 2022
Cooking Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker Is a Brilliant Move. Here’s How to Do It.
The rice cooker has always been one of my favorite appliances. We eat steamed rice at least once a week and usually make enough to have leftovers for fried rice. I’m perfectly capable of cooking rice on the stove, but my rice cooker has an easy-to-clean nonstick lining and can keep the rice warm for hours, making it something I can turn on right before I leave the house in the morning. But to be honest, this appliance takes up a lot of space.
Aug 1, 2022
3 Essential Tips for Cutting Tomatoes
Cutting tomatoes are just like cutting potatoes, right? Think it doesn’t really matter how you do it? Think again! If you’re just cutting tomatoes up to cook them, how you do it isn’t that big of a deal, as long as you end up with the size of pieces you desire. But if you are cutting up tomatoes to serve fresh, let me walk you through the best ways to do it so that you end up with perfect pieces that stay together. First off, let’s talk knife choice.
Jul 28, 2022
How to Cut Tomatoes for Sandwiches, Salads, and More
Our step-by-step photo guide will show you the way.
Jul 28, 2022
One Pantry Ingredient Makes These Grilled Buffalo Wings Extra Crispy
The faster, easier way to crispy Buffalo wings.
Jul 16, 2022
Watermelon Granita Is the Easiest Frozen Summer Treat
An icy-cold refreshing treat on a hot summer day.
Jul 14, 2022
Grilled Chicken Drumsticks Are What Every Cookout Needs
A simple spice rub perks up these classic grilled chicken drumsticks that are finished in a sweet-tangy barbecue sauce.
Jul 13, 2022
These Grilled Steak Kebabs Are the Skewer of the Summer
It's all about the juicy marinated steak.
Jul 12, 2022
The Real Difference Between Sour Cream and Crème Fraîche
Plus when to use which for what!
Jul 11, 2022
How To Test If Baking Soda or Baking Powder Is Expired
Baking soda and baking powder are both essential pantry staples for bakers. They have long shelf lives, but can they go bad? The answer is yes. Both baking soda and baking powder will eventually expire. You’ll know when they won’t give your baked goods the lift that they deserve. You might ask yourself, “How can I tell if it’s still active before I ruin my next batch of muffins?” To find out if your baking soda or powder is still effective, follow the steps below.
Jul 8, 2022
Mexican-Style Fruit Kebabs Are the Grown-Up Cousin of Fruit Salad
Tajin seasoning makes these skewers sing.
Jul 5, 2022
How Long Is It Safe to Keep Raw Meat and Poultry in the Refrigerator?
Not all meats last the same amount of time!
Jun 24, 2022
What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp?
Here's everything you've ever wanted to know, including how they get their names.
Jun 6, 2022