Emma Christensen's Recent Articles
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How To Stir-Fry Noodles
Stir-fries don’t have to mean just vegetables and rice — they can mean noodles, too! In fact, noodle stir-fries are one of my favorite weeknight comfort foods. Whether made with lo mein noodles or rice noodles, these stir-fries are quick to prepare, and serve as the perfect backdrop for everything from sliced chicken breast to tender bok choy.
Aug 11, 2022
How To Make Pizza Sauce
A fresh and flavorful sauce to memorize.
Aug 11, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Dough is Kneaded
Knowing when you can stop kneading the dough is among the more mysterious aspects of baking bread. Sure, it’s no longer a wobbly mess of bubble-gummy dough, but is it really done? To find out, there are ways to tell whether the dough is ready after kneading it for 10-12 minutes by hand or 8-10 minutes in a mixer. Here are a few clues to look for. The point of kneading dough is to strengthen the gluten, which are the stringy bands of proteins that give bread its structure and texture.
Aug 11, 2022
How To Roast Garlic in the Oven
Warning: This will fill your home with the most maddening, irresistible, and mouth-watering aromas imaginable.
Aug 11, 2022
How to Cook Moist, Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time
Yes, it's possible!
Aug 11, 2022
It's Pizza Friday! Here's How to Make the Best Margherita Pizza at Home
Pizza in its simplest, most classic form.
Aug 10, 2022
How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken
This simple chicken recipe is, far and away, the easiest way to cook our favorite poultry that I know. You hardly need a recipe: just toss a mix of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast for about a half an hour. No flipping, no fussing, no nothing — and you can pile everything on a serving tray without the bother of pulling out the carving board. So smart. This is the kind of recipe that belongs in your core arsenal as a home cook.
Aug 10, 2022
What’s a Proofing Basket (Banneton) & How’s It Used for Bread Baking?
Prettier loaves ahead!
Aug 10, 2022
What Is Hominy and How Is It Used?
A versatile ingredient, its unique flavors and consistency is great in soups, salads, and more.
Aug 8, 2022
You're Just 30 Seconds Away from the Best-Ever Cocktail Sauce
It comes together with just a handful of condiments.
Aug 8, 2022
How To Make Easy & Delicious Miso Soup at Home
Making miso soup at home is one of the simplest and most satisfying ways to treat yourself during the frigid winter months.
Aug 7, 2022
How To Make Vietnamese Beef Noodle Pho
Beef pho feels like a restaurant staple, but it's not actually all that hard to make a quick homemade version.
Aug 7, 2022
How To Make Polenta
Polenta makes a luscious bed for anything from quickly sautéed mushrooms to a hearty slow-cooked meat ragu. It also goes well with oven-roasted tomatoes and zucchini. However, somewhere in its past, polenta picked up a reputation for fussiness. I am here to tell you that it is anything but fussy. This weeknight-friendly recipe helps you whip up a pot of creamy polenta in about 30 minutes. I’ll also let you know exactly when to stir it to make sure the sides aren’t drying out.
Aug 7, 2022
How To Make Risotto at Home
Risotto is the original 30-minute meal.
Aug 7, 2022
Gelatin Sheets vs Powdered vs Leaf: What’s the Difference?
A reader recently asked about substituting gelatin leaf (called for in one of the recipes) with powdered gelatin, and the thing is, none of us really knew for sure! Hear our thoughts below – care to weigh in?First off, all three of these products are derived from the same source – animal collagen. When heated slowly, collagen in the skin, bones, and connective tissue of an animal breaks down into gelatin, which can then be used to set liquids into jellies.
Aug 5, 2022
The Most Glorious Way to Turn a Can of Chickpeas into Hummus
Skip the store-bought stuff — making it yourself is so easy and will be far tastier.
Aug 5, 2022
Pancetta vs Bacon vs Prosciutto: What’s the Difference?
Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto: These three pork products look alike, taste somewhat similar, and even get regularly substituted for each other. It’s no wonder we get them confused! In actuality, each pork product has distinctive characteristics that make it ideal for different preparations. Here’s the scoop on each one and their differences. Bacon and pancetta have the most in common. They are both typically made from pork belly and both are cured for a certain length of time.
Aug 5, 2022
How To Make Limoncello
It has taken me far too long to discover how amazing — and how astoundingly easy — it is to make my own limoncello. I had this hazy idea that limoncello must be a closely guarded secret kept by a sect of weathered Italian grandfathers with wooly driving caps and secretive, knowing smiles. Just me? Well, it turns out all you need to make truly incredible limoncello are some good lemons, a bottle of stiff vodka, and just a little patience.
Aug 5, 2022
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Red Miso?
More and more of us are discovering what a fantastic ingredient concentrated miso paste can be in our daily cooking – and not just for soup! Happily, many major stores have caught on and are starting to carry a variety of traditional misos to choose from. There are different types of misos and each is made from soybeans that have been fermented with either rice, barley or other grains. The real question is: how to choose?
Aug 3, 2022
How To Make Classic French Palmiers
It feels so fancy to put them on a cookie tray for a spot of afternoon tea.
Aug 2, 2022
How to Shuck Corn Quickly and Cleanly
After a few tries, it'll be a total breeze!
Jul 23, 2022
How To Boil Potatoes
Whether you're boiling your first potato tonight or wonder if you've been doing it right, this step-by-step guide will show you the way.
Jul 22, 2022
How To Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven
No spiralizers or any special gadgets required — just an oven and a half-hour of your time.
Jul 22, 2022
How To Make Classic Vanilla Ice Cream
This is the definitive recipe for classic vanilla custard ice cream.
Jul 22, 2022
How To Make Fruit Vodkas
It’s no pretty jar of jam or row of canned tomatoes, I know, but I suspect that making your own fruit-flavored vodkas might just be the most fun way to preserve. It’s very easy and simple; choose some ripe fruits, cover them with vodka, and wait for a few days until the vodka tastes good.
Jul 14, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Café au Lait, Cappuccino, Latté, and Macchiato?
Whether we’re headed across campus for class or into the office for work, chances are that most of us have a travel mug of something caffeinated in our hands. According to the National Coffee Association, Americans drink an estimated 517 million cups of coffee per day, and 43 percent of those cups are either lattes, cappuccinos, or macchiatos. That means nearly half of all coffee consumed in the United States involves some variation of coffee + milk + foam.
Jul 11, 2022
How To Make Burgers on the Stovetop
No need to go out — stay in tonight and have a homemade burger.
Jun 28, 2022
This Quick & Easy Gazpacho Is Perfect for Hot Summer Days
Here's our most basic, simple gazpacho recipe to get you started — plus plenty of ideas for how to amp it up.
May 26, 2022
How To Make the Best Creamy Coleslaw
It's got a secret for guaranteeing extra-crunchy cabbage.
May 19, 2022
Quick Side Dish Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts
The key to excellent roasted Brussels sprouts is heat and lots of it. Not the spicy kind, but the oven kind. This is easy in a restaurant where they can crank up those industrial ovens as high as they’ll go, but more difficult at home. I think I’ve finally figured how to make it happen. Heat is crucial for two reasons. First, it chars the outsides of the sprouts, crisping the outer leaves and caramelizing the cut surfaces. Second, it cooks the Brussels sprouts quickly.
May 12, 2022
Breakfast Recipe: Roasted Cherry Dutch Baby with Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Sauce
I love dutch baby pancakes, a.k.a. Big Pancakes. But I love their potential as vehicles for fruits, jams, and other interesting toppings even more. Whether you’re looking for a sweet breakfast to kick off Mardi Gras, need to use up some eggs before Lent, or just like pancakes, this recipe should be next on your list. Dutch baby pancakes are also a grand party trick to pull on your guests.
May 12, 2022
How to Make Soft and Tender Dinner Rolls
Warm rolls will make any dinner better. Don't forget the dish of salted butter!
Apr 9, 2022
20+ Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Lamb
Here's how to round out your dinner spread.
Feb 25, 2022
20+ Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes (For Holidays or Anytime)
All that's left to do in the morning is brew a pot of coffee.
Dec 10, 2021
No Roasting Pan? Here 5 Alternatives You Might Already Have in Your Kitchen
No roasting pan? No problem!
Nov 15, 2021
Use a Quick Brine to Make Any Cut of Meat More Tender
We like to throw pork chops and chicken breasts in a quick brine for extra oomph before continuing on with the rest of the recipe.
Nov 8, 2021
The Most Surprising Thing We Learned About How to Avoid Ruining Nonstick Pans
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
You'll avoid having to replace your pan with this simple tip!
Sep 17, 2021
How To Make the Best Caramel Popcorn
It's crunchy, deeply caramelized, and utterly delicious.
Aug 23, 2021
A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Homemade Soft Pretzels
Because nothing compares to a piping-hot soft pretzel.
Jul 25, 2021
This 2-Ingredient, No-Churn Ice Cream Is a Dessert Hero
You likely have everything you need.
Jul 25, 2021
How to Make an Absolutely Perfect Blueberry Pie
Just add ice cream.
Jun 11, 2021
Memorize This Ratio for Perfect Quiche Every Time
Once you know the ratio of eggs to cream, you can make quiche like a pro.
May 27, 2021
25+ Delicious Ways to Use a Bunch of Basil
It's hard to find a dish that isn't improved by a handful of this bright, fragrant herb.
Apr 21, 2021
The Best (and Safest!) Way to Clean Your Knives
Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn
Go slowly and carefully, keeping the blade pointed away from you or your fingers!
Apr 13, 2021
13 Easy Recipes to Help You Use Up a Bunch of Leeks
Step one: Start using them in place onion regular onions.
Mar 18, 2021
Is Pink Chicken Meat Safe to Eat? The USDA Says Yes
Undercooked chicken can pose some serious health risk, but pink chicken can still be safe to eat if it reaches the right temperature. Here's what you need to know.
Mar 9, 2021
How To Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
I love how easy it is to make this fast-and-fancy treat at home — no candy-making skills required!
Feb 13, 2021
What’s the Difference? Ale vs. Lager Beers
While almost all beers are made from the same base ingredients, they aren't all the same. Here's what you need to know about the differences between these two classic beer styles.
Jan 21, 2021