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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Biscuits
Like anything purported as easy, biscuits are also notoriously easy to mess up. Simplicity, as it turns out, leaves plenty of room for error. Luckily I have quite a few biscuit makers to call on to discuss the common mistakes people make when preparing biscuits, and even better, the tips you need to know to avoid them all together. So before you get ready to bake up you next batch, here are five mistakes you’ll want to steer clear of.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Lavender Namoora
Called namoora in Lebanon, basbousa in Egypt, and haressa in Syria and Palestine, this semolina sheet cake is often served throughout the Arab world and often during Eid Al-Fitr. With only a handful of ingredients and a straightforward technique, it is perhaps one of the easiest desserts you’re not making. This version from Amanda Saab, the writer behind Amanda’s Plate, is drenched in a lemon and lavender syrup, giving this already-fragrant cake a floral update.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Noodles with Sesame Dressing
Sometimes cucumbers bore me to tears. No offense, cucumber, but your chill flavor can be a little underwhelming at times! It wasn’t until I began spiralizing cucumber into long, elegant strands that my affection for this vegetable really began to change. The real key to this recipe isn’t the fact that cucumbers have been made into noodles, but that the noodle are very thin. This alone has made cucumber even more enticing for me.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Onions Looks Like
Have you ever found yourself in the grocery store trying to figure out how many onions to buy to equal one pound? Maybe you’re at a farm stand or market where there isn’t even a scale to weight them on. For those situations, it’s useful to know what a pound of onions looks like. Here are a few key pointers to help you out. Two medium onions, about the size of an average apple or navel orange, weigh about one pound.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Bananas Looks Like
Learning how to spot a pound of bananas without the aid of a scale is a game-changer. When you know how many bananas are in a pound, you can decide how many you want to buy and access the price in a snap. One pound of bananas is about three bananas, each about five inches in length. Now the next time you find this fruit on sale, you can quickly do the math to calculate how many to pick up for a pound and beyond. Shopping with an educated eye is powerful stuff!
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Use Up Berries About to Go Bad
When I’m on top of my game, I buy and eat berries before there’s even a flicker of mush or mold. But there are times when my berries get away from me and I find them a bit too far gone for eating fresh, but also still useful enough to hold on to. There are quite a few ways to use berries on their last leg, but these are the ways I turn to time and time again. Our Assistant Food Editor Kelli is a bit of a fruit bat.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Raspberries Looks Like
Clamshell containers and pre-weighed cartons aside, knowing what one pound of raspberries looks like is great for those times when you don’t have access to a scale or need to make a quick judgement call on the amount. Luckily, you can size up a pound a raspberries just by looking at them. Here’s how to do it. One pound of raspberries is about four heaping palmfuls of marble-sized berries.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Blueberries Looks Like
If you’ve ever gone blueberry picking, you know the general rule of thumb is pick two or three berries, then pop about 10 in your mouth. And while the carefree joy of eating berries fresh off the bush is half the fun, the haul you leave with is the main point. So now you have your bucket of berries. Before getting to the scale, you might want a sense of the weight. Here’s an easy way to size things up. One pound of blueberries is about four heaping palmfuls of berries.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Kale Looks Like
I find kale to be deceptive when it comes to weights and amounts. Like most greens, you’d expect a pound of it to translate to several stalks and numerous cups, but it turns out kale is more conservative than that. Here’s what one pound of curly kale looks like. One pound of kale, leaves and stems included, is about five large stalks, about eight inches long. This same general rule applies for lacinato kale, as long as the stalks are around seven to eight inches long.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Cucumbers Looks Like
You’re at the market, in a rush and quickly need to pick up a pound of cucumbers for tonight’s dinner. There’s no time for a scale or maybe there isn’t even one to use. Here’s how you make sure you’re leaving the store with the pound of cucumbers you need. One pound of cucumbers is two medium cucumbers about five to six inches long and just wide enough to wrap your hands around.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Carrots Looks Like
Do you often reach for the bagged carrots at the grocery store only to have them wallow in the fridge, forgotten and unused? Maybe you need to skip the two-pound bag; maybe you even need to skip the one-pound in favor of buying carrots loose. Here’s how to eyeball one pound of carrots so you can scale up or down as needed. One pound of carrots is about 5 medium-size carrots, no wider than an inch, and about 6 inches long.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Broccoli Looks Like
Want to know how to pick up a pound of fresh broccoli without the aid of a scale? All you need are your eyeballs, your hands, and a general understanding of what one pound of this vegetable looks like. One pound of broccoli, with the stems attached, equates to three stalks, with the stems measuring no larger the an inch in width, and the crowns about the size of a closed fist.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Cabbage Looks Like
To keep my trips to the grocery store efficient, I’ve learned to judge the weight of a variety of fruits and vegetable simply by eye, with one of my favorite vegetables — cabbage — being no exception. So the next time you’re out food shopping, here’s how to pick up a head of cabbage that weighs about one pound — no scale required. This may come as a surprise, but one pound of cabbage is pretty small — generally only a bit bigger than a softball.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Tomatoes Looks Like
Making a salad tonight and have to swing by the grocery store or farm stand in a hurry? Well, if you’re looking to pick up a pound of tomatoes without relying on a scale, here’s how to do it. One pound of tomatoes equates to three tomatoes roughly the size of a baseball. Each tomato should fit comfortably in the palm of your hand.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Oranges Looks Like
Need to grab a pound of oranges and don’t have a scale available? Here’s how to pick up a pound by sight. A pound of oranges is about 2 medium-sized pieces of fruit, close to two inches in diameter. They should fit in your hand, much like baseball. This applies to oranges of all varieties, as long as you stick to this basic size principle.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Lemons Looks Like
Lemons are deceptive. I’ve stood in the produce aisle countless times marveling at the range of sizes they come in. Picking up a pound of lemons that haven’t been pre-bagged largely depends on the individual size of the lemons you select. One pound of lemons is about four average-sized lemons, with average being a lemon you almost completely cover when holding it in your hand.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Peaches Looks Like
When peach season is upon us and the cobbler recipes are calling, nothing beats heading to the farmers market or farm stand to purchase fruit for dessert. If you find yourself without a scale and need to ensure you leave with a pound, here’s how to assess a pound of peaches by sight. I use the one-hand, two-fruits test when buying peaches by sight. I look for two peaches that can fit in one outstretched hand pretty comfortably. Then I buy four of them that meet that criteria.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Grapes Looks Like
What a pound of grapes looks like will surprise you. So often, we get into the habit of buying fruits and vegetables that have been pre-measured and pre-packaged for us — and while the convenience can’t be beat when we’re in a rush, it does disconnect us from knowing what a pound should look like. Here’s how you can confidently purchase a pound of grapes by sight. One pound of grapes is about two swags that are six to seven inches in length.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Spinach Looks Like
So you’ve decided to ditch the pre-packaged spinach in favor the lush bundles you see nestled amongst the other greens in the produce aisle. Or perhaps you’re at the farmers market or in your own garden and looking to harvest a pound for dinner. Here’s how you pick up a pound of spinach without the aid of a scale. One pound of spinach (with the stems still attached) is about two large bundles or bouquets, each only slightly too large to wrap one hand around.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Vegetables Looks Like
While there’s always good reason to rely on the scale when you need specific amounts, at the grocery store I’ve found immense value in being able to estimate the weights of vegetable simply by sight and feel. Being able to do this is a skill, one that you can easily develop by first educating your eye, and then putting into practice. Here’s a list of what one pound of common vegetables looks like and a few general tips on how to size them up without a scale.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Spicy Carnitas Salad Bowl
The key to making a salad that you really want to eat is building it from ingredients and toppings you’d happily eat anyways. This spicy carnitas number tells that tale five times over with a bold and crisp base and toppings ranging from slow-cooker carnitas to pickled avocado. And the best part? You can prep and pack every single thing in this salad on a Sunday and then eat it during the week to come. This is the salad you put together when you’re meal prepping for the week.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Zucchini Buffalo Chicken Salad
We’re going trendy with this salad and embracing playful spiralized zucchini noodles aka “zoodles” and pairing them with poached chicken breast, a creamy blue cheese dressing, and Buffalo-flavored croutons. This is the salad you put together when you’re meal prepping for the week. Each recipe in this series makes four entree-sized portions, which you can pack up for a week’s worth of work salads or just dinner throughout the week.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Kale Bistro Salad
Kale, we're not done with you yet! This bistro-style salad is glorious, with golden egg yolks spilling out and cacio e pepe croutons kicking up the flavor.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Garlicky Chickpea and Fennel Salad with Baked Goat Cheese
Here’s the salad you serve at a sit-down dinner. And when your guests inquire what it took to put together something so elegant and pleasing, you can simply bat your lashes and say, “Hardly had to lift a finger!” And you know what? You’d be telling the whole truth because even the baked and breaded goat cheese patties that grace this fennel-based salad are easier than they appear. This is the salad you put together when you’re meal prepping for the week.
May 1, 2019
Here’s What 1 Pound of Fruit Looks Like
While there’s always good reason to rely on the scale when you need specific amounts, I’ve found immense value in being able to estimate the weight of fruit simply by sight and feel. Being able to do this is a skill — one that you can easily develop by first educating your eye, and then putting into practice. Here’s a list of what one pound of common fruit looks like and a few general tips on how to size them up without a scale.
May 1, 2019
Sunday Night Salads: 5 Recipes to Make Ahead and Eat All Week
What’s more satisfying than looking into the fridge and having a solid understanding of what you’re going to eat for the week? Prepping meals ahead of time answers the “What’s for dinner?” question we face every day. These five salads, which have been designed with storage in mind, can be made on a Sunday night for eating throughout the week.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Improve the (Admittedly Nearly Perfect) Rice Krispies Treat
How do you improve upon something as pure and simple as the Rice Krispies Treat? By taking this minimalist dessert and giving it the maximalist treatment. From the small changes in how it’s prepared to ingredient upgrades and mix-ins, here are five ways to make a better Rice Krispies Treat. Between the rice cereal and the marshmallows, there’s zero fat in this recipe. And as we all know, fat is where the flavor’s at.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet
Sometimes I question why I ever even put away my cast iron skillet in the first place. Truly, its home is on the stovetop because rarely do I make a meal that doesn’t take advantage of its incomparable versatility. This skillet rendition of chicken parm and pasta for two is no exception. Whether it’s crisping up the breaded chicken or baking everything in the oven, the method behind this 30-minute meal is just as streamlined as the ingredient list.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Frenchiest Thing You Can Make in Five Minutes
In addition to tucking into some macarons, my prerogative on Bastille Day is to watch Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, drink rosé, and make this five-minute dinner. The simplicity of this recipe reminds me why we get all fussy about French food in the first place — and it has really good cheese. If you hadn’t guessed, it’s a ham and cheese baguette! Done up just like they do at the little cafes I’ve visited in Paris.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Creamy Corn Mac and Cheese
This recipe epitomizes summer comfort food. With two cups of fresh corn kernels, creamy, salty feta (Bulgarian or French, if we’re getting very specific), and the mix of basil and red pepper flakes, this mac and cheese is rich, cozy, and devastatingly easy to make. Basil, corn, and red pepper flakes are three flavors I try to pair together as often as possible during the summer.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Plantain Power Balls
What can’t a plantain do? That’s the question to ask yourself after trying these power balls. Paired with coconut — that’s coconut oil, coconut butter, and toasted coconut — these bites are a one-stop snack for a serious dose of flavor, fat, and carbs. If you’re gearing up for a long run or a heavy lifting session at the gym, or need a snack to sustain you for a solid few hours, one of these will do the trick.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Easy Caprese Quiche
If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy the flavors of caprese salad, make this quiche your next stop. To avoid a watery final product, we’re saving the tomatoes for the every end by topping this mozzarella- and basil-filled quiche with a juicy tomato salad. Rather than relying on pesto, we’re going back to the source and piling this quiche full of fresh basil.
May 1, 2019
We’re Gonna Talk You into Putting Tomatoes in Your Fruit Salad
Maybe you don’t even need to be talked into adding fruit to your tomato salad because you’re well aware of tomato’s classification as a fruit. And perhaps you’re also aware of how its inherent acidity is the most welcome guest in a too-sweet fruit salad. If, however, the combination of tomato and fruit baffles you or leaves you skeptical, permit me to do some convincing.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Firefly Ice Pops
You don’t have to wait for the fireflies to shimmer in the darkness to capture the whimsy they bring to a summer evening. These firefly pops made from Concord grape juice and blackberries get a bit of sparkle from star- and moon-shaped sprinkles, and can be enjoyed morning, noon, and night. The combination of blackberries and Concord grape juice gives these pops their intensely fruity flavor and rich color.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies
Chungah Rhee, the blogger behind Damn Delicious and creator of some of the most popular recipes on Pinterest, knows an effortless dinner is one that comes together with just one pan. This combination of steak and vegetables falls firmly under that definition. In this recipe, the veggies get a head start in the oven, with the steak added in after and broiled to desired doneness.
May 1, 2019
Sheet Pan Sweet Potatoes and Black Bean Hash
Think of this sheet pan sweet potato and black bean hash as your invitation to do dinner for breakfast, or even vice versa. It's fragrantly spiced and cooks up fast.
May 1, 2019
5 Sheet Pan Miracle Meals
One-pot pasta has been all the rage when it comes to quick-cooking dinners, and while we’re a fan of that method, our current crush is the sheet pan miracle meal. We’re talking about the dinner you feel confident about putting together to make sure dinner happens at home, on time, and without stressing out the cook while still appealing to the eater.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sauerkraut Martini
This cocktail is polarizing. Either you’re going to be with me and love every briny sip, or you will not. And don’t for a second think you only have to drink it during Oktoberfest — it’s just that people are far more affectionate toward pickled cabbage during this time of year. To be quite honest, I need no special occasion to shake one of these up. A Wednesday evening is just as good of a reason as any. Says who?
May 1, 2019
Why Roasted Vegetables Are Better at Room Temperature
Just like there are people who don’t like their food touching and people who want it all tossed together in a bowl (me!), there are people who like their food hot and people who don’t mind eating it at room temperature (me, again!). Now of course we’re talking about these things in terms of black and white, so while you might waffle one way or the other, truth is, we all have our preferences.
May 1, 2019
Hear Us Out: Make Lasagna for Thanksgiving This Year
If Hamilton taught us anything about flipping the script on American stories, it’s that you have to play to your strengths to be successful and you shouldn’t hesitate to remix the familiar. So if Thanksgiving is a performance of America’s most-hallowed dinner, make this year the remix. Ditch the turkey (or keep it — that’s cool too), have a meal of only sides, break out that Tofurky, and most definitely serve lasagna. Yep, lasagna.
May 1, 2019
If You Buy One Thing from Aldi, This Should Be It
I heard about Aldi in snippets for years before I ever made my way there: It’s owned by the same people as Trader Joe’s (which is almost the case, but not quite), it’s filled with brands you’ve never heard of (mostly private label, similar to Trader Joes’), and if you’re going to buy anything there, this one particular item has to be it. If you go to Aldi, buy the chocolate.
May 1, 2019
Around the World in a Punch Bowl: 5 Big-Batch Drinks for Festive Parties
This year, when you gather with your family and friends to celebrate the season, grab that punch bowl from the bottom shelf because nothing turns a get-together into a party like a good holiday punch. But punch shouldn’t begin and end at eggnog — many cultures and cuisines claim a delicious take on Christmas punch. We asked some friends of Kitchn to share their punch traditions so this season you can serve your family and friends with flavors from all around the world.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sparkling Midnight Thyme Rosé
This holiday, ring in the new year with something a little different than your standard glass of Champagne. This rosé cocktail perfumed with rose and thyme comes to us from cookbook author Asha Gomez. She starts with your favorite rosé and then swirls in a fragrant thyme simple syrup and a dash of rosewater for a warm and aromatic take on this year’s most beloved wine. Although rose is considered a cooling flavor, the sentiment behind it is all about warmth.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Spinach Pakoras with Sweet and Sour Sauce
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been to a really great holiday party and have heard everyone tell me how wonderful the fritters are or “you have to try the croquettes,” only to find they’ve disappeared by the time I’ve made it to the table. It’s always such high hopes met with lots of longing.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Aloo Tikki (Golden Potato Croquettes)
Asha Gomez’s aloo tiki, also known as potato croquettes, are the low-effort, high-impact item on our South Indian New Year’s Eve menu. Chances are high they’ll be the favorite on everyone’s list. You can make the mashed potatoes ahead and even pre-shape the patties, sticking them in the oven before guests arrive in order to serve them hot (although that’s not to say they aren’t delightful at room temperature).
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Black Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Cashews
Salt and pepper became an iconic duo for many reasons, but the one we’re interested in when it comes to these cashews is the flavor. The pepper in this recipe (both cayenne and black pepper) you already know well, but we’re not using just any salt here — Asha Gomez’s recipe calls for kala namak, or Himalayan black salt, which, in actuality, turns out to be pink. This salt has rich umami flavor and a sulfurous undertone.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways Frozen Broccoli Helps Me Eat a Better Breakfast
My number-one rule for eating better is changing the way I eat breakfast, and usually that means eating more than toast. Lately, a bag of frozen broccoli has been my accomplice in helping me start the day with vegetables so that no matter where the day leads, I’m guaranteed to have started with something green. Here’s how I use this freezer staple to eat a better breakfast. One of my favorite ways to use frozen broccoli for breakfast is to sauté it and add it to toast.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Mango and Papaya Fruit Salad
Have you ever been subjected to “filler fruit” in a fruit salad? This wasn’t even a term I was aware of until a friend who served a truly gorgeous fruit salad at a brunch a while ago used the term to note the absence of melon and banana. Now, I know some people like these fruits in their salad, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, for the most part, that bananas and cantaloupe are the least desirable additions to the whole of it.
May 1, 2019