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5 Outstanding Meaty Meals You Can Make on a Budget
You might be on a budget, but don’t be so fast to rule out hearty, meaty meals from your dinner plan. There are some real superstars in the meat case that deliver serious value without compromising on flavor. First, you’ll need to look beyond the chicken breast and pricey steaks; those cuts just scratch the surface of all the choices that are in front of you.
Mar 11, 2017
Why My Week Always Includes a Pizza Night
Pizza Friday is a well-loved weekly event in our family. To be honest, I can’t remember why or how we started it, but I do know that having this day on the calendar each week has not only brought joy to my children, but also a little more sanity to my meal planning. Friday night pizza serves two important and seemingly unrelated purposes: clearing out the fridge and holding space for family time. Pizza for dinner always feels a bit frivolous and fun.
Mar 6, 2017
Spending Valentine’s Day Alone? Make This Pizza.
Maybe you’re happily single (and ready to mingle), maybe your sweetie is working late (like mine is), or maybe you just got out of a relationship and you’re feeling pretty sad. Regardless, just because you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone this year doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the holiday-themed fun. Show yourself some love by making this delicious heart-shaped pizza. Why this recipe? Well, first the obvious: The pizza is shaped like a heart.
Feb 14, 2017
Food Rivalries: Pie- or Square-Cut Pizzas
Ever notice how some arguments have had the same opposing sides for what seems like all of time? We’re exploring the discourse around common kitchen arguments in our series on ancient debates and food rivalries. There are always two sides to a story, and sometimes everyone’s right. Have you ever gotten into a good-natured screaming match with someone you’ve only known for two-and-a-half days? We did. It was about pizza.
Jan 28, 2017
Our Favorite Way to Upgrade Mac and Cheese with a Kick
Here’s an instant way to add depth to your boxed mac and cheese. It’s an upgrade that will not only give it a spicy kick, but also sour, umami notes. Yes, I’m talking about kimchi. Kimchi is potent stuff, and that’s exactly why we love it in instant mac and cheese. Often the boxed stuff can fall flat — it’s only cheese and milk and starch, after all — and a little lift can really go a long way.
Jan 18, 2017
5 Ways to Thicken Your Soup and Turn It into a Meal
I love a big bowl of soup for dinner, but often I find that I need a salad and some crusty bread to really call it a meal. Thicken that soup up a bit and make it creamy and suddenly it feels like it can hold its own on the dinner table. Here are five quick and easy ways to thicken any soup and make it a meal in a bowl.
Oct 27, 2016
Hack Your Ramen with Butter and Chile Flakes
If what you crave is serious comfort with a kick, a pat of butter and a sprinkle of chile flakes will take you there. Think of the comfort you get from plain buttered noodles — it’s even better when savory broth and a bit of spice is involved. The richness from the butter complements and balances the spice from the chile flakes for an instant ramen experience that’s just a little more luxurious. Prepare the instant ramen according to the instructions on the package.
Oct 12, 2016
10 Leftovers to Save for Tomorrow’s Breakfast Sandwich
A well-made breakfast sandwich can change the direction of your day. Woke up tired and grumpy? You need a hearty breakfast sandwich. A little too much fun over the weekend? Try a veggie-loaded breakfast sandwich. If you think that a breakfast sandwich can only be constructed from bacon, egg, and cheese, then you have forgotten that the only limit to your breakfast sandwich enjoyment is your imagination. Here are 10 leftovers better the next day as a life-altering breakfast sandwich.
Sep 14, 2016
5 Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches to Stock Your Freezer
Make-ahead breakfast sandwiches are the ultimate morning miracle — the gift that keeps on giving. The magic behind these sandwiches is big-batch cooking. With upfront planning and prep, they reward you with a hot, satisfying breakfast for days to come. Staple ingredients like condiments and spreads have the power to boost the flavor of breakfast sandwiches in a big way.
Sep 11, 2016
The Breakfast Boat Is the Smarter, Better Breakfast Sandwich
Breakfast sandwiches can be stacked between a split roll or biscuit, stuffed into a pita, rolled into a burrito, even folded into a tidy closed quesadilla pocket, but as I recently learned, there’s one sandwich we’ve been neglecting for far too long: the breakfast boat. The breakfast boat is an egg-filled breakfast sandwich baked directly into a hollowed-out demi-baguette.
Sep 9, 2016
3 Rules for Freezing and Reheating Breakfast Sandwiches
Prepping and freezing your own breakfast sandwiches is a morning game-changer, but knowing how to do it right is equally important. There are a few simple rules to follow to achieve freezer-friendly breakfast-sandwich success. Follow them and your rushed weekday mornings are bound to be better. When prepping breakfast sandwiches for the freezer, it’s important to wrap up each one individually.
Sep 8, 2016
12 Ways to Fancy Up Your PB&J with 1 Ingredient
Peanut butter and jelly is a comforting classic that hardly needs improving. Instead, these one-ingredient twists turn a lunch-box staple into something fun and unexpected. Are you read to liven up lunchtime? These are the single-ingredient upgrades that go beyond the simple swaps of jam and nut butter, or the extra drizzle of honey. These are the unexpected ingredients that add a crunch factor to your lunch and sneak in a pop of flavor.
Sep 1, 2016
Don’t Skip This Step for Super-Tender Slow Cooker Chicken
Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker almost feels too good to be true. It produces a chicken so moist and tender that the meat practically falls off the bone. It requires just one ingredient and only a couple minutes of prep work. It’s so simple that it feels like there should be a catch. No, there’s no catch — it’s really that good — but there is one very important thing you need to do before putting the bird into the slow cooker.
Jun 5, 2016
7 Ways to Use Pepperoni (Besides Putting It on Pizza)
It’s easy to think of pepperoni solely as a pizza topping, but this cured meat is actually pretty versatile. Whether you have a stick of hard pepperoni or a pre-sliced package, there are so many delicious ways to use this flavorful meat — ways that go far beyond putting it on top of pizza. Paired with Parmesan, Gouda, or cheddar, thick slices of pepperoni make a perfect addition to your cheese board. How To Assemble a Cheese Board Appetizer Food on skewers is always more fun!
Oct 26, 2015
5 Surprising Ways to Snack on Lasagna Noodles
Lasagna is my kitchen superhero. When faced with a busy Tuesday or an unexpected table of 20, this dish always saves the day. With simple staple items on hand (noodles, canned sauce, cheese), you can throw together a satisfying meal with very little time or effort. Keep it totally vegetarian or add meat, spice as desired, and then let the oven finish the job. But guess what?
Oct 14, 2015
The Best Way to Reheat Meatballs
Whether they’re made with beef, pork, lamb, or turkey, meatballs are supremely satisfying and have a way of making dinner more comforting. While they can certainly be made during the week, I prefer to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon. I tuck some away in the freezer, and pop the rest in the fridge to reheat for dinner.
Sep 23, 2015
5 Important Tips for Making Really Great Burgers
In theory, making burgers is a simple process: buy your meat, shape it into a patty, season it, and toss it on the grill or stovetop to cook. But there are a few important dos and don’ts that can make the difference between a burger that’s just okay, and one that’s really great. The hallmark of a good burger is one that is nice and juicy when you bite into it, and you just can’t get that juiciness if you use really lean ground beef.
Aug 23, 2015
Why I Don’t Use a Baking Stone for Pizza
If you believe the hype, you need a good baking stone in order to achieve a superior thin-crust pizza. I’m here to tell you I had one, used it, and got tired of lugging that clunker around my kitchen. When it cracked years ago, it was a blessing. I was initially motivated to use a baking stone when I moved from New York City — the gold standard for excellent pizza — to a destination without really fantastic takeout pizza.
Jul 10, 2015
Your Pizza Doesn’t Always Have to Have Mozzarella Cheese
Mozzarella cheese is a pizza mainstay. It’s probably the default cheese that comes to mind when you think of pizza, and for good reason — it’s undeniably melty and delicious. But when it comes to topping your pizza, can we just agree that mozzarella is not the end-all, be-all? There are plenty of other cheeses out there that make a darn good pizza.
Jul 9, 2015
5 Extra-Easy Ways to Make Pizza in the Toaster Oven
I’ve always wanted to hug the person who invented the toaster oven. I often use it multiple times a day, from toasting slices of bread for breakfast to baking cookies for dessert. One of my favorite toaster oven uses is for quick pizzas — especially in the summer, when I don’t want to heat up the whole kitchen by turning on the regular oven. To make things even easier, I also skip the pizza dough. Here are five other pizza bases you can use in the toaster oven instead!
Jul 8, 2015
For Less Greasy Pizza, Microwave Pepperoni First
Confession: I’m a pizza blotter. I don’t always do it, but when I encounter especially greasy slices of pepperoni pizza, I grab a napkin and dab at those orange pools, finding a bit of satisfaction that the grease is now on the napkin and won’t end up in my stomach. But what if I told you that when you’re making pizza at home, you can remove some of the grease before you even put the pepperoni on the pizza? The magic lies in the microwave!
Jul 7, 2015
The Simplest Way to Cut Your Pizza
Put away your pizza wheel. Don’t even think about using that giant chef’s knife. There’s another kitchen tool that’s faster and better for cutting a pizza: your kitchen shears! Scissors to cut pizza? Not a classic pizza wheel? Does this sound a little surprising or untraditional? I’ll admit that I was even skeptical before trying this for myself. But yes, kitchen shears are the simplest way to cut pizza.
Jul 7, 2015
The Best Ways to Store Leftover Pizza
Whenever we get pizza delivered for dinner, we always order a larger one than we’ll be able to eat in one sitting. Why? Simply because we want leftovers. Once we discovered how easy it is to reheat a slice of pizza on the stove, having a few extra slices around means an easy lunch or snack. But what’s the best way to store leftover pizza? Can you just shove the pizza box into the refrigerator?
Jul 6, 2015
The 10 Adventurous Pizza Toppings Missing from Your Life
Plain pizza has its merits (especially when it’s really good plain pizza), but fun toppings are really what make pizza shine. Move beyond your minimalist tendencies, and put the standard pepperoni and mushrooms on the back burner for a bit — there are more adventurous ways to top that pie. The sky’s the limit when it comes to pizza toppings. If you can dream it, you can make it happen.
Jul 6, 2015
What’s the Best Way to Serve Pasta Evenly?
Q: I’m a lifelong pasta fiend, and like many cooks, I keep Junk-from-the-Fridge Pasta in my regular rotation. However, I have always had trouble with the last step: tossing the pasta and sauce together to get that nice, even distribution of pasta, sauce, and other ingredients (veg, meat, etc.). Somebody gets a plate of mostly toppings, and somebody gets a plate of lightly sauced pasta, but no one gets the middle ground.
Jun 1, 2015
5 Ways to Use a Baking Stone Beyond Making Pizza
During my childhood, one of the mainstays in our kitchen was a well-seasoned baking stone. Actually, we had two. And soon after I moved into my own apartment, my mother gifted a brand-new baking stone to me. If there’s just one thing I’ve learned about these baking stones, from being a young kitchen observer to a regular home cook, it’s that they’re more than a single-use tool. Baking stones go above and beyond making a good pizza.
Apr 17, 2015
7 Important Things You Should Know About Pizza
How much do you know about pizza? And I’m not getting academic here; do you know the basics? Pizza is a simple homemade supper, but it can look overwhelming — all those separate components! Dough, sauce, toppings — and what if I don’t have a pizza stone? Hold it right there. The beauty of pizza is that it can be as simple or geeky as you want. Here are the essentials — you can take it from here.
Mar 7, 2015
What Can I Make for an On-the-Go Dinner Besides Sandwiches?
Q: I am currently working a corporate job and going to nursing school full time. Twice a week I go directly from work to school. It’s a long commute, so I have to eat dinner in my car before my long night of classes. I am getting really tired of eating sandwiches. I’m looking for dinner ideas for food I can eat in my car on the way to class! Sent by Megan Editor: The first thing that came to my mind was roasted sweet potato wraps.
Feb 25, 2015
5 Tips to Turn Leftover Soup into a Great Pasta Sauce
Having a pot of soup around means that you have a great meal secret weapon. It doesn’t take that much more time to make a big pot than a little pot, leaving you with lots of soup to stash away in the fridge or freezer when you need a quick meal that reheats well. But sometimes that big pot of soup is, well, big. Big enough that after a couple of meals, you’re starting to get tired of it. Or perhaps you have just a small amount left but it’s not enough to make a full meal.
Jan 27, 2015
What’s a Good Meal to Make for a Neighbor?
Q: We met a lovely couple via a mutual friend around a month ago, and they just moved into our neighborhood this week. We’ve hung out a few times since meeting, and they are very sweet. They have asked us to look in on their cats every day while they make the long drive to the Northeast and back to move the rest of their belongings.
Dec 18, 2014
How Many Sides Does a Meatball Have, Anyway?
Q: Now that winter is upon us, and I foresee many hearty meatballs in the weekly repertoire, I’d like to ask a seemingly obvious question: When instructions say to brown meatballs “X minutes per side,” how many sides should be done? Two or four? Would it differ based on the size of the meatball (four for larger ones)? I’d love to know what everyone’s go-to is, as this instruction is very common but rarely gives specifics.
Dec 10, 2014
Mother Nature’s Little Joke on Pasta: Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is a cylinder-shaped hard winter squash that ranges in color from pale yellow to canary yellow. When you cut one open, it has seeds inside and looks like most other hard squashes — so why is it called spaghetti squash? How spaghetti squash got its name is actually pretty obvious. When you cook the squash, the flesh develops threads that resemble spaghetti, and it’s long enough that you can twirl them around your fork. It’s often used as a substitute for pasta.
Sep 15, 2014
Help Me Find a Non-Tomato Italian Sauce
Q: I have always made a great, simple tomato sauce based on roasting tomatoes, hot peppers, onion and garlic in the oven at 350°F for an hour, and then simmering the puree of the roasted veggies with a teabag full of Italian spices and a cup of chicken stock. It’s rich and savory and very spicy and a little sweet and I love it.
Aug 28, 2014
6 Tips for Making the Best Meatballs
Meatballs are an inexpensive blank canvas — take ground meat, add some seasonings, form into cute little balls, and cook! Whether you like them crispy, glazed, or simmered in sauce, they’re super versatile and delicious. Here are a few tips on putting them together and cooking them to guarantee tasty meatballs every time you make them!
Aug 28, 2014
Do You Need to Dimple Burger Patties So They Stay Flat?
When forming hamburger patties, I was always told that you had to make a shallow indentation or dimple in the middle of each patty — this would keep the center from bulging up as it cooked so that the patty would stay flat and even. I never questioned that technique until I came across even more methods on how to do this, so I just had to test them out myself! The basic theory is that as meat cooks, the proteins contract so that the whole patty shrinks and puffs up in the middle.
Aug 22, 2014
8 Expert Tips for Building the Perfect Banh Mi Sandwich
According to cookbook author Andrea Nguyen, Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches are crazy delicious. So much so that crazy delicious is part of the title of her latest book, The Banh Mi Handbook! We totally agree with her, so we caught up with Andrea and she walked us through tips for each element of the sandwich so that we can build our own delicious creations at home. (Hint: it’s really not that hard!
Aug 20, 2014
4 Essential Tips for Making a Better Turkey Burger
I love a good burger any time of year, but there’s something about summer that makes them even better. Lately I’ve been changing things up with lean, flavor-packed turkey burgers. Creating a good turkey burger can be tricky because ground turkey, while leaner than the beef in traditional burgers, needs a little extra loving care. Here are four tips for a juicy, satisfying turkey burger.
Jul 10, 2014
7 Swanky Toppings for Restaurant-Style Burgers at Home
This summer I’m determined to step up my burger game. It’s time to branch out from my standard piece of Swiss (or sometimes cheddar), slice of tomato, onion and pickles. Not that those aren’t great toppings. They are, they’re classics. They’re just lacking in the creativity department. Here are seven toppings that get a little more creative, a little more fancy — like a burger you’d find gracing the menu at a swanky (but still legit) burger joint.
Jul 3, 2014
The Best Ways to Pack Sandwiches
Everyone’s packed a sandwich before, so is there really a best way to do it? Depending on the sandwich, there probably is if you want to keep it from getting soggy or falling apart as it travels. While it’s certainly not rocket science, here are a couple of guiding principles that will avert possible sandwich disasters. Before we even get to packing sandwiches, we’ve got to talk about the sandwich choice itself.
Jun 27, 2014
This One Small Extra Step Makes the Cheesiest Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever
The grilled cheese is the little black dress of sandwiches with good reason: it’s classic and never goes out of style. There’s just something about the simple-yet-unbeatable combination of buttered, toasted bread with gooey cheese in the middle. But what if you could up your grilled cheese game by making them even cheesier? A sprinkling of a hard, aged cheese like Parmesan or Pecorino Romano onto the buttered bread before you toast it adds an amazing dimension to the final sandwich.
May 29, 2014
15 Totally Delicious Sandwiches for Your Lunchbox
It wasn’t until about a year ago that I became an avid sandwich eater. Before the fateful day when I consumed The Perfect Sandwich, I never understood the appeal – why not just consume the ingredients in salad form? Why did everything turn out so soggy? But lo’, sandwiches have so much more to offer when done right. You see, it’s all about the quality of the ingredients (especially bread), and awesome spreads and lots of textures.
Mar 11, 2014
Want the Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich? Put a Lid On It!
I’ve long perfected my method for the perfect grilled cheese, but when I first started cooking, it always seemed to elude me. Either my sandwich was toasted on the outside with unmelted cheese inside, or the cheese was gooey but the outside burnt. That was until I figured out the old line cook trick: put a lid on it! If you’ve ever watched a line cook make a grilled cheese on a flat top, you’ve seen this method.
Feb 10, 2014
Rediscover the Patty Melt
With all of the work and time put into preparing holiday meals, family feasts and friendly gatherings, sometimes you just need a break — something simple to prepare, something that satisfies your most basic cravings, something that makes use of all that fresh baked bread that has found its way to your kitchen table. As far as American cravings go, there’s just something about a simple hamburger.
Dec 12, 2013
250 Pasta Shapes You Should Know: Pop Chart Lab’s Plethora of Pasta Permutations
Last week, while out for dinner at a little Italian restaurant in New York’s East Village, our table of eight gazed at the last item on the chalkboard menu with a collective blank stare: “Cencioni Bolognese.” Nobody, myself included, had ever heard of this pasta shape. Described by the server as, “larger than orecchiette, almost like a potato chip,” my curiosity was piqued. The result was surprisingly delicious.
Oct 14, 2013
My Cooking Routine: The Four Meals I Get From One Roast Chicken
Ahhhh. I love that feeling of having just roasted a chicken and knowing that three more meals in my family’s very near future are already planned and nearly prepared. You see, every time I roast a chicken (which is often this time of year, nearly once a week), a sequence of tasty meals unfolds, almost on autopilot.
Oct 10, 2013
Spice Up a Boring Sandwich: 7 Ideas for Flavored Mayonnaise
Admit it: Part of the charm of buying your lunch is eating a fancy sandwich. Sure, you know you could make it at home, but when it comes down to it, time is short and it just seems easier to fork over a small handful of cash at that adorable gourmet deli near work. Homemade mayo is a whole other story (a very delicious story!), but even a store bought jar combined with the right ingredients can do wonders to spice up that sorry excuse for a turkey sandwich thrown together in the morning.
Sep 17, 2013
The Very Best Cheese for a Frittata: What Gets Your Vote?
In a recent piece about frittatas for The Washington Post, food writer Joe Yonan discussed deciding which cheese to use for his spring frittata. He favors a salty feta, although he recognizes that not everyone agrees. For instance, he mentions that chef and cookbook writer Lidia Bastianich reaches for a rich, whole-milk ricotta (which I’d never thought to do).
May 31, 2013
Forget Taco Bell: 7 Savory Ways to Eat Waffles at Home
You may have heard that Taco Bell recently began testing a breakfast Waffle Taco at a few locations in Southern California. I haven’t tried it and — being an admitted fast-food snob — probably never will, but I can understand the appeal. Hot, crisp, chewy waffles aren’t just made for maple syrup or fruit. Pair them with cheese, chives, fried chicken, a runny egg, or even chili, and you have a plate of waffles ready for a savory brunch or even dinner.
May 22, 2013
8 Ways to Eat a Loaf of Bread for Dinner
Remember when everyone could eat bread? With more and more people avoiding gluten, bread has become a guilty pleasure at the dinner table, even for those of us who can tolerate it just fine. My deepest sympathies to those with gluten intolerance, who may want to look away while I take a moment to appreciate warm, soft, chewy, crusty, wonderful bread and all the ways you can turn a day-old loaf of it into a full meal.
Mar 22, 2013
What’s Wrong With My Pizza Stone?
I conditioned the stone by coating it with vegetable oil (I used canola), and put it in a cold oven, turned the temp to 350°F, and once it reached that temp, left it heating for 20 min. Then I turned off the oven and let the stone cool overnight. Repeat the next day.Sent by JudyEditor: The smell could have been the oil burning, but that doesn’t seem likely to have caused the kind of extensive stinging and bad odor you mention.
Feb 6, 2013
How Do I Cook Perfectly Tender Pork Chops?
How do you guarantee a tender, soft moist pork chop? I have a convection oven. Sent by Heidi Editor: One of my favorite ways of guaranteeing tender, juicy pork chops is to quickly brine them before cooking, like in this recipe: How To Cook Tender & Juicy Pork Chops in the Oven Readers, what are your best tips for cooking pork chops?
Feb 1, 2013
Beyond Mornings: 7 Savory Ways to Use Your Marmalade
I recently took a marmalade class here in Seattle and was surprised with some of the questions that came up from fellow attendees. While I had questions about the size of the citrus chunks or how exactly I could tell when the marmalade was done cooking, other students really wanted to know what to do with their marmalade. Beyond toast, how should they use it?I thought the question funny only because I use marmalade in so many different ways in the kitchen, morning and evening.
Jan 25, 2013
Cheap & Easy Flavor: Smoked Ham Bone
It’s a zombie invasion! Oh wait, no…just a ham bone. Phew. While this may not be the prettiest of ingredients, it is an inexpensive way to round out a pot of soup and add an enormous boost of rich flavor while you’re at it. Skip the zombies, keep the meat. Ham bones are just the thing for a cozy winter meal.An average ham bone will weigh a few pounds and run you $4 or less. I most often see them smoked, like ham hocks or turkey legs, but you’ll sometimes find them fresh.
Oct 31, 2012
The 7 Best Styles of Wine to Drink with Pizza
So you have pizza night on the regular and now you need bottle of wine to go with that meat-lover’s number. Over the years I’ve found a number of tried-and-trusted wine styles that have stood the test of time as perfect pizza partners. Here are seven to know! Red or White? Traditionally pizza means a thin, crispy dough base with two key ingredients: tomato sauce and melted cheese. The best wines for pizza take into consideration these ingredients.
Oct 12, 2012
7 Cheeses to Try on Your Next Pizza (Other than Mozzarella!)
Trust me, I’ll take a big slice of pizza topped with gooey mozzarella any day of the week (and twice on Tuesday). I love it so much that it’s easy to make pizzas with nothing but mozzarella. But sometimes I need a reminder that there are other cheeses out there. Here are seven of my favorites. Creamy, mild ricotta works well on its own or in combination with gooey mozzarella.
Oct 11, 2012
Baking Pizza: Top or Bottom Oven Rack?
For as long as I can remember, I baked homemade pizza on the bottom rack of my oven. Many recipes suggest this technique for closer proximity to the oven’s heat source. But at least one cooking authority recommends moving your pizza stone towards the top when baking thin-crust pizza…One of the most useful things I learned in America’s Test Kitchen’s “New York-Style Pizza at Home” episode concerns oven rack position.
Oct 8, 2012
Why Does Food Taste Better When Someone Else Makes It?
Why does food (and especially a sandwich!) always taste better when someone else makes it? My mother makes a simple but delicious sandwich every day for lunch. Always the same, she slices good hearth bread, slathers it with Hellman’s Best Mayo on both slices, adds a few squares of Swiss cheese and piles on several leaves of crunchy lettuce or occasionally baby spinach. On goes the top, and with a slice down the middle, there it is — the perfect sandwich.
Sep 18, 2012
Cooking for One? The Rice Bowl
The rice bowl is perhaps the perfect Cooking for One dish. Besides the fact that it is assembled in individual portions, it offers variety and versatility and a fantastic opportunity to clean out the refrigerator. Read on for a roundup of rice bowl recipes.Rice bowls are different than fried rice in that the flavor components are arranged on a bed of rice rather than mixed or stir-fried in.
Aug 8, 2012
The Pleasures of a Breakfast Salad
A salad for breakfast? Indeed! This has been one of my favorite breakfasts lately. Rich, satisfying, and fresh.A few weeks ago I showed you this dish of prosciutto, mozzarella, and basil with a poached egg on top. It was an easy lunch, and as there was no bread in the house at the time, a great substitute for more run-of-the-mill toast and eggs.
Jun 19, 2012
Griller’s Best Friend: The Rib-Eye Steak
Rib-eye is what most of us picture when we think of “steak.” It’s the cut that beckons to you from the meat case as you walk by, tempting you with its swirls of red and white marbling and the snowy cap of fat along the side. Rib-eye is also our top choice when we cook steak at home, whether it’s in a grill pan on the stove or over the flames of a grill.This cut is called a rib-eye because of where it comes from: the rib section of the steer.
Jun 13, 2012
Cooking with Leftovers: Risotto Cakes
One of my favorite things about making a batch of risotto is anticipating the crispy risotto cakes I’ll make with the leftovers. They are, if possible, even better than the risotto itself. Especially if one happens to sneak a slice of cheese in the middle.As it cools, risotto gradually loses its creamy sauce-like consistency and firms up. We can take scoops of this leftover risotto and actually shape it into patties that hold their shape when pan-fried.
Mar 22, 2012
Can I Make Mac & Cheese Ahead of Time and Bake Later?
Q: Can macaroni and cheese be made a day ahead, refrigerated and then baked before use?Sent by RuthEditor: Ruth, yes, absolutely. In fact, it can even be frozen at this point. (When ready to use, thaw and bake.)Readers, any specific advice for making mac and cheese ahead?Next question?
Aug 23, 2011
Help! My Pizza Dough Always Sticks to the Rolling Pin
Q: I have been making homemade pizza dough for a while now and for the life of me can not get the dough to not stick to my rolling pin. I can use a pound of flour or cornmeal and it still sticks. I always end up stretching it by hand which makes for an uneven crust. I have the same problems with anything that requires rolling, but especially pizza dough. What am I doing wrong — help!?!
Aug 3, 2011
Help! Did I Ruin My Pizza Stone?
Q: I think I ruined my beloved pizza stone! HELP! Last week I made a summer strawberry and rhubarb pie and it overflowed onto my pizza stone. I was unable to scrape the hardened, burned-to-a crisp pie filling off the stone, so I soaked it in warm water and dishwasher powder (eep, I know! even as i was doing it, I was thinking this is a terrible idea — pizza stones are porous).Well not only is the black grime still there, but the stone is seeping out a white film of soap.
Jul 12, 2011
How Can I Get My Pizza Dough to Stretch?
Q: I received a very welcome pizza stone as a wedding gift recently. I bought some dough from my local pizza shop and cut it in half.The problem is that I can’t get it to stretch without breaking or shrinking back. I tried using a roller, but it won’t stay stretched. I tried to mimic what they do in the pizza shop, but it never got any stretchier.
Jul 5, 2011
Is My Frozen Baked Ziti Still Safe to Cook and Eat?
Q: I prepared an extra pan of baked ziti on Christmas Day 2010. I did not need to use it, so I covered it in foil, and put it in the freezer where it still remains. The tray of baked ziti has cooked pasta, cooked tomato meat sauce with sausage, meatballs, and pork chops, and fresh ricotta and mozzarella cheese, as well as grated locatelli romano.I am concerned about the safety of defrosting and baking this dish, as it was prepared over four months ago.
May 12, 2011
Lunch Tip from Jamie Oliver: Toaster Cheese Sandwiches
Jamie Oliver is always full of surprises, but this one really takes the cake. Or the cheese, as it were. How do you make a crispy, warm, and bubbly cheese sandwich with nothing but a two-slot toaster? Jamie shows us how.This tip actually comes from an early episode of Jamie’s Kitchen, the British documentary where Jamie trains a group of unemployed, under-educated youths to run one of his restaurants.
Apr 13, 2011
Tip: Use Your Thumb to Shape the Best Hamburgers
The approach of spring has us dreaming of warm-weather grilling and our favorite cookout staple, hamburgers. Zagat’s Chef Secrets series recently shared a one-finger trick from Bobby Flay for making the best burgers.First he recommends handling the meat as little as possible when forming the patties, which should be uniformly sized and about ¾-inch thick. Then comes the trick: after shaping the burgers, he uses his thumb to push a depression into the center.
Mar 14, 2011
Halving Casseroles: Tips for Reducing the Size of a Recipe
Casserole recipes are usually sized for a crowd. They are often designed to feed 6, 8, maybe even 10 people! But if you’re just cooking for one or two, that’s too much. The good news is that most casseroles are extremely easy to size down. Here are a couple of tips and guidelines for taking any one of the recipes we’ve posted during Casserole Week and adjusting it to a half-batch size.
Jan 28, 2011
Simple Tip: Let Your Casseroles Rest
A casserole is a great low-maintenance, hands-off dish to make for a dinner party; you can finish the side or salad while it’s cooking and still have time to sip a cocktail with your friends. But when you’re thinking about the timing of the meal, add on at least 10 minutes for the casserole to sit when it comes out of the oven. It’s just like resting meat.This is especially important for casseroles that have a decent amount of liquid or gooey cheese in them.
Jan 25, 2011
Kitchen Hack: Make a Toaster Bag Out of Parchment Paper
Remember those Toastabags we showed you a few weeks ago? These reusable bags let you make quick, no-mess grilled cheese sandwiches in the toaster. Well, reader Jess wondered if she could find an even easier, cheaper alternative. Here’s what she came up with!Jess wrote: I enjoyed your post about Toastabags. I was reluctant to run out and buy them without knowing if I’d really use them. Then it occurred to me that I could use parchment paper the same way as a Toastabag.
Sep 16, 2010