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Baking & Desserts
Can You Bake Cupcakes and Muffins Without a Muffin Tin?
Some packages of aluminum baking cups claim that they’re sturdy enough to fill and use directly on a baking sheet—no muffin tin required. Is this true?
Fish & Shellfish
Can You Substitute Imitation Crab for Fresh Crabmeat?
Imitation crab is much cheaper than lump crabmeat. Is it worth buying?
Cooking Basics
How to Use a Water Pan When Grilling
Our grill-roasting recipes often call for a disposable pan filled with a specific amount of water to be placed inside the grill. Does it really matter how much …
Vegetables
Easy Vegetable Prep
These quick tips will make prepping your summer vegetable dishes a breeze.
Vegetables
Supermarket Tomato Shopping Guide
The best-tasting tomatoes always come from your own garden. But if the supermarket’s your source, here’s a guide to the most commonly available options.
Cooking Basics
Chill Your Chips
Does storing opened bags of potato chips in the refrigerator keep them fresher, longer?
Freezing Corn
Is there a good way to freeze sweet summertime corn?
Cooking Basics
Primary Burners
How do you know which burner is the primary burner on your grill?
Getting To Know
Foraged Greens
Edible abundance is all around us, but you have to know what to look for and when and where to look. Here are some of our favorite foods that grow wild in urba…
Dairy & Eggs
What to Do with Hard Parmesan Cheese (and How to Prevent It From Drying Out in the First Place)
Is there a good way to revive Parmesan cheese that has dried out in the fridge?
Baking & Desserts
Can You Reuse a Disposable Baking Pan?
Can disposable baking pans be reused?
The Best Popcorn for Caramel Corn
The kernels in commercial caramel popcorn are often much rounder and prettier than what you can make at home. Are there tricks to getting them to pop so nicely?
Cooking Basics
Can You Cook Acidic Ingredients in Cast Iron?
Is it safe to cook acidic ingredients like as tomato sauce in a cast-iron pan?
Seasonings
What is Kosher Salt?
What exactly is kosher salt, and why is it called for in some of your recipes?
Cooking Basics
What’s the Best Way to Keep Your Dip Warm?
Warm dips are party favorites, but most cool down and congeal after just 15 minutes on the table. Could we find a hands-off method for keeping a dip warm?
Poultry
Ground Turkey vs. Ground Turkey Breast
Can “ground turkey breast” be used in recipes that call for “ground turkey”?
Can you Freeze Whole Lemons?
Can you freeze whole lemons?
Milky Matter
How does ultrafiltered milk compare with the regular stuff?
Cooking Basics
Malleable Measuring
Measuring semisoft ingredients such as mayonnaise and peanut butter can be a challenge. Should you use a dry measuring cup or a liquid measure?
Seasonings
Heating Things Up
Does hot salsa lose some of its spiciness when refrigerated?
Boiling with Curiosity
Why do recipes call for water to be at a rolling boil before dropping in the pasta? Can you just start it in cold water?
Seasonings
Louisiana Flavors
The roots of Louisiana cuisine reach deep into the soil of a dazzling array of cultures. There’s Cajun cooking, a rustic, hearty, game-heavy cuisine that has …
Vegetables
Sizing up Carrots
What is the weight or volume equivalency of a single carrot in recipes?
Vegetables
Mixed Bag
Why do purple baby potatoes take longer to cook than yellow or red ones all sold together in the same mixed bag?
Baking & Desserts
Refreezing Pie Dough
If you don't use both frozen pie crusts sold together in a pack, is it okay to refreeze the one that’s already been thawed?
Cooking Basics
Regular vs Organic. Dark Brown Sugar in Recipes
What's the difference between dark brown sugar, and organic dark brown sugar in recipes?
Vegetables
What’s in a Name?
What’s the difference between broccoli rabe, broccolini, and broccoli?
Getting To Know
Blue Cheese
While all blue cheeses get their flavor from harmless blue mold, different types vary wildly. Here’s a guide to 12 funky blues.
Cooking Basics
Dried Herbs
Dried herbs can be more complex and flavorful than fresh. We use them in many dishes—and not just in a pinch.
Vegetables
Squash Servings
Acorn and butternut squash can vary greatly in size. How do you know how much you should buy for a recipe?
Cooking Basics
Sticking Point
How does nonstick aluminum foil differ from regular foil?
Heirloom Rice
Will Carolina Gold and Charleston heirloom rice work in recipes that call for regular long-grain rice?
Poultry
Getting Skin-Deep
Can you brine a frozen turkey while it thaws to kill two birds with one stone?
Poultry
Bundt Pan Chicken
Are there benefits to cooking chicken in a bundt pan, or is it just a gimmick?
Baking & Desserts
Cookie Sheet Shifting
Does it really matter if you switch and rotate your cookie sheets during baking?
Kitchen Equipment
Food Processors: Pulsing vs. Processing
Why do some recipes call for "pulsing" a food processor a number of times when chopping ingredients, rather than running the processor continuously for a few se…