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Peach Preserves
Published: June 2014
Peach Preserves
We tested five brands to find our favorite peach flavor.
Lemonade
Published: June 2014
Lemonade
A small brand squeezes past the big names.
Published: June 2014
Chiffon Layer Cake
Our Chiffon Layer Cake is light, moist, and tender, yet still has enough structu…
Large-Batch Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream
Published: June 2014
Large-Batch Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream
This lightly sweetened whipped cream is the perfect topping for a variety of des…
Published: June 2014
Delta Hot Tamales with Parchment Paper
Hot tamales—rich, spicy meat wrapped in a flavorful corn dough—are a bedrock fav…
Skillet Sausage and Potatoes with Arugula
Published: June 2014
Skillet Sausage and Potatoes with Arugula
Browning the potatoes in the sausage drippings adds lots of flavor to this quick…
Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Rice Salad
Published: June 2014
Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Rice Salad
We grill jumbo shrimp over a hot fire until lightly charred, and then serve the …
Southeast Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Slaw
Published: June 2014
Southeast Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Spicy Slaw
Store-bought coleslaw mix adds substance to this sandwich while saving on prep w…
Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Published: June 2014
Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Grilling both the lettuce and the chicken imparts great smoky flavor to this pas…
Grilled Hoisin-Glazed Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa
Published: June 2014
Grilled Hoisin-Glazed Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa
The sugar in the hoisin sauce encourages flavorful caramelization on the pork ch…
Black Bean, Corn, and Poblano Quesadillas
Published: June 2014
Black Bean, Corn, and Poblano Quesadillas
Goat cheese adds an uncommonly creamy and tangy profile to these weeknight quesa…
Steak with Sweet Potato Salad and Chile-Lime Dressing
Published: June 2014
Steak with Sweet Potato Salad and Chile-Lime Dressing
Flank steak delivers big beefy flavor without a hefty price tag.
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard
Published: June 2014
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard
Chicken tenderloins cook quickly, and there is no faster sauce than honey mustar…
Summer Berry Chiffon Cake
Published: June 2014
Summer Berry Chiffon Cake
Show your colors using summer’s most vibrant fruits—blueberries, raspberries, an…
Greek Butter Cookies
Published: June 2014
Greek Butter Cookies
These extra-rich, shortbread-like butter cookies taste even better after they've…
Rosemary-Parmesan Pita Chips
Published: June 2014
Rosemary-Parmesan Pita Chips
Our DIY pita chips require just a few minutes of work for a big payoff.
Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Chips
Published: June 2014
Cinnamon-Sugar Pita Chips
Our DIY pita chips require just a few minutes of work for a big payoff.
Chili-Spiced Pita Chips
Published: June 2014
Chili-Spiced Pita Chips
Our DIY pita chips require just a few minutes of work for a big payoff.
Buttermilk-Ranch Pita Chips
Published: June 2014
Buttermilk-Ranch Pita Chips
Our DIY pita chips require just a few minutes of work for a big payoff.
Salt and Olive Oil Pita Chips
Published: June 2014
Salt and Olive Oil Pita Chips
Our DIY pita chips require just a few minutes of work for a big payoff.
Reduced-Fat Potato and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Published: June 2014
Reduced-Fat Potato and Egg Breakfast Casserole
Everyone loves a rich, cheesy, sausage-stuffed breakfast casserole—at least unti…
Sesame Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry for Two
Published: June 2014
Sesame Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry for Two
To streamline this dish for two, we had to reduce not just the portion size but …
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Published: June 2014
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan
Sometimes the trick to putting together a great dish is taking it apart.
No-Bake Cherry Crisp
Published: June 2014
No-Bake Cherry Crisp
To speed up and streamline our cherry crisp, we had to think outside the oven.
Published: June 2014
Homemade Candied Peanuts
For a crunchy concoction that balances salty with sweet, we combine sugar, salt,…
Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Graham Crust
Published: June 2014
Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Graham Crust
Smooth, creamy peanut butter seems like a natural for pie. But keeping its flavo…
Peanut Butter Pie
Published: June 2014
Peanut Butter Pie
Smooth, creamy peanut butter seems like a natural for pie. But keeping its flavo…
Stuffed Tomatoes with Olives and Orange
Published: June 2014
Stuffed Tomatoes with Olives and Orange
Stuffed tomatoes always sound fantastic, but too often you end up with tasteless…
Stuffed Tomatoes with Currants and Pistachios
Published: June 2014
Stuffed Tomatoes with Currants and Pistachios
Stuffed tomatoes always sound fantastic, but too often you end up with tasteless…
Stuffed Tomatoes with Capers and Pine Nuts
Published: June 2014
Stuffed Tomatoes with Capers and Pine Nuts
Stuffed tomatoes always sound fantastic, but too often you end up with tasteless…
Stuffed Tomatoes with Bacon
Published: June 2014
Stuffed Tomatoes with Bacon
Stuffed tomatoes always sound fantastic, but too often you end up with tasteless…
Stuffed Tomatoes
Published: June 2014
Stuffed Tomatoes
Stuffed tomatoes always sound fantastic, but too often you end up with tasteless…
Fire and Ice Salad
Published: June 2014
Fire and Ice Salad
Fire and ice are usually opposites, but in this fresh, easy summer salad they sh…
Latin Fried Chicken
Published: June 2014
Latin Fried Chicken
Adding latin flavors—lime, garlic, and spices—to fried chicken sounds like a fan…
Spice-Grilled Pork Skewers with Grilled Tomato Relish
Published: June 2014
Spice-Grilled Pork Skewers with Grilled Tomato Relish
For tender, juicy, flavorful pork skewers, you need to pick the right cut and b…
Maple Butter
Published: June 2014
Maple Butter
Our Maple Butter goes well with roasted vegetables, corn bread, or pork chops, a…
Rhode Island Johnnycakes
Published: June 2014
Rhode Island Johnnycakes
Golden brown and crispy outside, rich and creamy inside, these are much more tha…
Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad
Published: June 2014
Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad
To give this midsummer salad a needed boost of flavor, we decided to play with f…
Shrimp Étouffée
Published: June 2014
Shrimp Étouffée
This bayou staple is all about a deep, complex roux, and fresh, sweet seafood.
Delta Hot Tamales
Published: June 2014
Delta Hot Tamales
Hot tamales—rich, spicy meat wrapped in a flavorful corn dough—are a bedrock fav…
Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Published: June 2014
Baked Jalapeño Poppers
An easier path to homemade jalapeño poppers starts with ditching the deep fryin…
Grilled Portobello Burgers
Published: June 2014
Grilled Portobello Burgers
There’s just one problem with most portobello mushroom burgers: They have almost…
Texas Caviar
Published: June 2014
Texas Caviar
Ok, it’s not caviar. But this tangy black-eyed pea salad, a Texas tradition, is …
Barbecued Burnt Ends
Published: June 2014
Barbecued Burnt Ends
This brisket preparation, a favorite of barbecue masters, isn’t really burnt; i…
Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken
Published: June 2014
Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken
Too many recipes for peach-glazed grilled chicken give you chicken that’s scorch…
Published: June 2014
Test Kitchen Tips for Grilled Whole Chicken Recipes
Whole birds spend more time on the grill, which means more grill flavor. But all…
Published: June 2014
Does Freezing Ginger Make it Easier to Grate?
Is it true that freezing ginger makes it easier to grate?
Published: June 2014
Substituting Gourmet Salt in Cooking and Baking
Can you substitute fancy salt for kosher or table salt in cooking and baking?
Published: June 2014
Turning Down the Heat on Jalapeños
Some jalapeños are hotter than others. When you get a superspicy one, is there …
Published: June 2014
The Best Time to Add Vanilla Extract to Pastry Cream
You may have heard that you shouldn’t add vanilla extract to pastry cream and pu…
Published: June 2014
Is Using Self-Rising Flour Instead of Leavener in Muffin Recipes OK?
If you have self-rising flour left over from another recipe—can you use it in mu…
Published: June 2014
Oils
We use oils for many tasks in the test kitchen. But since no single oil is perfe…
Grill Spatulas
Published: June 2014
Grill Spatulas
Is there one all-purpose model that’s nimble enough for a grillful of burgers a…
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Tomato Corers
Published: June 2014
Tomato Corers
We put five tomato corers to the test, but would any of them work better than a …
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