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Vacuum Sealers
Published: August 2014
Vacuum Sealers
With the next generation of home vacuum sealers out, could we find one that keep…
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Frozen Pepperoni Pizza
Published: August 2014
Frozen Pepperoni Pizza
Frozen pizza has a bad rep, but a slew of new “artisanal” options promise pizzer…
Grapefruit Juice
Published: August 2014
Grapefruit Juice
Grapefruit juice runs the gamut in terms of tartness and sweetness. We put five …
Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Published: August 2014
Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Why suffer through stodgy, gritty, greasy, or bland mac and cheese? We can steer…
Homemade Garam Masala
Published: August 2014
Homemade Garam Masala
it’s easy to create a reasonable substitute for garam masala with ingredients th…
Grill-Roasted Peppers with Rosemary
Published: August 2014
Grill-Roasted Peppers with Rosemary
Roasting red peppers transforms their juicy crunch to smoky tenderness. But to g…
New England Bar Pizza with Baked Beans and Salami
Published: August 2014
New England Bar Pizza with Baked Beans and Salami
With a thin, crisp crust and melty cheese on top, New England bar pizza is appea…
Lemon Bisque
Published: August 2014
Lemon Bisque
This is an old-fashioned dessert that has nothing to do with soup: It’s a light,…
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Chickpea Salad
Published: August 2014
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Chickpea Salad
Reserving a few tablespoons of the dressing for drizzling on the chicken before …
Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad
Published: August 2014
Grilled Steak and Vegetable Salad
Grilling the steaks and vegetables adds lots of smoky flavor to this summer-insp…
Grilled Turkey Pitas with Cucumber Salad
Published: August 2014
Grilled Turkey Pitas with Cucumber Salad
These Grilled Turkey Pitas feature Feta cheese, which adds flavor and richness t…
Thai-Style Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Published: August 2014
Thai-Style Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry
Blooming the spices in the fat rendered from the chicken helps unify the diverse…
Skillet Ziti with Sausage and Summer Squash
Published: August 2014
Skillet Ziti with Sausage and Summer Squash
Cooking the pasta right in the sauce infuses it with flavor and restricts the co…
Pork Tenderloin with Corn, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Salad
Published: August 2014
Pork Tenderloin with Corn, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Salad
We char fresh corn kernels in the same skillet we use to sear the pork before co…
Seared Scallops with Spinach, Fennel, and Grapefruit Salad
Published: August 2014
Seared Scallops with Spinach, Fennel, and Grapefruit Salad
For this weeknight meal, we sear the scallops for just 3 minutes to enhance thei…
Ham, Brie, and Apple Panini
Published: August 2014
Ham, Brie, and Apple Panini
The combination of smoky ham and almonds, tart apple, and creamy Brie makes for …
Blackberry-Key Lime Trifle
Published: August 2014
Blackberry-Key Lime Trifle
Our laid-back, late-summer blackberry trifle is inspired by the refreshing flavo…
Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta White Bean Dip
Published: August 2014
Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta White Bean Dip
What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant…
Green Chile and Cilantro White Bean Dip
Published: August 2014
Green Chile and Cilantro White Bean Dip
What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant…
Goat Cheese and Lemon White Bean Dip
Published: August 2014
Goat Cheese and Lemon White Bean Dip
What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant…
Caper and Tarragon White Bean Dip
Published: August 2014
Caper and Tarragon White Bean Dip
What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant…
Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Dip
Published: August 2014
Garlic and Rosemary White Bean Dip
What are the secrets to transforming a can of humble white beans into an elegant…
Maryland Crab Cakes for Two
Published: August 2014
Maryland Crab Cakes for Two
Too many crab cakes are tightly bound with bready fillers. We wanted a crab cake…
Reduced-Fat French Silk Pie
Published: August 2014
Reduced-Fat French Silk Pie
This pie is all about over-the-top decadence. Could we maintain the appeal while…
Slow-Cooker Carne Adovada
Published: August 2014
Slow-Cooker Carne Adovada
As long as we were adapting this delicious New Mexican pork stew for the slow co…
Watermelon Salad
Published: August 2014
Watermelon Salad
For this unconventional savory fruit salad, we turned to a trick more often us…
Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Published: August 2014
Whole-Wheat Blueberry Muffins
Is it possible to create tender, light muffins using flavorful, healthy 100 perc…
Dakota Peach Kuchen
Published: August 2014
Dakota Peach Kuchen
Kuchen, the official state dessert of South Dakota, features layers of sweet yea…
Grill-Roasted Peppers
Published: August 2014
Grill-Roasted Peppers
Roasting red peppers transforms their juicy crunch to smoky tenderness. But to g…
Iowa Loose Meat Sandwiches
Published: August 2014
Iowa Loose Meat Sandwiches
If you don’t think a steamed ground beef sandwich can be delicious, one bite of …
Strawberry Chiffon Pie
Published: August 2014
Strawberry Chiffon Pie
Could we pack this dessert with strawberry flavor and still keep its signature l…
Huevos Rancheros
Published: August 2014
Huevos Rancheros
This lively Tex-Mex breakfast—fried eggs served with tortillas, cheese, and a ri…
Watercress and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Published: August 2014
Watercress and Cucumber Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Peppery watercress needs other strong flavors for balance.
New England Bar Pizza
Published: August 2014
New England Bar Pizza
With a thin, crisp crust and melty cheese on top, New England bar pizza is appea…
Gazpacho
Published: August 2014
Gazpacho
It may seem contradictory, but for our version of this cold summer favorite, we …
Quick Smoked Pork Chops
Published: August 2014
Quick Smoked Pork Chops
Long-cooked barbecue is great, but we wanted that deep smoke flavor (and tender …
Zucchini Fritters
Published: August 2014
Zucchini Fritters
Zucchini fritters can be bland and soggy. We developed a crisp but tender versio…
Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce
Published: August 2014
Pasta with Raw Tomato Sauce
Summer’s tomatoes are most flavorful eaten raw. But could we get the texture of …
Smoky Potato Salad
Published: August 2014
Smoky Potato Salad
We wanted a grilled potato salad that didn’t require preboiling the potatoes.
Smoked Bourbon Chicken
Published: August 2014
Smoked Bourbon Chicken
This combination sounded perfect. All we had to do was figure out how to infuse …
New Orleans Muffulettas
Published: August 2014
New Orleans Muffulettas
This Italian cold-cut sandwich is a new orleans classic. Could we make an easy, …
Published: August 2014
Are Funky-Smelling Pickled Radishes Safe to Eat?
Funky odors go hand-in-hand with certain pickled crucifers.
Published: August 2014
Does Slapping Herbs Affect Their Flavor in Cocktails or Garnishes?
Does slapping herbs really enhance flavor in your cocktail, or is it just a flas…
Published: June 2014
The "French" in French Vanilla, Explained
What’s the difference between vanilla and French vanilla?
Published: August 2014
Does Milk Temperature Matter When Making a White Sauce or Béchamel?
Older recipes often call for scalding the milk before adding it to the roux. Is …
Published: August 2014
Test Kitchen Tips for Macaroni and Cheese
Why suffer through stodgy, gritty, greasy, or bland mac and cheese? We can steer…
Published: August 2014
Corn Products
The United States produces 32 percent of the world’s corn—three times as much as…
Tortilla Warmers
Published: August 2014
Tortilla Warmers
Could these products keep tortillas warm longer than simply wrapping tortillas i…
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