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Prime Rib and Potatoes
Published: December 2015
Prime Rib and Potatoes
We wanted potatoes with rich, beefy flavor. Would it prove to be as easy as just…
Cake Stands
Published: December 2015
Cake Stands
What makes a great cake stand?
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Cider-Braised Pork Roast
Published: December 2015
Cider-Braised Pork Roast
Pork and apples are a tried-and-true combination. But cooking them together reve…
Baking Powder
Published: December 2015
Baking Powder
We always assumed all baking powders were created equal. Boy, were we wrong.
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Braised Leeks
Published: December 2016
Braised Leeks
A simple technique brings out the best in this often-neglected vegetable.
Salted Peanut Butter–Pretzel–Chocolate Chip Cookies
Published: December 2015
Salted Peanut Butter–Pretzel–Chocolate Chip Cookies
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
S’mores Blossom Cookies
Published: December 2015
S’mores Blossom Cookies
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
Published: December 2015
Red Velvet Cake Rounds
Beyond red velvet cake’s shocking bright color, there’s something more—an extra-…
Toasted Coconut Oatmeal
Published: December 2015
Toasted Coconut Oatmeal
No more instant packets. We wanted homemade oatmeal with fresh stir-ins and min…
Peaches and "Cream" Oatmeal
Published: December 2015
Peaches and "Cream" Oatmeal
No more instant packets. We wanted homemade oatmeal with fresh stir-ins and min…
Broccoli with Sesame-Miso Dressing
Published: December 2015
Broccoli with Sesame-Miso Dressing
The secret to crisp-tender, brilliantly green broccoli? Nuke it. Yes, we’re seri…
Hot Ginger-Spiced Mulled Cider
Published: December 2015
Hot Ginger-Spiced Mulled Cider
This hot cider is the perfect Fall and Winter treat.
Red Velvet Cheesecake
Published: December 2015
Red Velvet Cheesecake
This cake boasts velvety layers encasing easy no-bake white chocolate cheesecake…
Garlicky Skillet Strata
Published: December 2015
Garlicky Skillet Strata
This quick version of a classic cheese strata is cooked on the stovetop until t…
Sirloin Tips with Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
Published: December 2015
Sirloin Tips with Steakhouse Creamed Spinach
We skip the heavy cream in favor of a light béchamel flavored with garlic, shal…
Green Curry Chicken with Green Beans
Published: December 2015
Green Curry Chicken with Green Beans
Tossing the chicken in cornstarch promotes a crisp, golden-brown crust, in this…
Pan-Fried Minute Steaks with Caper-Tomato Sauce
Published: December 2015
Pan-Fried Minute Steaks with Caper-Tomato Sauce
Dredging the steaks in flour promotes faster browning and gives the sauce a tex…
Chicken Thighs with Pancetta, White Beans, and Rosemary
Published: December 2015
Chicken Thighs with Pancetta, White Beans, and Rosemary
Cooking the beans with rendered chicken fat and pancetta gives them bold, meaty…
Steamed Mussels with Fennel, White Wine, and Tarragon
Published: December 2015
Steamed Mussels with Fennel, White Wine, and Tarragon
Simmering the broth for a few minutes before adding the mussels allows the fenn…
Pork Cutlet Cuban Sandwich
Published: December 2015
Pork Cutlet Cuban Sandwich
For a twist on the classic Cuban sandwich, we start by browning a pork cutlet. …
Pasta with Lentil-Mushroom Ragu
Published: December 2015
Pasta with Lentil-Mushroom Ragu
We use canned lentils instead of dried to make this Neapolitan pasta dish an ea…
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pear and Hazelnut
Published: December 2015
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pear and Hazelnut
Our goal: to dress up this humble squash without weighing it down.
Cheesy Corn Casserole with Jalapenos and Cilantro Jalapeños
Published: December 2015
Cheesy Corn Casserole with Jalapenos and Cilantro Jalapeños
Too many versions of this Midwestern favorite go wrong. It was time to set thing…
Blueberry and Almond Oatmeal
Published: December 2015
Blueberry and Almond Oatmeal
No more instant packets. We wanted homemade oatmeal with fresh stir-ins and min…
Banana and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Published: December 2015
Banana and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
No more instant packets. We wanted homemade oatmeal with fresh stir-ins and min…
Raisin and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Published: December 2015
Raisin and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
No more instant packets. We wanted homemade oatmeal with fresh stir-ins and min…
Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin for Two
Published: December 2015
Herb-Crusted Beef Tenderloin for Two
We brought the fancy steakhouse steak home—and left the pricey tab at the resta…
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
Published: December 2015
Slow-Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup
We were surprised to find that the big problem here was the rice, which either b…
One-Pot Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach
Published: December 2015
One-Pot Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach
Baked ziti usually requires at least three pots and pans. Wouldn’t just one pot …
Almond Boneless Chicken
Published: December 2015
Almond Boneless Chicken
You may find this dish in Chinese restaurants, but it was definitely born in the…
Pork Saltimbocca
Published: December 2015
Pork Saltimbocca
This elegant-looking and fancy-sounding dish is actually easy to make—if you fol…
Crab Louis Salad
Published: December 2015
Crab Louis Salad
Once the king of salads, this 20th-century concoction was relegated to the histo…
Apple-Cinnamon Muffins
Published: December 2015
Apple-Cinnamon Muffins
It’s a simple idea—muffins with bright apple flavor—so why was it so hard to get…
Broccoli with Anchovy-Garlic Dressing
Published: December 2015
Broccoli with Anchovy-Garlic Dressing
The secret to crisp-tender, brilliantly green broccoli? Nuke it. Yes, we’re seri…
Broccoli with Lemon-Oregano Dressing
Published: December 2015
Broccoli with Lemon-Oregano Dressing
The secret to crisp-tender, brilliantly green broccoli? Nuke it. Yes, we’re seri…
Cornish Pasties
Published: December 2015
Cornish Pasties
Upper midwesterners have divisive opinions about this coal miner’s classic. We w…
Southern-Style Smothered Chicken
Published: December 2015
Southern-Style Smothered Chicken
To do right by this simple dish, we smothered the pieces but not the flavor of t…
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Published: December 2015
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
Italian Rainbow Cookies
Published: December 2015
Italian Rainbow Cookies
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
Biscochitos
Published: December 2015
Biscochitos
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
Chocolate Salami
Published: December 2015
Chocolate Salami
We dug deep into the cookie jar this year and found some unexpected treats.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Published: December 2015
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Our goal: to dress up this humble squash without weighing it down.
Cheesy Corn Casserole
Published: December 2015
Cheesy Corn Casserole
Too many versions of this Midwestern favorite go wrong. It was time to set thing…
Collard Greens with Raisins and Almonds
Published: December 2015
Collard Greens with Raisins and Almonds
Boiled collards taste great but don’t look great. We wanted a fresh, elegant tak…
Red Wine-Orange Sauce
Published: December 2015
Red Wine-Orange Sauce
Serve this along with our Prime Rib and Potatoes.
Swiss Hazelnut Cake
Published: December 2015
Swiss Hazelnut Cake
This sweet, nutty, tender cake is famous in Philadelphia. We thought it deserved…
Spicy Cheese Bread
Published: December 2015
Spicy Cheese Bread
How much cheese could we pack into this Wisconsin favorite without producing a g…
Published: December 2015
Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce
This Miami classic has devolved into bad bar food. We wanted to bring it back to…
Published: December 2015
Walnut Oil 101
Can Walnut Oil be substituted for olive oil?
Published: December 2015
Preshredded Cheese
Why does preshredded store-bought Parmesan seem to work better for coating food …
Published: December 2015
Sweet Potato Substitutions
Can purple and white sweet potatoes be substituted for orange sweet potatoes in …
Published: December 2015
All About Alliums
What is the difference between green onions, spring onions, and scallions? Can …
Published: December 2015
Sherry Substitute
Are there any nonalcoholic substitutes for sherry?
Beer
Published: December 2015
Beer
It’s not just for guzzling. We use beer’s flavor and fizz in dozens of recipes.
Small Food Processors
Published: December 2015
Small Food Processors
We love our winning food processor, but it’s big and costs nearly $200. Could we…
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