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Cooking Light: Cooking 101

  • 6 Types of Savory Beans

    6 Types of Savory Beans

    These beans are a perfect staple to keep around for meals that need some extra substance. They also contain fiber, protein, and antioxidants that can aid in digestion, help burn fat, and fight cancer.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • 15 Ways with Yogurt

    15 Ways with Yogurt

    Kick up your recipe repetoire with a little help from this secret (sometimes not-so-secret) ingredient.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Top 4 Weeknight Cooking Cookbooks

    Top 4 Weeknight Cooking Cookbooks

    Find our top 4 picks for the best weeknight cooking cookbooks of the past 25 years.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Foolproof Roast Chicken

    Foolproof Roast Chicken

    We discovered something different, and it yielded our juiciest bird ever.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Artisanal Taste Test Awards

    Artisanal Taste Test Awards

    See the winning small-batch artisanal products in our third annual Taste Test Awards.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • 25 Secrets of Simple Cooking

    25 Secrets of Simple Cooking

    Our tricks, tips, and recipes for getting spectacular results with a minimum of fuss. Fish, seafood, pasta, sandwiches, and more.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • 10 Secrets to Cake Baking

    10 Secrets to Cake Baking

    Toss boxed cake mixes to the side and conquer your fear of homemade cakes with our secrets to baking the perfect cake.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • 2012 Taste Test Awards

    2012 Taste Test Awards

    These store-bought foods are the tastiest picks in America's grocery stores. We tested products in 13 different categories so you can keep your kitchen stocked with yummy staples.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Recipe Makeovers

    Recipe Makeovers

    Lighter, healthier, but just as tasty: See how we made over these favorite dishes.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -
  • Gluten-Free Cookbook

    Gluten-Free Cookbook

    Simple food solutions for everyday meals.
    - 13 Feb 14, 5:13pm -

Epicurious: Family Meal Solutions

  • Coconut Macaroons

    Coconut Macaroons

    I have this great recipe for coconut macaroons. The place I got the recipe from, their macaroons are uniformly brown. Mine, the coconut is varied
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  • Appetizer Party

    Appetizer Party

    I've heard of some people having an appetizer party and I'm really into this idea! My husband and I recieved a ton of awesome dishes and
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  • Need a week of menus for the beach

    Need a week of menus for the beach

    I agreed to a cottage this year, which means I will be cooking on my vacation. 6 people ages 14-89. I don't want to spend all my time cooking and
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  • Cooking on a budget

    Cooking on a budget

    Although I am no stranger to this website, this is my first posting on the forum...Last night I made a recipe from here, TURKEY CHILI WITH
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  • Taco Pie

    Taco Pie

    1 lb ground turkey
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  • bruschetta

    bruschetta

    I want to make bruschetta sometime for an italian-themed meal, but I can't think of anything to make as an entree.  Any suggestions?
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  • How do I slow cook pork shoulder blade

    How do I slow cook pork shoulder blade

    I dont usually cook roasts but I need an easy recipe to cook a pork shoulder for the first time. its about 8.5lbs, nothing fancy just an easy all
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  • Substitutions

    Substitutions

    Can someone help me please?  Passover is just a couple of days away and I would like to make a good kosher dessert.  Do you know how I
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  • What's your greatest challenge with getting dinner ready?

    What's your greatest challenge with getting dinner ready?

    Hi Guys,I'm a chef who's worked in Europe and Australasia. I want to use the skills I've learned over the years to help
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  • Looking for a main to feed 16 people

    Looking for a main to feed 16 people

    Hi! I was hoping some of you could counsel me on a meal I'll be preparing for 16 hungry mouths. I have already decided on my accompanying dish,
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Epicurious: Kitchen Counsel

  • Problems using Recipe Box? Talk to us!

    Problems using Recipe Box? Talk to us!

    Some Epi members are having trouble accessing their Recipe Box. We're working to understand and resolve
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  • Spagetti sauce

    Spagetti sauce

    I made homemade sauce yesterday.  I cooked the italian sausage, the hamburger, the onions and garlic.  I sauteed the mushrooms with red
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  • An interesting op-ed piece about southern cooking and the influence

    An interesting op-ed piece about southern cooking and the influence

    of the black women who worked in the kitchens of the "white folk".
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  • All Clad sale

    All Clad sale


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  • Bargain hunting--pay attention to the bottom line.

    Bargain hunting--pay attention to the bottom line.

    Went to the store to get 2 chicken breasts to do for stir fry tonight. It's Tuesday, so the last night of the weekly specials AND I see that they
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  • So who wears an apron?

    So who wears an apron?

    A towel at the belt for you or a genuine apron?:  A waiter's waist high or a bib?  Prdoct promoting (thereby being cheaper or free) or
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  • Broken Fridge!

    Broken Fridge!

    Something happened to my fridge/freezer, yesterday I opened it up and everything in the fridge was warm, and the freezer was slowly defrosting.
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  • Why no recipes for Hoisin Sauce

    Why no recipes for Hoisin Sauce

    All the recipes here call for adding bought hoisin sauce.  I am trying to figure out why.  Also what is in it anyway?  Someone
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  • Why not here too?

    Why not here too?

    As thoase of you who visit other food discussion boards  will know, a recent hot topic is Paula Deen and her use of the "n-word" at least one
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  • Peeling Roasted Peppers

    Peeling Roasted Peppers

    Roasted some peppers today for a soup - charred them under the broiler and let them steam in a bag for 15 minutes.  Most of the skins came
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Our Best Bites

  • newItalian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

    Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner

    Getting back into the swing of things after Christmas vacation has been a harsh reality (especially since after a 4 days of school last week, bad weather cancelled three days this week, which my kids sure thought was awesome). With all the stop…
    - 35 mins ago, 19 Jan 18, 2:08am -
  • Quick Pickled Onions

    Quick Pickled Onions

    Don’t turn away yet!  I know what some of you are thinking.  “Pickle onions?  Sara who eats pickled onions?”  Answer: you do.  Or you will.  Or you have and you didn’t realize it.  These little tart and tangy bites are the secr…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 2:01am -
  • The Perfect Cheeseball

    The Perfect Cheeseball

    January is kind of a weird time because on one hand, so many people are trying to make healthy eating choices, but on the other hand, it’s January and the weather is cold and blah, fresh fruits and veggies can be on the expensive side, and fo…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 2:01am -
  • Remodeling a Covered Patio into Living Space

    Remodeling a Covered Patio into Living Space

    I’ve shared bits and pieces of our remodel project on Instagram Stories and have collected lots and lots of questions.  I was surprised by the number of people who said they have always wondered if they could do this in their home as well so…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 2:01am -
  • Creamy Corn Chowder

    Creamy Corn Chowder

    I had big plans to post a really awesome, kick-off-the-brand-new-year-with-brand-new-healthy-recipes healthy recipe. Then…life kind of happened. I paid off my car. Then I proceeded to total said car the next day. (I posted about this on In…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 2:01am -
  • Chocolate Shortcakes with Bananas and Caramel

    Chocolate Shortcakes with Bananas and Caramel

    One of our missions here at Our Best Bites has always been to show that you can feed your family great tasting food and still lead a healthy lifestyle.  Being “healthy” to us, doesn’t mean cancelling out certain food groups and it certai…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jan 18, 2:01am -
  • New Year’s Best Health and Fitness Tools

    New Year’s Best Health and Fitness Tools

    Happy New Year, everyone!! If you’re new around here (or even if you’re not), you might not know that every January, we dedicate the whole month to healthy habits, both fitness and healthy eating. I know it’s kind of a cliche to do the wh…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Jan 18, 5:33pm -
  • Marinated Vegetable Salad

    Marinated Vegetable Salad

    A simple vegetable salad isn’t usually what you see around here on our last blog post before Christmas, but I have to say- there comes a point toward the end of December every year where I’ve just eaten SO much naughty-yummy stuff that I si…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Dec 17, 2:01am -
  • Flourless Chocolate Orange Tarts

    Flourless Chocolate Orange Tarts

    Earlier this month, Kate and I (who if you didn’t know, live on opposite ends of the country) got to meet up in person in the charming city of St. Augustine, Florida!  Although it was chilly while we were there, seeing vibrant tropical palms…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Dec 17, 2:47am -
  • Historic St. Augustine, Florida

    Historic St. Augustine, Florida

    As part of our partnership with American Heritage Chocolate, we’ve been able to explore some amazing locations in America with great historic significance.  I didn’t know much about St. Augustine before my first visit, and what I discover…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Dec 17, 2:44am -

Saveur: Techniques

  • 10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen

    10 Flavor-Packed Leaves From Around the World to Bring Into Your Kitchen

    Leaves: A lot to be desired, from sassafras to shiso Lettuces are lovely and herbs are essential, but they're hardly the only foliage deployed in cooking. For centuries, European cheesemakers have aged their wares in deciduous tree le…
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  • A General Theory for Cooking Great Vegetables

    A General Theory for Cooking Great Vegetables

    Focus and attention (and a little homemade stock) can help your carrots and radishes shine Watching Laurent work with vegetables brings to mind tai chi. Central to the traditional Taoist martial art, which I've been practicing for a d…
    - 10 May 17, 11:45am -
  • 4 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Turkey

    4 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Turkey

    Why we embrace the dry brine but not always the whole bird Our tips for better turkey. Matt Taylor-Gross Skip the Water in Your BrineBrining makes for a juicier turkey that’s harder to overcook, but it’s al…
    - 21 Nov 16, 10:00am -
  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Pie

    6 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Pie

    How to boost the flavor of your crust and nail perfect apple pie Pies pies pies pies pies James Roper You Don't Need to Make Three Kinds of PieSome paroxysm of paranoia seems to hit us bakers in the days leadin…
    - 14 Nov 16, 9:00am -
  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Sides

    7 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Sides

    Hack your way to better gravy with booze and the fastest way to peel a head of garlic Classic sides like green bean casserole get a major improvement. Laura Sant The Case for DIY French Fried OnionsDon’t tell…
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  • 4 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Drinks

    4 Ways to Improve Your Thanksgiving Drinks

    Thanksgiving drink guide Matt Taylor-Gross CiderWhat’s the best wine to drink during Thanksgiving? Cider. Yes, good hard not-too-sweet cider from England, France, Spain, and increasingly the US. A good cider complements…
    - 1 Nov 16, 12:17pm -
  • The Perfect Bird: How to Roast the Best Thanksgiving Turkey

    The Perfect Bird: How to Roast the Best Thanksgiving Turkey

    Thanksgiving turkey that's juicy, meaty, and fall-apart tender The flavors of Senegal—sour tamarind, fiery scotch bonnets, and pungent fish sauce—add umami-rich depth to this unexpected Thanksgiving bird. Get the recipe fo…
    - 21 Oct 16, 1:24pm -
  • The Easiest Way to Spice Up Your Cocktail Syrups

    The Easiest Way to Spice Up Your Cocktail Syrups

    Flavored syrups aren't only for trendy bars Read any modern-day cocktail menu and you’ll find syrups all over the place: cinnamon syrup, housemade vanilla syrup, handcrafted arugula-truffle syrup. (Okay, we haven’t seen that last…
    - 24 Mar 16, 12:00pm -
  • How Maryland's Official State Cake Got its Stripes

    How Maryland's Official State Cake Got its Stripes

    Lean Eskin peels back the layers and mysteries of the Smith Island cake These two distinctly American cakes—Doberge and Smith Island—might share a common ancestor. Ryan Liebe | Food Styling Mariana Velasquez…
    - 3 Mar 16, 10:30am -
  • Shallot and Red Wine Purée

    Shallot and Red Wine Purée

    Chef David Bouley slowly oven-roasts unpeeled shallots for this purée, and while the skins are removed from the final product, they help add a deep, caramelized flavor to each bite. Stir into tomato-based sauces, add to stir-fries, or spread on…
    - 2 Feb 16, 9:30am -

Smitten Kitchen Tips

  • sheet pan meatballs with crispy turmeric chickpeas

    sheet pan meatballs with crispy turmeric chickpeas

    In October of last year, I made one of the best, and prettiest, dinners I’d had all year and couldn’t wait to tell you about them. Then I got a *little* (29 flights and 24 cities in 7 weeks) busy and somehow (somehow!) they — along wit…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 12:45pm -
  • boulevardier

    boulevardier

    According to my calendar, on December 19th I ostensibly signed special ordered books at The Strand and then took my two year-old to a holiday party, but I know the truth, which is that I was actually reading this hilarious piece on Bon Appet…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 4:33pm -
  • split pea soup

    split pea soup

    Here are a few things I know to be true: Split pea soup is never going to win the winter soup Olympics. Its signature hue of mushy pea green will never be prized as fashionable by anyone but the unfashionable likes of me. If you know people…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread

    salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread

    Can there be a cookie of the year? Sure, it’s possible that I spend too much time consuming food media, the takes, the Tweets, the Instagram Stories. But if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have seen Alison Roman’s Salted Butter and Chocolate Ch…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Dec 17, 5:05pm -
  • dutch apple pie

    dutch apple pie

    Before I abandoned you (online) to spend time with you (in person) the better part of the last two months, leading to premature but rightly deserved obituaries*, I spend about half of the fall I was in town for obsessed with Dutch apple pie,…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Dec 17, 10:28am -
  • endive salad with toasted breadcrumbs and walnuts

    endive salad with toasted breadcrumbs and walnuts

    I understand that most people, normal people, can outline phases of their lives through jobs or photo albums or even where they lived; I apparently can do it through endive salads I was obsessed with at the time. In 2005, there was one from…
    - 38 days ago, 12 Dec 17, 11:45am -
  • bakery-style butter cookies + the new book is here!

    bakery-style butter cookies + the new book is here!

    Today my second cookbook, five years in the making, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites, at last leaves my noisy, messy kitchen and, perhaps, makes its way into yours. I am, as ever, a nervous wreck. I hope you love…
    - 87 days ago, 24 Oct 17, 11:36am -
  • sausage and potato roast with arugula

    sausage and potato roast with arugula

    I realize that if you want to toss some sausages and vegetables on a sheet pan on a weekday night and roast them to crispy, self-seasoned blister, there are innumerable ways to do it. I’ve fiddled around with this broccoli and chunks of sa…
    - 94 days ago, 17 Oct 17, 12:51pm -
  • chocolate olive oil cake + more book tour!

    chocolate olive oil cake + more book tour!

    Two weeks from today, my second cookbook, Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites will be leaving warehouses* to reach bookstores or perhaps your front door (if you’ve preordered the book) and I cannot believe it’s…
    - 10 Oct 17, 11:33am -
  • quick pasta and chickpeas

    quick pasta and chickpeas

    Pasta e ceci (pasta and chickpeas) is one of Rome’s most iconic dishes, the only dish so essential that it shows up on both Tuesdays and Fridays on the informal meal calendar.* And while there are no two matching ways to make it (a fine ex…
    - 5 Oct 17, 12:51pm -
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