Pairing the right pasta with the right sauce creates the ultimate balance of flavor and texture. Sturdy pastas with tubes, ridges, or folds trap chunky sauces; delicate strands are ideal with a light coating of sauce; and long noodles are fabulous with just about anything. This guide will help you make the best match.
It's a revelation to think you can make ricotta at home simply by cooking milk and cream, adding a little lemon juice, and letting the result drain in cheesecloth. From pot to plate, it takes under one hour to achieve remarkable flavor and freshness.
Cooking small whole fish, as opposed to fillets, optimizes flavor and juiciness, because the skin and a thin layer of (healthy) fat insulate the meat -- and it couldn't be easier. Mild, white-fleshed branzino is almost tailor-made for the technique: It has relatively few bones and they’re simple to remove, so the fish is very easy to serve and eat.
How do you transform a basic egg batter into tall, tender, airy pockets surrounded by a burnished crust? It’s not magic but kitchen physics, sparked by the combination of a preheated pan and a hot oven. Popovers, the American version of Yorkshire pudding, are quick and easy to make; they add a sense of fun to any meal, from a holiday brunch to a simple supper.
When you grill, you hardly need a recipe. Knowing the right technique is what's important. The key to success, whether with a gas or a charcoal grill, often involves creating two zones: one for high, direct heat and another for low, indirect heat. The direct-heat area is where you begin, searing the meat with the lid open. Thicker cuts are then moved to the indirect-heat zone to finish cooking, with the lid closed; the meat won't burn, and it will stay moist.
Although the origins of chili are murky, the two basic elements of the dish, beef and hot chile peppers, have long been prevalent in the plains of the American Southwest. The historical record has Texas cowboys cooking chili over campfires in the early 1800s, and even today the Lone Star State remains the spiritual home of chili culture.