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Fixing Glazed Pork Chops • The best way to produce tender, juicy chops with a stay-put glaze is to take it slow. Bonus: You’ll have built-in time for making a side dish.
Cast Iron Pan Pizza • Allow us to reacquaint you with your favorite pie: thick, plush, crisp, and extra-cheesy. And novice bakers, take note: There’s no rolling, stretching, or baking stone required.
Occasion-Worthy Rice • Pilaf makes a great side dish, but Uzbekistan’s revered beef-and-carrot-studded plov can be the centerpiece of your table.
Fried Calamari • Squid is inexpensive, requires almost no prep, and cooks in minutes. So why aren’t you frying it?
Lion’s Head Meatballs • Don’t let their ferocious name intimidate you. These giant, savory, tender-yet-springy pork meatballs from eastern China are pure comfort food.
Hummus, Elevated • The ultrasmooth, tahini-forward version of this spread is fundamental throughout the Middle East—and will forever change the way you think about hummus.
Your Top Bread Questions, Answered • We answer your most common bread questions, from knowing when dough is properly risen to ensuring a boulangerie-quality crust.
In Defense of Turkey Burgers • Think turkey burgers are dry, tough, or bland? Then you haven’t tried these.
DON’T COOK TURKEY LIKE BEEF
Everyday Lentil Dal • This Indian staple is quick, easy, nourishing, inexpensive, and—most important—incredibly flavorful.
No Ghee? Browned Butter Works, Too
Transform Your Cooking with Tadka
Roasted Carrots, No Oven Required • A skillet can color carrots and concentrate their flavor three times faster than your oven.
Pouding Chômeur • This maple syrup cake was born of the Great Depression—yet it is decidedly rich.
A Toaster Oven That Does It All • Bake cookies, broil asparagus, toast bread, and roast a 4-pound chicken? No problem.
TESTING TOASTER OVENS
Is Supermarket Olive Oil Any Good? • Options abound and quality varies. We tried eleven and were pleasantly surprised by two.
Why Harvest Dates Matter
TASTING SUPERMARKET EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Which Cream Is Best for Whipping?
Can Baking Soda Help Remove Pesticides from Produce?