Copyright (c) 2016 en-us - "Test Kitchen" blog entries - "Test Kitchen" blog entries Fri, 06 May 2016 10:01:09 -0500 - "Test Kitchen" blog entries - "Test Kitchen" blog entries <![CDATA[The Skinny on Chorizo]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 The Skinny on Chorizo Posted by FC_Editors
Chorizo is a spicy pork sausage that’s an essential ingredient in many Spanish and Mexican dishes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Good Cheeses for Shaving]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Good Cheeses for Shaving Posted by joanne_smart
Both Grana and nutty, buttery Parmigiano are excellent choices when you want to shave cheese, but the cheeses below are also good candidates, too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fresh or Frozen?]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Fresh or Frozen? Posted by joanne_smart
A consideration when buying shrimp: fresh or frozen? ]]>
<![CDATA["Cracking" Quail Eggs]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Posted by FCLayla_Schlack
You can't just crack a quail egg like a chicken egg. Here's how to do it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deveining Shell-on Shrimp]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Deveining Shell-on Shrimp Posted by FC_Editors
Poaching shrimp with their shells on makes them more flavorful. you’ll want to remove the vein before poaching, though, and here’s how. ]]>
<![CDATA[Why is Saffron so Pricey?]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Why is Saffron so Pricey? Posted by joanne_smart
Thankfully, most recipes call for just a pinch. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Pretty Carrot Garnish ]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 A Pretty Carrot Garnish Posted by joanne_smart
Our food stylist, Ronne Day, came up with this method for making cute curls with a bit of crunch. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cutting Asparagus on the Diagonal]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:00:00 -0500 Cutting Asparagus on the Diagonal Posted by joanne_smart
Cutting asparagus on the diagonal exposes more of the tender inside of the asparagus while making it easier to grab with a fork. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Baking Pan with a Removable Bottom]]> Sat, 12 Mar 2016 19:00:00 -0500 A Baking Pan with a Removable Bottom Posted by FC_Editors
Sometimes a tool comes along, and you wonder how you lived without it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Pretty Tarts]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:00 -0500 Tips for Pretty Tarts Posted by FC_Editors
Don't just lay your fruit flat on your tart. Use these ideas to make your presentation spectacular. ]]>
<![CDATA[Making Parchment Rounds]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:20:00 -0500 Making Parchment Rounds Posted by JenniferArmentrout
You can buy pre-cut parchment rounds, but they are super easy to make yourself. ]]>
<![CDATA[Technique: Fashioning Flowers from Fruit]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:15:00 -0500 Technique: Fashioning Flowers from Fruit Posted by FC_Editors
Step-by-step directions to decorating a fruit tart with apple rosettes ]]>
<![CDATA[Technique: How to Core Cabbage]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:25:00 -0500 Technique: How to Core Cabbage Posted by FCLayla_Schlack
Have you got a lot of cabbage to be cored and sliced? First, peel away and discard any tough outer leaves. Then, cut the cabbage into quarters through the base... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tasting Panel: Canned Chickpeas]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:30:00 -0500 Tasting Panel: Canned Chickpeas Posted by joanne_smart
We decided to hold a blind taste test to see which widely available brands of chick peas we liked best. ]]>
<![CDATA[A Better Butter Log]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:25:00 -0500 A Better Butter Log Posted by JenniferArmentrout
Use this technique for nice round pats of your homemade flavored butter ]]>
<![CDATA[Tart Tamper]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:00:00 -0500 Tart Tamper Posted by RonneDay
Usually made of wood with rounded ends of different sizes, a tart tamper tool comes in handy when fitting dough into and up the sides of a tart pan. ]]>
<![CDATA[Sugarcoat It]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 -0500 Sugarcoat It Posted by FC_Editors
Delicate herbs can make a pretty garnish for fruit tarts. Coat them in sugar to make them look even more special and to add a sweet hit. ]]>
<![CDATA[Temping a Steak]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:30:00 -0500 Temping a Steak Posted by RonneDay
Use this method to get an accurate food temperature every time. ]]>
<![CDATA[What We Mean When We Say Heirloom Tomato]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:00:00 -0500 What We Mean When We Say Heirloom Tomato Posted by joanne_smart
An heirloom vegetable is one that relies on natural, or open, pollination, such as from insects or the wind. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Bruise Herbs (On Purpose!)]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:00:00 -0500 How to Bruise Herbs (On Purpose!) Posted by joanne_smart
When you want to add fresh herbs to a marinade but don't feel like picking and chopping them first, try bruising them instead. ]]>