How To Caramelize Onions

Because a caramelized onion is a happy onion
Mar 30, 2012 2:01 pm
caramelized onion
Photo: Mark Shaw

You never know how much time goes into the sweet, sticky shreds atop your perfect patty melt or tarte flambée until you caramelize an onion for the first time. You also never know how little effort goes in until you learn this simple but very important technique.

Chili Dogs Will Warm You Up

Winter loves a chili dog, and so do we.
Dec 16, 2011 12:31 pm
chili dog

Sometimes when pork and beef put aside their differences, the result can be so beautiful to behold it will change your whole outlook on lunch. Am I tired of sausage, reporting on it from Germany all of last week for two outlets and having spent most of yesterday putting together a sausage gallery you should look out for later this afternoon? Clearly I am not.

Raw Onions: To Eat or Not To Eat?

When it comes to onions, we like it raw
Oct 17, 2011 11:01 am
raw onions
Photo: sidewalk flying on Flickr

When your burger arrives, steaming hot, perfectly greasy, pre-cheese congealing and all that good stuff, you have a decision to make. Next to the fries are a lettuce leaf and a slice each of tomato and red onion. Which are going on your burger, and which will be left behind? I sincerely hope if you crown your burger with any of them, it's the onion.


Word of the Day: Sulfenic Acid

Building up your kitchen vocab arsenal
Sep 19, 2011 1:31 pm

Unless you sport a pair of terribly unfashionable onion goggles, chances are you’ve fallen prey to the stinging sensation caused by our dreaded Word of the Day. When onions are cut, 1-propenesulfenic acid releases vapors that actually cause a chemical reaction in your eyes, creating sulfuric acid. 

Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

The Food Scientist tackles a persistent question
Sep 2, 2011 9:01 am
chopping an onion
Photo: TheDarkThing on Flickr

What are onion tears?
The unwanted tears that come as a result of chopping onions, whether yellow, white or red.

What causes onion tears?
When it comes to shedding tears, there are three different types. The first, known as basal tears...

Basic Osso Buco Recipe

How to turn braised veal shanks into osso buco
Aug 15, 2011 6:01 pm
photo: andy pucko on Flickr

The end result of this basic osso buco recipe is pure meaty awesomeness, but it does take awhile to get there. The veal shank starts out as tough as a Converse hi-top; you've gotta braise it nice and slow to get it to that melt-in-your-mouth texture. Plate it on top of a perfectly made risotto, serve it with a...

Gallery: 10 Fruits & Vegetables in Season

What to buy at the farmers market this weekend
Aug 6, 2011 10:01 am
Photo: marxfoods on Flickr

It doesn’t get better for a seasonal eater than the summer. So show off your seasonal smarts and get your hands on what produce summer still has to offer across the U.S. Buy your summer fruits and vegetables now while they're freshest and pickle any leftovers you have at...

Gallery: 20 Tasty Jams Part II

The final 10 food songs in the countdown
Aug 3, 2011 12:31 pm
Lunch Lady

The thrilling conclusion. I’m sure some readers out there are up in arms that numbers 20-11 from part I of this countdown could be seen as obscure picks. Frankly, songs about food that happen to rock are few and far between. However, I believe that once the top 10 is revealed within...


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