The Basics

Grandma's Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Homemade yogurt: don't knock it till you try it!
Jun 30, 2012 11:31 am
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Photo: I believe I can fry on Flickr

Homemade yogurt is panacea for all that could possibly go wrong in one's life. "Is that an oven burn on your pinky?" My grandma would shriek, "It's okay, it's okay, we put Windex  yogurt on it." What about that sun burn? Forget the aloe, just marinate yourself in yogurt and you'll be good to go. Suffering from an upset stomach? By this point you should know what to do.

How To Caramelize Onions

Because a caramelized onion is a happy onion
Mar 30, 2012 2:01 pm
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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.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe

You only need 1 recipe for chocolate chip pancakes
Mar 3, 2012 11:01 am
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Photo: eyeliam on Flickr

There's something so dessert-like about a stack of chocolate chip pancakes that we can't help but make them for breakfast, especially on the weekends when a morning sugar high contributes to a great early afternoon nap. 

Pat LaFrieda Is Not Just A Piece Of Meat!

He's a real person. And, yes, loves his meat.
Feb 9, 2012 2:01 pm
Pat LaFrieda

When New York City meat seller Pat LaFrieda and Zero Point Zero Production joined forces to create an iPad app, nobody was fucking around. “It was two 16-hour days of sawing, and that was just the beef,” says LaFrieda by phone on his rare day off.

Yogurt Béchamel Sauce

Perfect for moussaka, lighter lasagnas and more
Feb 8, 2012 5:01 pm
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Photo: jlastras on Flickr

Nobody pretends that béchamel is for dieters. It's a carefully-prepared mixture of flour, butter, milk and heavy cream which adds a creamy layer to the lucky dish you're adding it to. This recipe calls for the addition of Greek yogurt, which adds extra creaminess and a tangy flavor that's welcome in a world of so much heavy dairy.  

Basic Flaky, Buttery Pie Crust Recipe

A mini-crust that's perfect for handheld pies to-go
Jan 23, 2012 1:16 pm

More formally known as pâte brisée, this workhorse crust is relatively easy to manage and bakes up wonderfully flaky. It is the ideal choice for homemade pop tarts, but pairs perfectly with almost any filling in Handheld Pies.


A Brief History of Chili Con Carne

Part 2 of the blueprint for chili mastery
Jan 19, 2012 2:01 pm
the history of chili con carne

Anyone can create an original pot o’ red with the right blueprint, yet that first delicious spoonful only cracks the surface of chili con carne. Dig in and you’ll find a culinary rabbit hole of fiery flavors, ingredients, techniques and history. But to fully appreciate where this dish can go, you first need to know where it began.

Chili Con Carne: The Anti-Recipe

Part 1 of the blueprint for chili mastery (updated)
Jan 18, 2012 2:01 pm
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Chili con carne is perhaps the simplest single pot stew, the quintessential campfire cuisine and the original tailgate meal. Before the days of brats and beer koozies, 19th century Chili Queens of San Antonio stewed it in open air wagons while mariachi minstrels entertained stockmen, soldiers, rounders and prowlers.


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