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COOKING FOR TWENTY-FIVE
YOUR QUIRKIEST QUICK TIPS • Behold some of the most clever tips you’ve sent our way over the past 25 years. Keep them coming!
Low-Stress Turkey for a Crowd • Moist, tender meat; crisp, bronzed skin; and rich, full-flavored gravy for 20 people? No problem—if you think like a chef.
Roast Beef and Potatoes for Company • A tender, juicy roast isn’t hard to pull off. Neither are creamy, golden-brown potatoes. But merging the two into a holiday centerpiece? That’s where things get tricky.
Game-Changing Turkey Gravy • Of course it had to taste great. But we also wanted a gravy that could be made in advance, didn’t require drippings, and could accommodate dietary restrictions.
Rome’s Greatest Little-Known Pasta • The porky-peppery flavors of pasta alla gricia deserve big recognition.
The Easiest Winter Squash • Tired of struggling to peel and cut heavy-duty squash? Try something more delicate.
Real Kung Pao Chicken • Spicy chiles and tingly Sichuan peppercorns team up with lightly sauced chicken and peanuts in a stir-fry that’s literally sensational.
Creamy Dressings, Hold the Cream • A surprising ingredient quietly imparts the smooth richness of dairy or mayonnaise while letting the other ingredients shine.
Ten Discoveries That Changed the Way We Cook • Over the past 25 years, we’ve performed countless tests in the pursuit of better, faster, easier, and more foolproof recipes. Here are a few of the game changers that transformed how we—and, dare we say, our readers—cook.
White Bean and Mushroom Gratin • Once you know the building blocks that create savory depth, you won’t miss the meat.
Modern Holiday Showstopper • Pavlova is a drop-dead gorgeous dessert of marshmallowy, crisp-shelled meringue piled with lightly whipped cream and fresh fruit. Ours is as foolproof as it is beautiful.
Italian Chocolate-Almond Cake • Flourless chocolate cake often trades on cloying fudge-like density and one-note chocolate flavor. Leave it to the Italians to whip up a version that’s lighter and more nuanced.
The Best Unsalted Butter • Unsalted butter is one of the most basic ingredients for cooking and baking. What’s the best one for everyday use?
TASTING UNSALTED BUTTER
Searching for a Superior Metal Spatula • This essential tool can be a cook’s best friend—but only if you choose the right one.
TESTING METAL SPATULAS