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Double the Fond, Double the Flavor
The Original Ragu • You already know ragu rosso, the king of ragu sauces. But perhaps you haven’t met the queen: ragu bianco, which, in our version, trades the tomato for lemon and cream.
UNDERSTANDING AL DENTE
HOW TO FINELY CHOP A FENNEL BULB • We use the same technique to cut a fennel bulb as we do to cut an onion. Start by removing any stalks and fronds from the top of the bulb and trimming a thin slice from the base. Then halve the bulb lengthwise and remove the core from the base of both halves.
Punch Up Your Pantry with These Korean Staples • Our bulgogi recipe features three mainstays of Korean cuisine that can be used in all sorts of ways.
Beef Bulgogi • This popular Korean dish features flavorful strips of marinated steak that cook in minutes. Bulgogi is quick enough for a weeknight but also impressive and fun to serve to company.
ONE STEAK, FOUR SERVINGS • Sliced paper-thin and served with rice and other accompaniments in bulgogi, a single rib-eye steak is plenty to serve four people.
Try a Little Tenderness (But Not Too Much)
TILAPIA, THICK AND THIN
Why You Should Try Tilapia • We were skeptics, too—until we did our homework. The facts: Most tilapia is responsibly raised and features moist, firm flesh with a clean, mild taste.
How Good Is It? Tilapia versus Other White Fish
Three Reasons to Love Tilapia • Tilapia had a bad reputation for muddy flavor, but new farming techniques have improved the quality of this inexpensive freshwater fish. Here’s what you should know:
Grain Bowls at Home • There’s a reason you order grain bowls at a counter rather than make them at home: Preparing multiple unique elements is a project. But what if you apply some strategy?
Grain Bowl Flowchart • We wanted a recipe whose multiple components could be prepared in a single cooking session. To keep the time to about an hour, we strategized to find efficiencies: We repurposed ingredients in multiple applications, chose straightforward cooking methods, roasted three ingredients in tandem on a single baking sheet, and started long-cooking items early to allow for multitasking.
Grain Bowls, Now or Later
One-Pan Chicken and Vegetables • The savory elixir left behind after roasting chicken is pure gold. We put it to good use.
Flavoring the Vegetables
Expand Your Mushroom Universe
New-School Sautéed Mushrooms • Want savory, meaty-textured, deeply browned mushrooms without a lot of work, time, or even oil? Start by adding water.
Is It Bad to Wash Mushrooms?
Reinventing Sautéed Mushrooms: Add Lots of Liquid (Twice)
Getting the Most out of Your Most Important Knife • A good chef’s knife is indispensable for all cutting tasks, from precision work such as mincing a shallot to heavy-duty jobs such as breaking down a butternut squash. Here’s how to make sure you use it to its best advantage.
Beet Salad in Less Than an Hour • Want sweet, velvety beets without the wait? Micro-steam them.
Why Beets Take So Long to Cook
Spiced Roasted Chickpeas • To turn a can of chickpeas into a crunchy, salty snack, start with a burst of heat.
CORRAL YOUR CHICKPEAS
Easiest-Ever Biscuits • We combine two classic methods...