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Impossibly Crispy Pork Chops • Taiwan’s zha paigu are meaty, juicy, fragrant with heady five-spice powder—and unsurpassed in their crispiness.
Killer Spaghetti • Making spaghetti all’assassina requires patience and bravery—and a blatant disregard of the rules.
The Glitziest Salmon Fillets • It’s crystal clear: Thoughtfully calibrated glazes bring sparkle—and tangy, savory dimension—to silky oven-roasted fillets.
Moussaka Is Snug and Celebratory • With plush vegetables, spiced meat sauce, and a top coat of satiny béchamel, this iconic casserole is equal parts festive showpiece and supreme comfort food.
The MVPs of My Produce Drawer • The conventional jade type is just the beginning: The green bean family is richly diverse and endlessly accommodating.
The Cheese You Can Sear Like a Steak • Thanks to its unique molecular structure, squeaky, briny halloumi stays firm over a flame, taking on flavorful browning and char.
Fry Without Fear • Treat yourself to the fresh-from-the-oil pleasure of deep-fried food and the fun of making it yourself.
You Should Be Grilling Mushrooms • Uniquely resilient and a mate for anything, mushrooms can be flashed over a blazing fire and emerge with mighty savoriness and meaty chew.
Fall’s Coziest Dessert • Granny Smith apples bring tangy freshness to a bread pudding that’s rich with creamy custard—and Americana.
The Best Pretzels You’ll Ever Have • Making pretzels the way German bakers do combines science and arts and crafts with a frisson of (manageable) risk. The process is fun; the payoff is spectacular.
Should You Buy a Copper Skillet? • These beautiful, heat-responsive, pricey pans have a long history in fine cooking, but do they have a place in home kitchens today?
Exploring the World of Single-Origin Chocolate • We dug into the world of single-origin bars and in the process discovered an astounding variety of complex flavors and textures.