We love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often. Here, we show you how to make soups and stews more flavorful with whatever vegetable scraps you have on hand—or the cheapest produce at the market.
If you’re not already making your own vegetable stock, you should start now.
Two common questions about cucumbers involve consumption of their skin and their seeds. There are several facts you need to know before making your decision about consumption of cucumber skins and seeds. First, it is important to remember that the …
Too hot to cook? We’ve got you covered! This meal plan is full of dinner ideas that don’t require an oven. Zucchini Noodle Chicken Pesto makes the most of fresh basil. Breakout the Instant Pot to whip up a batch of carnitas. Keep dinner on the light side with lettuce wraps or Panzanella salad. YUM!
A lot of us keep a gargantuan container of all-purpose flour in our pantry—a near-lifetime supply, if you’re anything like our Test Kitchen. All-purpose flour is the faithful old floury friend that we lean on for pancakes, muffins, and everything in between. More devoted bakers might even have a few wildcards in their baking arsenals, like whole wheat pastry flour or almond flour or spelt flour. But only in the most organized and well-stocked of home pantries have we found a bag of the self-rising variety, or ultra-soft cake flour, resplendent in its old-school packaging.
If you don’t bake a whole lot, or didn’t plan quite so far ahead (*raises hand*), you might get tripped up on a recipe that calls for one of these somewhat uncommon, vaguely esoteric flours. Should you take another trip to the grocery store to pick them up? No, we say happily. As it turns out, both cake flour and self-rising flour can be easily faked at home, using ingredients that you most probably already have on hand.
Whether it’s eggplant, zucchini, or onion, a good grilled vegetable will get you halfway to dinner, whatever dinner is. Maybe it’s ricotta-smeared toast or anchovy-dressed pasta or roast chicken in need of a friend.
But what makes a good grilled vegetable?