How to Tell if Those San Marzano Tomatoes Are the Real Deal

San Marzano tomatoes have quite the reputation. They’re said to be sweeter, pulpier, and less acidic than other canned plum tomatoes, which is why so many people seek them out for their sauces. Unfortunately, most “San Marzano” tomatoes you’ll find in American grocery stores are frauds.

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How to Throw a Dinner Party Like a Grownup

If you’ve ever hosted a dinner party (or brunch party, or luncheon) you know that there’s more to it than simply cooking a bunch of food. People need plates to eat off of, cloth to wipe their faces with, and furniture on which to set their rears. Though nothing is as important as the food, it’s the details that really…

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Tell Us Your Chicken-Cooking Secrets

Hello, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to focus on the workhorse (workbird?) protein of the kitchen: the humble chicken.

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For Father’s Day, Make Your Dad Some Killer Wings 

Welcome back to Sunday Sustenance! Last week I set fruits and vegetables ablaze in the name of delicious cocktails. Today, I’d like to take a step back and complain about Father’s Day.

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Will It Sous Vide? A Beer-Soaked Sausage Party

Welcome to this week’s edition of Will It Sous Vide?, the weekly column where I usually make whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator.

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You Should Definitely Put Mustard Greens on a Sandwich

Yesterday I asked you all for your thoughts and feelings on what makes a sandwich truly excellent. It turns out you are a very opinionated bunch, particularly when it comes to sandwiches, and the resulting conversation was, in a word, delicious.

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What Makes a Perfect Sandwich?

Happy Monday, and welcome back to to What’s Cooking?, the weekly open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things edible. This week I want to talk about that humble, but often transcendent meal between two slices of bread—the sandwich.

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Is This Bluetooth Salt Shaker the Juicero of Seasoning?

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of a “smart salt shaker” called “The Smalt.” Oddly, the shaking aspect of this shaker is still decidedly unplugged—you still have do all the shaking; Smalt just “tracks” it for you. (And lights up. And plays music.) It is, essentially, the Juicero of seasoning.

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The Grown-Up Kitchen: How to Make a Damn Roux

A roux by any other name is still a roux, but maybe that other name should be “fat and flour paste thickener,” because the fancy French name seems to put people off.

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Asparagus Is In Season—Here’s What You Should Do With It

It’s asparagus season, people. While you can find asparagus outside these few months, it won’t be nearly as tasty— after it’s picked, the sugars start to turn to starch, which makes the stalks woody and bland.

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