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The Ultimate Guide to Pancakes

The Ultimate Guide to Pancakes

The word appeared in print as early as 1430. It is believed that the Romans, in the 1st century AD, ate sweet and savory dishes resembling the pancake made out of milk, flour, eggs, and spices. Around the 15th century is when people started adding ingredients such as wheat, buckwheat, or cornmeal. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

What’s the Difference Between a Dutch Oven and Cast Iron?

Stuff in your foamy ear plugs: It's a like a heavy metal fight. Actually, they're more like teammates than opponents. Think of it as a friendly battle of the bands. READ MORE

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

Are Whole-Wheat and All-Purpose Flour Interchangeable?

Only if you want dense cakes and cardboardy pie crusts. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Ratatouille and Caponata?

What’s the Difference Between Ratatouille and Caponata?

One dish has an adorable Disney-Pixar movie featuring a spunky rat chef named after it. The other, well, it doesn't. (Fail.) Cartoons aside, you could make this comparison of ratatouille and caponata into a culinary battle between France and Italy, but let's be grownups. We, along with millions of others, are enamored with the cuisines from both European countries. For, like, ever. READ MORE

Why Can Lactose-Intolerant People Eat Some Cheeses and Not Others?

Why Can Lactose-Intolerant People Eat Some Cheeses and Not Others?

Given our seemingly insatiable obsession with foods like mac 'n' cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, and mac 'n' cheese–stuffed gri... READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Crepes and Pancakes?

What’s the Difference Between Crepes and Pancakes?

The butter square softens around the edges as amber sweetness drips down the stack of steaming hotcakes, matching your leisurely Sunday morning pace. Or maybe you order yours at a French café, filled with sugared ricotta or proscuitto and spinach, drizzled with a balsamic glaze. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Salads

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Salads

Salad is one of the most basic components of a meal: toss some greens together with a light vinaigrette and you’ve got the basis for a healthy and delicious dish. And the beauty of salads? There aren’t really a lot of rules for what can or can’t be included. Chopped vegetables? Sure. Meat? Cheese? Hardboiled eggs? Add them all in! READ MORE

Does It Matter Whether You Use a Glass or Metal Baking Dish?

Does It Matter Whether You Use a Glass or Metal Baking Dish?

Baking has the ability to be creative, nourishing, and fun but can also lead to frustration and disappointment when the final dish doesn... READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Manicotti and Stuffed Shells?

What’s the Difference Between Manicotti and Stuffed Shells?

When you pull the pan from the oven, the tomato sauce bubbles between a top layer of stringy mozzarella. Beneath that invitation, fluffy mounds of herbed, creamy ricotta hide, stuffed within packages of pasta, lined up side by side like presents waiting to be unwrapped. You can accomplish this popular feat of Italian-American origin by following recipes for either manicotti or stuffed shells. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Italian Sausage and Breakfast Sausage?

What’s the Difference Between Italian Sausage and Breakfast Sausage?

Let's talk about tubular meat. Sausage stuffs itself with so much juicy, savory protein that it can snap when bitten. Undress that sausage from its casing, and it still wows, especially when it crumbles into pasta and eggs. So when your recipe calls for sausage and you already have Italian or breakfast sausage on hand, does it really matter which one you use? Sausage is sausage, no?  Of course not! In one sense, the distinction between the two is simple: spices. But let's cook and eat with our senses. READ MORE