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What’s the Difference Between Gnocchi and Gnudi?

What’s the Difference Between Gnocchi and Gnudi?

A bowl of gnocchi or gnudi is like a jewelry box filled with clouds or tiny pillows. When made correctly, they're fluffy, ethereal, rich ricotta dumplings. You may not even know what gnudi is, let alone the difference between it and gnocchi. They're like Italian brothers — with many similarities but you can tell them apart when you know what to look for. READ MORE

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

Can Eating Poppy Seeds Make You Fail a Drug Test?

If you're starting a new job or you could encounter a drug test soon for any reason, you could face some alarming results — even if your most potent drugs of choice are Advil and vitamin C supplements. Think twice about that "everything" bagel at your local deli and that slice of lemon-poppy seed cake. Sure, we want it all on our bagels, including poppy seeds, but at what price? 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

How Is Toffee Different from Caramel?

How Is Toffee Different from Caramel?

Crackly, crunchy toffee and gooey, chewy caramel are sugary candy delights many of us have enjoyed off-and-on since childhood. But when these wonderful burnt sugar bombs are crumbled, chipped, or sauced, they seem like the same thing. You can eat both alone, as candy. And both make great sauces for drizzling over cakes and ice cream. They share the same light-amber hue. Despite their twin-like characteristics, caramel and toffee are brothers with different mothers. READ MORE

Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

Are Brown and White Sugar Interchangeable When Baking?

Sort of, is the quick answer. There is a difference between what brown sugar and white sugar do to your pastries and breads, but in a pinch, just use either sugar. Brown and white sugars are somewhat interchangeable, but they will make your bread or pastry slightly different depending which one you choose. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

What’s the Difference Between Parchment Paper and Wax Paper?

These kitchen papers are both awesome for making cleanup faster and easier. They're also good for wrapping meat and fish and separating layers of baked goods for storage. But the No. 1 reason parchment paper is far superior to wax paper is because it won't melt or ignite in the oven. That's a biggie. Do not, we repeat, do not put wax paper in the oven. We try to avoid excess flames in the kitchen. The brown paper also has that cool artisanal thing going on when you wrap baked goods in it for gifts, especially with butcher's twine as ribbon — so Brooklyn. READ MORE