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What’s the Difference Between Naan and Pita?

What’s the Difference Between Naan and Pita?

Naan and pita look so similar. But … not quite. Look closer. One is fluffy, bubbly, and often oval-shaped. The other is circular and has these wonderfully convenient pockets, perfect for sandwiches. Those are the two most noticeable differences between naan and pita — both round, slightly leavened wheat flatbreads. You can brush them with oil or butter and sprinkle spice blends or herbs on them, if you so desire. They both make handy substitutes for pizza crust too. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

KITCHEN PANTRY 101 Spring cleaning was always more of a psychological endeavor when we were growing up, a chance to clear minds and face new starts as our moms made us go purge our closets and our art-class wall hangings. As we get older, we realize spring cleaning has benefits beyond mere tidiness, especially in the kitchen. The annual pure of drawers, cupboards, and pantry is the one time of the year we assess the quality of our provisions: spices that have gone stale, half-opened boxes of cavatelli we shouldn’t let molder on the shelf, that three-year-old can of pork rillettes you picked up in Paris and know, realistically, you’ll never open. Consider this primer on freshening up your pantry a twofer. First, we’ll explain what to stock your shelves with if you’re starting from scratch, all the baseline essentials you’ll need to be a good and versatile cook. Second, we’ll suggest the things you should take a good look at in the first few weeks of spring to hit the reset button for the warm-weather season ahead. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Eating a Healthy Breakfast Every Day

The Ultimate Guide to Eating a Healthy Breakfast Every Day

Breakfast can seem like the stickiest trap of the day: muffins, croissants, donuts, enormous bagels—they’re tantalizingly easy to grab when you’re fast-walking through a commuter train station or punting from the parking garage to the office lobby. You know you need to eat breakfast (that phrase, “most important meal of the day,” rings in just about every American’s ears) but how to do it without selling your nutritional soul to the carb side? Healthy options every bit as convenient as the apple fritter have sprung up in the past few years, but who can afford to lay out for a $10 juice, in addition to that $5 almond-milk latte? Making sure you have a healthy breakfast everyday is a matter of staying resolute—and knowing the best shortcuts and quick-to-make recipes that’ll both fuel the early part of your day and not make you late for the 9 a.m. status meeting. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking for Two

The Ultimate Guide to Cooking for Two

Cooking for two can be an endless struggle to break up packs of chicken parts into freezable units, dealing with leftovers (resurrecting, freezing, or throwing away), and just plain wondering what to do with an open can of tomato paste you needed one teaspoon from that scaled-down chicken cacciatore recipe. Things are changing, thankfully—there’s now a market (regrettably still niche) for lower-yield recipes and cooking-for-two books and blogs. But for modern living’s vast demographic of two-person households, new resources aren’t appearing fast enough. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Picnicking

The Ultimate Guide to Picnicking

The picnic is one of the annual joys of warm-weather (and sometimes cool-weather) eating. On West Coast beaches, where the Pacific crashes into rocks along the horizon; in Midwest forests, and among the dunes of Lake Michigan; and in manicured urban parks in the Northeast, we love nothing better than to lift the lid of a cooler, flip open an old-fashioned hamper, and pop the lids of Tupperware to lay out a feast. Planning a picnic is more than just dragging outdoors the food you’d already be cooking. Throwing a great picnic is the result of a few factors: the setting, the weather (obviously), and the ease of serving and assembly (grilling marinated chicken skewers or portobello mushroom caps on coals is one thing; assembling and cooking panini on site, in a cast iron skillet precariously perched on cinderblocks over a fire, is another). READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Foods and Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Foods and Recipes

You can’t shop the aisles of a supermarket, pick up a fast-casual restaurant menu, or scan a rack of food magazines without seeing it, the GF tag: gluten-free. No movement has consumed contemporary food like the gluten-free one. Once a heavily restricted survival diet for those who suffered from celiac disease, gluten-free has become a mode of eating of choice for most of us, a way to battle mild to moderate wheat allergies we’ve only become aware of, cut down on carbs, or just to eat healthier, and with more intention. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Thai Food

The Ultimate Guide to Thai Food

It’s almost embarrassingly obvious at this moment it time to talk about Thai food as anything other than one of the world’s great cuisines. Since Thai restaurants became fixtures in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the speed at which North Americans have acquired a taste for tom yam (shrimp soup), pad Thai, som tam (green papaya salad), and green curry is remarkable. They’ve become naturalized in America and yet, despite familiarity, making Thai food at home can be daunting for a lot of cooks. READ MORE

The Complete Guide to Quick Breads

The Complete Guide to Quick Breads

Even if you think you don’t know a quick bread from a dinner roll, chances are you eat quick breads all the time, and love them. That square of cornbread with your chili, for instance—it’s arguably the most famous and best loved quick bread in the modern culinary repertoire. Quick breads are a huge category of baked goods, spanning flours, textures, sweetness levels, and personalities. As a broad definition, a quick bread is a loaflike baked good that relies on chemical leavening—most often baking powder and/or baking soda (rather than yeast or the air trapped in beaten eggs)—to achieve a risen state. READ MORE

19 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

19 Soups You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

Soup is a great make-ahead meal that's even better the next day ... and the next ... and the next, if you still have some left over. This idea works well for weeknight dinners, when you have a time crunch. But just because you toss a bunch of ingredients into a Crock Pot, press "cook," and head to work doesn't mean you'll have a meal to be proud of at the end of the day. Yet these 19 beautiful soups and stews make cooking with a plug-in appliance taste more sophisticated. 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