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What’s the Difference Between a Conventional and a Convection Oven?

What’s the Difference Between a Conventional and a Convection Oven?

Lopsided muffins, burnt bread, and dried-out roast chicken prove one thing about convection and conventional ovens: There is a big difference between the two. Unlike the free-flowing art of cooking, baking is a science that likes exactness. And roasting requires knowledge of how to convert your baking temperature and time to convection standards. READ MORE

Save Space by Making Cookware Part of Your Decor

Save Space by Making Cookware Part of Your Decor

It’s Sunday morning and you tiptoe downstairs to the kitchen, planning to greet your still-snoozing spouse with a plateful of pancakes and the results of your latest omelet experiment. After a full twenty minutes spent rooting around for the griddle, you find it—firmly lodged between those two cake pans you never use. You yank hard, sending a shower of pots banging down around you—and wake your spouse, who’s unsurprisingly grumpy at the rude awakening. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Milkshakes and Malts?

What’s the Difference Between Milkshakes and Malts?

Ask a server at any 1950s-style diner to explain what their malt or malted milkshake really is, and you'll hear all sorts of answers. Regardless, you'll probably like it if you're already in the milkshake camp. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Fertilized and Unfertilized Eggs?

What’s the Difference Between Fertilized and Unfertilized Eggs?

The horror of cracking open an egg in your kitchen to find a dead, bloody baby bird inside is more of a fear than fact. True, it happened to me once and I didn't eat eggs for a few years afterward. But that is very, very, very rare, eggsperts say. Sorry (not sorry!) for that pun. Edible egg advocates even say it happens. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Chili Powder and Chili Flakes?

What’s the Difference Between Chili Powder and Chili Flakes?

Sometimes a recipe forces you to pause at your spice cabinet/rack/drawer, scan the jars with a scrunched brow, and spend some moments  and . Chili powder. Chili flakes. It's the same thing but ground to different sizes, no? Not so much. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Philly Cheesesteak and a Steak and Cheese Sandwich?

What’s the Difference Between a Philly Cheesesteak and a Steak and Cheese Sandwich?

A long, crusty Italian roll cradles thinly sliced, sautéed ribeye steak, dripping with meat juices and messy, melted cheese. That's a Philly Cheesesteak. It's heavy. It's simple. And ooooh, boy, is it savory. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Mint Julep and a Mojito

What’s the Difference Between a Mint Julep and a Mojito

Mint Juleps and Mojitos awaken your senses with their fresh-mint perfume that eases its way down your throat with a seductive warmth only liquor can provide. Both drinks were born below the Mason-Dixon line, yet they've cultivated distinctly different reputations. Mojitos have experienced a renaissance at bars nationwide in the last decade, while Mint Juleps are often reserved for genteel occasions and of course, the Kentucky Derby, that renowned horserace attended by the well-heeled, kicking off May 6 this year. Ask craft cocktail artists how the two spiked drinks compare, and their answers are as muddled as the mint. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Coleslaw and Slaw?

What’s the Difference Between Coleslaw and Slaw?

A slaw's zing lifts your palate from the heavy, smoky meat usually served with it. Beloved by any name, we call it coleslaw, cole slaw, or slaw. The way we make it depends on where we grew up or what cuisine we're creating. Regardless, a slaw's tangy, acidic vinegar slices right through its accompanying fatty meat, whether it's barbecue pulled pork, ribs, hot dogs, kielbasa, pastrami, or what-have-you. That slaw's loud makes the pliant, tender meat even more decadent by default. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Banana Bread and Banana Cake?

What’s the Difference Between Banana Bread and Banana Cake?

Banana breads and cakes are easy, moist, sweet solutions for making use of those three or four bananas on your kitchen counter that are getting mushier by the minute, sprouting brown spots with ripe old age. Yet the difference between the two is as fuzzy as the distinction between a muffin and a cupcake. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Cornmeal and Polenta?

What’s the Difference Between Cornmeal and Polenta?

They're golden and used interchangeably. Yet polenta is a dish, and cornmeal is an ingredient — often the main ingredient in that dish. Hailing from northern Italy, polenta was originally a meal of any grain, coarsely ground and  slow-cooked in liquid until mushy. Then it's combined with other ingredients, from butter and cheese to sauces and gravies. When cooled, polenta hardens and can be cut into squares. READ MORE