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Dry Vermouth: Pantry Staple

Need a splash of white wine for your recipe, but don’t want to crack a whole bottle? READ MORE

Little Fish with Big Power in the Kitchen

Anchovies can enrich the taste of dishes without announcing themselves. READ MORE

Taking the Bite Out of Raw Onions

Soaking raw onions in cold water for 10 to 30 minutes before incorporating them into a dish takes away some of their bite. READ MORE

Savory Cooking with Maple Syrup

Maple syrup and balsamic vinegar complement each other well in salad dressings, and a slug of maple syrup can liven up a store-bought balsamic vinaigrette. READ MORE

Sun-Dried Tomatoes by the Bagful

Sun-dried tomatoes sold in bags are most often rehydrated in boiling water before using. READ MORE

The How-Tos of Browning Meat

Recipes often begin by ordering you to brown meat or poultry, before any braising or roasting or suchlike. READ MORE

Smoked Mackerel

Mackerel is high in healthful omega-3 fatty acids, and smoked mackerel is delicious, on its own or used in recipes. READ MORE

Stand-Ins for Panko

Panko, the Japanese breadcrumbs that make super-crispy breading, are made with special dough and an electromagnetic cooking process–not something recreatable at home. READ MORE

Bean Soup with Bacon

Katie Nell set out to recreate her childhood favorite, Campbell’s bean with bacon soup, but better–and says it’s the best soup she’s ever made. READ MORE

Ham Cooked in Coke

Basting ham in Coca Cola is an old-time southern practice. READ MORE