Sunset magazine food editor Margo True has learned the rights and wrongs of mashed potatoes from a reliable source—her mother. Here, she demonstrates the wrong way (undercooking waxy potatoes, skimping on the cream, or, horror of all horrors, employing a food processor to mash) and the right way (using russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, cooking them as long as possible, drying them over heat before adding lots of cream, and topping with herbs). This approach elevates mashed potatoes to their rightful status as much more than a side dish. (Click here for Margo's mashed potatoes recipe.)
It's laborious and time-consuming to shred meat by hand for ravioli fillings, pulled pork, or chicken salad. But it turns out your stand mixer can make the whole process a breeze. Suzy Brannon of CHOW.com shares this timesaving technique that you can use for lots of recipes, including CHOW's Chicken Salad Sandwich.
Grace Young, author and contributing editor at Saveur magazine, has found two gadgets that will keep you from wasting hours shredding scallions and julienning carrots. These tools will up your knife-skills game immensely.