cooks illustrated did a taste test a few months ago on best peanut butter and reeses won by a landslide. i did a blind taste test against my old friend jif and picked reeses. now i cant seem to find it anywhere in sf. anyone seen it?
Gone are the days of churning homemade butter by hand! In this CHOW Tip, Tracy Kaplan of CHOW.com shows you how to easily crank out your own dairy spread without straining your arm. (And here's another method for making butter at home, courtesy of cookbook author Karen Solomon. Just be prepared to pay in sweat equity!)
Molecularly Creamy Mashed Potatoes
The traditional way to make creamy mashed potatoes is to add loads of butter and cream. But that can hide the flavor of the potatoes, so in this episode of MDRN KTCHN, host Scott Heimendinger explains how a common ingredient called diastatic malt powder can be used to make incredibly smooth and creamy mashed potatoes on the molecular level. You can check out the full recipe here, and buy diastatic malt powder here. Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!