Month: November 2019

Your Thanksgiving Friday Moment of Zen

Your Thanksgiving Friday Moment of Zen

Not sick of birds, we hope. [Illustration: Biodiversity Heritage Library] You did it! Another week down! We’re putting up a post very much like this one every Friday afternoon, to celebrate the fact that the week is done. Even on Thanksgiving week! Down with working […]

Lemon and Ricotta Join Forces in This Tart and Tangy Cheesecake

Lemon and Ricotta Join Forces in This Tart and Tangy Cheesecake

Broadly speaking, I don’t often publish recipes for minty, citrusy, or nutty cakes and cookies, since these flavors are easily achieved using essential oils, extracts, and flower waters rather than technique. Any cake can be an almond cake if you’ve got the right extract! When […]

Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe | Serious Eats

Lemon-Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe | Serious Eats


[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]

This is, first and foremost, a lemon cheesecake—its bold flavor originating with grated lemon zest and essential oil working in tandem, with the zippy brightness of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and the mellow citrus fragrance of orange blossom water to tie everything together. Underneath it all, a combination of cream cheese and ricotta make the cheesecake itself tangy, light, and rich (but not overly so).

Other citrus cheesecakes, whether orange, bergamot, or key lime, are no more complicated than swapping one ingredient for its equivalent; for more on sourcing obscure essential oils, see our guide to essential oils, extracts, and flower waters.



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Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Reubenesque Sandwich Masterpiece

Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Reubenesque Sandwich Masterpiece

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] I am not the biggest fan of serving or eating roast turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, and I much prefer cooking other birds that not only can more easily fit in my New York City–sized fridge and oven but also pack more flavor, […]

Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben Sandwich

Thanksgiving Turkey Reuben Sandwich

For the best post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches, put a Reubenesque spin on your leftover roast bird. Get Recipe! Source link

The Ultimate Italian-Themed Gift Box, From Serious Eats to You

The Ultimate Italian-Themed Gift Box, From Serious Eats to You


Contents of the Gustiamo Gift Box

We’ve long looked to Gustiamo for specialty Italian goods. The name may sound familiar from Senior Culinary Editor Sasha’s story about colatura di alici and his subsequent recipe for spaghetti con la colatura di alici. It wouldn’t be fair of us to keep Gustiamo to ourselves, so this year, we partnered with it to create a custom gift box full of our favorite items.

So what’s in there?

Let’s start with the pistachio spread, one of Ed’s favorites to slather on bread, spoon over ice cream, or just eat with a spoon. (We’ve seen him do it!) The price tag on the jar may seem a bit staggering, but the spread is made solely from Sicilian pistachios, olive oil, sugar, and sea salt. It has a sweet, slightly salty flavor that warrants double-dipping that spoon.

Then, of course, there’s colatura, the original Italian umami bomb from the town of Cetara on the Amalfi Coast. The sauce itself is made from aged anchovies and sea salt. It’s rich, savory, and can be used much like we use fish sauce—as a flavor enhancer for meat, fish, veggies, and more.

Should you want some classic Italian pasta, we also included Gemelli Faella, a high-quality dried pasta. Faella is a pasta producer from Gragnano and is renowned for its dried pasta, all of which is extruded through bronze dies and dried slowly at a low temperature. The particular shape, gemelli, is a favorite of Sasha, who loves its chew and coarse texture, which holds sauce really well.

Most San Marzano tomatoes that you find in the United States aren’t as authentic as you think. That’s why we love these ones that are actually grown around San Marzano sul Sarno, Italy. Once you have good-quality jarred tomatoes in your cabinet, you’ll be ready to make great tomato sauce whenever the mood strikes.

Now come the beans, first borlotti beans, a special variety of cranberry beans that cook up nice and plump—worthy of the time and effort you put into them. Then, there are coffee beans from Sant’Eustachio—a storied cafe in Rome—for true Italian mornings right at home.

Want more gift recommendations? Check out our holiday gift guide with our picks for every type of recipient.

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Mission Impossible? We Attempt BraveTart’s Top-Secret Pecan Pie

Mission Impossible? We Attempt BraveTart’s Top-Secret Pecan Pie

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: Serious Eats Video] Good day, readers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to track down, secure, and bake Agent BraveTart’s Impossible Pecan Pie recipe. Our intelligence indicates that Ms. Parks, as she’s known in the field, created this […]

Our Favorite Serving Platters for a Festive Holiday Feast

Our Favorite Serving Platters for a Festive Holiday Feast

Last year I moved into an apartment where I had just enough space to fit a dining room table. To be clear, it’s not a dining room. It’s a slot on the floor with enough space for a three-by-five-foot table. But that’s all I needed […]

Black Friday 2019: The Best Deals for Your Kitchen

Black Friday 2019: The Best Deals for Your Kitchen


Sichuan eggplant simmering in a wok

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Black Friday is almost upon us. It’s so close that deals have already started launching. Should we start calling it Black Week? Maybe. Probably. In any case, we’ve scoured deal pages all over the internet and found a select few worthy of your time and money.

Below you’ll find good prices on our tried-and-true equipment-review winners, plus items from our favorite food purveyors, and a few other great gifts sprinkled in because it is the holiday season, after all. We’ll be updating this post until Black Friday is officially over, so keep coming back for the latest deals.

Happy shopping!

Joyce Chen Wok: $30

A good wok is endlessly versatile, whether you’re stir-frying, deep-frying, steaming, or even smoking! We frequently use our Joyce Chen wok for all sorts of recipes—and now, with this simple primer on seasoning your wok, owning one is even easier. This wok is rarely on sale, but today it’s the cheapest we’ve ever seen at just $30.

Get your Joyce Chen wok for $30

D’Artagnan: 50% Off With Turkey Purchase and Code TURKEY19

If you still need to pick up your turkey for Thanksgiving, look to D’Artagnan, one of our go-to meat purveyors. From now through November 24, you can get an organic turkey and receive 50% off another item of your choice (though restrictions do apply). Since the turkeys ship fresh, you won’t need to worry about that stressful defrosting process; just unwrap and go straight to the dry brine.

As for what to use your 50% off on? Maybe some charcuterie for when your guests arrive, or some bacon for a cozy Sunday morning in.

Shop D’Artagnan With code TURKEY19

Le Creuset: Dutch Oven for $200

A kitchen classic that might even outlive you, the Le Creuset Dutch oven is as functional as it is good-looking. We rarely see our recommended size of Dutch oven (five and a half quarts) on sale, but here it is in its newer, deep shape for $200. Use it for all sorts of holiday cooking or pick one up as a splurge gift that any recipient will love (and use forever).

Get your Dutch oven for $200

ThermoWorks Smoke Thermometer: 20% Off

The Smoke is one of our favorite leave-in probe thermometers, and for good reason. You can use the cooking probe to gauge the temperature inside a roast, and the ambient probe to track your oven temperature. It also comes with a wireless radio receiver you can carry up to 300 feet away, allowing you to keep an eye on temperatures even when you’re tending to your hungry guests.

Get 20% off the Smoke Dual-Probe Thermometer

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Your Friday Moment of Zen

Your Friday Moment of Zen

[Illustration: Biodiversity Heritage Library] You did it! Another week down! We’re putting up a post very much like this one every Friday afternoon, to celebrate the fact that the week is done. Down with the bad early weekdays! Up with the very good late weekday […]