You've procured the salmon, dill, and other accoutrements and are about to get cracking curing a batch of gravlax at home, but now what? While a relatively simple process, home-curing — and, for that matter, slicing cured salmon — is a culinary adventure many aren't yet acquainted with, so we've broken it down visually to make matters more clear. Follow along with our step-by-step guide to preparing gravlax at home.
This age-old claim is both fact as well as fiction. Turkey does contain tryptophan, an amino acid that often converts to serotonin, a sleep-regulating neurotransmitter. But in order to truly experience the side effects of tryptophan, one would need to eat copious amounts of turkey on an empty stomach.
Tryptophan can be found to some degree in red meat, eggs, fish, poultry — virtually every animal product. And in reality, few people eat solely turkey at a Thanksgiving meal. Most of us also eat massive quantities of sides, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, and yams. These carbohydrate-heavy foods trigger the pancreas to produce insulin, which blocks energy. Combine this "food coma" effect with a few too many glasses of wine and football on the couch, and you're in for quite a sleepy night, turkey or no turkey.
I've always praised butternut squash for its mild sweetness and versatility — but I was surprised when so many of you said you'd never prepared one before or find it hard to work with. Since it'd be a bummer to miss out on this Fall vegetable at home (unless you're willing to pony up $400 for an automated butternut squash peeler!), I thought I'd help you out with instructions on how to prep it yourself. Here's a step-by-step lesson.
Despite its intricate hills and valleys, a crimped bakery-style pie crust only looks tricky to re-create at home. If you have two hands and a few minutes to spare, you're well on your way to accomplishing this impressive feat. If you're not yet convinced, click through for the detailed step-by-step guide.
PS While you're at it, skip the store-bought crusts and make and roll out a flaky all-butter pie crust at home.
Cake pops are a festive touch to just about any occasion, from weddings to birthdays — and that includes, of course, All Hallows' Eve. Learn how to make and decorate a these basic treats on a stick, along with a few of our kitchen techniques for making these treats like the pros. Once you've mastered the technique, discover how to disguise your pops like jack-o'-lanterns for a bite that's truly befitting on Halloween. On Brandi: Jessie Steele Apron.
One of the highlights of Halloween is the chance to carve pumpkins, and while the faces carved each year may change, what remains constant is the tasty snack enjoyed during and after the ritual: roasted pumpkin seeds! Serving up pepitas, as they're called in Spanish, is an incredibly easy process. All you need are the pumpkin seeds, an oven, and a cookie sheet. Keep reading to see how you do it.
For many years I avoided buying whole pomegranates for fear of juice splatter reminiscent of a crime scene, instead turning to overpriced, often bland and mushy prepackaged seeds. Since then I've rectified my ways, and realized that a few simple steps are all that separate me from the delicate juicy arils within, hold the mess. Keep reading to learn the tricks to this task.
The path from a humble head of cauliflower to a restaurant-worthy cauliflower steak is simpler than you'd imagine. But before you get your pan all in a sizzle, ready to transform the cruciferous veggie from crisp and creamy white to tender with a mahogany-brown tinge, let's master some knife work.
For the best results, choose a head of cauliflower with a tight crown — look for florets that are clustered tightly together. Loosely spaced florets are less likely to slice up into intact steaks.
If you love poached eggs, but you've written them off as something to be ordered in restaurants, it's time to reconsider the possibility of making them on your own at home — and given that today's National Eggs Benedict Day, there's no moment like the present. To master this basic kitchen technique, all you need are three pantry staples. Watch the two-minute tutorial to learn the key to perfectly poached eggs, every time.