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.
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.
Brown butter is my go-to trick for adding nutty flavor and depth to everything from moist and flaky fillets of fish to carrot cupcakes, but my first go-around with this classic technique was, admittedly, a bit intimidating. Feeling just as daunted? Don't worry: it's simple, as long as you follow a few key steps, and entirely worth the effort.
Deeply caramelized roasted brussels sprouts might get the lion's share of fanfare — they are mighty delectable, after all — but we'd like to urge you to try the petite cabbages in a slightly more refined fashion: shredded in a zingy salad that will knock your socks off. But before we get ahead of ourselves, click through to find out how to take them from round orbs to delicate ribbons with ease.
Have a hankering for sweet-tart cherry pie, but find yourself intimidated by the process of making pie crust from scratch? Look no further! Not only do we have a near-foolproof pie crust recipe to share, but we've broken the procedure down into a few simple steps sure to elucidate the process for visual learners. So stop fretting (it's easy, we swear!) and start baking.
It's an ultracomforting sign of Fall to have the scent of cooked apples floating in the kitchen. These three methods of cooking apples are required for everything from a quick snack to preserves to an elaborate dessert.
For an easy dessert, cut an apple, like Gala, in wedges, and sprinkle it with cinnamon, salt, and the sweetener of your choice (cane sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave). Every microwave will differ, but typically the apple will cook in about one and a half to two minutes. Eat it immediately as is, or serve it à la mode.
Are you guilty of skipping the common recipe directive to freshly grind spices like nutmeg, coriander, and the subject at hand: cardamom? Sure, it tacks on time to your recipe prep, but the results are more than worth the minimal time and effort. As soon as spices are ground (often months earlier, if buying preground spices), aroma and flavor begins to dissipate; wait a year to use your spice stash, and you'll be working with what's essentially lightly scented dust. Instead, make the extra effort; trust us, you'll be a freshly ground convert once you taste the difference.
Looking to preserve Summer's bounty of tomatoes for chilly seasons to come? Chances are, you've been advised to peel your tomatoes. While most fruits and vegetables are prepped with a few swipes of a vegetable peeler
, tomatoes require a little extra TLC, due to their juicy delicate flesh. Luckily, the process is extremely simple, and requires no specialized equipment; keep reading to learn how.
Adorable filled cupcakes might seem like a project best left to the professionals, but let me reassure you that they're not; the requisite technique is actually quite easy to master (with a little guidance, of course). Follow along with this step-by-step guide and you'll be piping eye-catching filling into your favorite petite treats in next to no time.