How to Cook Dried Beans

How to Cook Dried Beans

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] When it comes to convenience, dried beans can never beat canned beans. But when it comes to flavor, dried beans have no competition at all, although that depends on cooking them correctly. Here are the ins and outs of getting the perfect batch of beans every time. Before You Begin It’s helpful […]

All About Dry Yeast: Instant, Active Dry, Fast-Act...

All About Dry Yeast: Instant, Active Dry, Fast-Act…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] Dry yeast is one of the miracles of modern baking—a free-flowing granular powder made from millions upon millions of dehydrated single-celled organisms. Once hydrated, these li’l critters munch on the sugar or starch in a dough, producing the alcohol and carbon dioxide that give bread its distinctly fermented flavor and airy rise. […]

The Best Way to Prepare Green Plantains

The Best Way to Prepare Green Plantains

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: Natalie Holt.] Lately, I’ve been noticing more of banana’s thick-skinned, starchy cousin popping up at my local supermarkets. Although the plantain is a staple ingredient in cuisines around the world, it’s not as popular in America as the banana just yet. However, with its limitless versatility, the plantain should make its […]


14 Passover Dinner Recipes for a Super Seder

[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer, Vicky Wasik, J. Kenji López-Alt] Technically, the most important part of Passover is, of course, the seder itself. But no one comes to a seder without expecting to be fed a proper meal, especially after they’ve drunk all that wine. Passover dinners tend to be marked by firmly entrenched traditions, upheld by […]

Vegan Alfredo Sauce Is All About the Cauliflower a...

Vegan Alfredo Sauce Is All About the Cauliflower a…

[Photographs: Kristin Donnelly] My childhood motto was: Bring on the cream sauce. No surprise, fettuccine Alfredo was a favorite dish of mine. And I’m not talking about the original, slightly more elegant version, which was made tableside with a server tossing pasta with copious amounts of butter and cheese. I mean the sturdier, Olive Garden-style […]