Kitchen Towels Beat Pot Holders Every Time

Kitchen Towels Beat Pot Holders Every Time

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik unless otherwise noted.] When I started working in restaurants in high school, there were a few quirks that stood out to me. For one, none of the higher-end kitchens I staged in—the French word for an unpaid kitchen internship—provided knives. Instead, each cook would stumble into the kitchen, bleary-eyed and (usually) hungover, […]

Mission Impossible? We Attempt BraveTart’s Top-Sec...

Mission Impossible? We Attempt BraveTart’s Top-Sec…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik. Video: Serious Eats Video] Editor’s Note: You will notice that there is no recipe for the pie here. That is not a mistake. Stella has chosen not to publish this recipe because of its difficulty and narrow margin of error, particularly for beginners who might stumble upon it through a casual search. […]

overhead shot of a lemon cheesecake topped with candied lemon peel

Lemon and Ricotta Join Forces in This Tart and Tan…

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 I make exceptions to this rule, it’s for recipes that […]

Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Answer Your Th...

Ask Special Sauce: Kenji and Stella Answer Your Th…

[Thanksgiving photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt. Pumpkin pie photograph: Vicky Wasik] I don’t know about the rest of you Thanksgiving hosts out there, but my wife and I tend to become increasingly stressed as the holiday approaches each year. On more than one occasion, I’ve reached out to Kenji and Stella to help relieve my cooking-related […]

Closeup front view of a bowl of Sichuan-style turkey salad.

Put the Bang Bang in Your Leftover Thanksgiving Tu…

[Photographs: Vicky Wasik] As with grief, there are stages of emotion that most of us experience when dealing with the Thanksgiving leftovers crammed into mismatched Tupperware containers and jenga’d into the fridge after the main event. There’s the excitement and anticipation of the first handful of perfectly soggy, cold stuffing that you snack on late […]

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