• 7 Tips for Making a Restaurant-Quality Salad at Home - Salad Pro Tips

    7 days ago - By The Kitchn

    Have you ever noticed that any time you order salad at a restaurant, it has a way of tasting a little more special than the ones you whip up at home? There's something about the crunch, the zip of the dressing, and the full flavor that permeates every bite. But when you recreate it at home, even with what you'd think are the same ingredients, it falls flat.
    That won't be the case for long. Chefs have a few tricks up their sleeves to make salads so good. Take a peek behind the kitchen door with me and you'll be making better versions at home in no time. Here are seven simple tips for making...
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  • The One Tip That Will Make You More Confident When Cooking Risotto - Tips from The Kitchn

    7 days ago - By The Kitchn

    Perhaps the trickiest thing about risotto is knowing when it's done. Like pasta, you want to cook the rice to al dente - it should be cooked through but still have just the slightest bite to it. How do you know when risotto is cooked to that stage?
    There are visual cues - the risotto should be creamy but not thick, rolling back after you run a spoon through the pan - and you can of course taste it, but the visual cues can be hard to read if you haven't made a lot of risotto before. And you might not want to keep grabbing forkfuls of rice throughout the cooking process!
    Luckily, there's one...
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