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I first tried Iron Goddess of Mercy tea simply because the name fascinated me (after reading the legend of how it originated I bought a bronze statue of Guan Yin for my living room). It ended becoming one of my two or three absolute favorite teas. All along though I pretty much remained very ignorant of other oolongs. Thanks so much for this tutorial (and all of your other tea tutorials), Emily! Now I have an idea of other oolongs I want to try.

What You Should Know About Oolong Tea Tea Essentials
7/19/14 01:00 AM

To my taste, I'd already upped my grilled cheese sandwich game by using olive oil instead of butter and using gruyere as the interior cheese. But I can't wait to try the parmesan on the exterior. What a genius idea! Thanks for sharing!

This One Small Extra Step Makes the Cheesiest Grilled Cheese Sandwich Ever Tips From The Kitchn
5/30/14 12:11 AM

Oops, got sidetracked and forgot to say thanks for the recipe. I make pizza every Friday night and this will be what I make this week. I'm really looking forward to it.

Recipe: Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers, Sausage & Jack Cheese Recipes from The Kitchn
5/15/14 01:09 AM

I've had several pizza stones break despite taking good care of them. I'm about to buy a pizza steel. Reviewers say that they are much easier to clean, don't break and heat up a lot faster than a stone. My current stone hasn't broken (yet) but once I get the steel, I'm going to try putting the stone on the rack above the pizza. I saw a video that demonstrated a similar scenario using unglazed tiles and claimed that the temperature reached 600 in the "pizza compartment".

Recipe: Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers, Sausage & Jack Cheese Recipes from The Kitchn
5/15/14 01:05 AM

After years of trying every method I've come across, I'm in total agreement with you!

Are Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier to Peel If You Add Baking Soda to the Water? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
4/19/14 09:59 PM

I don't think that the misnaming is anywhere close to being as important as having a family tradition. I found out late in life that two of my favorite dishes made by my mother aren't known by what she had always called them. That didn't make them any less delicious or, more importantly, take away any of her pride that her kids loved them and requested them frequently.

Recipe: Sweet Braided Czech Bread with Almonds & Raisins Recipes from The Kitchn
4/19/14 01:09 AM

Massively big thanks to all of the suggestions here!!!

What Is the Best Replacement for Paper Towels in the Kitchen? Good Questions
4/17/14 02:42 AM

Where I live (Austin, TX) Broker's sells for virtually the same price as Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire AND Martin Miller, making it a premium rather than budget gin, and is my choice for best all-round gin. While budget comes into play when I choose a whiskey, it's never a factor for gin where the price variation is so insignificant as to be negligible relative to its suitability for a particular cocktail, where I select different gins depending upon whether I'm making a gin and tonic, an aviation or a martini. Gin is relatively cheap: I can afford to have at least 3 London drys on hand.

3 London Dry Gins to Fit Your Budget The 9-Bottle Bar
4/17/14 02:09 AM

@Artorius The original Aviation cocktail is one of the best uses of Luxardo Maraschino I know. But then you'd need another obscure spirit, Crème de Violette, which called for even less than maraschino.

DIY Maraschino Cocktails Week 2: I Brined My Cherries. Did I Screw Them Up? Spring Projects from The Kitchn
4/7/14 08:10 PM

Making homemade corn tortillas takes a little less time than this, too. But I'm very intrigued by the recipe: the idea of a crêpe/tortilla is very appealing. Variety is the…

The Unusual Way I Make Tortillas (And Why Weeknight Tacos Always Win) Liveblogging The Cooking Cure Spring 2014
3/26/14 04:09 PM

I've never taken the infusing of rum so far as to create an improved rum that might be sipped neat, but a couple of years ago I was trying to create a tiki-style cocktail and came across a suggestion of infusing rum with flavored tea(s). Having made quite a few batches of homemade liqueurs that take weeks to infuse, I was surprised that infusing rum with tea (I used a 50-50 blend of mango and papaya flavored teas) takes only a couple of hours. It doesn't produce a more drinkable rum (actually it's less drinkable), but combined with ginger, cinnamon and vanilla syrups and fresh lime juice, it makes a delicious cocktail. The idea of having a bottled version of that excites me. I'm thinking though, that infusing rum with tea for weeks is not a good idea. So going with dried mango, papaya and ginger is maybe a better idea? What do you think?

Also, I've infused bourbon with bacon fat. Rum might be a cheaper, but just as tasty, alternative.

Make Your Cheap Rum Taste Heavenly with Just 3 Ingredients Tips from The Kitchn
2/25/14 04:05 PM

I'm have to slightly amend my judgement on Old Overholt. When I made my monthly run to replenish my booze supply, the liquor store was of out of Rittenhouse. So I decided to give Old Overholt another chance. When I got home I made a Manhattan. The result flabbergasted me. It was one of the best I've ever tasted. But I was confused because a few years ago, when the rye comeback had really gotten underway, I did extensive testing of various ryes in Manhattans. Old Overholt didn't do well when paired with what I then mistakingly thought were the best sweet vermouths: Dolin and Noilly Prat. Recently, however, I came across an article on how several of our greatest mixologists (led by the fabulous Audrey Saunders of The Pegu Club) made Manhattans. The overwhelming majority used Martini and Rossi's sweet vermouth. I tried it and immediately switched brands. Both Martini and Rossi and Old Overholt have a less "in your face" boldness than their competitors. Old Overholt will never replace Rittenhouse for drinking straight up, but mixed in cocktails, a cheap liquor can often achieve a better balance than more expensive counterparts with the other ingredients. Another example is Gosling's Black Seal Rum. It's not a rum I'd ever buy except for the fact that I love a Dark and Stormy and it has no competition there.

After Extensive Testing, I Agree Old Overholt Rye Is the Best Budget Liquor Budget Booze
2/12/14 03:06 AM

I'm just now discovering this article. Great work, Dana!

How To Make Chocolate Ganache for Any Dessert Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
2/8/14 12:28 AM

@radium-dial There's really no equivalent of double cream in the U.S. British double cream has a fat content of 45-50%. American heavy cream is generally around 35%. Also the Brits don't ruin their dairy products with ultra-pasteurizing.

How To Make Chocolate Ganache for Any Dessert Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
2/8/14 12:20 AM

For rye whiskey, I prefer spending a few bucks more and buying Rittenhouse 100, which at $25 is still a bargain. Other bargains are Flor de Caña rum and White Horse blended scotch.

After Extensive Testing, I Agree Old Overholt Rye Is the Best Budget Liquor Budget Booze
2/4/14 10:59 AM

If a favorite has to be decided then it needs to be based on units sold, not the total cash spent. Ketchup outsells both mayonnaise and salsa, but costs much less per unit.

I also have to say that in my home, salsa is used more often as a condiment than it is as a dip.

Mayonnaise Is Hands-Down America's Favorite Condiment
2/3/14 08:40 PM

Emma, I use my processor's attachments even less than you do because I lost the spindle gizmo for the slicing blades during my last move. Fortunately, I've got a mandoline for slicing stuff. If it came down to pureeing soups with either the processor or a blender, I'd pick the processor. But an immersion blender is far superior to either for that task.

It's sort of funny that I originally bought my KItchenAid mixer to mix doughs, but since I've owned a food processor it's never used for that. In fact, I don't make doughs unless it can be made in a food processor. So far, I haven't found any that can't and that includes pastry dough, cracker dough, pizza dough, corn tortilla dough, dumpling wrapper dough and pasta dough. In fact, it's thanks to you that I first used it for pasta and that prompted the idea that probably any dough can be mixed in a food processor.

My Top 10 Ways to Use the Food Processor Tips from The Kitchn
2/1/14 07:38 PM

For me fiddling around with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil is a real pain. I only need one hand to operate my iPhone. Making the list in the first place is so much easier with an app, too.

Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe's Layout) Grocery Shopping Tips from The Kitchn
1/23/14 11:11 PM

If what is on the work table were all of the kitchen equipment one owned, this might be okay, if that. But the middle picture clearly shows a lot of essential equipment that ought to occupy the space wastefully occupied by the glassware and wine bottles.

The Most Impressive Kitchen Island Ever: The 'Mise en Place' Work Table
1/17/14 10:31 PM

Since about a dozen of my favorite dishes are Indian, turmeric never languishes in my cupboard :) But my absolute favorite recipe incorporating turmeric is French: the great PIerre Franey's grilled chicken: http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/3028/grilled-chicken-breasts.html

7 Ways to Eat (& Drink!) Turmeric
1/7/14 09:15 PM