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THE SUMMER OF JAWS
One-Pan Chicken and Potatoes • We produced a trio of heavy hitters—tender, crisp-skinned chicken; well-browned potatoes; and a garlicky white wine sauce—all in the same pan.
Real Carne Adovada • Restraint is the key to the purest, most robust chile flavor in this classic New Mexican pork braise. It’s also what makes it dead simple to prepare.
Next-Level Grilled Steak • Anyone can throw a rib eye on the fire. But Japanese negimaki rolls the flavors of teriyaki and the stylish presentation of sushi into a make-ahead summer stunner.
Fish for Meat Lovers • Most types of fish require a gentle temperature and a delicate touch. But for rich, meaty swordfish, it’s best to crank up the heat.
Really Good Falafel • Loading up the chickpea batter with fresh herbs and aromatics is what makes falafel the world’s greatest fritters. Too bad it also makes them a mess to handle and cook.
Why You Should Make Pita Bread • The tender chew and complex flavor of fresh-baked pitas are revelatory. Once you’ve experienced homemade, you’ll swear off supermarket rounds for good.
Everyday Roasted Vegetables • Roasting is a great way to breathe life into whatever produce is in your crisper drawer. Plus, it’s mostly hands-free. Here’s a cheat sheet for doing it well.
Applesauce for Everyone • Transform just about any apple variety into flavorful, rosy applesauce in less than 30 minutes. Our secret weapon: the peels.
Burn Your Beans • Skillet-charring produces deeply browned green beans with satisfying chew.
Pasta Salad Rehab • Our fixes: Overcook the noodles. Raid the pantry. Puree the dressing.
Belgian Spice Cookies (Speculoos) • Passengers can’t get enough of Delta Air Lines’ in-flight snack of Biscoff, the commercial version of this Belgian confection. We took it to even greater heights.
Tasting Basmati Rice • Its slender grains, nutty flavor, and popcorn-like fragrance are prized around the world. But when choices abound, how do you decide which basmati to buy?
Testing Dutch Ovens • Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?
Tasting White Miso Paste