French puff pastry, pâte feuilletée, is literally what the French title implies: hundreds of leaves or layers of dough separated by hundreds of layers of butter. A piece half an inch thick puffs up 4 to 5 inches in the…Read more

Crumbs are the enemy of a neatly frosted cake and can frustrate new bakers. There are two methods to combat stray crumbs. One is to spread a very thin—almost transparent—layer of frosting over the side and top of the cake.…Read more

Roasted mushrooms alone can be satisfying, but adding a balsamic reduction and fresh herbs makes them special. Full of earthy flavor and umami, the mushrooms soak up the rich flavor of the vinegar, which becomes even more concentrated as they…Read more

This quickly seared, deliciously seasoned tuna is great as an appetizer served with your favorite dipping sauce. It also works well as a first plate served on a salad dressed with fresh citrus vinaigrette. Always purchase the freshest sushi-grade tuna…Read more

You can melt chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop over a double boiler. The key is to make sure that no water touches the chocolate at any time, or it will cause it to seize. In that regard,…Read more

In my family, favorite dishes are always being altered according to what is available and what is best—especially when I’m cooking,” says Lidia Bastianich, restaurateur, best-selling cookbook author, and one of the best-loved chefs on television. “Here’s a perfect example:…Read more

I have only known about these sweet onions for ten years or so, but ever since I first tasted them I have loved them. While Vidalia onions are available until November, they are most plentiful in May and June. The…Read more

The technique of tempering or frying spices in hot oil and adding them to a dish is at the heart of Indian cooking. Depending on the region, this technique may be referred to by different names such as vagarne, oggarane,…Read more

Beets and goat cheese is one of my favorite classic Italian combinations. I introduced you to the Beet, Goat Cheese, and Pistachio Crostini on this page, so you know how well these two foods go together. This risotto is a…Read more