We criss-crossed the country in search of America's best chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cupcakes and fruit pies. Lucky us, right?
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Did any other cookie ever stand a chance? The classic treat is even more delicious at these bakeries.
BATH, MAINE: Marnee's Cookie Bistro
Marnee Robinson's cookie creations-with names like Shangri-La and Xanadu-are meant to transport you. The Marnee's Nirvana is your classic thin chocolate chip, with a twist: a sprinkling of oats and toffee chips. Brown sugar, butter and honey bring it together, but it's Robinson's touch that makes the cookies special. Friends with the recipe swear they can't get the same results. Read the full review »
BOSTON: Volle Nolle
Torri Crowell, who spent years in the restaurant biz insists, "I'm no pastry chef," and her baking was a side note when the tiny sandwich shop opened. The cookies are on the dark side, because Crowell shaves a block of chocolate into large chunks and tiny
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We criss-crossed the country in search of America's best chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cupcakes and fruit pies. Lucky us, right?Read More »from America's best desserts
- RachaelRaymag.com | Shine Food – Tue, Jun 22, 2010 4:37 PM EDT
Come summer, we want to take a bite out of the heat and enjoy cool, no-bake desserts. All you need to whip up our Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bombes, Berries and Cream Cheesecake and more is a stovetop-and a killer sweet tooth.
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Popular In: Iowa
Why: The state is known for its sweet niblets, but cobs impart their own flavor, says Kurt Michael Friese, chef-owner of Devotay restaurant in Iowa City. Using them for smoking lends a subtle sweetness to pork and chicken.
Before Using: Freeze leftover cobs in a plastic bag until ready to use. Soak for 1 hour or overnight.
To Use: For a charcoal grill, place the cobs on the coals. If you're working with gas, wrap the cobs in perforated tinfoil and set them on the grate. Keep the lid closed.
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2. PEACH WOOD CHIPS
Popular In: Georgia
"We Georgians are proud of our peaches," says Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie, chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill in
Ice cream, you scream, there's nothing like homemade ice cream. But even if you're serving store-bought, these tips will help you get pretty cones every time.Read More »from How to scoop ice cream like a pro
Dip the scoop into warm water and shake off any excess. Repeat between scoops.
Scoop at an angle in an "S" pattern, then around the edges of the carton, so the surface stays even. "Don't dig a hole in the center," Cohen says. "Ice cream melts from the outside in."
Gently tap the scoop to release the ice cream into a bowl; for cones, press the scoop down on the cone to seal, then pull it away.
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Americans are in love with that sweet-salty combination-it's part of what makes ketchup's flavor irresistible to kids as well as adults. In fact, 97 percent of you have a bottle in your fridge right now. But for a slightly more healthy and sophisticated version, we add a smoky touch and plenty of fresh tomatoes.
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The word alone begs to be savored. But if your craving goes beyond the classic sweet pickle, you can pucker up to this tangy tomatillo version with a jalapeño kick.
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Mayo's the condiment that knows no neutral ground.
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We taste-tested dozens of hot sauces from the grocery store and online to find our favorites.
BEST OVERALL: Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
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BEST MILD: Blair's Heat Collection Wasabi Green Tea
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BEST MEDIUM: Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
A staple in many Thai restaurants, this thicker-than-most hot sauce boasts a garlicky punch, has a silky mouthfeel and would be great as a topper on pasta, sandwiches and pizza, or stirred into soup. (amazon.com) Read full review »
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BEST HOT: Captain Thom's Thai Monkey
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Pick the right size for your space. Jot down dimensions before shopping, so you can pick the largest grill to fit the space. Grills should be parked on nonflammable surfaces, such as concrete or stone, and in spaces where smoke won't be a nuisance (i.e., not near an open window, where it will stink up the house!).
Give the grill a test-drive. Shake it up, wheel it around, tilt it from side to side, kick the tires. The sturdier the grill, the more likely it will heat properly, and last.
Choose a pricier name brand over a cheaper store brand-but not for the reasons you think. Name brands are more likely to come with customer service, warranties and replacement parts. Cheaper store brands can switch manufacturers at any time. (Translation: no parts and labor support.)
- RachaelRaymag.com | Shine Food – Wed, Jun 9, 2010 7:55 PM EDT
Grilling chicken brings out the best in the bird by crisping its skin, juicing up its meat and lending every part a deliciously distinct flavor.
Grilling time: 40 min butterflied
What to know: Grilling the entire bird on the bone keeps things juicy while the skin crisps up, and turns out an outer layer brimming with flavor. Butterfly it so that it lies flat and grills evenly over direct heat, cutting down the cooking time by half. Read more »
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Grilling times: 14 to 18 min
What to know: Grilling brings out the best in these snack-size pieces-the fat drips away, leaving behind a crisp wing perfect for gnawing to the bone. Be prepared to move the wings around as flare-ups occur, and arrange them so that the smaller ends point away from the high heat to prevent burning. Read more »
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