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  • The Best Burger You'll Ever Make


    Kemp Minifie


    The Burger DeluxeThe Burger Deluxe
    A step-by-step guide to reaching hamburger perfection, whether starting with ground beef or grinding it yourself


    Experts have homed in on the humble patty as the key to making the ultimate burger. Chefs swear by their secret proportions of muscle mixtures, which often comprise meat from the chuck, short ribs, brisket, skirt, and sirloin, but can also include the knuckle and other less familiar cuts in the steer. But what if you want to make a simple, delicious burger with meat from your local market? What follows are general guidelines for getting to the perfect patty.

    Chuck All the Way
    For the home cook, the best beef for hamburgers comes from the chuck, the large shoulder section in the forequarter of the steer that happens to have a good proportion of muscle to fat. Fat equals flavor, and many experts will tell you that the juiciest, most flavorful burgers are made from chuck that is at least 20 percent fat.

    If your store doesn't carry that proportion, don't be shy

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  • The Best Beers for a BBQ

    Joshua M. Bernstein




    Five great brews to drink with meats and veggies cooked on the grill, fired in the smoker, or slathered with sauce



    Barbecue season is upon us, and for many, it's a merry time of spatulas, tongs, and belly-stuffing celebrations with family and friends, along with exalting mankind's most primal union: fire and meat. But while apron-clad cooks obsessively select their cuts of meat and measure marinades with scientific precision that would impress a Top Chef, the beer pairing is barely given a thought. After all, beer is beer, right?



    Not quite. Each protein (whether surf or turf) or vegetable has a singular flavor profile and deserves to be carefully coupled with a beer, and one that's not just a can of the cheapest ubiquitous lager. Think about it: A fragrant, refreshing hefeweizen like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier may be a grand grilled-vegetable or -shellfish pairing, but it's overwhelmed by the earthy, rich flavors of a hamburger or a steak. Instead, red

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  • Fourth of July Food: Red, White, and Blue Chips

    Kelly Senyai


    Red, white and blue chips for July 4thRed, white and blue chips for July 4thServe up a homemade take on a summertime snack with a recipe for patriotic potato and beet chips, plus tips on the dos and don'ts of deep-frying.

    No Fourth of July feast would be complete without crispy, salty chips to pair with your lineup of flame-kissed favorites, including burgers, chicken, seafood, and sides. But we're skipping the store-bought varieties and bringing the oil to a boil for homemade Red, White, and Blue Potato and Beet Chips.

    Our recipe combines the classic flavor and crunch of potato chips with the slight sweetness of beet chips. The result is a patriotic snack that's brimming with red, white, and blue spirit-perfect for your Independence Day bash or any summer picnic. So fire up the burners for our Red, White, and Blue Potato and Beet Chips recipe, plus handy technique tips to help you overcome your fear of frying.

    Set Up for Success:
    It's important to assemble all the necessary ingredients and tools before the first potato takes its plunge into

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  • The Most Commonly Misspelled Food Words

    by Kelly Senyei


    A few months ago we shared with you the Top 10 Most Frequently Misprounounced Foods, from espresso to gnocchi, bruschetta to quinoa. While pronouncing such words proved to be a challenge, it turns out the team over at GrubHub discovered that spelling such words isn't exactly an easy task either.

    SEE MORE: Indulgent, Delicious Breakfasts

    GrubHub, which provides a location-based takeout and delivery service for online restaurant orders, analyzed their site's search results from more than 500 U.S. cities for the month of April. The result? A list of the most frequently misspelled food words that diners typed into their search bar, plus a few fun facts about the prevalence of the misspellings. And so, without further ado, the top 10 most frequently misspelled food words, according to GrubHub:

    10. Macaroni - misspelled more than 3 percent of the time

    9. Barbecue - misspelled almost 3 percent of the time

    8. Chipotle - misspelled almost 4 percent of the time

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  • Chinese Takeout DIY: Orange Chicken

    Genevieve Ko


    Chinese takeout DIYChinese takeout DIYOrange chicken is a Chinese-restaurant favorite for good reason. Think of it as a Chinese-American version of fried chicken nuggets coated in a savory citrus sauce punctuated with a light touch of chile heat. What's not to love? Making it at home-instead of resorting to takeout-is much easier than you might think, and probably involves about as much time as it takes to find the menu online and wait, wait, wait for the delivery. And we guarantee you will be bowled over by the layers of flavor and texture!

    yield: Makes 4 servings
    active time: 35 minutes
    total time: 35 minutes

    INGREDIENTS

    For the chicken:
    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon Chinese Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
    1/2 cup cornstarch
    About 2 cups canola oil for frying

    For the orange sauce:

    2 oranges
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    1 tablespoon canola oil
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger (from 1-inch

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  • Chef Tim Byres on Barbecue, Smoke, and the Communal Spirit

    by Esther Sung

    SmokeA few weeks ago, I found myself in Dallas. It was a quick trip and Texas barbecue wasn't on the meal itinerary. Thankfully, some last-minute juggling of schedules allowed me to stop by for some takeout from chef Tim Byres' restaurant SMOKE on the way back to DFW. The order: 2 Chopped Coffee Cured Beef Brisket sandwiches (which come with a side of salad greens; was that purslane I saw in mine?), 1 potato salad, and 1 Pimento Cheese Croquettes with Grilled Romaine. Not being a big meat eater (much less a barbecue fan), I was wowed by the beef brisket sandwich. If all beef brisket tasted like chef Byres', I would eat a lot more of it.

    The timing of his book, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking (Rizzoli), really couldn't have been better, given the attention barbecue gets around now. You'll find spice rubs and sauces, alongside grilled pork and smoked oysters. And in the spirit of DIY, in addition to the smoking and canning/preserving instructions, Byres shows you how to

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  • 10 Great American Artisanal Cheeses to Eat Now

    by Kerry Acker

    Barden BlueThere's never been a better time to be a cheese lover in the United States. A 2012 survey from the American Cheese Society estimates that there are more than 900 artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheesemakers toiling away across the country, crafting world-class cow, goat, sheep--and even buffalo--milk cheeses that more than hold their own against Europe's finest wheels. Because we count the search for and consumption of fantastic cheese among life's greatest pleasures--and because we're pretty sure many of you do, too--we asked five top cheesemongers and cheese pros from different pockets of the country to each recommend two American artisanal cheeses they are particularly excited about right now. Here are their picks, in all their grassy, milky, stinky, moussy, nutty, mushroomy glory...

    *Bryan Bland, cheesemonger at Chicago's Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine:

    --Driftless: Hidden Springs Creamery, Westby, WI
    (fresh, soft; pasteurized sheep milk)

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  • Fresh Fish Tips

    Sara Bonisteel


    Buying fresh fish can be a daunting endeavor. How should it smell? What should it look like? How should you treat it once you get it home?We spoke with Anders Miller, a fishmonger at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, and one of the coauthors of In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips From the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish, for advice on how to buy, clean, and cook fresh fish.The Pike Place Fish Market, which sees more than 10 million visitors a year, is renowned for Northwestern favorites like salmon, Dungeness crab, and Pacific rockfish. Miller, who had no fish experience aside from the fishing hole prior to starting work at the market, says shopping for and cooking fish is a breeze if you know what to look for. Here Miller shares some of his advice for buying, preparing, and cleaning fish.Recipes From the Market Grits and Grunts Albacore Tuna Sliders Moroccan Salmon Crudo with Yogurt Tips for Buying Fresh FishThe most important thing you can do to ensure you're buying quality fish is to make friends with your local fish purveyor, says Miller. Buying fresh fish can be a daunting endeavor. How should it smell? What should it look like? How should you treat it once you get it home?We spoke with Anders Miller, a fishmonger at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, and one of the coauthors of In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips From the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish, for advice on how to buy, clean, and cook fresh fish.The Pike Place Fish Market, which sees more than 10 million visitors a year, is renowned for Northwestern favorites like salmon, Dungeness crab, and Pacific rockfish. Miller, who had no fish experience aside from the fishing hole prior to starting work at the market, says shopping for and cooking fish is a breeze if you know what to look for. Here Miller shares some of his advice for buying, preparing, and cleaning fish.Recipes From the Market Grits and Grunts Albacore Tuna Sliders Moroccan Salmon Crudo with Yogurt Tips for Buying Fresh FishThe most important thing you can do to ensure you're buying quality fish is to make friends with your local fish purveyor, says Miller.
    Get tips and recipes for buying, cleaning, and cooking fish safely and simply from Anders Miller, a monger at Seattle's oldest continually operating fish market.


    Buying fresh fish can be a daunting endeavor. How should it smell? What should it look like? How should you treat it once you get it home? We spoke with Anders Miller, a fishmonger at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, and one of the coauthors of In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips From the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish, for advice on how to buy, clean, and cook fresh fish.

    The Pike Place Fish Market, which sees more than 10 million visitors a year, is renowned for Northwestern favorites like salmon, Dungeness crab, and Pacific rockfish. Miller, who had no fish experience aside from the fishing hole prior to starting work at the market, says shopping for and cooking fish is a breeze if you know what to look for. Here Miller shares some of his advice for buying,

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  • Takeout at Home: Chicken Tikka Masala

    Julie Sahni


    If there's one dish guaranteed to be on every Indian restaurant menu, it's chicken tikka masala, which is composed of grilled chunks of chicken enveloped in a creamy spiced tomato sauce. What's behind this simple dish's tremendous popularity? "Tomato sauce has universal appeal. When the dish is eaten with naan bread, it's like an Indian version of pizza!" exclaims cookbook author and cooking teacher Julie Sahni, one of the most respected authorities on Indian cooking.

    With Sahni's recipe you're only 45 minutes away from an outstanding chicken tikka masala that is fresher, healthier, cheaper, and tastier than anything you can order. And by preparing it at home, you get the added bonus of a kitchen suffused with intoxicating aromas. If you prefer a spicier version of chicken tikka masala, Sahni recommends swapping out some or all of the paprika for cayenne.


    yield:
    Makes 4 servings
    active time:
    45 minutes
    total time:
    45 minutes

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    For the

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  • Ask Kemp: Super-Easy Pizza Recipe

    by Kemp Minifie

    Thin Crust PizzaOnce a month seems too infrequent to answer questions, so starting with this post, I'm going to reply twice a month to cut down on the wait time for a response. That said, don't hesitate to pepper me with more questions!

    @MeeganLora and I have been tweeting back and forth since her initial question about pizza.

    Q: How long to let pizza dough rise?

    Kemp: I asked how long she'd been letting it rise ("...covered in the oven, off, for 1 hour. Sometimes it rises, sometimes, not") and what kind of yeast she used ("active dry").

    Kemps-kitchen215Kemps-kitchen215When it comes to yeast doughs, some bakers believe in proofing, or testing the efficacy of the yeast, and others don't. If your liquid is too hot--you might not have a thermometer to test the water--you can kill the yeast. And sometimes, believe it or not, you can do everything right, and the yeast just doesn't work. It's a rare occurrence, but I know of cases when it's happened.

    So I asked @MeeganLora for a photocopy of

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