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Tips for Cooking with a Wok

Wok Cooking Essentials Wok cooking is intimidating, but it’s the most versatile and handy tool in your kitchen. It can braise, fry, sauté, and even make a handy smoker (I use one of my woks fitted with a small inset grate to tea smoke duck and squab all the time). Because of its unique shape,…  Read More

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Andrew Zimmern’s Tips for Cooking with Bamboo Steamers

Tips for Cooking with Bamboo Steamers I love cooking with a multi-tiered bamboo steamer, it’s one of the most used and versatile tools in my kitchen. Using a steamer is an easy, and certainly healthy, way to achieve crisp tender vegetables and super moist, perfectly cooked proteins. They fit inside of my pans well, plus…  Read More

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My Guide to Cooking Vegetables

Tips & Tricks for Tastier Vegetables Working with vegetables seems easy, it’s not. What it is, though, is simple. Keep a few things in mind and dishes like my vegetable barigoule become easier and tastier. • • • Add layers of flavors and texture when cooking vegetables. Peas are delicious. Why not smear a large bowl…  Read More

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Crispy Wok-Tossed Cicadas

Everyone’s favorite brood just popped out of the ground. Hordes of Brood II cicadas are emerging from their subterranean home this spring along the East Coast. Although many species of cicadas emerge each year in the United States, this brood of cicadas is the offspring of those last seen in 1996, now popping out as soil…  Read More

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6 Ways to Use Spring Asparagus

How to Buy & Store Asparagus Look for tight tips and small leaves on the side of the stalk that cling to its body. The cut end should be moist, not frayed, browned or dry. Spears should be smooth, not wrinkled. Storing asparagus is simple: keep them standing in a few inches of water in…  Read More

5 Questions: Dana Cowin

Dana Cowin’s Little Secret As the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine since 1995, Dana Cowin has her finger on the pulse of the food world, harnessing this country’s obsession with food and celebrity chefs, while setting the bar for quality, relevant journalism. Yet she harbored a secret: while she loved to entertain, she lacked confidence in…  Read More

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Chicken Stir-Fry with Celery + Peanuts

Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen By Dana Cowin Until recently, whenever I made stir-fried chicken with vegetables, I was disappointed. It was really bland, as if all I was doing was sautéing except on a higher heat, with a splash of soy sauce at the end. Then everything changed when Bizarre Foods host Andrew…  Read More

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Spotlight on Asparagus

Celebrating Spring Vegetables One of the more taste bud titillating moments for every food lover is the first glimpse of fresh spring asparagus. Asparagus is a perennial, gathered in the wild since the Stone Age, and one of our first foraged foods. About 300 species exist, some poisonous, some ornamental, but asparagus officinalis is the edible type that we…  Read More

Cantonese Velvet Chicken and Asparagus

One of My Favs A great recipe to practice your velveting technique. Velveting creates a slippery mouthfeel that I adore. This is one of my favorite dishes in the world. Instructions Serves 4-6 Marinate chicken overnight in beaten egg whites mixed with Chinese rice wine, kosher salt, cornstarch, and Chinese chili sauce. Heat the large…  Read More