I came across Maple Joe’s Canadian Grade A maple syrup at the supermarket. So I decided to try it out and do a review. Here’s my take on it.
Why Do Beets Taste Like Dirt?
Yes, beets are supposed to taste like dirt, even after you clean them. Here’s why—and what you can do to tone that earthiness down.
The Only Guide to Barilla Pasta Numbers You’ll Need
Here’s what those numbers on Barilla boxed pasta mean. And how you can use them to choose the best pasta shape for any recipe.
How to Get Sauce to Cling to Your Pasta
This simple and powerful trick for saucing your pasta gets the sauce to cling to the noodles every single time. Here’s how.
Costa d’Oro Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Review)
This supermarket olive oil is made from 100% Italian olives. But is it worth the price? Here’s everything you need to know before buying it.
How to Store Pecorino Romano Cheese
If you store an opened wedge of Pecorino Romano cheese correctly, it will stay good for 2-3 weeks in your fridge. Here’s how to do that.
The Best Salt for Baking
Kosher salt, table salt, and fine grain sea salt are three of the best salts to use for baking. Here’s what makes them such a good choice.
Detroit-Style vs. Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza
Both Detroit-style and Chicago-style pizza are deep-dish pizza styles. But the similarities end there. Here are the differences.
Barilla vs. De Cecco: Which Brand Has Better Pasta?
Barilla and De Cecco are two of the biggest pasta producers in the world. But which of them has the better boxed pasta?
How to Keep a Baguette Fresh
Keep baguette bread crispy on the outside and airy on the inside for up to 2-3 days after baking. Here’s how.
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Review)
Filippo Berio is an aromatic, flavorful, and viscous extra virgin olive oil at a reasonable price. Here’s what else you need to know.
Pizza Crust or Pizza Dough? (Here’s How to Choose)
Looking to make a quick and easy pizza? You have two options, store-bought pizza dough or ready-made pizza crust. Here’s the pros and cons of each.
Is Blue Cheese Safe to Eat?
Blue cheese, unlike most moldy foods, is safe to eat. In fact, it can even be good for you in moderate quantities. Here’s why.
Can Blue Cheese Crumbles Be Frozen?
Is Detroit-Style Pizza Sicilian?
Yes, Detroit-style pizza is a rendition of Sicilian pizza, which comes from a snack called sfincione that Italian grandmothers make on New Year’s Eve.
Why Is Blue Cheese So Expensive?
Blue cheese is a moldy cheese traditionally made in Western Europe. It’s also significantly more expensive than other cheeses. Why is that the case?
The Best Substitutes for 00 Flour
Can You Cook Pasta in Beef Broth?
Yes, you can boil pasta noodles in beef broth (or any other broth for that matter). But it makes less of a difference than most cooks think.
8 Reasons Why Your Pasta Carbonara Came Out Bitter
Made bitter carbonara? I’ve been there. Here are the most likely causes of bitterness in this traditional Roman pasta dish.
Everything You Need to Know About Avocado Oil
From nutritional facts to smoke point and uses, here’s what you should know about avocado oil (and how to use it as a cooking oil at home).
The Home Cook’s Guide to Butter
From the types of butter sold in grocery stores to how to pan-fry, bake with, and store butter. Come on over to learn more.
5 Ways to Make Bland Pasta Sauce Taste Better
Here’s what to do when the taste of the sauce you bought in the grocery store didn’t really live up to what was said on the label.
Should You Stop Buying Shredded Cheese?
Shredded cheese contains additives and preservatives that most cheese blocks don’t. Here’s what they are, so that you can decide for yourself.
How to Sauté Garlic in Olive Oil (Illustrated Guide)
The Best Pecorino Substitutes for Pasta Carbonara
My favorites are Parmigino-Reggiano, Grana Padano, and aged Asiago. Come over to check out why (and see my top three cheese picks).
What Is Bronze-Cut Pasta? (And Why It Matters)
Bronze-cut pasta is, by all criteria, higher quality than regular pasta. It has a golden color and a rougher, more porous texture. Here’s why.
Is Basso Extra Virgin Olive Oil Good? (Review)
Basso’s classic extra virgin olive oil is a balanced blend of high-quality oils from Italy, Spain, and Greece. My score is 7.5/10. Here’s why.
Does Salt Kill the Yeast in Dough?
Salt can kill living yeast in a high enough concentration. Here’s the science, the facts, and how to get it right ever time you bake at home.
The 10 Italian Pasta Terms You Need to Know
From naming pasta water in Italian to knowing how to cook pasta al dente, here are 10 words in Italian that every home cook needs to know.
Are Tomatoes With Black Spots Safe to Eat?
The black spots on your tomato are a plant disease called anthracnose. Cut the infected areas out—and the rest of the tomato is safe to eat.
Why Does Ravioli Float When Cooked?
The answer is all about density. But it’s more complicated and intriguing than some of you may think. Come over and see why.
What Are Those White Spots on Frozen Chicken?
Those dried and tough white spots on the chicken in your freezer are called freezer burn. They’re safe to eat, but will come out dry and tasteless, no matter how you cook them.
Why Is My Bacon Slimy?
Bacon gets slimy, smells sour, and turns grayish in color when it’s past its expiration date. Here’s what you need to know about bacon.
Can Store-Bought Pasta Sauce Be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze store-bought pasta sauce. But it’s best to not do it in the glass jar it came with. Here’s what to do instead.
Is Greek Pita Bread Unleavened?
Pita bread is a yeast-leavened flatbread from Greece. It’s made with wheat flour, baker’s yeast, salt, and sugar.
Do You Have to Cook Store-Bought Pasta Sauce?
Jarred pasta sauce sold at most grocery store is already cooked, so you only have to reheat it. But you can also make it better.
Is Pita Bread Vegan?
Traditionally, pita bread is made from wheat flour, baker’s yeast, water, salt, and sugar, which makes it vegan friendly. But there’s a caveat.
How to Tell If Sausages Have Gone Bad
To tell if sausages have spoiled, use your senses. If you see any discoloration, smell and unpleasant odor, or feel stickiness, discard them.
Can Frozen Chicken Go Bad? (Read This Before Cooking)
Can You Eat Canned Tomatoes After the Expiration Date?
Stored in a cool and dry place, canned tomatoes will remain safe to eat indefinitely. But they will lose their freshness and nutritional value over time.
Are Pasture-Raised Eggs Worth It?
They can cost as much as $8.99 a dozen at the grocery store. Many say the price is 100% worth it. Here’s what makes pastured eggs better.
What It Means to Store Food In a Cool and Dry Place
You see this instruction on nearly every canned and packaged food. But what does it really mean? Here’s the best cool and dry storage spaces in most homes.
Is Shortening the Same as Lard?
No, shortening is no the same as lard. One comes from vegetable oils, the other from pork fat. But you can still substitute one for the other. Here’s why.
Do Vegetables Lose Nutrients When Cooked In Soup?
Making soup can have a mixed effect on the nutritional value of vegetables. Water washes away some of the compounds while making others more digestible.
The Best Ham for Jambon-Beurre Sandwich
Why Is My Carbonara Runny?
Your pasta carbonara came out runny and pooling in the plate? Here’s how to get this simple and delicious pasta dish right every single time.
Does Tomato Paste in a Tube Go Bad?
Once opened, tomato paste in a tube will last for 7-8 weeks in the fridge. Here’s how to best use it (and a neat trick to make it last even longer).
The Difference Between a Croque Monsieur and Monte Cristo Sandwich
The Monte Cristo is actually a variation of the Croque Monsieur sandwich. Here’s the differences between them (and how to make each at home).
Is Watery Yogurt Bad for You?
If you opened a carton of yogurt and there was a watery substance on top, don’t worry. The yogurt is safe to eat. Here’s why.
Can You Substitute Plain Yogurt for Mayo?
Check out how to substitute plain yogurt for mayo. And learn about the best recipes where this healthier alternative works deliciously well.
The Spuckie Sandwich: Where to Get It & How to Make One at Home
Here’s where in Boston to find the staple spuckie sandwich. And my tried-and-tested recipe to make a spuckie at home.
The Best Food & Drinks to Serve at a Fish Fry
This beer-battered fish recipe, three appetizers, and four drinks will awe friends and family at your fish fry.
How to Pair Cheese with Italian Food the Right Way
Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Ricotta, Provolone, Gorgonzola… How to pair them well?