Category Archives: From the Test Kitchen

The Best Way to Make Bacon

You’ve Been Making Bacon Wrong Your Entire Life

What? Bake bacon? In an oven? But what about my skillet? Don’t dig out your frying pan. You absolutely CAN (and should) cook bacon in an oven. The flavor is to die for and cleanup is a super easy, So that’s why, on International Bacon Day, we want to share the secret method for making expertly cooked bacon in the oven,…

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Tomatoes: Recipes for Summer's Favorite Fruit

Tomatoes: Facts, Tips and Recipes for Summer’s Favorite Fruit

Food Focus: Tomatoes Tomatoes are everywhere in the summer. It seems every time you turn around, a bright red bushel of tomatoes is greeting you. From colorful heirlooms to the ones with weird ridges and bumps, I can’t get enough of their perfectly sweet flavor and juicy texture. Nothing compares to the taste of a freshly grown tomato….

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Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Food Focus: The Allure of Virginia’s Hanover Tomatoes

Hanover tomatoes are somewhat legendary in central and eastern Virginia. Unlike other famous tomato varieties such as the Green Zebra, Texas Star, Cherokee Purple or Sungold, the Hanover tomato is not known for its particular size, shape or color. As you can see, it is a traditional-looking red tomato. So what makes a Hanover tomato…

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How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

How to Clean and Store Berries

In season berries taste so much better than out-of-season berries, and this time of year the grocery stores, berry farms and farmers markets are teeming with them. We stock up on the red, blue and purple fruits, and then we realize we have no idea how to store them properly. What are we to do?…

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How to Truss a Turkey video

How to Truss a Thanksgiving Turkey

Trussing a turkey before putting it in the roaster oven can help it cook evenly and hold in the juices. It also makes for a gorgeous tableside presentation. How do you do it? Let us show you how quick and easy it is in our short video.

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