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When your brothy soup or salad dressing is missing backbone, add miso, which is fermented soybean paste. This particular one— a "mellow white"—is easy to find (no need to schlep to a specialty market) and, because it's sweeter and less assertive than others, easy to experiment with.

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When brothy soup or salad dressing is missing backbone, add miso, which is fermented soybean paste.

The traditional paste-like Tunisian blend of chiles, garlic, coriander, caraway, and olive oil is always good for adding a little punch. We love this particular version because of the mellowing addition of sun-dried tomatoes. In the kitchen, we spread it on crostini, toss a spoonful with shrimp before sautéing, or stir it into yogurt as a dip for crudités or pita chips.

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The best way to purchase spices is to buy them whole, so their complex aromas and flavors remain under lock and key until you decide to set them loose. With the a good spice grinder, this is as easy as it sounds.

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The best way to purchase spices is to buy them whole, so their complex aromas and flavors remain under lock and key until you decide to set them loose. With the a good spice grinder, this is as easy as it sounds.

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With the busy season, maintaining is very important to me. Indulge in one of Giada’s Baked Caprese Salad for a balanced life!

Pomegranate juice reduced to a syrup = insta-glaze! This brand is beloved by the BA kitchen for its intense sweet-tart balance, garnet color, and essential place in Middle Eastern cuisine. Try brushing it onto lamb chops or chicken toward the end of roasting, or pour a few drops into a glass of Champagne at a holiday party.

Pomegranate juice reduced to a syrup = insta-glaze! This brand is beloved by the BA kitchen for its intense sweet-tart balance, garnet color, and essential place in Middle Eastern cuisine. Try brushing it onto lamb chops or chicken toward the end of roasting, or pour a few drops into a glass of Champagne at a holiday party.

Cook This Now and Forget About Creamed Spinach Forever and Ever photo

Cook This Now and Forget About Creamed Spinach Forever and Ever

Creamed Swiss Chard With Lemony Breadcrumbs Unlike a heavy béchamel, this streamlined cream sauce won’t mask the earthy-sweet flavor of the greens.

Look beyond breakfast: We add bacon to green salads, sandwiches, even the occasional dinner frittata. Plain and simple, Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon lapped the competition. It fries up crisp and meaty and tastes like true bacon—not just salt and smoke. Bonus: This particular type is nitrate-free.

Look beyond breakfast: We add bacon to green salads, sandwiches, even the occasional dinner frittata. Plain and simple, Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon lapped the competition. It fries up crisp and meaty and tastes like true bacon—not just salt and smoke. Bonus: This particular type is nitrate-free.

When you're talking about tofu—the vegetarian-revered flavor-absorber extraordinaire—it's all about the consistency. Wildwood, the 35-year-old company behind this organic bean curd, was a clear winner for its smooth texture. Anything you can make with chicken, you can make with tofu: Stir-fry it, sear it in a skillet, bread and pan-fry it, cube it and toss it into salads.

My personal favorite is this brand. The water-packed tofu packages, such as the ones that look like this picture, can't live in the pantry; they need refrigeration ;

Avocado, Kale, Pineapple, and Coconut Smoothie: Sub spinach for kale if you like and honey for agave.

Avocado, Kale, Pineapple, and Coconut Smoothie

Avocado, Kale, Pineapple, and Coconut Smoothie Recipe (consider maple syrup instead of agave)

This flavor foundation is a great addition to sorbets, soups, and curries, and it's an ideal alternative to dairy (try it in a fruit smoothie). Coconut milk should look like heavy cream and smell like actual coconuts. Some of the brands we tested were clumpy and watery, but Goya's is always smooth, which guarantees silky curries. And, most important, it hits the right flavor balance. As test kitchen director Mary-Frances Heck says, "It tastes like coconut, not a Piña Colada."

This flavor foundation is a great addition to sorbets, soups, and curries, and it's an ideal alternative to dairy (try it in a fruit smoothie or piña colada).

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What Tastes Better: Boxed Stock or Better Than Bouillon?

What Tastes Better: Boxed Stock or Better Than Bouillon? | Bon Appetit

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This dang recipe keeps calling me... Bon Appétite cover, you did your job. This will be awesome for breakfast!

The Ultimate Sticky Buns

One Dough 6 Ways - very versatile recipe to learn: sticky buns, sweet pretzels, easter bread, vanilla cloverleaf sweet rolls, apricot-anise tarts and drumroll.

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