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Expert Guide

10 Ways to Use Leftover Roast Beef

If any roast beef survived the Christmas feast, here are genius tricks for upgrading leftovers from F&W Test Kitchen pro Kay Chun.

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Expert Guide

8 Ways to Use Leftover Ham

Honey-Bourbon-Glazed Ham

Leftover holiday ham? F&W Test Kitchen star Kay Chun shares her tips for over-the-top leftovers.

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Meanwhile in the Test Kitchen

The Secret to Gluten-Free Cookies

Thomas Keller and Lena Kwak

The inimitable Thomas Keller stopped by F&W HQ today with mentee Lena Kwak, The French Laundry star who created Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. The duo made pizza waffles—no joke, and they were insanely delicious—with the brand's new pancake-and-waffle mix and brought a range of other sweet and savory snacks, including empanadas, brownies (made with a new g-f mix) and pecan sandies, a favorite of chef Keller's mother. He recalled his youthful hijinks related to that cookie: "As children growing up, pecan sandies weren’t really at the top of our list. We wanted Oreos or chocolate chip cookies or Nutter Butters. But the pecan sandies were my mother’s favorite, and she would hide them at the highest part of the cabinet. When we would run out of our favorite cookies, we would tear the kitchen apart searching for the pecan sandies. Because at the end of the day, any cookie will do."

To wit, Keller and Kwak emphasize that the flour can de-gluten any childhood favorite. Cookie Week notwithstanding, our nostalgic obsession this afternoon had to be the better-than-Hostess mini cupcakes, filled with mascarpone frosting and topped with the requisite squiggle. Find that recipe and others on Cup4Cup's website.

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Test Kitchen Tease

Crazy-Good Chicken-Fried Rabbit

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Crazy-Good Chicken-Fried Rabbit

Justin Chapple


Despite cuteness concerns, rabbit is one of the most sustainable meats available today. It’s surprisingly healthy and leaner than chicken, but still exceptionally flavorful and just as versatile. If you're still thinking rabbit isn’t your thing, just imagine it fried. This week, F&W’s Test Kitchen made this crazy-good chicken-fried rabbit. Like traditional recipes, the rabbit pieces were tenderized in buttermilk, then coated with a combination of all-purpose flour, stone-ground cornmeal, sage, cayenne pepper and salt. The pieces cooked to a golden brown with an extremely crunchy crust in less than ten minutes. A sprinkle of salt and a dash of Tabasco made them even better. This recipe will be revealed in our January issue, but in the meantime, practice with this Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken from F&W’s Grace Parisi.

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Test Kitchen Tip

How to Make Ethiopia's Famous Flatbread

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Injera

Photo by John Kernick

To make the Ethiopian bread injera, you have to ferment the batter. But how do you know it has fermented long enough? Read about how I found out the hard way >

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Test Kitchen Tip

Introducing SweeTango Apples

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SweeTango Apples

Courtesy of SweeTango

Nothing heralds fall like the first bite of a fragrant local apple. This season’s highly anticipated new fruit on the block is the uncommonly crisp SweeTango apple. Developed over 10 years at the University of Minnesota, it is a cross between the much-loved Honeycrisp and Zestar varieties. Mottled red and yellowish-green, SweeTangos have distinctively large cell walls that burst against the teeth, releasing tart-sweet juice. An early-season apple, it is certain to disappear by late October.

Licensed growers are limited to those in Next Big Thing, A Growers’ Cooperative, which means that the standards of quality are strictly regulated and that you probably won’t find SweeTangos at your farmers’ market. However, as supplies grow each year, these apples will become more widely available. For now, if you spot one at select grocery stores across the country, snap it up! While it’s primarily a really good eating apple, SweeTango cooks beautifully in recipes like Grace Parisi’s fantastic Apple Blintz Hand Pies.

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Test Kitchen Tease

Outstanding Triple-Decker Lemongrass Pork Burgers

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Lemongrass Pork Patties with Quick Cucumber Kimchi

Justin Chapple

Warning: Test Kitchen Tease snapshots may cause cravings, lip-smacking and an unshakeable desire to cook.

There’s nothing better than testing a burger recipe to bring back a whisper of summer. This week, F&W’s Test Kitchen made these fantastic lemongrass pork patties with quick cucumber kimchi from Chicago chef Bill Kim of Urban Belly. The patties are super-thin, but powerfully flavored with minced fresh lemongrass, ginger, citrus and Thai sweet chile sauce, which added a bit of sweetness and helped produce a nicely charred crust while grilling. They cooked in only a few minutes and each sandwich was piled high with three patties. But the best part was topping them with the spicy kimchi, which came together in only two hours (traditional kimchi can take days or even weeks to prepare). After salting and rinsing the cucumbers, we simply marinated them with garlic, onion, ginger, sesame and gochugaru—coarse red pepper powder from Korea. These recipes will be available in a few months, but for now, try these panko-coated Crunchy Pork Kimchi Burgers from F&W’s Grace Parisi.

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Test Kitchen Tease

The Most Amazing Lemon Bundt Cake

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The Most Amazing Lemon Bundt Cake

Justin Chapple


Citrus zest packs a big punch, so you usually only need a small amount to lend lots of flavor. We test hundreds of recipes for the magazine, books and our website, which has taught us that chefs, bakers and cooks often call for way too much of it in their recipes. That’s why we were a smidge skeptical when testing this lemon bundt cake from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito (co-founders of Baked in New York City). Their recipe called for the zest of ten lemons, which sounded absurd! But, because these boys haven’t led us down the wrong path before—their cookbooks are F&W staff favorites and they're part of our Masters Series—we elected to trust them. Ten lemons and one dulled Microplane later, this cake was exactly what we’d hoped: tender, moist and incredibly lemony. A good amount of sugar creates a lovely caramel-colored crust, and the cake is drizzled with a tangy lemon glaze before being sprinkled with toasted almonds. Look for the recipe in our December issue, but in the meantime, try this grapefruit-spiked Lemon-Glazed Citrus-Yogurt Pound Cake. For more recipes from Matt and Renato, click here or check out their latest cookbook: Baked Elements.  


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F&W's Ultimate Guide to Dessert Recipes

Supermarket Sleuth

Fantastic and Quick Indian Sauces

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Courtesy of William Sonoma

Courtesy of William Sonoma

F&W Executive Food Editor Tina Ujlaki applies her incredible cooking knowledge to explaining what to do with a variety of interesting ingredients.

I’ve been a huge fan of Maya Kaimal’s ever since we featured her recipes years ago (one of my favorites: is her Black Pepper Chicken Curry). Luckily for me, she started a sauce company, and now, when I want an Indian quick-fix, I just grab a jar of her Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce from the fridge or the Butter Masala Sauce from my pantry. Sometimes I add chicken or shrimp, and sometimes just vegetables with or without cubes of firm tofu (as a stand-in for paneer). I warm up naan, set out plain yogurt and mango or tomato chutney and dinner is ready in less time than it would take to wait for takeout. The full line of sauces is available at supermarkets and health food stores and online at mayakaimal.com.

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Test Kitchen Tease

The Greenhouse Tavern's Seven Layers of Heaven

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The Greenhouse Tavern's Seven Layers of Heaven

Justin Chapple

If ever there were a perfect centerpiece dessert, The Greenhouse Tavern's Dobos Torte would be it. This lofty tower of tender cake and luscious chocolate buttercream is made even more awesome by a meringue exterior, which is torched like baked Alaska to lend a surprisingly light texture and striking appearance. Also, it could practically feed an army, so it's perfect for large gatherings. This recipe won't be available until December, but in the meantime, Tyler Florence's Towering Coconut Cake is great for the weekend.

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Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.