Whether you’re looking for approachable dinner options, unique entertaining ideas, or how-to help, Cuisine at home packs each issue with expert culinary advice and original test kitchen-approved recipes, all aimed at teaching and inspiring you in the kitchen so you can creatively cook with confidence, every time.
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PERFECTLY PICKLED • This summer stay cool as a cucumber when you pickle more than the typical garden vegetable (or dare we say fruit?). From different combinations of veggies to mango and cherries, our basic brine will have you pickling all of your summer harvest, and then some!
GOOD AND GRILLED • Summer’s here and the living is easy ... or at least it should be! And these three grilled all-in-one meals make weeknight dinners a breeze ... not to mention, mighty tasty, too. So get grillin’ for some good eatin’.
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ICE CREAM SCOOPS • WHEN A BIG SPOON AND A PINT AREN’T ENOUGH, YOU’LL NEED THE INSIDE 411 ON ICE CREAM SCOOPS. CUISINE DIGS IN TO FIND OUT WHICH ARE THE BEST.
GRILLING HEROES • Sandwiches are portable feasts — through smoke and flame, these hot-off-the-grill marvels will make you the hero in no time!
VEGETARIAN FOR A DAY • Meat always gets a place of honor on the plate — front and center. Why not give it a rest? Leave it off the menu and go vegetarian for just one day. With our help, it’s easy and tasty to go green.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
BUT WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN?
vegetarian primer • Determining the number of vegetarians isn’t an exact science, since even many self-proclaimed vegetarians aren’t really sure how to define the term. With more than a few types, it’s easy to understand the confusion. Here’s a road map to help you navigate the vegetarian highway.
LIGHT YOUR FIRE • For the ultimate in culinary hotness, take charge of your charcoal grill and learn how to set up a three-tiered fire — so you can grill fast and fantastic food every time.
CHARCOAL GRILLING temperature guide
marinate: how to flavor & tenderize meat & vegetables • Look around your kitchen, and you’ll see everything needed to add extra layers of flavor or to tenderize your favorite meal — vinegars, fruit juices, milk, vegetables, spices, even wine. We explain all that you should know about marinating and how it works . . . while you sit back and relax.
marinating time depends on the food • Adopt these times as general guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. Marinating depends on such variables as strength of concentration of the acids or the enzymes, type of meat, and — most important — your taste.
FIRE STICKS • Steaks and chops may be the big boys of the grill, but skewers, kebabs, and satays are just as impressive despite their slim and trim size. These four menus prove that point — there’s nothing small about their big, bold flavors.
LOCAL BOUNTY • Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the abundance of gorgeous produce while also making strives to improve your carbon footprint. See how you, too, can shop, grow, and cook your way to being a little more ”green” this season.
SHOPPING, GROWING & COOKING GREEN • Consider taking some small steps to reduce your carbon footprint. Seek out reusable produce bags, metal water bottles, heirloom seeds, and more.
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