How To Dry Pasta Without a Rack

2009_03_10-Pasta.jpgWhen I learned how to make fresh pasta (thanks to my Italian mother-in-law) it was so easy that I was definitely encouraged to try it again soon! But we did run into one little snag near the end: my mother-in-law asked if we had a drying rack. Well, no. More


Mandazi (Kenyan Doughnuts) — Word of Mouth

2009_02_13-Mandazi.jpgMandazi [mahn-dahz-ee] noun: Fried doughnut or roll served as dessert or a warm teatime snack all over Kenya and East Africa.

We came home one evening to our guest house in Kenya to find our very kind housekeeper, Helen, making a big basket of mandazi. They smelled delicious, like fried dough and warm flour. We asked Helen how they are made -- read on for a super-quick video of frying mandazi! More


Word of Mouth: Ugali

2009_02_09-Ugali.jpgUgali [oo-gahl-ee] noun: In Kenya, ugali is the name for the most common mealtime starch: a thick, stiff porridge made from white cornmeal or red millet.

In Kenya, ugali is one of the most common dishes you can find. Served with meat or mashed vegetables, it's practically the national dish. It's found throughout Africa, in fact; in South Africa it may be called pap, and in Zimbabwe you can find it by the name of sadza. Regardless of what it's called, ugali forms the backbone of traditional Kenyan cuisine. More


Word of Mouth: Irio

2009_02_09-Irio.jpgIrio [eer-ee-o], noun: In the Kenyan tribal language of Kikuyu, irio just means food. But it usually refers to a simple, plain dish of mashed potatoes, maize, and peas or greens.

A couple years ago I spent a week in Kenya, in the highlands of the Rift Valley about an hour away from Nairobi. I really enjoyed the good food of this agricultural region. Here's a very typical dinner dish: bright green irio! More


How To Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm: The 4 Best Methods — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

So you're making Thanksgiving dinner for 20 people and you're wondering whether you can make the mashed potatoes ahead of time and keep them warm. The answer is yes!

Here are four foolproof methods to keep your mashed potatoes warm (or reheat the ones you made yesterday). The method you use is up to you; use the one that works best for you and your schedule.


Election Day! American Cherry Pie

2008_11_03-Pie.jpgWhat's more quintessentially American - cherry or apple pie? Hard to say, especially when you've got George Washington on one side and Johnny Appleseed on the other. This dramatic cherry version comes from reader Stephanie. Read on for another photo, the recipe for her Election Cherry Pie, and links to our election coverage from the last presidential election. More


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