Kitchen Academy

Essential techniques, clever tips, and safety basics for cooking with your Little Sous

DIY Pancake Art

There’s no question why Portland, Oregon’s DIY pancake restaurant Slappy Cakes became an international phenomenon that has sprouted offshoots in Japan, Maui, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. Part art project, part breakfast, tabletop pancake griddles are a brilliant idea—but you don’t need to travel to Portland (or Asia) and wait in line to get in on the action. …

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Pantry All-Stars: Polenta

Cornmeal, which is just corn that’s been dried and ground, was introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus upon returning from the Americas. Now often associated with Northern Italy, it’s traditionally cooked into a porridge, sometimes with decadent additions like cheese and cream. But if you’re in a hurry on a weeknight, those easy-to-use tubes of cooked …

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