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Homemade Pasta Dough
A blend of two different types of flours and the absence of eggs in this homemade pasta dough give whatever pasta you make from it that signature al dente chew. It's great for using with pasta shapes that need to be sturdy enough to twirl around a fork, give this dough a try when making Pici with Short-Rib Ragu.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Pate Brisee
To avoid creating water pockets in your brisee (which will wreak havoc in your dough), make sure to strain the ice out of the water before drizzling it in and processing.
The Most Important Rules for Making a Delicious Batch of Vegetable Soup
You'll use this easy technique whenever you're in the mood for a comforting bowl of soup this winter.
The Secrets to Perfect Pancakes, Including Prep Tips and Our Secret to Keeping Them Warm
From creating the perfect disks to ensuring everyone gets a warm stack, we're dishing out the most helpful pancake advice.
Our Favorite Dumpling Recipes, Including Potstickers, Momo, Gnocchi, and More
Is there anything more comforting than a dumpling? Our delicious recipes are exactly what you need when a craving hits.
Four Ways to Open a Jar That's Stuck
These methods can help you loosen up the lid in no time.

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