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Getting to Know Gnocchi

I am confused about the potato pasta called "gnocchi." I've seen recipes for making it that contain anything from farina to potatoes to flour. Why are there so many variations involved? Also, the…

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Getting to Know Kohlrabi

Recently, I've seen recipes that use kohlrabi, but I don't know what it is. It looks like it's related to the potato. Is it expensive? —A.R., East Point, Kentucky

Kohlrabi is that…

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Glazed Doughnuts

My husband and I made glazed doughnuts, but by the next day, all the glaze had soaked into them. How should they be stored so this doesn't happen? —D.C., Normal, Illinois

Doughnuts are…

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Golden Roast

When I roast a chicken or turkey, the skin always ends up looking pale. How can I get a nice golden-brown color? —H.H., San Jose, California

First, choose a shallow roasting pan, about…

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Goulash vs. Stew

What is the difference between goulash and stew? I thought goulash did not have any vegetables except potatoes, whereas stew had many vegetables. —M.V., South Bend, Indiana

Any dish…

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Greasy BBQ Sandwiches

How can I keep sloppy joes or barbecued beef from getting that greasy look? —L.H., Lebanon, Pennsylvania

When making sloppy joes, you can eliminate the greasy appearance by thoroughly…

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Great Grilled Brats

I have tried several different ways of cooking brats (a Wisconsin favorite!), but they always turn out too dry. What is the best method of grilling brats so that they stay moist and juicy on the…

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Grilling Over Indirect Heat

How do you grill over indirect heat when you have a charcoal grill? And should the meat be covered with foil…or do you just put the cover on the grill? —S.S., Milford, New…

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Ground Ham

Ham Loaf sound delicious. But I don't own a food processor or meat grinder. Will a butcher grind the ham? —R.S., Fairfield, California

Many meat departments will grind a ham for you if…

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Half-and-Half Substitute

When a recipe calls for half-and-half cream, what can you use in place of it if you don't keep half-and-half cream on hand? —S.H., Clear Spring, Maryland

For dishes that are cooked or…

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