Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, May/Jun 2019

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  • Indian butter chicken (Murgh makhani)

    • Emily Hope on May 03, 2019

      This was delicious -- better than the takeout we can get in our neighborhood (which to be fair isn't that great!), and fast enough to put together on a weeknight. I like the use of tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes here. Leans on the richness of both butter and cream, both of which seem essential to the end result. Served with rice, some random TJ's naan from the freezer, and a cabbage slaw to which I added sauteed mustard + cumin seeds plus curry leaves. Served about 5.5 adults of varying appetites (plus saved out one of the thighs plain for the kids). Definitely will be a repeat for us!

    • bwhip on April 28, 2019

      This one's a winner. We really enjoyed it. Pretty simple to put together, but develops great depth of flavor. The char on the chicken from the broiler is a nice touch as well. We served it with flatbread ("Baco Bread") from the Baco cookbook, which we always love. My wife wasn't sure that this recipe would be able to compete with another favorite of hers - the Instant Pot Butter Shrimp from Melissa Clark, but after tasting this, she loves this one just as much.

    • anya_sf on July 17, 2019

      A lot of flavor for very little work. I made the sauce ahead, although it isn't time-consuming. I forgot the green chile but will remember is next time. I added some frozen peas and also served rice and roasted turmeric cauliflower on the side. My family devoured this.

  • Classic sloppy Joes

    • Rinshin on September 07, 2019

      Excellent tasting sloppy joes with great texture. The light browning of paprika and tomato paste with the onion and garlic mixture made the flavors pop. I was surprised how baking soda quickly changed the color of onion from white to golden. Reduced the amount of chili flakes and added a tsp of soy sauce . Otherwise I followed the recipe.

    • SenseiHeidi on October 20, 2019

      A perfectly balanced sloppy joe. My new favorite.

    • anya_sf on May 20, 2019

      The flavor was just right for my taste, and the filling definitely stayed in the bun better than the usual Sloppy Joe recipe. This will be my go-to recipe.

  • Chewy peanut butter cookies

    • anya_sf on September 29, 2019

      I only had a little creamy peanut butter left, so I used mostly crunchy Skippy natural. It seemed to work just fine - not sure how the cookies would have been different with all creamy peanut butter. My scoop must have been slightly larger, as I got 22 cookies. I baked them 12 minutes; at that point they just had the slightest bit of browning. I didn't want to overbake, as I love chewy cookies. However, next time I'd leave them in a minute longer, as they were quite soft, and the fully-baked edges were still chewy. We loved the texture and prominent peanut flavor. The honey was noticeable, but I didn't mind, since I love honey with peanut butter. These are now my 2nd favorite peanut butter cookies after BraveTart's.

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  • Published May 01 2019
  • Format Magazine
  • Page Count 32
  • Language English
  • Countries United States

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