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How to Set a Table, From Casual Dinners to Formal Holiday Meals

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming back around. Yes, the holidays! And with them, comes a crash course in how to host again. Like, how early should you begin shopping and cooking, and how much turkey are you supposed to prepare per person? What…

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming back around. Yes, the holidays! And with them, comes a crash course in how to host again. Like, how early should you begin shopping and cooking, and how much turkey are you supposed to prepare per person? What if you’re living in a small space and planning to entertain a larger crew? Oh, and how the heck is one supposed to set a table properly (so as not to appear uninformed or like you’re overdoing it)? Luckily, we’ve got all the answers to those questions and more. We’ll start with setting the table, though.

Maybe you’re the kind of person who’s never really cared much how the table is set, but you’re interested in tackling a more involved situation than just passing around some plates and tossing utensils in communal cups (hey, it works). You could also have a background in the fine dining industry, and you’re hoping to spruce up your old skills with a refresher course. Or perhaps, this is your first time hosting (and feeding) a group beyond yourself and another person, and you’re looking to wow your guests with firm knowledge of where exactly the water glass is supposed to go.

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How to Make Mozzarella at Home

For this episode of Dear Test Kitchen, former Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen and cheese expert Elena Santogade whipped up a batch of perfect, creamy, fresh mozzarella. Watch them mix, stir, and stretch in the video below, then follow the recipe and s…

For this episode of Dear Test Kitchen, former Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen and cheese expert Elena Santogade whipped up a batch of perfect, creamy, fresh mozzarella. Watch them mix, stir, and stretch in the video below, then follow the recipe and step-by-step guide to do it at home.


How to make fresh mozzarella at home

Photo by James Ransom
Photo by James Ransom

1. Make the Curd

Start by dissolving rennet (on the left) and citric acid (on the right) in water. We prefer the rennet tablets over the liquid rennet. You can order these ingredients online from New England Cheesemaking Supply Company, which also has some nifty cheesemaking kits.

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How to Set a Table Properly—From Casual to ‘The Crown’

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming back around. Yes, the holidays! And with them, comes a crash course in how to host again. Like, how much turkey are you supposed to prepare per person? With new family members or friends, what are you to do in…

Believe it or not, the holidays are coming back around. Yes, the holidays! And with them, comes a crash course in how to host again. Like, how much turkey are you supposed to prepare per person? With new family members or friends, what are you to do in the down time? What if you’re living in a small space and planning to entertain a larger crew? Oh, and how the heck is one supposed to set a table properly (so as not to appear uninformed or like you’re overdoing it)? Luckily, we’ve got all the answers to those Q’s and more. We’ll start with setting the table, though. 

Maybe you’re the kind of person who’s never really cared much how the table is set, but you’re interested in tackling a more involved situation than just passing around some plates and tossing utensils in communal cups (which, hey, it works!). You could also have a background in the fine dining industry, and you’re hoping to spruce up your old skills with a refresher course. Or perhaps, this is your first time hosting (and feeding!) a group beyond yourself and another person, and you’re looking to wow your guests with firm knowledge of where exactly the water glass is supposed to go. 

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How to Make Mozzarella at Home

Dear Test Kitchen is back for season 2 and ready to take on all your kitchen conundrums. In this episode, Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen and cheese expert Elena Santogade are whipping up a batch of perfect, creamy fresh mozzarella. Watch them mix, st…

Dear Test Kitchen is back for season 2 and ready to take on all your kitchen conundrums. In this episode, Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen and cheese expert Elena Santogade are whipping up a batch of perfect, creamy fresh mozzarella. Watch them mix, stir, and stretch in the video above, then follow the step-by-step guide below to do it at home, and read on for the recipe at the very bottom.

How to Make Fresh Mozzarella at Home

 

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How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro

Don’t be mad at us—we might be thinking about Halloween already. It’s just the creeping up of September and some cooling temperatures, we’re looking forward to the fall, okay? And with that, comes a new crop of candle scents, seasonal decor, and of cou…

Don’t be mad at us—we might be thinking about Halloween already. It’s just the creeping up of September and some cooling temperatures, we’re looking forward to the fall, okay? And with that, comes a new crop of candle scents, seasonal decor, and of course, lots of harvest-season fruits and vegetables ready to be plucked, baked, and carved.

And yes, everyone loves a good jack-o-lantern, but not everyone feels confident about carving a pumpkin. We get it—sharp objects, tough gourds, the whole thing is a little risky. And even if you manage not to lose a finger, there's the question of the artistry itself.

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