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Making the 'World's Best Mac and Cheese' at Home Is Easier Than You Think

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Many people's experience cooking mac and cheese is limited to pasta from a box and cheese powder from the enclosed packet. But settling for the pre-packaged stuff isn't the only way to enjoy crave-worthy mac and cheese at home. This recipe shared on Martha Stewart's website proves that you don't need a culinary degree to make some of the best mac and cheese of your life.

This recipe was originally published in Kurt Beecher Dammeier's cookbook Pure Flavor. To start cooking it, you'll need 1/4 cup of grated Gruyere cheese, 1/4 cup of grated cheddar, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle-chile powder, butter or oil for greasing the baking dish, 6 ounces of the short pasta of your choice, and 2 cups of Beecher's Flagship Cheese Sauce. The recipe for the cheese sauce includes jack and cheddar, bringing the cheese total up to three. It also provides the mac and cheese with its all-important creaminess.

Once your ingredients are assembled, grease an 8-inch baking dish, preheat your oven to 350°F, and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and take it off the heat about two minutes sooner than the recommended cooking time. Strain the pasta, rinse under cold water, and strain out any excess water.

When the pasta is cool, stir it with the cheese sauce and add it to the baking dish. Top it with the grated cheeses and chile powder and bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. Once the top has browned slightly, pull it out of the oven and allow it to sit for about five minutes before digging in.

If you're teaching yourself how to cook at home, memorizing a few super-simple staple recipes is a good place to start. After mastering mac, try this pasta sauce recipe from Italian cooking icon Marcella Hazan that takes only three ingredients and less than an hour to make.

[h/t Martha Stewart]

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Kenmore's New Stand Mixer Might Whip the KitchenAid Classic
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A KitchenAid stand mixer has long been a home baker's best friend. It out-mixes, -kneads, and -beats most of its competitors, all while looking gorgeous on a kitchen countertop. But in the Kenmore Ovation, the iconic stand mixer may have finally met its match. According to Reviewed, the Kenmore product rivals the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart mixer in terms of performance and design.

The elements of the two stand mixers are basically the same: Both come with three standard attachments—a flat beater, a dough hook, and a wire whisk. The Ovation is heavier than a KitchenAid, which means it doesn't scoot across your counter when it's working dense bread dough. It also takes just as much time to prepare heavy and chunky doughs in an Ovation as it does in a KitchenAid.

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Kenmore's product also offers some special features that the KitchenAid doesn't have. Instead of struggling to pour ingredients down the side of the bowl while it sits beneath the mixer, you can add them through the Ovation's patented pour-in hole on top of the machine. And the Ovation's glass bowl comes with a 360-degree splash guard that keeps your kitchen and your clothes flour- and batter-free as you mix.

The Ovation does have a few drawbacks: The six-pound glass bowl is hard to move around, as is the 30-pound mixer itself if you ever want to relocate it. But if you're looking for a sturdier stand mixer option, you can purchase the Kenmore Ovation for $350 to $400. Or you can stick with the classics and finally take home that KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart mixer you've been dreaming of: It's currently on sale at Amazon for $240.

[h/t Reviewed]

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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