America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated: Bringing Home Italian Favorites
Airs Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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Host Christopher Kimball and his team once again help home chefs find success in the kitchen by solving everyday cooking problems, rigorously testing equipment and tasting supermarket ingredients. In season nine, chefs Bridget Lancaster, Julia Collin Davison, Rebecca Hays and J. Kenji Alt deconstruct America's favorite recipes to reveal the secrets to foolproof cooking at home.
Chicken Saltimbocca: Most recipes for chicken saltimbocca overcomplicate the dish with extraneous ingredients. Julia Collin Davison keeps this Italian dish simple and shows host Christopher Kimball the test kitchen secrets to getting the three key elements — chicken, prosciutto and sage — in balance.
Recipe: Tiramisù: Despite tiramisù’s simplicity, a lot can go wrong. It can turn out soggy or parched, dense, sickly sweet or fiery with alcohol. Bridget Lancaster reveals the test kitchen’s method to making a no-cook, easy tiramisu, with a seamless union of flavors and just the right texture.
Tasting Lab: Prosciutto: Tasting expert Jack Bishop leads host Christopher Kimball through a tasting of imported and domestic prosciutto to find out which brands justify the cost.
Equipment: Refrigerator Thermometers: Maintaining the proper refrigerator and freezer temperature is essential to keeping food as safe as possible, but does it matter what kind of thermometer you buy? Is one really superior to another? Equipment expert Adam Ried reveals which model the test kitchen cannot live without.
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