America’s Test Kitchen

After making the world’s best meatloaf tonight, I’m hooked.  America’s Test Kitchen is my new favorite website, cookbook, and tv series.  In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s a short description from their website:

America’s Test Kitchen is a real 2,500 square foot test kitchen located just outside of Boston that is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Our mission is simple: to develop the absolute best recipes for all of your favorite foods. To do this, we test each recipe 30, 40, sometimes as many as 70 times, until we arrive at the combination of ingredients, technique, temperature, cooking time, and equipment that yields the best, most-foolproof recipe.

They then bring these recipes to their PBS television shows (wonderfully free to watch), as well as their magazines, cookbooks, and website (unfortunately but understandably not free to use).  I think the website would be the handiest, but is $35 per year to subscribe too, and it’s difficult for me to pay for information on the internet (a conversation for another day).  If I’m paying money, I’d like a hard copy that I can keep, such as a magazine or a cookbook.  Perhaps it would be different if I printed things off of the internet more readily, but for now, I don’t, so hard copies it is.  I can get the magazines and cookbooks from the library, however, so I really shouldn’t spend money on those, either.  It’s difficult, the life of a scrooge!

Regardless of whether or not I lay down any cash, the recipes are AMAZING and I must somehow have access to more.  The meatloaf that we made tonight was amazing.  I wish I could give you a link to the recipe, but as the website is fee-based, I cannot.  I found a a similar recipe on a blog, but truly the entire article with the explanations and descriptions is half the joy of the recipe.


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