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Can’t get a whole pig? You can still make a yummy porchetta

We cut the pork butt in half to allow for even seasoning and easy slicing when serving. We seasoned both pieces with salt and then rubbed them down with a simple garlic-herb paste before sending them to the water bath.

For a quick take on pizza at home, use Indian flatbread

To personalize your pizza, sprinkle a handful of your favorite toppings — in whatever combination you like — over the mozzarella. Some topping ideas: sliced bell peppers, pepperoni, sliced scallions, chopped olives, or dollops of goat cheese ricotta cheese.

Pretty holiday cookies that don’t taste like cardboard

We wanted a simple recipe that would produce cookies sturdy enough to decorate yet tender enough to be worth eating. Superfine sugar helped to achieve a delicate texture, and using the reverse-creaming method_beating the butter into the flour-sugar mixture_prevented the formation of air pockets and produced flat cookies that were easy to decorate.

Make great shrimp scampi without the butter-and-oil slick

My guests and I didn't go hungry that night, but the scampi was far from perfect. One problem was that the sauce separated into a butter-and-oil slick floating on top of the wine_not ideal in the looks department or for dunking bread into. (While some serve shrimp scampi over a pile of spaghetti, I think it's best with a crusty loaf.) Then there were the shrimp: Some were a little overdone, while others were still translucent. Finally, the overall dish was shy on both seafood and garlic flavors. For results that I'd be truly satisfied with, some adjustments were in order.

When it comes to pot roast, keeping it simple is the best

A stovetop sear created a nicely caramelized exterior; transferring the covered Dutch oven to the oven promoted even cooking and prevented scorching over the long cooking time. Adding carrots, potatoes, and parsnips to the pot partway through braising ensured that the vegetables didn't overcook and become mushy.

Sustainable Living

Artificial dyes fading, but food will still get color boosts

"People used to get all the coloring all over their fingers. We now kind of laugh at that," said Richard Matoian, executive director of the American Pistachio Growers, a trade association.

Porous paving options catch on, one driveway at a time

"It's much better for the environment because it helps cut down on storm runoff, which picks up motor oil and other pollutants, overburdens water treatment facilities, and can ultimately end up in local waterways," says Margaret Mayfield, an architect in Los Osos, California.

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