Sara’s Secrets

Baking: How can I get my cookies to brown evenly?

Sharon e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that her cookies always get dark on the bottom before the top begins to brown. She wondered what she can do to get them to bake evenly. There are several things that affect the way cookies brown. The best way to get them to brown…


Limes: How can I get the most juice from a lime?

Betty e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that she had some limes that were especially firm and wondered if there was a “secret” to getting the most juice from them. Now there is a question that I get so frequently that I put a sidebar in Sara Moulton Cooks at Home with…


Garlic: Is there an easy way to peel garlic?

Frank e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that he likes to use lots of garlic but hates to pick the white papery skin off. He wondered if there is an easy way to do this. I usually arrange the cloves, with a flat side down, on my work surface and whack them…


Vegetables: Can you suggest some good vegetable main dishes?

Mary Elizabeth e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink saying that she always had a hard time finding good meatless meals to cook during Lent and would love to have some suggestions. Although I enjoy cooking and serving vegetable main dishes all year long, I get most of my requests for vegetarian entrees…