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America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated Previous Broadcasts

Southern Fare, Reinvented (Episode #1111H)

KQED Life: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make pulled pork without using a grill! Next, equipment expert Adam Reid reviews electric pressure cookers in the Equipment Corner. Then, science expert Guy Crosby teaches Chris about the science behind brining. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals a recipe for Easier Fried Chicken.

Asian Favorites at Home (Episode #1110H)

KQED Life: Thu, Aug 30, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to create a different kind of stir-fry, Thai Chicken with Basil. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews large saucepans in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Becky Hays reveals the foolproof method to making perfect Shu Mai, right at home!

Dutch Oven Classics (Episode #1109H)

KQED Life: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball demystifies wine varieties and reveals which brands the test kitchen recommends. He then takes this knowledge to test cook Bridget Lancaster, who whips up the Best Beef Stew. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of beef broth. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to create the ultimate Chicken and Dumplings.

Coffee Break Sweets (Episode #1108H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 28, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Who's ready for a treat? Stop by the test kitchen to learn how to make Ultimate Banana Bread with test cook Julia Collin Davison. Then, test cook Yvonne Ruperti reveals the secrets to foolproof Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried uncovers the best electric kettles in the Equipment Corner.

Seafood in a Skillet (Episode #1107H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 27, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball visits a Boston fishmonger to learn how to buy the best scallops. Test cook Becky Hays then demystifies how to make perfect Pan-Seared Scallops. Next, science expert Guy Crosby teaches Chris about the Maillard reaction and what it really means. Then equipment expert Adam Ried reviews cheap nonstick skillets in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the test kitchen's secrets for Skillet-Roasted Fish Fillets.

All-American Fruit Desserts (Episode #1120H)

KQED 9: Sat, Aug 25, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

In this episode, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making the perfect Sweet Cherry Pie. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of vanilla ice cream, and gadget guru Lisa McManus divulges the test kitchen's pick for ice cream scoops. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make the ultimate Skillet Apple Crisp.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Aug 25, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Fall Favorites (Episode #1106H)

KQED Life: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to perfect Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews cheap digital thermometers in the Equipment Corner. And finally, host Christopher Kimball travels to Saratoga Orchards to learn about the best apples for baking, and test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the Best Baked Apples.

Italian Comfort Classics (Episode #1105)

KQED Life: Thu, Aug 23, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball visits a Vermont farm to learn about chickens, old and new. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make authentic Chicken Canzanese (Italian braised chicken). Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals the test kitchen's favorite gadgets. And finally, test cook Becky Hays shows Chris how to make No-Fuss Creamy Polenta.

Chewy Brownies and Chocolate Cupcakes (Episode #1104H)

KQED Life: Wed, Aug 22, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Man on the street Doc Willoughby investigates boxed versus homemade brownies in a head-to-head tasting. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to better-than-the-box Chewy Brownies at home. Next, host Christopher Kimball visits NYC's famous Magnolia Bakery to find out what all the fuss is about! Then, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make the Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes. And finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus divulges the best baking gadgets.

Tostadas and Empanadas (Episode #1103H)

KQED Life: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball ventures to Chicago to visit Rick Bayless to learn all about his infamous empanadas. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the test kitchen's secrets for the ultimate Beef Empanadas at home. Next, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make Pork Tostadas. And finally, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of vegetable oil.

Desserts with An English Accent (Episode #1102H)

KQED Life: Mon, Aug 20, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Classic Bread Pudding. Chris then discusses the virtues of stale versus dried bread while baking with science expert Guy Crosby. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals the best small appliances in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the Best Shortbread.

Deep-Dish Pizza (Episode #1119H)

KQED 9: Sat, Aug 18, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Host Christopher Kimball ventures to Chicago in an effort to find a recipe for Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza. He returns to the test kitchen, where test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals how to make not only the ultimate deep-dish pizza at home but also the perfect Chopped Salad.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Aug 18, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinners (Episode #1101H)

KQED Life: Fri, Aug 17, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball goes into the test kitchen to learn how to create a great, old-fashioned Simple Pot Roast with test cook Bridget Lancaster. Then, Chris really shakes it up in the Equipment Corner with Adam Ried while testing food storage containers, and science expert Guy Crosby reveals the science behind salting meat. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to cook the best Chicken Pot Pie.

Shrimp in a Skillet (Episode #1118H)

KQED 9: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Host Christopher Kimball reveals how to buy the freshest shrimp on the market. Then, test cook Becky Hays shows Chris how to make Greek-Style Shrimp at home. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of feta cheese. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to perfect Shrimp Stir-Fries. And finally, science expert Guy Crosby uncovers the science behind cooking meat versus shrimp.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, Aug 11, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Bistro-Style Steak and Potatoes (Episode #1226H)

KQED 9: Mon, Aug 6, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the five-star meal at home and serves it with Potato Galette. And finally, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for wine openers.

Steak Frites (Episode #1117H)

KQED 9: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

Host Christopher Kimball takes a trip to Paris in search of the best steak frites. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to bring the dish home and reveals the secrets behind Foolproof Vinaigrette. And finally, equipment expert Adam Ried declares his pick for the perfect spatula.

Gnocchi and Panzanella (Episode #1221H)

KQED 9: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make foolproof Gnocchi at Home. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her top pick for rotary graters. Then, Chris discusses with science expert Guy Crosby the science of soil and its effect on the taste of tomatoes. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make an Italian recipe for bread and tomato salad, Panzanella.

Summertime Supper (Episode #1225H)

KQED 9: Fri, Aug 3, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making perfect Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews liquid measuring cups in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Lighter Corn Chowder with lots of corn flavor.

Southeast Asian Favorites (Episode #1224H)

KQED 9: Thu, Aug 2, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Man on the Street Doc Willoughby ventures to New York City to learn the secrets of Thai cooking. Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Thai Grilled Beef Salad. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top pick for smoker boxes in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to foolproof Indonesian-Style Fried Rice.

Sweet Summer Endings (Episode #1223H)

KQED 9: Wed, Aug 1, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to fresh Strawberry Pie. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews paring knives in the Equipment Corner. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Summer Peach Cake, and science expert Guy Crosby reveals why water makes pie pastry tough.

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