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Deep-Dish Pizza (Episode #1119H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

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.

Simply Italian (Episode #1122H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Test cook Becky Hays shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Rosemary Focaccia at home. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of whole-wheat pasta. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti uncovers the secrets to authentic Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper).

Shrimp in a Skillet (Episode #1118H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

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.

Steak Frites (Episode #1117H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

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.

Easier Italian Favorites (Episode #1116H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster teaches host Christopher Kimball how to make Hearty Minestrone at home using supermarket ingredients. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to Almost Hands-Free Risotto. And finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus investigates whether vacuum robots can do all the work for you.

Gnocchi and Panzanella (Episode #1221H)

KQED 9: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey (Episode #1115H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 25, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the perfect Old-Fashioned Stuffed Turkey. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews hybrid chef's knives. And finally, science expert Guy Crosby discusses the science behind stale bread.

Weeknight Workhorses (Episode #1114H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the perfect Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts. Then, gadget guru Lisa McManus takes a trip to a local fire department to test fire extinguishers. Next, test cook Becky Hays uncovers the secrets to perfect Sauteed Pork Cutlets. And finally, Lisa pounds her way to the ultimate meat pounder.

Southern Fare, Reinvented (Episode #1111H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 23, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

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.

Grilled Pork Chops and Ribs (Episode #1121H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Host Christopher Kimball visits Boston's famous East Coast Grill to learn about Memphis ribs from BBQ expert Chris Schlesinger. Then, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make Memphis-Style Barbecued Spareribs on a home grill. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his favorite new grill gadgets. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make the Best Charcoal Grill-Smoked Pork Chops at home.

Sweet Endings (Episode #1113H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Host Christopher Kimball is in for a treat when test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the test kitchen's secrets to the ultimate Chewy Sugar Cookies. Then, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews innovative mixing bowls to find out if any of them live up to the hype. And finally, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows Chris how to make a foolproof Berry Fool at home.

Cold-Weather Comfort (Episode #1220H)

KQED 9: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making Easy Caramel Cake. Then, host Christopher Kimball uncovers the tips and techniques for perfect cake making. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make foolproof Split Pea and Ham Soup.

Stuffed Beef Tenderloin (Episode #1112H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 20, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Becky Hays makes a five-star meal and shows host Chistopher Kimball the secrets behind the best Roasted Carrots and Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin. Then, gadget guru Lisa McManus admits why she loves the Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker, and tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of horseradish.

Southern Fare, Reinvented (Episode #1111H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 19, 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: Tue, Dec 18, 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!

Mediterranean Specials (Episode #1219H)

KQED 9: Tue, Dec 18, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making the ultimate Beef Kebabs. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges host Christopher Kimball to a tasting of Greek yogurt. And finally, test cook Bryan Roof uncovers the test kitchen's secrets to perfect Greek Spinach and Feta Pie.

Dutch Oven Classics (Episode #1109H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 17, 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.

Slow-Cooker Revolution (Episode #1218H)

KQED 9: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to cooking with a slow cooker. First, she teaches host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup. Next, she reveals the test kitchen's secrets for foolproof Pork Loin with Cranberries and Orange. Then, she makes the perfect Chocolate-Hazelnut Bread Pudding. And finally, gadget guru Lisa McManus discusses how to buy a slow cooker and how to know the temperature of your slow cooker.

Asian Favorites at Home (Episode #1110H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

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!

All-American Fruit Desserts (Episode #1120H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 2012 -- 11:00 AM

Coffee Break Sweets (Episode #1108H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 14, 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.

Backyard Chicken Dinner (Episode #1217H)

KQED 9: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to Grill-Smoked Chicken and serves it with Salt-Baked Potatoes. And finally, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his pick for the perfect cooler in the Equipment Corner.

Seafood in a Skillet (Episode #1107H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 13, 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.

Fall Favorites (Episode #1106H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 12, 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: Tue, Dec 11, 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.

Cool and Creamy Desserts (Episode #1216H)

KQED 9: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Host Christopher Kimball visits Toscanini's to learn the secrets behind professional ice-cream making. Next, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make the Best Homemade Ice Cream. Then, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his pick for the top ice-cream makers, and tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of vanilla beans. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison reveals the secrets to the perfect Chocolate Pudding.

Chewy Brownies and Chocolate Cupcakes (Episode #1104H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 10, 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.

Vegetarian Pasta Night (Episode #1215H)

KQED 9: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Becky Hays shows host Christopher Kimball how to make Great Vegetable Lasagna. Then, science expert Guy Crosby teaches Chris about the science of cornstarch. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of whole wheat lasagna noodles. And finally, test cook Bryan Roof uncovers the secrets to perfect Spaghetti al Limone.

Dutch Oven Classics (Episode #1109H)

KQED Plus: Sun, Dec 9, 2012 -- 11:30 AM

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.

Deep-Dish Pizza (Episode #1119H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 8, 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.

Tostadas and Empanadas (Episode #1103H)

KQED Life: Fri, Dec 7, 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.

A Moroccan Feast (Episode #1214H)

KQED 9: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make a Moroccan-style Chicken Tagine at home with foolproof Couscous that's better than any store-bought brand. Then, gadget guru Lisa McManus reveals her pick for the best compost bucket. Later, test cook Bryan Roof uncovers the secrets to making your own preserved lemons. And finally, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews steamer baskets in the Equipment Corner.

Desserts with An English Accent (Episode #1102H)

KQED Life: Thu, Dec 6, 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.

Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinners (Episode #1101H)

KQED Life: Wed, Dec 5, 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.

Lazy Day Breakfast (Episode #1126H)

KQED Life: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

First up, equipment expert Adam Ried reviews waffle irons in the Equipment Corner. Then, test cook Yvonne Ruperti uncovers the secrets to extra-crispy Buttermilk Waffles. Then, science expert Guy Crosby reveals the science behind browning. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate French Toast at home.

Soup and Bread from Scratch (Episode #1213H)

KQED 9: Tue, Dec 4, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Test cook Julia Collin Davison shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, and science expert Guy Crosby reveals the problem with whole wheat flour. Next, gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews Pullman bread pans to see if they live up to the hype. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of whole wheat flour. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster shows Chris how to make Broccoli Cheese Soup with lots of broccoli flavor.

Grilled Steak and Gazpacho (Episode #1125H)

KQED Life: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 -- 6:30 PM

Test cook Bridget Lancaster reveals the secrets to making authentic Grilled Argentine Steaks. Then, host Christopher Kimball visits a tomato expert in Southern California to find out why supermarket tomatoes lack real tomato flavor. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of diced tomatoes. And finally, test cook Becky Hays shows Chris how to make Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz with lots of tomato flavor!

Salmon and Sole (Episode #1212H)

KQED 9: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 -- 1:00 PM

Host Christopher Kimball visits a Boston fishmonger to discover the truth about farm-raised salmon. Then, test cook Julia Collin Davison shows Chris how to make perfect Glazed Salmon. Next, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of tuna. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the ultimate Baked Sole Fillets with Herbs and Bread Crumbs.

Shrimp in a Skillet (Episode #1118H)

KQED 9: Sat, Dec 1, 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, Dec 1, 2012 -- 11:00 AM
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