Showdown: Test Kitchen Vs. Crowd-Sourced Recipes

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Sugar cookie.

Whose sugar cookie will take the title? Only time will tell.


There's a serious throwdown under way, and it doesn't involve Bobby Flay. Cooks Illustrated's Christopher Kimball started the foodfight, lobbing this challenge across the cafeteria,

I am willing to put my money, and my reputation, where my big mouth is. I offer a challenge to any supporter of the WIKI or similar concept to jump in and go head to head with our test kitchen. We will jointly agree on a recipe, on the rules, on a time frame, etc. At the end, we will ask a panel of impartial judges to make and test the recipes and declare a winner. Should be fun! Who is interested?

According to multiple sources, Kimball originally called out "Amanda" — Amanda Hesser, who's behind Food52, one of the Wiki-style food sites whose value Kimball doubts. Food52 accepted the challenge, which comes down to two recipes: roasted pork shoulder and chewy sugar cookies.

Will crowd-sourcing or test-kitchening reign supreme? You get to help decide. The dueling recipes will be placed on Slate May 5, and readers will have two weeks to test the recipes and vote for their favorites. I don't know about you, but I intend to participate. I'll let you know how things go in my own personal teeny tiny test kitchen!



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