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By America’S Test Kitchen The Associated Press

This gazpacho shines after a sherry vinegar marinade bath

Hand-cut vegetables marinated in seasoned vinegar are the key to this stellar gazpacho.

Chopping the vegetables by hand ensured they retained their colour and firm texture. Letting them sit briefly in a sherry vinegar marinade guaranteed well-seasoned vegetables, while a combination of tomato juice and ice cubes (which helped chill the soup) provided the right amount of liquid.

How to speed up a slow-cooking barbecued beef brisket

In researching recipes for barbecued brisket, we found that cooks could agree on one thing: slow-cooking (for up to 12 hours) to tenderize the meat.

We wanted to figure out a way to make cooking this cut of meat less daunting and less time-consuming, and we wanted to trade in a professional smoker for a backyard grill.