How to Cook
If you're looking to become a better cook, you've hit the jackpot with our extensive guide on how to cook. In our decades of cooking in the Better Homes and Gardens® Test Kitchen, we've learned a thing or two -- and we're happy to share our tips on how to cook like a pro. We have cooking charts, essential for times and temperatures you need to know to cook meat, poultry, and vegetables to perfection. There are tips for testing doneness, too, in case you lose track of time. All cooking pros know how to improvise; if you run out of an ingredient in the middle of cooking, you can still pull off a delicious dish with help from our substitutions and equivalents guide. Adjusting recipes is especially important in high-altitude cooking, which often involves different recipe requirements -- we've got a guide for that, too. We also have fantastic how-to videos that allow you to see skills in action. Watch to learn how to master all kinds of kitchen skills, from basic to complex.
How to Cook Like a Pro
Smart Cooking Strategies
How to Make Brownies
Follow these simple steps for making your brownie recipe the right way every time.
How to Make Cinnamon Rolls
Follow these step-by-step instructions to perfect this cinnamon-sugary breakfast favorite.
How to Cook Beef Tenderloin
Beef tenderloin: It's tender, versatile, and easier to cook than you might think.
How to Make Cupcakes
So-sweet and delightfully pretty, cupcakes make delightful additions to any occasion.
How to Cook Shrimp
Incredibly versatile shrimp make a delightful addition to so many dishes -- try it in salads, pastas, and more!
How to Prepare Prime Rib Roast
Prime rib is ideal for entertaining because it requires little hands-on time and serves plenty.
Sweet Potatoes: Cooking Basics and Recipes
Sweet potatoes are naturally delicious. Learn the basics for our favorite ways to cook them.
How to Make Polenta
Dish up soft and creamy polenta right from the saucepan, or spread it in a pan, chill it, and slice.
How to Make Cookie Dough
Learn how to make our basic cookie dough for many of your favorite recipes.
How to Cook Ham
Learn about the different types of ham -- and get step-by-step instructions on cooking a ham and carving a ham.
How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds
Harvest the seeds from your jack-o'-lantern or pie pumpkin to make a tasty, toasted pumpkin seed snack.
How to Chop Green Onions
Learn the best way to chop green onions, from picking and buying them to the best type of knife to use.
Pitting and Slicing Avocados
After avocados are ripe, pit and slice them to place in salads or to make guacamole.
Skinning and Boning Chicken
Prepare your chicken properly with our steps for skinning and boning your bird.
Cleaning and Cutting Pineapple
Cleaning and slicing a pineapple is important to do before including in any recipe.
Cutting Up a Whole Chicken
Learn our three step technique to cutting up a chicken.
Roasted garlic adds a sweet, mellow, caramel flavor to soups and salad dressings.