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Cooking Basics

Before chefs become chefs, they learn cooking basics: how to use a knife, how to cut up a vegetable, how to mind a kitchen, and how to use appliances. It's only then that their efforts seem, well, effortless. You, too, can master your kitchen—but first you have to master the basics. That's where our how-to guide to cooking basics comes in. We've got charts that you can download and keep, guiding you through the right cooking times and temperatures for meat, poultry, and vegetables. We'll show you the differences between saute pans and quart pans (and everything in between), as well as explain the different features in ovens to help you make decisions that fit your needs. The best chefs and home cooks store tools and ingredients where they need them, which is why we've got advice on organizing your utensils and your pantry. We'll also take the confusion out of conversions by showing you how to convert from U.S. measurements to metric. And you won't want to miss our guides to invaluable skills such as zesting and peeling citrus, making broth, and pitting an avocado.

How to Make Alfredo Sauce

With just a handful of ingredients, 30 minutes, and a bit of know-how, you can...

How to Roast Vegetables

Roasting vegetables in a very hot oven gives them a caramelized exterior and...

How to Make Homemade Eggnog

When the holidays come around, treat your family and friends to homemade eggno...

How to Oven-Bake Chicken Legs and Chicken Quarters

Baked chicken legs are the ultimate in effortless, budget-friendly cooking....

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How to Make Hot Chocolate

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With skinless, boneless chicken breasts on hand, you'll always have something...

How to Make Homemade Noodles

Homemade noodles are much easier to make than you think -- and you don't even...

How to Cook Lentils

Get more nutrients in your diet by learning how to cook lentils. This...

How to Use a Meat Thermometer

Ensure that your meat is safe by using a meat thermometer. We'll show you how...

Cooking Essentials

Organize your utensils and pantry items to make cooking easier.

How to Soften Butter

Many cookie recipes call for softened butter, but no one has time to wait for...

How to Bake Salmon

Baking salmon is an easy way to prepare it that requires little hands-on effor...

How to Cook Scallops

With a little know-how, you can cook restaurant-quality scallops at home. We'l...

How to Fry Pork Chops

Need a quick and delicious way to cook that package of pork chops in the...

How to Cook Tri-Tip

Tri-tip is a tender, lean beef cut that gets its name from its triangular shap...

How to Bake Pork Chops

Thick, juicy baked pork chops make an excellent main dish for weeknight dinner...

How to Cook Oatmeal

A hot bowl of oatmeal can come in many forms, from quick-cooking oats to...

How to Make Corn Bread

Corn bread is a baker's best-kept secret. It takes less than 30 minutes --...

How to Make French Toast

Whisk together a four-ingredient egg batter for weekday-simple French toast...

How to Make Doughnuts

Homemade doughnuts are a fun and tasty do-it-yourself project. Master these...

How to Cook Eggplant

While eggplant is rarely eaten raw, it is quite delicious and versatile when...

How to Shred Cheese

Shredding cheese at home is cheaper than buying it in the store and makes for ...

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