The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

See More

Bloody Mary Recipes

Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

View Slideshow

All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

View Slideshow

60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

View Slideshow

Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

View Video
Popular in Food

Simmering Basics

Discover how to simmer your favorite soups, stews, and meat dishes to perfection.

Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce the heat so that bubbles rise slowly to the surface.

1. Vegetables sometimes are stir-fried and meats sometimes are browned before simmering begins. To avoid a greasy finished product, be sure to drain off all excess fat before adding the simmering liquid.

2. When the liquid is added, you will need to bring the soup or meat mixture to boiling. Then, reduce the heat slightly so the bubbles slowly rise toward the surface, breaking just before they reach the top.

3. Sometimes the wok or skillet will need to be covered to keep all of the liquid and steam inside. Other times, however, the wok or skillet should be uncovered to reduce the mixture's quantity or to thicken the mixture slightly.

4. In some recipes a mixture of flour or cornstarch and liquid is added to the cooking liquid. Make sure you add the flour or cornstarch mixture at the time directed in the recipe. If it's added too soon, the flavorful sauce or gravy will tend to thin after it thickens.

Use a heavy wok for simmering as it allows even heating over a long period of time.
  • Choose a heavy wok or large skillet with a tight-fitting lid. The thick base of a heavy wok or skillet allows even heating over a long period of time.
  • If you are using a steel wok, be sure the wok and the lid are well-seasoned. If the steel is not treated, tomatoes, lemon juice, wine, vinegar, and other acidic ingredients may react with the steel and cause discoloration of the food and the wok. Although the discoloration doesn't affect the taste or safety of the food, it usually looks unappetizing.
  • When a lid is needed, make sure it is tight-fitting so moisture and steam do not escape from the wok or skillet.

Loading... Please wait...