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How to Make Macaroni and Cheese
A creamy white cheese sauce takes this macaroni and cheese recipe from basic to brava. Secret simmering tips and step-by-step instruction help you cook the best version of this comfort food yet.I'm Sue with the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. Need a comfort food fix? Macaroni and Cheese always fits the bell. But instead of breaking out the box, why not give this home-made macaroni and
How to Melt Chocolate to Make Dipped Cookies
Make pretty decorated cookies with little effort. Melted chocolate adds a beautiful (and tasty) flourish that can transform even store-bought cookies. We help you select the best chocolate for melting and share our secret to timing the melting process to create the very best dipped cookies.bitter sweet, semi sweet, and milk chocolate are all great testing choices. Chocolate candy coating and almond bar are other options, although their flavor isn't as good as pure chocolate. However, it does sit beautifully and
How to Decorate a Cake with Frosting
We share the secrets for decorating a cake like a pro -- watch as our Test Kitchen expert frosts a gorgeous layer cake, sharing her tips about the tool she uses, plus the best way to keep your cake pedestal clean for a beautiful presentation.
How to Check Cookies for Doneness
One of the most common questions we hear is, "How do I know when my cookies are done?" We help solve this baking conundrum with our secrets to testing your chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and other favorite cookie recipes during the baking process.
How to Decorate Cookies with Icing
Top your cookies with beautiful decorative icing, ensuring your cookie plate always stands out in a crowd. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert demonstrates two easy icing techniques: how to swirl the icing, and how to create hearts on your decorative cookies.
How to Beat Egg Whites
Properly beating egg whites is one of the most important baking skills you can master. Watch as our kitchen expert demonstrates her secrets to beating eggs that will result in light and airy cakes, souffles, and meringues.the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchen. One of the most important cooking techniques you can master is properly beating egg whites and with our secret to success, you'll be able to make light, airy cakes, meringues and souffles like a pro. Let me
How to Make Icing for Cookies
Learn how to decorate cookies like a pro with our secrets to making your own cookie icing. Watch as our Test Kitchen expert makes royal icing from scratch, sharing her tips for mixing and tinting the icing for the prettiest -- and tastiest -- decorated cookies.
How to Deep-Fry a Turkey
Ever wondered how to deep-fry a turkey? We help you pick the right oil for frying and figure out how much oil to use, so you’ll get the most delicious turkey for your family’s dinner.oil for the job. In the Test Kitchen, we preferred to use peanut oil with its highest smoke point and neutral flavor. You can also use refined canola, corn, safflower or sunflower oil. If you have a turkey fryer , it may have a fill line but this is only a guideline. To figure it out, place the whole turkey in the pot and fill with water just until the top of the turkey's covered. Now, remove the bird and let it drain back into the pot before drying it thoroughly with paper towels . Then, using a ruler, measure the distance from the waterline to the top of the pot, this will be your exact fill
How to Make Slice and Bake Cookies
Learn how to make classic (and easy!) slice-and-bake cookies just like our Test Kitchen experts. It’s simple to create delicious cookie recipes when you see how to roll, wrap, slice, and store the cookies.prepared dough into a cylinder then wrap it in plastic wax or parchment paper . If you'd like to dress the cookies up a bit, roll the cylinders and finely chopped nuts, coarse sugar or sprinkles before
How to Frost Sugar Cookies
Frost your cookies just like the bakery -- our tips ensure success. Starting with the piping bag, we help you discover the little tricks you can use to make pretty decorated cookies for any occasion.you've always wanted to decorate cookies like they come out of a pastry shop , well then, you've come to the right place. With a few basics and are secrets to success, you can make gorgeous decorated