We love helping people live their best food life, and navigating the kitchen is a big part of that. Therefore, we offer what we hope is lots of thoughtful, useful advice year-round. And when we looked back at 2019 to see what you found most interesting, it was pretty meaty stuff. A little cheesy too, and a little dirty—and kale was a surprising outlier, but you’ve got to get your greens in somehow.

Check out Chowhound’s Top 10 guides and “how to” posts from 2019 in case you missed some key pointers—like how to make the best bacon ever, and how to get all the grease off the pan afterward.

1. How to Cook the Best Bacon of Your Life

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The best way to cook a large quantity of bacon to the perfect crispness also happens to be the easiest. Win-win. See how to make perfect bacon.

Related Reading: Chowhound’s Top 10 Food Questions of 2019

2. How to Use Kale (and Tell All the Different Types Apart)

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Honestly, we didn’t see this one coming, but all signs suggest people still love kale. We do too, but *almost* as much as bacon? Depends on the day. If you’re craving some roughage, see our guide to types of kale and how to prepare them.

3. How to Make Your Favorite Starbucks Drinks at Home

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Copycat recipes are just so satisfying. Plus, they save you money and mean you can eat or drink the thing you’re yearning for any time, anywhere (convenient if you live fifteen miles from a Cracker Barrel or have a peppermint mocha craving in mid-summer). See how to make copycat Starbucks drinks and be your own barista.

4. How to Smoke BBQ Brisket a Pitmaster Would Be Proud Of

It’s a labor of love, but the end result is well worth it. Let Burt Bakman walk you through how to smoke the best BBQ brisket you’ll ever make.

5. How to Make Perfect Seared Chicken Breast

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This one is far easier, yet no less worth doing right. Nail this technique and you’ll have a head start every time you don’t know what to make for dinner. See how to make the best seared chicken breast.

6. How to Clean Your Dingy Baking Sheets So They Look Brand New

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Whether you’re baking batches of cookies or making lots of easy sheet pan dinners, those baking sheets get grotty after a while. Luckily, there are some easy tricks for making them shine. Learn how to clean grimy baking sheets.

Related Reading: What Is the Difference Between Cookie Sheets and Sheet Pans?

7. How to Make the Most Amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Does this seem like the most basic thing ever? Well, follow these tips and it will seem like the most brilliant. See the rules for making the best grilled cheese sandwich.

Related Reading: 15 Famous Food Fights From the Past Decade

8. How to Make the Most of Your Instant Pot

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From the expected (peerless hard-boiled eggs every time) to the truly game-changing (cheesecake and wine!), these are some of our favorite things to cook under pressure. See 10 things you need to try in your Instant Pot to make the most of your investment.

Related Reading: The Mealthy CrispLid Turns Your Instant Pot Into an Air Fryer

9. How to Cook Oxtail (and Why You Should)

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Now is prime time for cooking oxtail in rich stews and braises, and we’re happy so many people seem to have a taste for it. If you’ve never tried this widely underrated cut, see how to cook oxtail.

Related Reading: This Underrated Cut Is Also Worth Your Attention

10. How to Get Your Clams Squeaky Clean

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These bivalves are often gritty, but great when properly prepared. Revisit our guide (with expert advice from Joanne Chang and Karen Akunowicz) on how to clean clams before you cook them.

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Jen is an editor at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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