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We’re here to teach you real, lasting skills in the kitchen. From quick solutions (How to Ripen an Avocado) to more in-depth guides (How to Make the Best Teriyaki Chicken), we provide the cooking guidance needed to make you a success in the kitchen.

The Basics: How to Make a Bacon Cheeseburger

It might sound like no big deal, but if you’ve never made your own bacon cheeseburger, you can benefit from a few tips.

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The Basics: How to Make Boneless Leg of Lamb

Roasted, with a lemon-herb rub.

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How to Sear-Roast Lamb Loin Chops

Roasting lamb loin chops may seem like an impossible feat for any amateur chef, but you’ll be enjoying the tender and juicy meat in no time with these helpful tips

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How to Ripen an Avocado

You feel like tacos tonight.  And your dinner won’t be complete without some creamy avocado — in either beautifully green sliced moons or mashed into guacamole. Problem: When you zero-in

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The OG Easy Weeknight Dinner: Shrimp Scampi

A fancy old-school classic.

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How to Cook Quinoa

Nutty and often chewy after it’s cooked, The Almighty Quinoa has probably appeared on your radar in the last decade, and you even know how to pronounce it (KEEN-wah). The

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How to Use a Spiralizer for the Newest Pasta Craze

In 2013, Alissandra “Ali” Maffucci watched her mom — who was exploring healthier cooking to ease her diabetes symptoms — transform zucchini into pale-green ribbons of pasta. As a woman

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How to Use a Crock-Pot

A Crock-Pot takes up a lot of counter and cupboard space, but it’s convenient and doesn’t take a lot of headspace. This no-brainer is one of our favorite cooking methods

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How to Cook Cabbage

Don’t just boil cabbage and conjure that aroma of wet, dirty socks. Instead, roast, grill, steam, sauté, microwave, or do it raw. Here’s how. First you have to prepare the

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How to Clean Cast Iron

  People rave about the benefits of their cast iron skillet: Oh, the heat retention! The stovetop and oven flexibility! The dietary iron! The nonstick surface (after seasoning)! But then

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How to Soften Brown Sugar

It happens all the time: You peer into your cardboard box of brown sugar and find brown concrete instead. When you tap that solid mass with your measuring spoon, it’s

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The Basics: How to Make Cranberry Sauce

With all the heavy, savory, creamy food at Thanksgiving, the tart bite of cranberry sauce is essential. You may not want to nosh on a bowl of cranberry sauce by

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The Basics: How to Make Roasted Chicken Breast

Bone-in, skin-on chicken breast roasted (plus how to make a simple sauce by deglazing)

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How to Make Ranch Dressing

Every home cook has an arsenal of tools and tricks in the kitchen that come in handy time and time again. Creating a good ranch dressing is one of those

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The Basics: How to Make Chocolate Mousse

It’s not often that you run across a homemade dessert that can be made easily and on a whim. Most recipes will have you waiting for the oven to preheat

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How to Make French Toast

Breakfast with flair.

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6 Foolproof Tricks and Tips for Making Perfect Caramel Every Time

Caramel is one of the most delicious (and most frustrating) dessert components that tastes infinitely better if you make it at home. But you have to be really careful as

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How to Make Perfect Salsa Every Time

Header image: Ersatz Papalote Salsa from CHOW Spice things up this summer with homemade salsa. It’s the ideal dish for using up whatever produce you have sitting around, and you

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7 Essential Rules for Crafting the Ultimate Sandwich

Header image: Classic BLT Sandwich from CHOW Back in college, I had a part-time job making sandwiches at the campus deli. It was a responsibility I took pretty seriously, at

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Perfect Lobster Rolls Every Time

Header image: Lobster Rolls from CHOW The ideal place to enjoy a lobster roll, without question, is at a seafood shack down by the New England shore. I’m talking about

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A Guide to Cooking for Two

Header image: Corn, Bell Pepper, and Zucchini Saute from CHOW If you follow cooking websites and magazines with any regularity, you’ll know that there is only one time of year

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