the basics

Building A Better Grilled Cheese: Smoky Jalapeño Grilled Cheese with Tomatillos

Pointers (and a recipe) for grilled cheese success
Feb 21, 2013 9:01 am

Designing a grown-up grilled cheese is serious business. The first step lies in figuring out a cheese blend that gives you the perfect mix of gooey texture and complicated, layered flavors. However, cheese alone can only get you halfway: it doesn’t have much to offer in terms of sweet or sour. How to eliminate that problem entirely, after the jump. 

How To Fry An Egg

How do you fry an egg? With our step-by-step guide
Feb 16, 2013 10:01 am
Photo: Mark Shaw

If there's one basic breakfast skill to know, it's how to fry an egg. Don't know how? Now's the morning you master this crucial skill. Read on for our foolproof step-by-step instructional guide to satisfy all your egg-frying needs.

Basic Homemade Harissa Recipe

The simple process behind hot Moroccan chili sauce
Nov 27, 2012 5:01 pm
easy harissa recipe
Photo: Laura Edwards

Harissa is the classic Moroccan chili sauce. I make it in small amounts because you need only a little at a time, but you can double the quantities if you think you’ll use it within four months. Some are made with roasted peppers and tomatoes, but I like a pure chile flavor.

Basic Bonito Broth Recipe

The best of Japanese cuisine begins here
Oct 5, 2012 1:01 pm
dashi recipe
Photo: KFoodaddict on Flickr

I make this broth to serve as a “tea” that can be drunk with grilled fish. I also employ it to make an “egg drop soup” which includes a quail egg. 

BBQ Pork Ribs Recipe

Food Republic made pork ribs. They were awesome.
May 22, 2012 2:01 pm
bbq ribs recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw

Learning how to make BBQ ribs on the grill instantly makes you the person who knows how to make BBQ ribs on the grill. So, why not learn right now? Click, then grill.

Fire-Grilled Chili Lime Corn Cobs

Grilling isn't just for meat: Bring on the corn!
May 9, 2012 11:01 am
grilled corn recipe
Photo: stevendepolo on Flickr

One of my all time favorite foods to cook over the grill is corn on the cob. Boiling it first speeds up the process, if you're feeling a bit impatient — and who isn't, when hungry? I like adding a little heat to my grilled goods, so this recipe for fire grilled chili-lime corn really hits the spot.

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

A recipe for meatloaf to best all others
Apr 11, 2012 12:01 pm
how to meatloaf
Photo: Mark Shaw

Treat this formula as a blank canvas. Everyone has their favorite meatloaf add-in — some can't do without chopped carrots, others require parsley or other such vegetation. We recommend mixing in a caramelized onion or two before baking, because nothing loves ground beef like sweet, sticky onions.

Easiest Mashed Potatoes Recipe. Period.

We stand behind this claim for the perfect mash
Apr 9, 2012 2:31 pm
mashed potatoes recipe
Photo: Mark Shaw

Memorizing this basic formula for perfect mashed potatoes will make you want to practice your roast beef. And maybe perfect the crust on those delicious grilled lamb chops. And probably encourage you to roast a chicken, which actually takes slightly less effort than making mashed potatoes.

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