basics

Best BLT Sandwich

An easy-to-make bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich
May 9, 2011 3:50 pm
photo: Chantel Lambeth

Thick slices of crispy bacon, perfectly ripe tomatoes, and fresh lettuce are the main components to the BLT. The simplicity of this recipe allows plenty of room for creative freedom. You can change out the lettuce for a more nutritional green—try smashed avocado instead of mayo, or add a fried egg. Another way to customize is to...

How to Make Perfect Pancakes

A quick and easy way to make perfect pancakes
May 1, 2011 9:00 am
Perfect Pancakes

W.C. Fields once said, "The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves." This pancake recipe will make it so easy for you to flip 'em you won't need any such tricks.

Flapjacks, griddlecakes, pancakes, hot cakes—whatever you call them, they're delicious. To truly acheive pancake perfection you must make them from scratch. The...

8 Ingredients Every Man Should Have

How To Stock The Fridge and Pantry for Real
Apr 28, 2011 2:25 pm
Photo: Chris Pirillo on Flickr

There are basic recipes, and then there are recipes that call for a few key ingredients that you probably should have but don't. Food Republic regularly features 7/20 recipes, which require ...

Best Basic Risotto Recipe

How to make an awesome risotto
Apr 27, 2011 4:15 pm
Photo: norwichnuts on Flickr

Have a basic risotto recipe in your cooking arsenal and you will always feel confident in the kitchen. It's something you can go to again and again, employing different ingredients (mushrooms one day, asparagus and cheese the next), plating fish over it, and using leftovers to make rice balls to enjoy later or to use in other, more complicated recipes.

Best Basic Egg Salad Recipe

How to make the perfect egg salad
Apr 25, 2011 11:27 am
Photo: Dalboz17 on Flickr

If you are like us here at Food Republic, you are wondering what to do with all of those hard-boiled eggs leftover from last weekend's Easter festivities. We thought it was a perfect time to unveil our best basic egg salad recipe.

The best...

How To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

4 steps to hard-boiled egg perfection
Apr 22, 2011 1:18 pm
Photo: dcosand on Flickr

Making a hard-boiled egg is almost as easy as boiling water, if you know the right process. Cooking eggs too long or too vigorously, on the other hand, can result in cracked shells, tough whites, and green-gray, sulfuric-smelling yolks. This Easter Weekend, make sure you get it right, lest you make your sons and daughters or...

Basic Charoset Recipe

Kick off Passover with this sweet treat
Apr 18, 2011 4:48 pm
Photo: Carly & Art on Flickr

Charoset is a simple fruit mixture that can be spread on matzo or eaten alone. This recipe includes the standard apples and walnuts, but there are many versions of this Seder favorite.

Basic Matzo Ball Recipe

A secret matzo ball soup recipe is not so secret
Apr 18, 2011 3:58 pm
Photo: Sleepyneko on Flickr

GM Nate was nice enough to offer to share his family matzo ball soup recipe, but when he asked his mom for it he was surprised to hear that her secret family recipe actually came from a cookbook. We took what she adapted from the 1949 cookbook Jewish Cookery by Leah W. Leonard, and made it Food Republic-friendly. Feel free to use this as a start and put your own spin...

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