basics

Pretzel Bread Rolls Recipe

Sweet and salty rolls for superb sandwiches
Mar 6, 2014 4:00 pm

Tucson, Arizona's Miraval Resort is a rare haven where natural beauty and excellent cuisine meet. While we're crazy about their lobster and arugula salad, sometimes a perfect, classic pretzel roll is all you can ask for. Especially when they're as easy to make as this one. Ready to learn the secret weapon of highly skilled pretzel roll bakers?

The Definitive 45-Minute Pizza Dough Recipe

"Emergency" dough is easier to make than you think!
Feb 6, 2014 3:00 pm

6-time World Champion pizza chef Bruno Di Fabio knows his dough. But not everyone has time to go through the lengthy process of rising, kneading, rising, kneading and so on. Want to slap the sauce and cheese on in under an hour? Stick to the pizza king's 45-minute dough recipe that won't stick to you.

12 Kitchen How To's To Help You Master The Cooking Basics (& Then Some)

Stuffed meatballs, grilled cheese, oyster shucking
Feb 20, 2013 2:01 pm

Grilled cheese. Meatballs. The Old-Fashioned. This is classic food and drink we've all enjoyed for years using simple, time-tested recipes. But did you know that these dishes can be entirely transformed, and often improved, with just a little extra time, effort and smarts. Do you know how to build a snack stadium or saber a champagne bottle? We didn’t think so. Read on.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe

You only need 1 recipe for chocolate chip pancakes
Mar 3, 2012 11:01 am
chocolate chip pancakes recipe
Photo: eyeliam on Flickr

There's something so dessert-like about a stack of chocolate chip pancakes that we can't help but make them for breakfast, especially on the weekends when a morning sugar high contributes to a great early afternoon nap. 

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Basil Recipe

The easy technique for the classic hors d'oeuvre
Nov 30, 2011 6:01 pm
Photo: Mark Shaw

When I'm hosting a dinner party, I tend to channel the Italian-American side of my family, which means lots of lasagna and other pasta-based classics. But waaaaaay before the main course is served, I always make sure that guests have plenty of wine and/or booze, and lots of delicious snacks. Almost always, bruschetta is served.

Homemade Potato Chips Recipe

Put down the bag and make your own potato chips
Jun 27, 2011 11:31 am
homemade potato chips
Photo: @joefoodie on Flickr

Chips and dip might seem like a cop out appetizer, but not if you make the goods from scratch. Easily impress by elevating the most mundane snacks to homemade status. It only takes minutes to fry up potato slices and the results are far superior to any bag of kettle chips we’ve tried.

Simple Cheese Omelet Recipe

The basic folded omelet is perfect for breakfast
May 15, 2011 9:30 am
photo: sigusr0 on Flickr

These individual omelets are pressed and folded so they make two sealed egg packages—you can even eat them on the run. It’s important to use thinly sliced or grated fillings in smaller quantities than the traditional omelet so the omelet properly seals.

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...

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