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With in-depth cooking articles and step-by-step cooking videos, we'll help you learn more about how to cook great food at home. Master cooking techniques that will make you successful in the kitchen, and take a closer look at some of our favorite ingredients. Learn everything from how to cure meats to making cheese at home, plus find Test Kitchen-approved techniques for getting tricky treats like hollandaise sauce and flaky pie crust to turn out perfectly.

A Cup of Hope: BLK & Bold Coffee

There's just something about coffee that's both comforting and inspiring. We were excited to try this specialty coffee from a Black-owned and locally operated new company, and we think you will be, too.

Making Bacon From Scratch

If you've ever wanted to learn how to make the King of Meats right in your own kitchen, you've come to the right place. Making bacon really couldn't be any simpler!

All About Peaches

Sweet, juicy, eat-’em-over-the-sink peaches — they’re nature’s reward for enduring the summer’s heat. And they’re worth the wait! Here are the peachy facts on the ultimate summer fruit, including how to choose and store peaches, and some delicious recipes to use them up.

My Love Affair with Popcorn

Everyone loves popcorn, right? Well I do anyway and here I'm telling you all about how I popped my way to many great bowls of popcorn.

How to Prep & Smoke Ribs

Smoke and fire are primal. For eons people have been gathering family and community around a crackling fire and warming embers. And you will too! With this step-by-step guide to charcoal smoking, you’ll dominate the smoker with an ever-popular menu that’s certain to impress not only yourself, but anyone lucky enough to be invited to your party.

How to Eat Garden to Table

Eat fresh from your own backyard! The words “garden fresh” appear on food labels and menus for a reason: There’s nothing more appealing than the idea that the produce you eat (and feed your family) was just picked from your garden. Here's how to put your (or someone else's) garden to good use in the kitchen.

How to Soften Butter Quickly

Have you ever headed to the kitchen to get started baking and realize the recipe calls for softened butter? But your butter is still in the fridge and you don’t want to wait 1-2 hours for it to sit out to reach room temperature. Is it really that important? Is there a way to quickly soften the butter?

The Journey to Pavlova

Want to know what goes into recipe testing? Sometimes, it's 17 tries to get something just right! Here's the journey to pavlova – plus key tips and tricks to making the perfect pavlova every time.

Move Your Kitchen Outdoors To The Smoker

Move your cooking outdoors and start putting your smoker to work. Not only does our smoker get dinner on the table, it also helps us stock our freezer. Here’s why my family loves our smoker and why you might be interested in purchasing one too.