How-To's

How To Assemble a Layer Cake with Frosting

Follow these simple steps for a cake that’s both impressive and stable.

How to Make Homemade Stock

Stocks are the foundation of classic cooking — they won't dazzle you with their good looks, but surely will with what they bring to your cooking endeavors. Simply follow our fundamental guidelines, including our six principles for making from-scratch stock, and you'll soon be creating amazing soups, stews, and more.

How To Make Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

Making Perfect Flaky Pie Crust really is as easy as pie. Armed with just a few tips in this simple, step-by-step guide, you’ll be an expert in how to make flaky, tender, and crisp pie crust in no time — you'll wonder why you ever bothered with purchased pie dough in the first place.

All About Cream & How to Whip It

From half-and-half to heavy cream, this smooth and rich cooking and baking cornerstone is explained. Now you can case the dairy aisle with confidence. Plus, if you ever wondered about the difference between soft peaks, medium peaks, and stiff peaks, we'll teach you.

How to Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Grab our recipe for creamy Homemade Ricotta Cheese and follow these quick and easy instructions on how to make homemade ricotta cheese yourself. It's so luscious (in taste and texture) and so simple to make, once you try it you may never purchase the grocery store variety again!

How to Make Homemade Pastrami

Making Homemade Pastrami isn’t a weeknight project, but once you try your hand at making this highly coveted deli staple, you’ll fall head over heels for its succulent slices. So grab our recipe for Homemade Pastrami and follow along.

Learn Surprising Tips & Tricks of Food Photography

Taking food photos from good to great is all about the details. Professional stylists & photographers have an arsenal of tricks they rely on to keep food looking fresh & delicious.

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

A perfectly flame-charred steak is truly a work of art, but you need more than just a full tank of propane to become an artist. These tips are sure to put you on the road to success.

How to Buy, Trim & French Lamb Chops

This quick tutorial and accompanying video Trimming Lamb walks you through how to buy, trim, and prepare lamb rib chops using a technique known as frenching. Then once you've got that mastered, grab our recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops with bistecca oil and put your new skills to work.

How to Flavor & Tenderize Meat and Vegetables with Marinades

Look around your kitchen, and you’ll see everything needed to add extra layers of flavor or to tenderize your favorite meal — vinegars, juices, milk, vegetables, spices, even wine. In this step-by-step tutorial we explain all that you should know about marinades and how they work . . . while you relax.

How to Preserve and Save Summer Tomatoes

Don’t let summer’s bounty shrivel on the vine. Learn how to preserve the season in this quick tutorial on slow-roasting or freezing summer’s sweetest tomatoes. It’s a surefire way to keep their fresh flavor alive all winter long.

All About Pork Ribs and How To Smoke and Grill Them

Learn all about buying and trimming pork ribs — baby backs and spareribs. A simple rub and sauce is all your ribs need (check out our recipe for Spicy Dry Rubbed and Grilled Spareribs with bock barbecue sauce).