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Table of Contents

Tips and Techniques4

Steak House Searing6

Wouldn't it be great if you could get a pricey steak house steak right in your home? Well, now you can.

On the Side8

Complete your steak house dinner with a classic sauce and side dish -- simple to do and better than ever.

Steak au Poivre with Brandy Cream Sauce10

Juicy strip steaks encrusted with peppercorns and doused with cream sauce -- indulge! It's worth it.

Potato Salads12

It's time for potato salads! For the next picnic, skip the deli and try one of these.

Savory Summer Soups14

Spicy-sweet Mulligatawny Soup is a perfect light meal for the summer.

Savory Summer Soups16

Even though it's warmer outside, Peanut Soup and Shrimp Gumbo are viable dinner options. And very good choices, indeed.

Barbecued Pulled Pork18

Slow cooked to perfection. Try this no-fail technique to great-tasting pork.

Root Beer BBQ Sauce21

Sauce with a twist. The sharp taste of vinegar smoothed out with an easy-to-make root beer syrup.

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Barbeque Sauce - Vinegar Sauce

Barbeque Sauce - Red Sauce

Pulled Pork Sandwich22

One taste of this sandwich and it'll be an instant family favorite -- even with slaw!

BBQ Sauces24

Regional sauces win hands down over national brands. See which ones made it to the top in our taste test.

Basic Cuisine26

Do you know the best way to make crême fraîche? Or how about melting chocolate? Here's some basic info we can all use.


Garlic is a powerful aromatic, but doesn't have to be. Find its softer side for those delicate recipes.

40-Clove Garlic Chicken30

An easy to prepare dish that doesn't carry the "stinky" garlic stigma.

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Buttermilk Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette Salad32

Love garlic, hate the aftereffects? Here's a mellow alternative you should try.

Rick Bayless33

/The/ Mexican cooking authority, Rick Bayless, shares three zesty authentic tostada recipes.

White Chocolate Cheesecake38

This isn't run-of-the-mill cheesecake. It's easy to make, beautiful to look at, and so good, it's sinful.


Tuxedo Strawberries44

Gorgeous and simple -- strawberries dressed up, ready for a perfect dessert.