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How to make perfect french fries at home

Deep-fried super-crispy, golden french fries taste great. To achieve the right flavor and texture you simply need to follow a few simple steps.

How To Tell When Your Cake Is Done

How do you avoid one of the most common cake baking problems and pitfalls? Learn how to tell when cake is done with these easy tips.

Pairing Champagne and Chocolate: Concept vs. Reality

You might think a bubbly would enhance the tannins in chocolate to disconcertingly bitter notes. That’s not to say a successful pairing can’t be done.

How To Make Homemade Pasta

Homemade pasta is fun to make & easier than you think.

How to Make Croissants: A 3-Day Process Walk-Through

Few things are as delicious as melt-in-your-mouth, buttery croissants. Sure they require a little time, but the payoff is worth it.

How To Make Homemade Bagels

Warm, chewy bagels are one of life’s pure pleasures. But what most people don’t know is that they’re also one of the simplest breads to make at home. We’re here to walk you through the process, step by step. So get your knead on, then boil and bake!

How to Make the Perfect Baked Potato

Bake a potato and you’re not far from a side dish or an easy dinner (loaded baked potatoes anyone?), and let’s not forget twice-baked potatoes and potato skins. The question is, what’s the best way to bake a potato? Read on.

How to Make a Gingerbread House

Impress everyone you celebrate with this season by showing off your master building skills thanks to step-by-step photos and easy-to-follow directions for a gingerbread house of your very own.

How to Make a Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

Impress your guests (and yourself) this year by making a traditional yule log cake. It's easier than it looks, and as sweet as it is stunning. Yule be singing its praises!

How to Create the Ultimate Cheese Board

Our local expert on all things cheese, C.J. Bienert, helps us put together the prettiest, picture-perfect cheese board with a variety of textures and flavors. Then, with his suggestions in hand, have some fun creating your own photo-worthy cheese board.

Braising Brisket

How do you cook a tough, flat piece of meat? With less-than-tender cuts like brisket, the moist, gentle heat of braising is the answer.

How to Make Homemade Bratwurst

WHEN IT COMES TO GRILLING OUT, brats are often on the menu. And with more and more people looking to get back to the basics, making your own brats really isn’t a stretch. Plus, when you make them yourself, you know exactly what’s going into them, and they have tons more flavor than store-bought brats. Here's how to make homemade bratwurst.


Recipes

Key Lime Mousse with graham cracker tuiles

Here’s a fun twist on the classic Key lime pie. And like the pie, Key lime juice is the main ingredient — but now it’s in a mousse lightened with whipped cream.

The graham tuile [TWEEL] is a take-off on the pie’s traditional graham cracker crust. Tuile is French for “tile,” and these thin, crispy cookies are molded while still warm—traditionally into the shape of roof tiles. But they can also be formed into edible bowls! Molding does take practice (we broke several at first), but just…

Pear-Vanilla Compote

This Pear-Vanilla Compote makes a sweet accompaniment to a comforting braised brisket dinner. A splash of pear brandy or nectar enhances the overall pear flavor, and vanilla makes it taste like home.

“Quiche Lorraine” Breakfast Sandwiches with avocado & mixed salad greens

All the flavors of a classic Quiche Lorraine are rolled into one easy-to-make breakfast sandwich.

Tomato Jam and Smoked Paprika Granola

Savory granola is the perfect addition when you want to add a little crunch or umami to puréed soups, salads, or roasted vegetables.

From snacks, dips, and condiments to soups, braises, and desserts, Marisa McClellan does a fabulous job transforming your preserves into some new and exceptional dishes. If you’re looking for ways to use up jams or fruit butters, granola is the answer. By using jams in granola it allows you to toss your nuts and oats in a slurry of sweet preserves with a…

Shanghai Mule with White Claw Lime Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer water is a popular canned cocktail that’s flooded the market. Whether you’re already on board or just curious, these easy recipes turn the bubbly beverage into some of our new favorite refreshing cocktails, like this Shanghai Mule. The kicker in this mule is the candied ginger — swizzle a slice and see what we mean.

Black Cherry Smash with Budweiser Black Cherry Hard Seltzer

This Black Cherry Smash cocktail makes the case that bourbon and black cherry have a taste affinity that’s meant to be.

What started with everyone drinking posh sparkling waters has manifested into “hard seltzer” or soda water mixed with neutral-flavored alcohol, plus flavoring. Hard seltzer is sparkling water, aka club soda, instilled with attitude; generally between 4.5% and 7% ABV. Citrus, berry flavored, and tropical fruit seltzers are just the right vehicles for creating summer …

Iced Carajillo with Pabst Hard Coffee

Hard seltzer water is a popular canned cocktail that’s flooded the market. Whether you’re already on board or just curious, these easy recipes turn the bubbly beverage into some of our new favorite refreshing cocktails, like this Iced Carajillo with Pabst Hard Coffee and Licor 43. Made from 43 different ingredients, Spain’s Licor 43 is a vanilla-ish flavored liqueur with citrus, botanic, sweet, and floral notes.

Artisan Fire Pizza Dough

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet knows how to create some tasty pizzas on the grill. The Food + Fire cookbook has pizzas for every meal — breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. The hard part is deciding which one to make first — but they all begin with this Artisan Fire Pizza Dough.

This dough uses a blend of bread flour and Caputo Tipo ‘00 flour — the Italian flour used by Neapolitan pizza restaurants due to…

Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Sweet, salty, and crisp — you can’t go wrong with these classic Bread-and-Butter Pickles!

Miso Butterscotch Sauce

This butterscotch sauce is like none you’ve had before — it’s sweet, but slightly salty with a touch of umami essence — your ice cream is about to get real happy. Butterscotch sauce benefits from salt, too. Like salted caramel, it keeps the sauce from becoming saccharine sweet — it’s perfectly balanced.

Homemade Pop Tarts with strawberry or brown sugar-cinnamon filling

Homemade pop tarts — need we say more? Tender buttery crust, with two fillings to choose from, don’t let their cuteness stop you from eating more than one. This recipe makes either 6 strawberry pop tarts, or 6 brown sugar pop tarts.

Homemade Animal Cookies

Line up for these (almost) too-adorable-to-eat homemade treats. No need to frost these animal cookies — with three different flavors, they’re roaring good.