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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.

How to Make Sauerkraut

Welcome to the world of fermentation, one of the lost culinary techniques that’s becoming popular again. This ancient process uses only salt (and sometimes water) to alter the flavor and texture of foods. Here, a humble head of cabbage becomes tangy, zesty, effervescent sauerkraut.

How to Make a Stuffed Pork Loin

Have you always loved the look of a rolled pork loin roast but weren’t sure how to make one? Do you love pork, ham, salami, and gooey cheese? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, this article is for you. You’ll learn how to butterfly, stuff, and roll the pork roast of your dreams.

How to Cut Onions

Onions play an integral role in virtually everything you cook, so knowing how to make the basic cuts is an indispensable skill.

How to Bread Chicken

When it comes to chicken, or any protein, for that matter, it’s hard to top crusted (or breaded) cutlets. The challenge is how to get a flavorful, crispy crust while still ending up with juicy meat. With these tips in hand, you’ll crack the crusting code.

How to Make Homemade Cavatelli Without a Machine

Homemade cavatelli is possible with just six easy steps (including making pasta dough from scratch!). Here's how to make homemade cavatelli without a machine.


Recipes

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.

Apple Puff Pancake with apple cider-caramel sauce

Easier than apple pie, but equally as delicious with much more ta-da than basic breakfast fare, this baked Granny Smith Apple Puff Pancake is fall at its finest.

More crêpe-like than a flapjack, Dutch baby pancakes are the ideal vehicle for buttery, cinnamon-spiced, sautéed Granny Smith apples. With an apple-cider caramel sauce, this breakfast is fit for a king (or a queen).

Spiced Apple Butter

Spiced Apple Butter is a tasty way to put fresh fall apples to good use and this one shouldn’t be missed. Sugar and spices make it sweet and homespun, but cider vinegar, thyme, and bay leaf add depth. Then, slather this flavorful butter on biscuits for the perfect fall breakfast.

Tomato Jam

Once you try Marisa McClellan’s Tomato Jam you’ll understand why we’re highlighting this preserve. It’s savory and sweet, with a punch of heat, and has a variety of clever uses. So head to your garden, pick some tomatoes, and get jammin’.

Cantaloupe Agua Fresca with Fresh Basil

This non-alcoholic fruit drink is perfect for sipping on a summer afternoon. Savor the sweet flavor of ripe cantaloupe in this refreshing agua fresca. Not a fan of having pieces of basil in your drink? Strain the agua fresca before serving.

Coconut Rice with Lemon Grass

Since rice is eaten at nearly every Indonesian meal, don’t pass on this one. Lemon grass and coconut milk make for a fragrant, ultra-creamy side dish. Serve with Grilled Chicken Thighs with sambal marinade.

Three Peas Salad

Just-picked produce makes for ultimate summer side dishes. With fresh sugar snap peas, green peas, and pea shoots, this brilliantly flavored green salad is perfect on any dinner table.

Puff Pastry Pinwheels with Boursin Cheese

Puff pastry is a French delicacy made by rolling cold butter into multiple layers of dough. When baked, the butter melts and creates steam, causing the dough to puff. While all that buttery, crispy goodness sounds great on its own, if you spread Boursin cheese all over it before baking and roll it up into pinwheels, it's even better.

Beef Stroganoff Soup with Fresh Dill

Beef stroganoff is the ultimate comfort food. Full of tender strips of flavorful steak, mushrooms sautéed in butter for a rich sauce, and egg noodles topped with sour cream, it just doesn’t get much better than that. Unless of course the classic dish is rearranged into a quick-to-make, satisfying soup — now that’s something everyone is sure to get on board with!

For the best flavor and texture in this soup, rib-eye steak can’t be beat — its marbling keeps the meat moist even if it’s c…