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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

Chocolate-Spice Muffins

Farro with dried apricots & feta

With bits of dried apricots, lemon zest, and feta, this hearty side feels light and refreshing.

Mojito Cocktail

Latin flavors are all the rage now, and here is one of the hottest drinks. It's a refreshing blend of rum, mint, sugar, and soda water — WOW!

Cheesy Grits Soufflé

The coarsely ground dried corn known as grits is a southern staple. Polenta or cornmeal may also be used in this recipe.

Sweet Cream Topping

To enjoy Stove-Top Apple Crisp while it's warm and fresh, whip up this simple cream after making the crunchy topping and before cooking the apples.

Apple-Potato Mash

Cooking a Granny Smith apple with potatoes creates an appetizing side dish to serve with the stew.

Double-Dipped Onion Rings

Soaking and double dipping deliver a harmonious combination—a large slice of sweet onion encased in a crispy crust. This is the perfect onion ring.

By following a few simple steps, you can have some of the best rings you’ll ever eat. Sure, they’re wonderful by themselves, but with a steak or sandwich—oh my!

To achieve the perfect ring, you must do two things. First, soak the onion slices in cold water to dilute the sulfur content, turning them sweet and mild. And second, for a …