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A transplant from FineHomebuilding.com, I’ve worked on FineCooking.com since 2009. And while everyone thinks spending my afternoons in the Test Kitchen has to be the best part of the job, for me, it’s actually creating recipe slideshows (I’m addicted to them!) and developing audio slideshows with the most credible cooks and cookbook authors in the country. Our contributors are generous with their time and talents, and I never feel like I have to go to the gym after talking with them.
New Orleans food historian Poppy Tooker takes us on a tour of her hometown and tells us where we MUST eat, drink, sleep, and play in The Big Easy. And yes, she will tell you where to get the best poor boy sandwich in town.
Got salad? (It's summer; who isn't making a big salad every night?) You need Oxo's Good Grips Salad Spinner. Enter to win one in our latest giveaway.
Add a little Southwestern flavor to your kitchen. Enter to win a Cook on Clay casserole like the one Deborah Madison uses.
Cookbook author Deborah Madison used traditional Southwestern materials and vibrant color to make her New Mexico kitchen feel like home.
Show your love, grilled cheese fans—and share it with us. We want to see your take on our April/May cover.
Gale Gand is crazy about her collection of All-Clad pots and pans. Let us help you start your own collection. Enter to win an All-Clad 3-quart saucepan.
Tour pastry chef Gale Gand’s remodeled Chicago kitchen, where space for the family to cook together was the goal.
Leave a comment for a chance to win a SodaStream Fountain Jet.
Pastry chef François Payard's New York City kitchen may be small, but the sparkling space feels much larger than it is.
Zoë François’s favorite cake stands are up for grabs. Leave a comment for your chance to win.
Famous for her Bread-in-Five-Minutes-a-Day series, Minneapolis pastry chef, blogger, and author Zoë François shares the space where she bakes morning, noon, and night.
Leave a comment for your chance to win two cookbooks, The Vegetarian Epicure and Love Soup, both by Anna Thomas.
A massive island and tucked-away storage make Anna Thomas’s Ojai Valley kitchen a perfect place to party.
Leave a comment for a chance to win the cooking tools Joanne Weir recommends to her students.
Joanne Weir’s San Francisco kitchen does triple duty as a culinary classroom, television set, and home cooking haven.
Exciting news: We'll be launching a revamped FineCooking.com mid-May. Our recipes and how-to information take center stage and inspiration is a click away.
One day just isn't enough. Join us all week and on Facebook for an Earth Day chat and enter to win a cookbook and cookware set worth more than $300.
Steven Raichlen shows you around his indoor and outdoor kitchens, plus he'll grill like a caveman.
Serious grillers take note: This is your chance to win Steven Raichlen's favorite grill tools, many of which were designed by the master himself.
Iron Chef Judy Joo highlights the essential ingredients (along with substitutions) needed for an authentic Korean barbecue.
We always knew we had the best readers around, but Linda takes the cake. Learn how she used the prize from Abby Dodge’s Giveaway to help the families of Newtown, Connecticut.
At Melissa Clark's house, these kitchen tools make cooking a family affair. Leave a comment for your chance to win Melissa's favorite kitchenware.
In food writer Melissa Clark’s Brooklyn kitchen, there’s room for both work and family. Tour her inspiring kitchen.
Win cookbook author Grace Young's favorite kitchen tools.
Tour cookbook author and Chinese cooking expert Grace Young's compact, super-efficient SoHo kitchen.
Win the baking gear—worth more than $1000—contributing editor Abby Dodge can't live without.
Contributing editor Abby Dodge gives a guided tour of her versatile kitchen—which is is part office, part pastry workshop, and entirely charming.
Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas gives a tour of his kitchen and dining room, where he and his wife Jackie entertain--and entertain big.
Leave a comment for your chance to win Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas's favorite kitchen tools and serveware.
Fine Gardening's Danielle Sherry and our own Sarah Breckenridge take your questions on Fine Cooking's Facebook page Thursday, August 2. Join us!
Chef and cookbook author Maria Helm Sinskey seamlessly blends the old with the new in her Napa kitchen. Go Behind the Kitchen Door for a tour of Maria’s kitchen.
Like wine? Then you’ll love chef, vineyard owner, and wine expert Maria Helm Sinskey’s must have wine tools. Leave a comment for your chance to win a prize pack worth more than $585.
The Bi-Rite Creamery's Kris Hoogerhyde and Anne Walker are our special guests on Facebook Thursday, June 28. If you believe owning an ice cream maker is more essential than an air conditioner, join us!
Abby Dodge will be the special guest on our Facebook page Thursday, June 21. She’ll share her secrets for baking perfect summer pies and desserts, including her trick for weaving a flawless lattice top pie crust.
Tony Rosenfeld will be our special guest on Facebook Thursday, June 14. It's your chance to grill him on grilling and win one of our special issue giveaways.
Go behind the kitchen door on a tour of Bruce Aidells's spectacular outdoor kitchen, complete with a built-in gas grill and wood-fired pizza oven.
Want to really impress Mom this Mother’s Day? We’ve got just the mom to help you pull it off. Visit Fine Cooking’s Facebook page on Thursday May 10 from 3-5 EDT. Lisa Schroeder, owner of Portland’s Mother’s Bistro & Bar and author of the cookbook, Mother’s Best, will be our special guest.
You don’t need a grill master’s tools to grill like a master, but it sure helps. Leave a comment for a chance to win Bruce Aidells's favorite grilling tools.
Want to make something truly authentic to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? We can help bring the taste of Mexico to your kitchen. Visit Fine Cooking’s Facebook page Thursday, May 3 at 3:30 EDT. Mexican food expert Shelley Wiseman will be our guest and we'll give away copies of her new book.
Join pizza experts Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François on Fine Cooking's Facebook page Thursday, April 19, where they'll share tips and tricks for creating better-than-takeout pizzas at home.
Welcome spring with a week of fresh dinner salads, spring recipe slideshows, and a Facebook chat with the author of Salad for Dinner. We’re also offering up a free excerpt of the book and giving six copies away as part of our Salad Days Giveaway.
To some, Pi Day is a chance to give a nod to the mathematical constant 3.14159265. To me and you, it’s a chance to bake and eat pie. Win a copy of Fine Cooking's Pies, Crisps & Cobblers in our giveaway.
New Orleans' own David Guas is our special guest on Facebook Thursday from 3-5 EST. Join us for a chance to win a free copy of his book DamGoodSweet.
Remember that resolution to start baking bread from scratch? How’s it going? Get inspired by Abby Dodge’s latest #baketogether project.
All week long, we’re celebrating the joy that is real Italian cooking. Join us for a Facebook Q&A with Domenica Marchetti and Melissa Pellegrino for a chance to win our new book, Fine Cooking Italian.
. . .and win the book that’ll help you stick to it.
Baking up a sweet holiday? Tweet us about it! Join the FC editors and special guest Abby Dodge for a holiday baking Tweetup on Wednesday, December 14. We’re dishing about cookies and more, and of course, there will be gifts.
This year, we’re making our holiday cookie contest big—big batch, that is. If your recipe turns out 6 dozen cookies or more, we want to see how creative you can get with those cookies.
Have last-minute questions on Thanksgiving? Tweet us if you need us. @finecooking is LIVE on Twitter Thanksgiving Day and ready to help.
Jules from Stonesoup makes five ingredients look amazing. But ketchup isn't on the list. Hey, kids in my household, deal with it.
Here at Fine Cooking, we're bracing for Hurricane Irene. Are you ready? Get some quick tips on food safety and links to resources before the storm hits.
Find out who took home the gold in our 2011 Grill-lympics challenge.
So far, the Grill-lympics has been all about meat. But today, I'm bringing dessert back with a luscious-looking grilled fruit crisp from a blogger we love.
There's no better way to cool off than with summery ice pops. Use our new Ice Pop Recipe Maker to create your own recipes and for a limited time, get the Recipe Maker iPhone App for free.
If you saw our latest cover and immediately started planning your taco party, you'll want to join us July 28 for a Tweetup celebrating the issue, all things summer, and grilling.
All right, FC fans, you’ve trained countless summers for this challenge. Which grill mistress or master will take home the gold? Share your grilling with us for a chance to win some great prizes.
In our first ever Grill-lympics summer challenge, we're asking you to share your grilling with us. See the challenge rules and start your grills!
Download a free excerpt of Fred Thompson's Grillin' with Gas and post a comment for your chance to win a copy of Fred's book in time for Father's Day.
One of the best things about working at Fine Cooking is having a co-worker who bakes and blogs.
Join the Fine Cooking staff Tuesday, May 24 at 3:30 EST for a summer kickoff Tweetup where you can grill us about the current issue, get the secrets behind Momofuku’s outrageous strawberry layer cake, and check out our picks for the summer’s best wheat beers.
. . .But, boy, the batter was good. The best bloggers don’t always have perfect results, that’s part of what makes them real--and really inspiring.
Around St. Patrick’s Day we feel compelled to call on our go-to Chocolate Stout Cake recipe by Nicole Rees. This year, I'm pouring the stout into cupcakes inspired by the Bunkycooks blog.
After I saw these over-the-top Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup on the evil shenanigans blog, Saturday morning couldn't come soon enough.
Before she puts her deep fryer away for a while, Kristen from the Dine & Dish blog, shares one more (unlikely) recipe for yummy-looking fried avocados.
Thank you to everyone who entered a soup in our Soup Week Challenge. You impressed us with your variety, your flavor combinations, and in many cases, your willingness to try something new. After much...
You simply can't rush a good French Onion Soup, so to satisfy a craving, try the French Onion Soup Crostinis from Shanon Lacy of The Curvy Carrot.
What's simmering away in your pot? Share your soup with us for a chance to win the rock start of all soup pots, the FC 2010 Archive, and two good reads featuring the most gorgeous breads ever baked and a special issue filled with recipes for a favorite combo: Soups & Sandwiches.
What's simmering away on your stove? Share your soup with us for a chance to win a new Emile Henry 7 qt. Soup Pot, and more!
Join us Wednesday, March 2, from 3:30 – 4:30 EST for a Tweetup devoted to our favorite winter meal: Soup. They'll be plenty of slurping and giveaways.
Soup fans, Fine Cooking is celebrating the glorious, satisfying, soul-warming dish that is soup all week long—Friday to Friday—February 25 through March 4. And we want you to join us.
As soon as the last chocolate is gone from the box, my thoughts turn to St. Patrick’s Day, so I'm sharing a simple recipe for Homemade Corned Beef from the team at Mixed Greens.
DadCooksDinner blogger Mike Vrobel's guide to winter grilling helps me get my priorities straight. Forget the mailbox; shoveling a path to my backyard grill goes to the top of my to-do list.
Join us Thursday, February 3 for a Tweetup devoted to Super Bowl party food. We’ll be dishing about everything from chilis and nachos to potato chip cookies (yes, there is such a recipe!), as well as taking your questions and sharing our favorite man-food.
Missing the bounty of fresh produce, Phoo-d author Annie reminds me to appreciate ever-reliable cauliflower.
Thank you to everyone who took Abby Dodge’s Dessert in a Cookie concept and ran with it. The results were impressive.
Holiday entertaining? Bring it on! Join us for another fun Tweetup on Monday, December 20. There'll be recipes, menus, planning tips, and giveaways.
Turn your favorite classic dessert into a cookie! Your recipe could earn you a sweet prize package from King Arthur Flour and Fine Cooking.
Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? No way. In fact, the more pumpkin, the better. In this post, I’m recommending two recipes from the Closet Cooking blogger that look so good, I’m betting they’ll convert even those who normally pass on pumpkin pie.
Chef and cooking teacher Biba Caggiano shows us how to make a classic Italian dish she makes with her family every year at Christmas and on New Year's Eve: Tortellini en Brodo.
No Day of the Dead celebration is complete without the sweet, buttery bread, pan de muerto. Watch and listen to Mexican food expert and pastry chef Fany Gerson explain the process of making pan de muerto. Fany makes two loaves, in fact, because one is simply not enough (it’s that good). Fany also shares her recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate.
I figured I’d let the pie-baked-inside-a-cake trend sail right on by. Then, I found the Bake it in a Cake blog and changed my mind.
I’ve declared a reader appreciation day and am giving a shout out to a handful of favorites who share their cooking with us.
Meet the authors of the groundbreaking cookbook Harvest to Heat on Monday, Oct. 4 at The Lounge at Astor Center in NYC.
We frequently feature must-reads from one of our favorite bloggers. In this post, I’m sharing a must-see instead. Watch a totally new kind of how-to cooking video--especially if you've got some tomatoes to use up.
We’re easing the family back into major busy mode with some ideas for back to school meals and snacks. Yes, snacks! Teachers get shiny red apples; kids want a 3 o’clock cookie.
Want to know a secret? I’ll take National S’mores Day over Valentine’s Day any year. Get the recipe for Homemade Graham Crackers along with a few twists on the classic campfire treat.
Looking for the ultimate ice cream recipe, I found something even better on Tara O'Brady's blog, seven spoons.
You're invited to join FC at the Foodies' Night In Tweetup on Monday, July 26th. Tweet with all-star foodies Dorie Greenspan, Abigail Johnson Dodge, Susie Middleton, and Max McCalman.
Never miss a good farmers’ market again. Plug your zip code in our Farmers’ Market Locator and click on the carrots for more information about a farmers’ market near you.
When Louise Mellor isn't posting gorgeous photos on her blog, you can find her at the farmers' market giving each item the sniff test.
It was Pinch My Salt’s name that initially got me, but it’s recipes like today’s Fresh Fig and Banana Milkshake that’ll keep me coming back.
Sally Newton of Bewitching Kitchen bakes up an oven-grilled pizza that reminds me why, however you cook it, pizza and the grill go hand in hand.
Tell me what you've got sizzling away on your grill for a chance to win a free copy of Grill Master Fred Thompson's cookbooks Barbecue Nation and Grillin' with Gas.
If you’re curious about the blogs the editors of Fine Cooking are addicted to, here’s your chance to see which bloggers we love and what links we’re forwarding around the office. Know of a great blog we’ve yet to discover? Share it with us!
To salute moms and home cooks everywhere, I'm giving away a couple of copies of Lisa Schroeder's cookbook, Mother's Best. Upload a recipe or post a comment for a chance at the ultimate comfort food: Mom's.
Getting a tax refund this year? Check out our Rich Man’s Menu, which includes our most indulgent recipes incorporating caviar, truffled chicken, chocolate, and champagne. If you're writing a check to Uncle Sam, don't worry, we've got a menu for you too.
Why eat chocolate when you can inhale it? I can think of several reasons, but that’s just me. If you’ve tried Le Whif’s inhaler, or you’re tempted to, tell me why.
Forget those fizzy little tablets. This year, color your Easter eggs with vegetables, berries, coffee, tea, and spices. I'll share a post from VegetableGardener.com that shows you how.
Watch New Orleans chef and author of the cookbook DamGoodSweet, David Guas, demonstrate his recipes for traditional Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, King Cake, and more.
The Food Network’s Daisy Martinez emcees a food festival and cookbook auction to benefit The World Food Programme. Up for auction: signed copies of Julie Powell’s Julie & Julia, Rick Moonen's Fish Without a Doubt, and Molly O'Neill’s New York Cookbook, to name a few.
We’ve survived the holidays—and all the shopping, cooking, and eating that go along with them. Now, it’s time to check in on those New Year’s resolutions.
All the entries posted to the Update the Classics contest were interesting and innovative, but Pielove’s palate-cleansing Cranberry (Sauce) Negroni Sorbet really got our attention.
Food writer, instructor, and founder of the Asian Culinary Forum, Thy Tran, teaches you how to make authentic pork-and-shrimp-filled jiao zi dumplings from start to finish.
Fine Cooking editors share their top FC recipe picks for 2009 and ask you to share yours.
Lisa Schroeder, the chef and owner of Mother's Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria bakes up her no-fuss fruit crisp with Ann and Al on the Today Show. Watch the video and get the recipe.
Step it up a notch this holiday season by updating classic recipes for stuffings, mashed potatoes, sweet potato caseroles, pies, and more.
Laurie Buckle cooks with Connecticut Style again. In this episode, Laurie demonstrates the Rustic Mashed Potatoes recipe featured in Pam Anderson’s article How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner.
Watch Fine Cooking contributor and DamGoodSweet author David Guas demonstrate how to make his Fried Apple Pies on the Today show.