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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.

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Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans

Moveable Feast On Location with Poppy Tooker in New Orleans

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.

Win Oxos Good Grips Salad Spinner

Win Oxo's Good Grips Salad Spinner

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.

Win a Cook on Clay Casserole

Win a Cook on Clay Casserole

Add a little Southwestern flavor to your kitchen. Enter to win a Cook on Clay casserole like the one Deborah Madison uses.

Behind the Kitchen Door: At Home in the Southwest with Deborah Madison

Behind the Kitchen Door: At Home in the Southwest with Deborah Madison

Cookbook author Deborah Madison used traditional Southwestern materials and vibrant color to make her New Mexico kitchen feel like home.

Cook Our Cover for National Grilled Cheese Month

Cook Our Cover for National Grilled Cheese Month

Show your love, grilled cheese fans—and share it with us. We want to see your take on our April/May cover.

Win an All-Clad 3-Quart Saucepan

Win an All-Clad 3-Quart Saucepan

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.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Gale Gands Kitchen Has Space for All

Behind the Kitchen Door: Gale Gand's Kitchen Has Space for All

Tour pastry chef Gale Gand’s remodeled Chicago kitchen, where space for the family to cook together was the goal.

Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet

Win a SodaStream Fountain Jet

Leave a comment for a chance to win a SodaStream Fountain Jet.

Behind the Kitchen Door: François Payards Little Gem of a Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: François Payard's Little Gem of a Kitchen

Pastry chef François Payard's New York City kitchen may be small, but the sparkling space feels much larger than it is.

Win a Pair of Cake Stands

Win a Pair of Cake Stands

Zoë François’s favorite cake stands are up for grabs. Leave a comment for your chance to win.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Zoë Françoiss Kitchen is One Sweet Spot

Behind the Kitchen Door: Zoë François's Kitchen is One Sweet Spot

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.

Win an Anna Thomas Cookbook Prize Pack

Win an Anna Thomas Cookbook Prize Pack

Leave a comment for your chance to win two cookbooks, The Vegetarian Epicure and Love Soup, both by Anna Thomas.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Anna Thomass Kitchen Built for Friends

Behind the Kitchen Door: Anna Thomas's Kitchen Built for Friends

A massive island and tucked-away storage make Anna Thomas’s Ojai Valley kitchen a perfect place to party.

Win Joanne Weirs Must-Have Cooking Tools

Win Joanne Weir's Must-Have Cooking Tools

Leave a comment for a chance to win the cooking tools Joanne Weir recommends to her students.

Behind the Kitchen Door: The Cooking Teachers Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: The Cooking Teacher's Kitchen

Joanne Weir’s San Francisco kitchen does triple duty as a culinary classroom, television set, and home cooking haven.

FineCooking.com Gets a Complete Makeover

FineCooking.com Gets a Complete Makeover

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.

Fine Cooking Celebrates Earth Day with Recipes, Facebook Chat & Giveaway

Fine Cooking Celebrates Earth Day with Recipes, Facebook Chat & Giveaway

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.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Steven Raichlens Indoor & Outdoor Kitchens

Behind the Kitchen Door: Steven Raichlen's Indoor & Outdoor Kitchens

Steven Raichlen shows you around his indoor and outdoor kitchens, plus he'll grill like a caveman.

Win Steven Raichlens Favorite Grill Tools

Win Steven Raichlen's Favorite Grill Tools

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.

Judy Joos Korean Barbecue at Home

Judy Joo's Korean Barbecue at Home

Iron Chef Judy Joo highlights the essential ingredients (along with substitutions) needed for an authentic Korean barbecue.

One Fine Cooking Reader Pays It Forward For a Cause

One Fine Cooking Reader Pays It Forward For a Cause

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.

Win Melissa Clarks Must-Have Kitchenware

Win Melissa Clark's Must-Have Kitchenware

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.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Melissa Clarks Family Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Melissa Clark's Family Kitchen

In food writer Melissa Clark’s Brooklyn kitchen, there’s room for both work and family. Tour her inspiring kitchen.

Win Grace Youngs Must-Have Cooking Tools

Win Grace Young's Must-Have Cooking Tools

Win cookbook author Grace Young's favorite kitchen tools.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Grace Youngs East-Meets-West Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Grace Young's East-Meets-West Kitchen

Tour cookbook author and Chinese cooking expert Grace Young's compact, super-efficient SoHo kitchen.

Win Abby Dodges Must-Have Baking Tools

Win Abby Dodge's Must-Have Baking Tools

Win the baking gear—worth more than $1000—contributing editor Abby Dodge can't live without.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Abby Dodges Bakers Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Abby Dodge's Baker's Kitchen

Contributing editor Abby Dodge gives a guided tour of her versatile kitchen—which is is part office, part pastry workshop, and entirely charming.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Tom Douglass Entertainers Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Tom Douglas's Entertainer's Kitchen

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.

Win Tom Douglass Must-Have Entertaining Tools

Win Tom Douglas's Must-Have Entertaining Tools

Leave a comment for your chance to win Seattle chef and restaurateur Tom Douglas's favorite kitchen tools and serveware.

The Homegrown Homemade Team Take Your Questions on Facebook

The Homegrown Homemade Team Take Your Questions on Facebook

Fine Gardening's Danielle Sherry and our own Sarah Breckenridge take your questions on Fine Cooking's Facebook page Thursday, August 2. Join us!

Behind the Kitchen Door: Maria Helm Sinskeys Wine Lovers Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Maria Helm Sinskey's Wine Lovers Kitchen

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.

Win Maria Helm Sinskeys Must-Have Wine Tools

Win Maria Helm Sinskey's Must-Have Wine Tools

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 Team Talks Ice Cream on Facebook

The Bi-Rite Creamery Team Talks Ice Cream on Facebook

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 Talks Summer Pies & More on Facebook

Abby Dodge Talks Summer Pies & More on Facebook

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 Joins Us on Facebook, So Grab Your Summer Grilling Questions

Tony Rosenfeld Joins Us on Facebook, So Grab Your Summer Grilling Questions

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.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Bruce Aidellss Outdoor Kitchen

Behind the Kitchen Door: Bruce Aidells's Outdoor Kitchen

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.

Lisa Schroeder Joins Us for a Mothers Day Facebook Q&A

Lisa Schroeder Joins Us for a Mother's Day Facebook Q&A

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.

Win Bruce Aidellss Must-Have Grill Tools

Win Bruce Aidells's Must-Have Grill Tools

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.

Facebook Fiesta: Join Us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Facebook Fiesta: Join Us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration

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.

Homemade Pizza on a Weeknight

Homemade Pizza on a Weeknight

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.

Ring in Spring with Salad Days

Ring in Spring with Salad Days

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.

A Pi/Pie Day Giveaway

A Pi/Pie Day 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.

Join FC and David Guas on Facebook for a Mardi Gras Q&A and Giveaway

Join FC and David Guas on Facebook for a Mardi Gras Q&A and 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.

Baking Bread with Abby Dodge

Baking Bread with Abby Dodge

Remember that resolution to start baking bread from scratch? How’s it going? Get inspired by Abby Dodge’s latest #baketogether project.

Were Cooking Italian All Week Long

We're Cooking Italian All Week Long

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.

Make a Resolution to Bake Your Own Bread

Make a Resolution to Bake Your Own Bread

. . .and win the book that’ll help you stick to it.

Join Us for Our 2011 Holiday Baking Tweetup

Join Us for Our 2011 Holiday Baking Tweetup

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.

2011 Holiday Cookie Contest Preview

2011 Holiday Cookie Contest Preview

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.

Fine Cookings Thanksgiving Hotline

Fine Cooking's Thanksgiving Hotline

Have last-minute questions on Thanksgiving? Tweet us if you need us. @finecooking is LIVE on Twitter Thanksgiving Day and ready to help.

5-Ingredient Soup (and More Recipes with a Handful of Ingredients)

5-Ingredient Soup (and More Recipes with a Handful of Ingredients)

Jules from Stonesoup makes five ingredients look amazing. But ketchup isn't on the list. Hey, kids in my household, deal with it.

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

Preparing for Hurricane Irene

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.

Grill-lympics: Announcing the Grand Prize Winner

Grill-lympics: Announcing the Grand Prize Winner

Find out who took home the gold in our 2011 Grill-lympics challenge.

Grill-lympics Wild Card Week Brings Dessert Back

Grill-lympics Wild Card Week Brings Dessert Back

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.

Icy Cool Pops and a Hot Free App

Icy Cool Pops and a Hot Free App

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.

Love the Latest Issue? Tweet with Us!

Love the Latest Issue? Tweet with Us!

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.

Fine Cookings Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

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.

Grill-lympics Challenge Official Rules

Grill-lympics Challenge Official Rules

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!

Make Dad a Better Griller This Fathers Day

Make Dad a Better Griller This Father's Day

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.

The Grace Kelly of Cupcakes

The Grace Kelly of Cupcakes

One of the best things about working at Fine Cooking is having a co-worker who bakes and blogs.

Fine Cooking Summer Cooking Kickoff

Fine Cooking Summer Cooking Kickoff

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.

Todays Inspiration: Imperfect Marble Cake

Today's Inspiration: Imperfect Marble Cake

. . .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.

Bunky-Inspired Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Bunky-Inspired Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

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.

The Most Indulgent Pancakes on the Web

The Most Indulgent Pancakes on the Web

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.

The Green Goddess Turns Golden

The Green Goddess Turns Golden

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.

Soup Week Challenge: Vote for Your Favorite Soup

Soup Week Challenge: Vote for Your Favorite Soup

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...

Satisfying a Soup Craving On the Fly

Satisfying a Soup Craving On the Fly

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.

Announcing The Soup Week Challenge

Announcing The Soup Week Challenge

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.

Soup Week Challenge Official Rules

Soup Week Challenge Official Rules

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 for a Soup-er Tweetup

Join Us for a Soup-er Tweetup

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.

Mark Your Calendars for Soup Week!

Mark Your Calendars for Soup Week!

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.

For Homemade Corned Beef, Plan Ahead, Way Ahead

For Homemade Corned Beef, Plan Ahead, Way Ahead

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.

DadCooksDinners Guide to Winter Grilling Comes Just in Time

DadCooksDinner's Guide to Winter Grilling Comes Just in Time

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.

Fine Cookings Super Bowl Party Food Tweetup

Fine Cooking's Super Bowl Party Food Tweetup

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.

Cauliflower to the Rescue

Cauliflower to the Rescue

Missing the bounty of fresh produce, Phoo-d author Annie reminds me to appreciate ever-reliable cauliflower.

Announcing the Dessert in a Cookie Contest Winners

Announcing the Dessert in a Cookie Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who took Abby Dodge’s Dessert in a Cookie concept and ran with it. The results were impressive.

Fine Cookings Holiday Entertaining Tweetup

Fine Cooking's Holiday Entertaining Tweetup

Holiday entertaining? Bring it on! Join us for another fun Tweetup on Monday, December 20. There'll be recipes, menus, planning tips, and giveaways.

Announcing the Dessert in a Cookie Contest

Announcing the Dessert in a Cookie Contest

Turn your favorite classic dessert into a cookie! Your recipe could earn you a sweet prize package from King Arthur Flour and Fine Cooking.

Recruiting for Team Pumpkin

Recruiting for Team Pumpkin

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.

Audio Slide Show: How to Make Tortellini en Brodo

Audio Slide Show: How to Make Tortellini en Brodo

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.

Audio Slide Show: How to Make Pan de Muerto

Audio Slide Show: How to Make Pan de Muerto

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.

A Pumpple Cake I Can Get Behind

A Pumpple Cake I Can Get Behind

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.

Share Your Cooking, Make Our Day

Share Your Cooking, Make Our Day

I’ve declared a reader appreciation day and am giving a shout out to a handful of favorites who share their cooking with us.

Harvest to Heat Event: Meet Cookbook Authors Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer

Harvest to Heat Event: Meet Cookbook Authors Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer

Meet the authors of the groundbreaking cookbook Harvest to Heat on Monday, Oct. 4 at The Lounge at Astor Center in NYC.

A New Way to Watch Recipes: Tomato Bruschetta

A New Way to Watch Recipes: Tomato Bruschetta

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.

Kicking Off Back to School Season

Kicking Off Back to School Season

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.

Happy National Smores Day

Happy National S'mores Day

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.

Eton Mess: One More Reason to Love the British (and Tara from seven spoons)

Eton Mess: One More Reason to Love the British (and Tara from seven spoons)

Looking for the ultimate ice cream recipe, I found something even better on Tara O'Brady's blog, seven spoons.

Foodies Night In-Fine Cooking Tweetup

Foodies' Night In-Fine Cooking Tweetup

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.

Fine Cookings Farmers Market Widget Helps You Shop Fresh and Local

Fine Cooking's Farmers' Market Widget Helps You Shop Fresh and Local

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.

Why I Want to Go to The Farmers Market with Blogger Louise Mellor

Why I Want to Go to The Farmers' Market with Blogger Louise Mellor

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.

A Blog Worth the Bookmark: Pinch My Salt

A Blog Worth the Bookmark: Pinch My Salt

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.

A Bewitching Grilled Pizza

A Bewitching Grilled Pizza

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.

Two Smokin Hot Cookbook Giveaways

Two Smokin' Hot Cookbook Giveaways

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.

Introducing the Best of the Blogs

Introducing the Best of the Blogs

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!

Mothers Day Cookbook Giveaway

Mother's Day Cookbook Giveaway

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.

Menus for Tax Season

Menus for Tax Season

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.

Le Whif? No Thanks, I Think Ill Eat Instead

Le Whif? No Thanks, I Think I'll Eat Instead

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.

The Recipe for the Perfect Easter Egg Dye

The Recipe for the Perfect Easter Egg Dye

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.

Video: David Guas Cooks Up His Mardi Gras Classics on The Today Show

Video: David Guas Cooks Up His Mardi Gras Classics on The Today Show

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.

Cookbooks for a Cause: Food 4 Haiti Event in CT

Cookbooks for a Cause: Food 4 Haiti Event in CT

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.

Sticking To Your Resolutions

Sticking To Your Resolutions

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.

Announcing the Update the Classics Challenge Winner

Announcing the Update the Classics Challenge Winner

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.

Video Series: How to Make Chinese Dumplings

Video Series: How to Make Chinese Dumplings

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.

The Year in Recipes: Get Our Top FC Recipe Picks of 2009

The Year in Recipes: Get Our Top FC Recipe Picks of 2009

Fine Cooking editors share their top FC recipe picks for 2009 and ask you to share yours.

Video: Lisa Schroeder Makes Her No-Fuss Fruit Crisp on The Today Show

Video: Lisa Schroeder Makes Her No-Fuss Fruit Crisp on The Today Show

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.

Get Inspired to Update the Classics

Get Inspired to Update the Classics

Step it up a notch this holiday season by updating classic recipes for stuffings, mashed potatoes, sweet potato caseroles, pies, and more.

CT Cooks with Laurie Buckle: How to Make Rustic Mashed Potatoes

CT Cooks with Laurie Buckle: How to Make Rustic Mashed Potatoes

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.

Video: David Guas Cooks Fried Apple Pies with Al Roker on Today

Video: David Guas Cooks Fried Apple Pies with Al Roker on Today

Watch Fine Cooking contributor and DamGoodSweet author David Guas demonstrate how to make his Fried Apple Pies on the Today show.

Recent Comments

Re: FineCooking.com Gets a Complete Makeover

No worries, Calvin. The forum closing is something that makes sense for Fine Cooking given our active Facebook community. Take good care.

Re: 2011 Holiday Cookie Contest Official Rules

No worries, Mary: I saw your note and sent you an email with next steps. I'm sorry you've had trouble posting your entry, and I sure appreciate you trying!

Re: Fine Cooking's Thanksgiving Hotline

There’s no hard-and-fast rule on this. After surveying several of our turkey recipes, some do call for rinsing and some don’t. I’d say unless the recipe specifically instructs you to rinse the bird, you shouldn’t. And if it helps, see Maria Helm Sinskey’s recipe for Herb Gravy (it’s specifically for brined turkey to address the very problem you noted—pan juices that are too salty to make a good gravy): http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/herb-gravy-brined-turkey.aspx.

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

The post featuring the wild card finalists is up. Start voting, Grill-lympians!
http://www.finecooking.com/item/35281/grill-lympics-wild-card-finalists

Re: Grill-lympics: Grilled Chicken Finalists

No thanks necessary, Ziad; we LOVE seeing what our readers are grillin’ up, so thank YOU for participating. Check your email; you’ll see a note from me with details on how to claim your prize. Congrats!

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

The grilled chicken finalists are up, along with a shout out to two previous Grill-lympics winners: http://www.finecooking.com/item/35057/grill-lympics-grilled-chicken-finalists

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

@Ziad: We saw it, and it's a finalist. Thanks for participating. . .and don't forget to vote!

@CastIron: If there are flames involved, go on ahead and share it with us. We love good BBQ, too.

And, thanks to all the FC fans who have shared their grilling with us so far. Keep grilling, folks!

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

@Ziad: No, you don’t need to submit a side dish, too. In fact, if you’ve got a grilled side, you’ll want to save it for Week Four when the theme is Wild Card Grilling (that’s everything and anything not featured in the previous weeks. Stuff like veggies, avocados, pizzas, bacon, and even fruit and cakes).

@salsachick: Absolutely. All our readers are important to us, wherever they live. The problem is that we cannot possibly know the rules and regulations different countries around the world apply to contests and sweepstakes. For example, some countries require that the rules be published in that country’s native language. So while we’d like to include everyone, it’s just not possible. We’re bummed about it, too.

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

Vote for your favorite burger here:
http://www.finecooking.com/item/34800/grill-lympics-burger-finalists-vote-for-your-favorite

Re: Fine Cooking's Summer 2011 Grill-lympics

@JP: You said it, sister!

Re: Soup Week Challenge Official Rules

@pb2000: You can post a recipe, if you like, or just share a photo and description of the soup. Descriptions run the gamut; some are straight, some include anecdotes, practical tips, lessons learned, or eater-reactions.

@Sally: Tweaks are fine (we’re always interested in the spin you give a recipe to make it your own), and so is following a recipe to the letter. There’s a lot of freedom here! I see an entry that uses a tomato soup recipe from someone else, but it’s augmented by grilled cheese bites suspended over the serving glass. Small elements like that are likely to get the editors’ attention. We know it’s a challenge to get creative when you’re cooking from someone else’s recipe (you need it to work, after all. Hungry people are counting on you!) but when you see an opportunity to improve, augment, or personalize a recipe in some way, don’t hold back!

Re: Cook the Issue 2010: Classic Creamed Spinach--250th recipe!

Creamed spinach isn't exciting? Come on now! Congrats on crossing the finish line. You and your Cook the Issue 2010 crew inspired us with every post. Thank you, liamsaunt.

Re: Cook the Issue 2010: Steamed Pork Buns-- 250th Post!!

You're amazing, Pielove! Congrats!

Re: Best of the Blogs 2010: Kitchen Stunts

Our poll published, but then dropped off the page overnight. Sorry about that! It's back up again and will take your votes now.

Re: Lemon Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

It's hard to improve on a rich, lemony cheesecake. . .but you may have just done it here.

Re: Chocolate Banana Cookies

I love chocolate and banana together. Awesome!

Re: Announcing the Fine Cooking Holidays iPad App

@Drew1house: Glad you like the app so far. To answer your question, Taunton is exploring several options for digital editions right now, so stay tuned for more news on that front.

Re: Halloween Fudge, A New Tradition

Sorry, ladies. It looks like when the candy corn fudge left Taste and Tell's homepage, the recipes were a little hard to find. We've got them for you now, though. See Lisa's update for the links to both Taste and Tell's original and fudgy candy corn fudge. Enjoy!

Re: Cook the Issue 2010: Roasted Red Grapes with Greek Yogurt

Thanks for the tip about this being a great dessert after a romantic dinner. I'll have to make sure it comes up with our Valentine's Day recipes. Much appreciated!

Re: Cook the Issue 2010: Cannoli Cheesecake

Lucky niece and lucky coworkers!

Re: A New Way to Watch Recipes: Tomato Bruschetta

Hadn’t noticed, actually. Though, I have to say, I’m not turned off by a little dirt under the nails, especially if it got there while you were picking my dinner from the garden. ;)

Re: Cook the Issue 2010: Fried Peach Pies

Hands down, my favorite post of the day! You recreated the image from the magazine beautifully--with a sweetie that's just as cute as our model (really one of our editor's sons. And yes, he was paid in pie). Your hand pies do look crazy-delicious. Would have loved to have breakfast with you guys!

Re: Beefing Up a Vegetarian Dinner

I totally love this one too, but I’m going to cool off by making Sharon’s Peanut Butter Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches next (ice cream for dinner is acceptable during a heat wave, right?).

Re: 10 Ways to Eat Less Meat

Indeed. Homer’s right about meat (and doughnuts, for that matter). But, you don’t have to wait for the next issue for some great recipes featuring meat. FC #106 has something for herbivores and carnivores alike. Check out David Leite’s Fireman’s Sausage, Robert Danhi’s tea-smoked meats (chicken, fish, and duck), and there are also recipes for Sesame Steak Salad with Asian Pears, Sirloin Steaks with Garlicky Swiss Chard, Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches, Thai-Style Spicy Chicken in Lettuce Cups, Pork Chops with Peach-Ginger Chutney, and Pam Anderson’s famous Classic Fried Chicken. Hungry yet? Plug this link into your browser and enjoy!: http://www.finecooking.com/pages/fc_currentissue.asp

Re: Fine Cooking's Farmers' Market Widget Helps You Shop Fresh and Local

Thanks so much for your question, KBeth; I’m betting others have it as well. You’re looking at Phase 1 of our widget. Phase 2, which is in the works now, will include some interactive features, so please stay tuned. For now, though, be sure Google knows about you! It’s the best way to turn up on one of these maps: www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter

Re: Apple Pie-rate Ship

I love that place where food and art meet. Susan's blog adds one more thing to the mix: pure fun. My kids thank you for highlighting this one. I don't know whether I want to make Jack Sparrow's hat or Harry Potter Puppet cookies first.

Re: Top Chef Masters Season 2 Episode 2: Now We're Cooking with Gas!

I read an excellent profile of David Burke in Esquire recently, so I couldn’t help but root for him. He’s fearless, and maybe that quality hasn’t always served him well (it didn’t in TCM), but his food will never bore you. I would’ve loved to see more of him.

Since I could see David’s elimination coming from a mile away, I was pulling for Monica too. That girl rocks.

Re: Get it Here First: A Sneak Peek at Fine Cooking's April/May Cover Recipe

Not quite Middle English. . .just a rogue “e.” It’s fixed now.

Re: My Kind of Party: A Chocolate Tasting Party

A premium ice cream tasting? I’m so there. Another good one for a summer tasting: Tomatoes. Yum!

Re: Live from the Test Kitchen: Fine Cooking's Virtual Cookie Exchange

@cookaholic: If you have a spam filter, check your emails for one from me dated 12/12. You did the right thing by contacting our customer service folks with your phone number since email is the only contact info I had to go on (nice talking to you by the way). Now that I've got an address to mail the prize, you're all set.

Re: Fine Cooking Live at the Chocolate Show

These VooDoo Bunnies are sick! (You know, sick in the best possible way). I want one. Or two.

Re: Fine Cooking Live at the Chocolate Show

We're sorry to report that François Payard has canceled his demo. But, get your taste buds ready; we’ll stream Patrick Coston’s (from 2 Chicks with Chocolate) demo, “How to Taste Chocolate” instead.

Re: Fine Cooking Live at the Chocolate Show

Thanks to everyone who watched the show today (and those of you who are are watching now, thanks to the "On Demand" button in the player). We appreciate your comments as well. I'll meet you back here Saturday for more of the best stuff on Earth.

Re: The Best Meatballs Ever

Sorry, everybody. . .you'll have to be in suspense until Monday. Everyone is at the Chocolate Show in NYC today. And, it may actually be just what baknbak said, "a little of this, a little of that." Stay tuned for additional details next week.

Re: Fine Cooking Live at the Chocolate Show

Abby's on everybody. Enjoy the show!

Re: Quick Penne in a Brown Butter-Spinach Pesto Sauce

Penne is the little black dress of the pasta world. It goes with anything. This past weekend, I dressed mine up with a simple pumpkin sauce, but I'm going to try your spinach pesto next.

Re: Smoky-Cayenne Shepherd's Pie

Shepherds pie is my absolute favorite (you can't mess it up!), so I love your kicked-up version.

Re: Chicken Olive Tomato Pepper Spinach etc White Pizza

I love your "blobs of ricotta cheese" and your pizza is gorgeous. I especially want a bite of that perfect crust.

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

@AuntieAnn: Thanks for the specificity of your feedback. You've got it!

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

Afternoon, foodies.
@everyone: It's worth repeating. Indeed, we will rerun these demos. We'll work out the details a.s.a.p. and let you know when the videos are up on the site.
@ChefLia: The chefs' recipes are being posted as they become available. Look for links in the daily schedule above.

P.S. I'm watching Jennifer right now. I just love a cook who advocates for fat. Yum.

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

Bummer, everybody. There's a change in the schedule. We won't be able to see Karen's demo at 3:30, but we will post her stone fruit jams recipes a.s.a.p. Check back for the link. In the meantime, stay tuned to Andy's Tapas demo. He's got everybody laughing.

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

@dotty44, Ophira, dollibygolly, and coffeemom: I'm really sorry you guys are having trouble hearing the demos. I'm not having the same experience, though I do have my volume turned up pretty high. I can't always hear when someone in the audience asks a question, but I am hearing the chefs OK (right now, Takashi's up). We are planning on rerunning these, so indeed, you'll have opportunities to see the demos again. Details on that will follow.

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

Good morning everyone: A heads-up from Command Central - We may have a problem with our wireless connection for the 10:30 stream. Don't worry, though; we'll get the video and play it back a.s.a.p. If you don't see Gale's brunch, check back for Rose's classics at 11:30 EDT (which we do not anticipate we'll have a problem streaming). In the meantime, check out the recipes we've linked up in the schedule. And, again, thanks for tuning in!

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

First, I’d like to thank everyone who watched today’s stream and offered up comments. We made it through the first day with only a few technical difficulties (that’s expected) and we’ll continue to troubleshoot problems with sound tomorrow if they come up. Keep your feedback coming! To answer some specific questions:
Time zone is EST.
@oleic: Is that an invitation?
@MPearl: We’re working on running the segments again. Stay tuned.
@skotecky: Sorry, no smell-a-vision. I’m bummed about that too!

-Robyn

Re: We're LIVE from the Epicurean Classic!

Stay with it, food lovers! The technical glitches were just temporary. Keep enjoying!

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