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Essential Techniques & Recipes Every Cook Should Know

essential techniques and recipes every cook should know how to make

There are certain basics every cook should know, i.e. how to cook rice, how to boil eggs, how to roast a whole chicken, and how to make a perfect batch of brownies (fudgy or cakey, you decide). You don’t have to take a class, watch umpteen hours of video, or go to culinary school to learn how to master these basic techniques; that’s what we’re here for.

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How to Cook Rice

It's seemingly the most basic kitchen task, yet it still bedevils many accomplished cooks: making a perfect pot of Basic, Fluffy White Rice, with each grain distinct and not mushy. It's not impossible, though, if you know a few secrets.

Learn the secrets to perfect rice

How to Hard-Boil Eggs

Boiling an egg may not be rocket science, but timing is important because the trick to perfectly cooked eggs is actually NOT to boil the eggs at all. Get our simple guidelines for cooking soft-, medium-, and hard-cooked eggs.

Timing perfectly boiled eggs

How to Roast a Chicken

Roast chicken is a Sunday dinner winner. But, how do you get crisp, salty skin, moist breast meat, and dense, meaty dark meat? Do you use high-temperature, fast roasting? Or should you take it low and slow? We’ll tell you. Plus, we share the Best-Ever Roast Chicken recipe and the how-to video that makes it impossible to mess up.

How to roast a whole chicken

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a weeknight go-to because it’s so versatile. It pairs well with everything from apples and herbs to peanuts and peppers. And, it works for dinner parties, too. Our recipe slideshow has lots of ideas for how to cook pork tenderloin and keep this staple fresh meal after meal.

21 Ways to cook pork tenderloin

How to Make Scramble Eggs

Most people think they know how to scramble an egg, but for truly tender, creamy results, there are a few things you need to learn—key among them is when to remove the eggs from the heat so they’re neither runny nor overcooked and rubbery.

Tricks for perfect scrambled eggs

How to Make Spaghetti & Meatballs

The technique and recipe Frank Pellegrino shares here was handed down from generations of Italian cooks. Many reviewers rave about the recipe, and considering more than one mentions an Italian grandmother, we think this one is a keeper.

The best spaghetti & meatballs

How to Make Light, Crisp Waffles

After much experimentation, Pam Anderson mastered the art of making a light and airy waffle that stays crisp—even when coated with syrup—to the last bite. Her method, which includes adding cornstarch for crispness and whipping egg whites, may save your next brunch.

How to make crisp waffles

How to Make Chocolate-Chip Cookies

People are particular about their chocolate-chip cookies. Some like them chewy, others like them crisp. Since the ingredient list for a chocolate-chip cookie always looks more or less the same, how do you get the desired chewiness or crunchiness? Read on to find out.

Chocolate-chip cookies two ways

How to Make Brownies

Brownie lovers, this one’s for you. Whether a brownie ends up dense and fudgy, moist and chewy, or light and cakey depends on the amounts of chocolate, butter, sugar, and flour. With our easy formula based on proportions, you’ll make perfect brownies, exactly how you like them.

How to make any type of brownie

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