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    How to Prep Ribs for the Grill or Smoker

    Before smoking ribs, be sure to remove the thin membrane, or silverskin, that’s attached to the bone side of the rack. This tough, chewy membrane won’t break down and soften…

  • Magazine

    Technique: The Texas Crutch

    First developed at the world famous Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, this technique has now become de rigeur for competitive meat-smoking enthusiasts. Although it is not without its detractors in…

  • How-To

    How To Spatchcock a Chicken

    Spatchcocking a chicken reduces cooking time and ensures juicy meat—and it’s easy. Using kitchen shears, cut along both sides of the backbone to remove, and then open the chicken up…

  • How-To

    How to Caramelize White Chocolate

    Caramelizing white chocolate is a bit of kitchen magic. The technique imparts a toasty butterscotchy flavor to the confection; try it in a buttercream or mousse in place of regular…

  • Magazine

    How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake (Without a Heart-Shaped Pan)

    Want to bake a Valentine’s cake for your loved ones? Try this simple technique: Bake one 9-inch round and one 9-inch square cake or cookie. Let cool. Cut the round…

  • Magazine

    5 Rules Every Cook Should Know

    As the editorial director of Fine Cooking, I’m frequently asked for cooking advice. I’m happy to engage in these conversations because sometimes I learn a few things, too (who knew…

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    How to Choose The Right Banana for Any Recipe

    To get the best flavor in any recipe that calls for ripe bananas, such as Old-School Banana Cream Pie, use these guidelines to ensure that you choose the right ripeness.…

  • Article

    How to Carve a Rib Roast

    It’s much easier to slice a standing rib roast, if you take the bulk of the meat off the bones first.

  • Article

    Soften Butter Quickly

    To warm butter quickly, either grate it on the large holes of a grater or cut it into tiny pieces, and then spread it out.

  • Article

    Cutting Cornbread in Half Evenly

    For a more exact split of cornbread, cut the square from corner to corner.