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Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Gumbos are a Creole specialty. Thick like stew, gumbos traditionally include seafood, okra, as well as other vegetables, such as tomato and onion, and meat, chicken, sausage, and ham — or any combination [more…]

Chinese Herbs and Spices

The Chinese have a long tradition of using herbs and spices to boost a dish’s flavor (and provide nutritional benefits). You can now find many Chinese herbs and spices at supermarkets and specialty food [more…]

Nacho Cheese Sauce

This cheesy nacho cheese sauce can have as much zip as you want. Spoon some of the nacho cheese sauce over tortilla chips on a plate, and then top it with sliced scallions, sliced black olives, or pickled [more…]

Dealing with Metric Measurements

If you only know Imperial measurements (like cups and quarts), but your recipe is in metric, don’t panic. These tables show you a variety of metric conversations: volume, weight, size, and temperature. [more…]

Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This cheesecake recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, which is an American twist on the European pastry crust. The recipe tops this cheesecake with sour cream frosting, which makes a tart contrast to [more…]

Freezing Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are quick and easy to freeze. And if you blanch your vegetables before freezing them, they retain their fresh qualities after you freeze them. Follow these steps for freezing vegetables [more…]

How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough

Making the dough for fresh pasta used to take about 20 minutes. With the food processor, you can make fresh pasta dough in about one minute. For history buffs, here’s how to make fresh pasta dough the [more…]

How to Season Your Cast-Iron Pan

Cast-iron pans that aren’t preseasoned come from the factory with a protective coating. To season your cast iron, you need to wash the coating off and then get to seasoning. The cast-iron seasoning process [more…]

Basic Types of Rice

Although you don’t need to memorize every type of rice on the planet (there are thousands), get acquainted with the five basic types of rice common to cooking today: [more…]

Seafood Chowder

Chowders are thick, chunky soups. Traditionally, all chowders included seafood — and this seafood chowder recipe holds true to the original chowders: Seafood is its main ingredient. In addition to clams [more…]

New England Boiled Dinner

Although this New England boiled dinner recipe is very similar to corned beef and cabbage, a smoked pork butt in the New England boiled dinner gives delicious results in less time than corned beef. Available [more…]

How to Deglaze a Pan to Make a Sauce

Deglaze a pan by moistening and then scraping up the browned bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan. These deglazed browned bits are loaded with flavor. By deglazing the brown bits, you can transform [more…]

An Italian Dinner’s Courses

So what’s the structure of the traditional Italian meal? An Italian dinner actually has five components, or courses. Not every meal contains all five courses, but many do. If you want the full, five-course [more…]

Tips for Making Sushi at Home

Making sushi at home is fun — and you can eat your mistakes! As a sushi novice armed with these sushi-making tips, you can march into your kitchen knowing that you can make some truly tasty sushi. [more…]

American Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe is a classic and simple version of good old American macaroni and cheese. You can customize this macaroni and cheese recipe by making substitutions, alterations, and additions. The ways you [more…]

Steak Diane

Steak Diane is a classic filet-mignon entree often served in some of the finest restaurants — but there’s no reason you can’t make Steak Diane in your very own kitchen. It comes together so quickly that [more…]

Apricot-Glazed Pork Chops

In this recipe, apricot jam is the base for a sweet and spicy glaze with which you cover the pork chops. These apricot-glazed pork chops are a wonderfully flavorful grilled main dish. [more…]

Identifying Basic Sauces for Cooking

You can find all kinds of sauces for food, but sauce serves one purpose: to enhance the dish it's served with. Think of a sauce as a primary liquid and flavored with ingredients and seasonings. For example [more…]

Three Ways to Cook in a Pressure Cooker

You can cook food in a pressure cooker in a variety of ways. The kinds of dishes you prepare in your pressure cooker can range from steamed veggies to soups. You approach these pressure-cooker creations [more…]

Simple Solutions for Slow Cooker Dilemmas

Slow cookers are relatively easy to use. With no moving parts, they break or malfunction much less frequently than other appliances do. Nevertheless, things can go wrong, whether it's user error or operational [more…]

Trussing a Chicken

If you want your chicken to hold its shape perfectly while roasting, you can truss it. You can do without trussing if you’re in a hurry, but a trussed roast chicken makes for a better look and easier carving [more…]

Pasta Primavera

Primavera means “spring style” in Italian. Primavera dishes are made with a variety of fresh vegetables, and although this recipe uses fettuccine, you can replace it with any kind of pasta you want. This [more…]

Aebleskiver (Danish Pancake Balls)

To make aebleskiver (or Danish pancake balls), you need a specialty cast-iron pan (called either a Danish cake pan, aebleskiver pan, or munk pan). Danish pancake balls make a wonderful start to any morning [more…]

How to Chop Vegetables

Chopping means simply cutting something into small, usually even, pieces. You need to chop vegetables, most often onions and garlic, for many different cooking techniques, including sautéing. Chopping [more…]

Types of Chinese Noodles

The Chinese love their noodles and have for centuries. The shapes of Chinese noodles may not vary as much as do those of Italian pasta, but the different ingredients used to make Chinese noodles do set [more…]

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