How to Boil Water
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Ground beef, a can of beans and good spices are all you need to make a quick bowl of chili for weeknight dinner.
Quarantine baking means lots of banana bread. This whole-wheat banana muffin recipe with buttered pecans on top is another way to use overripe bananas.
Fast and easy, this pantry-staple waffle recipe includes an ingredient you already own to guarantee crispness: oil.
Lamb shanks make for a cheaper and better-tasting braise, especially when paired with spiced, sour tamarind.
Ripe bananas, cooling vanilla pudding and crunchy cookies, homemade or not, makes for the best summer dessert for backyard barbecues and picnics.
This homemade whole-egg mayonnaise recipe uses only four ingredients and takes minutes to come together. It will make everything from potato salad to BLTs way more delicious.
Caramelized lemon and feta cheese add flavor to ground turkey meatballs, the ideal preparation for the lean meat.
This easy yogurt lemon loaf cake recipe includes orange blossom water, which gives it a lovely floral fragrance.
This homemade chili crisp recipe inspired by Lao Gan Ma Chili Crisp is the best condiment. It’s savory, crunchy, oily, spiced but not too spicy.
A few small tweaks to the classic salted caramel-chocolate tart make it easier to execute for beginner home bakers with no equipment but lots of ambition.
For grilling season during quarantine, this easy carne asada recipe uses pantry ingredients and offers substitutes for different cuts of steak.
A chicken that’s been butterflied roasts more evenly and has crispier skin, which is the best part.
Making these tomato soup and grilled cheese recipes is easy. They require few pantry ingredients and just a little patience.
Brown butter warms up a generous amount of ground cinnamon for the crunchy topping in this spin on a classic crumb cake.
This buttery, silky scrambled egg recipe comes together in five minutes and uses chopsticks to make cooking easy.
Lots of crunchy vegetables and an assertively seasoned vinaigrette breathe new life into pasta salad.
This classic Caesar salad recipe includes whole romaine leaves, homemade croutons and a coddled egg, but with an option to use mayonnaise instead.
Just a few simple tweaks are all it takes to make a classic meatloaf more appealing than its name gives it credit for.
Scallion pancakes are a savory Chinese stovetop bread that can be a fun cooking project. They use a dough that doesn’t require yeast.
Leftover berries, sugar and a few slices of old-fashioned white sandwich bread turn classic summer pudding into a warm-weather breakfast treat.
This coronavirus quarantine dessert recipe is surprisingly simple. The easiest chocolate souffle recipe has only three ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
An unseasoned steak browns faster and keeps smoke to a minimum, the perfect combination for cooking chops at home.
Coronavirus quarantine comfort foods can include fresh, light meals like this chopped salad recipe with a bright lemon soy sauce dressing.
Fluffy and hot all at the same time, diner-style pancakes are the best breakfast for two.
This easy pound cake recipe relies on the classic formula of equal weight ratios of butter, sugar, eggs and flour for a fine-crumbed cake that keeps and packs well.
For the best flavor, lightly char the outside of a whole cauliflower, then drench it in a bright lemon-tahini sauce.
Brown butter, which is simply butter cooked until toasty in smell and taste, enriches this easy mac and cheese recipe with a crunchy top.
The secret to cooking salmon to get an extra-crispy skin? Don’t touch it.
This comforting take on an Italian-American favorite is a base recipe for garlic butter that can be made ahead and spread on bread to enjoy anytime — with a cheesy option too.
Packed with carrots, this vegan version of carrot cake, complete with tangy whipped frosting, is just as good as the original.
For a quarantine baking treat, this flourless fudgy brownie recipe uses only six ingredients and comes together quickly.
Egg-thickened custard ice cream is thick, rich and the perfect treat to keep stocked in your freezer.
For coronavirus cooking, this simple fried rice recipe uses up leftovers from the fridge to ensure no waste in the kitchen.
Simple to make and better to eat, Southern-style buttermilk biscuits are the best thing to keep in your freezer for a last-minute weekend breakfast.
This basic crepe recipe is easier to make than pancakes but feels more special. They can be prepared ahead, and they work for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.
Boiled then shallow-fried in the oven, perfect English roast potatoes are fluffy inside and exceedingly crunchy outside.
This fried egg technique results in sunny side up eggs with runny yolks and crisp, crackly browned edges around the whites.
Making gnocchi, plump potato dumplings, is as easy as making your own pasta.
These tips for perfectly cooked pasta will give you the best pantry meals, including this easy spaghetti carbonara recipe with only three ingredients.
The best blueberry muffins are loaded with more berries than batter and are ready in under 45 minutes.
Ideal for coronavirus cooking, this one-pan chicken recipe braises the meat until tender and juicy. The basic formula requires only five ingredients and minimal prep time.
Breading and shallow-frying chicken cutlets is a quick way to bring restaurant-style cooking to your kitchen.
This simple formula for stir-fried vegetables uses only three ingredients and doesn’t require a wok. It’s an ideal base technique for any stir-fry dish.
Create your own smashburgers at home to get that beginning-of-the-weekend feeling at home.
During coronavirus, this basic cooking technique of how to roast vegetables will provide the basis for easy meals made from long-lasting ingredients.
Onions, garlic and some seasonings are all you need to transform canned tomatoes into a hearty marinara sauce for pasta.
This tutorial will give you the best oatmeal recipe for a comforting breakfast routine.
Learning to make vinaigrette for salad will help make eating your greens that much tastier.
In this daily series of basic cooking techniques, here’s a lesson in how to saute onions to make them tender and sweet. Sauteed onions are a versatile cooking base.
Cooking a plain pot of rice is an essential skill to learn for getting dinner on the table every night with ease.