How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

Wrap it inside parchment paper with some other ingredients and it cooks itself. Cooking fish can be intimidating. It’s messy, it has a tendency to dry out, and flipping it midway through cooking often makes it fall apart. Which sucks, because fish is delicious and good for you. But there is another way — a way that doesn’t ask you to even touch the fish during cooking and takes only 15 minutes. The method is calleden papillote in French, and translates to “in parchment...

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Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

And save you lots of time. Time that you can spend eating!   1. Use two bowls to cut corn off the cob without getting kernels everywhere. Wrap a small bowl in a paper towel (to keep it from slipping) and set upside-down inside a big bowl. A bundt pan works great for this too, if you have it. 2. Instantly core a head of iceberg lettuce by slamming it down on a cutting board. 3. Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds. Sounds weird, but it works! Soak the...

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How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

This simple preparation will ensure that the roast cooks evenly, retains its shape and is easy to carve.     Step 1 Count the ribs on your roast.  Mine has 10.  This means, I will need nine pieces of string (one less than the number of ribs), each long enough to wrap securely around the roast and easily tie.  My lengths today are 18″.  Error on the side of a bit too long.   Step 2 The ribs on this pork roast are about 1″ apart, so, I arranged my...

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How to Cook Chicken

How to Cook Chicken

Grilling and Pan Frying Chicken breasts are the whitest and leanest part of the meat and are ideal cuts for grilling and pan frying with a little oil. Grilling is a super healthy way of cooking chicken as the grill rack keeps it above any fat, allowing it to drain away. If pan frying, remove the skin from the chicken first and use small amounts of oil.  Always drain on absorbent paper, like paper towel.   Stews and Casseroles The long slow cooking process of stews and...

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Slow cooker secrets

Slow cooker secrets

As a time-saving, convenient way to have food on the table at the end of the day, slow cookers are hard to beat. All you need are the right ingredients and some handy tips.   What meat should I use? The great thing about slow cooking is that the tougher (and generally cheaper!) secondary cuts of meat work the best. This is because they’re generally from the ‘harder working’ parts of the animal, so the meat tends to be tougher. They benefit from being cooked for...

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6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

Technique 1: Slow Roast This hands-off method (the oven does the work) gets the most flavor out of vegetables and ensures an even, fork-tender finish on a large cut of meat. (Fast, high heat can dry out the edges before the center is cooked.) You’ll need time, but slow roasting can transform tough ingredients. Take tomatoes: Even not-so-great ones become irresistible as the low heat slowly removes water and concentrates their flavor. They’re excellent in a simple pasta...

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Cooking tips, tricks and hacks

Cooking tips, tricks and hacks

Food is not just food. It is about enjoying delicious and fun meals. Be a hedonist! Delicious and healthy? Or maybe delicious? Food is not just food. You can quite enjoy food. It’s a great thing when you have a plate of a delicious and healthy meal in front of you. There are a few tricks that can help you achieve this.   TIP #1 Seasoning A little bit of extra salt, pepper, and lightly chopped herbs will make a great natural flavor for a dish. It would be a catastrophe...

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How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven

How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven

Who says you need a grill to cook good ribs? The lack of outdoor space for a grill at my apartment led me to pass up a good many recipes for barbecued ribs over the years. Now I’ll be making up for lost time. I do believe I’ve cracked the code to making perfectly tender and mouth-watering barbecued ribs in the oven.   Why Cooking Ribs in the Oven Works This is one of those recipes that you almost have to try in order to believe. Rib meat is fairly tough,...

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Basic Techniques: Eight Ways to Build Flavor

Basic Techniques: Eight Ways to Build Flavor

  Have you ever made a dish that smelled great but tasted flat, unexciting, or one-dimensional? Don’t give up on that recipe! Next time you make it, try boosting the flavor with a few of these techniques… When we talk about “building flavor,” we don’t necessarily mean adding or changing the ingredients in the original recipe. We’re really talking about cooking techniques that create depth and dimension in a dish and that help us hit...

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The definitive guide to cooking with Herbs

The definitive guide to cooking with Herbs

Confused about when to break out the basil and when to reach for the rosemary? This infographic breaks it all down for you.       But adding herbs to a recipe can really take it from ho-hum to yum-yum with just one sprinkle. And that’s particularly important when you’re cooking for kids who may need a little extra convincing to try something new at meal time. So if you are confused about cooking with herbs — never fear! We have you covered with...

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Conquer Your Fear of Frying in 10 Easy Steps

Conquer Your Fear of Frying in 10 Easy Steps

If you’re fry-o-phobic, you’re not alone. The sputtering oil, the scalding temperatures, the lingering smell—they can be enough to intimidate even experienced cooks. But we’d hate for a case of the nerves to stand between you and a celebratory plate of potato pancakes, some homemade donuts, orfried chicken. That’s why we asked J. Kenji López-Alt—whose brilliant new cookbook The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, contains an entire chapter on the subject—to share...

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Maximize the Taste and Flavor of your Creations

Maximize the Taste and Flavor of your Creations

Whether you’re a culinary aficionado or more of a casual cook, we’ve got the tips you need to create delicious pork dishes your friends and family are sure to love. Preparing tender, juicy and flavorful Sterling Silver® Premium Pork just got even easier.   SEASONAL After cooking your Sterling Silver pork roast, utilize the juice left in the pan to make delicious homemade gravy as an addition to your holiday meal. Many recipes can be prepared and cooked in advance...

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Mistakes People Make when Cooking Pork Chops

Mistakes People Make when Cooking Pork Chops

We’ll come out and say it: Cooking pork chops is not an easy task. But we promise—you can definitely cook a tender, juicy chop, says senior food editor Dawn Perry—as long as you avoid these eight common mistakes. Here’s her advice.         1. Pork is Pork is Pork This is true with all meat and fish, but especially with pork: There is a huge difference in taste between your typical grocery store pork and well-raised, well-fed heritage pork. It’s worth the...

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7 Easy Ways to Cook Fish

7 Easy Ways to Cook Fish

  Resist the temptation to overcook fish until it flakes, which indicates the fish is becoming dry. Fish is done when the color turns from translucent to opaque (white) or has reached 140 to 145°F internal temperature. If you buy fresh seafood, use it the same day or freeze within two days. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Rinse in cold water, drain, and pat dry. See the label on your H‑E‑B seafood package for more detailed cooking instructions.  ...

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Ten Simple Tips to Make Food Taste Better

Ten Simple Tips to Make Food Taste Better

Sometimes it’s the small touches that make the biggest difference when you’re in the kitchen. Here are some simple tips from America’s Test Kitchen for prepping, cooking, and seasoning designed to boost flavor in everyday cooking. 1. Don’t Prepare Garlic and Onions in Advance Chopping garlic and onions releases sharp odors and strong flavors that become overpowering with time, so it’s best to cut them at the last minute. Soaking sliced or...

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The Five Basic Rules for Cooking Meat

The Five Basic Rules for Cooking Meat

You can cook meat a number of different ways, from roasting to pan-searing to barbecuing. However, there are five basic principles that apply to the vast majority of techniques when it comes to meat and poultry. Here’s what we’ve found after years of cooking in our test kitchen. 1. Use High Heat to Develop Flavor     Browning creates a tremendous amount of flavor and is a key step when cooking meat. This happens through a process called the Maillard...

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