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When to Use Dried Chiles vs. Fresh vs. Powder vs. Flakes

Our guide to using different types of chiles, from dried and flaked to fresh and powder.<p>The world of chiles is a vast one. Just the sheer number of different types is mind-boggling—I mean, off the top of your head, do you know the difference between a Chilaca and a Cubanelle? (Yeah, us neither.) …

5 Spicy Cocktail Recipes to Give Your Drinks Some Kick

Five spicy cocktails to put a little more skip in your step.<p>Just the thought of chiles makes our mouths water. So what better way to enliven the tastebuds than a spicy pre-dinner drink? You can make these libations as hot as you like—just add another slice of jalapeño or another 1/2 teaspoon of …

Cocktails

Martha's Favorite Cake-Baking Tools

How do professional cake bakers produce such wondrous creations -- and make it look easy in the process? Part of their secret is having all the right tools at their disposal.<p>Martha recommends keeping these essential tools handy to help you bake impressive cakes with less effort.<p>Cake Pans<br>Cake pans …

Dessert

How to Make Pate Brisee

• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 1 teaspoon salt<br>• 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces<br>• 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed<br>• Food processor<br>• Rolling pin<br>• Glass pie plate or metal pie tins

Recipes

Our Most Spectacular Strawberry Recipes

<b>Strawberries are sugar-sweet, affordable, and omnipresent -- even if you can't pick your own, you'll find pints and quarts of them at roadside stands and red seas of them in the produce aisle. Make these delectable berries the star in breakfast dishes, desserts, and even salads.</b><p>Strawberry Basics<p><b>In</b> …

Breakfast

Ian Young's Cream Cheese Frosting

Top Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with this frosting, submitted by reader Ian Young of Oakland, California.

Chocolate Pies and Tarts

You can’t go wrong when luscious chocolate is matched with caramel, nuts, fruit, whipped cream, custard fillings, or flaky pie crust. Browse our collection of the best pie and tart recipes featuring chocolate in the fillings, crusts, toppings, or throughout.<p>A crispy crust made from ice cream cones …

Baking

Perfect Seven-Minute Frosting

This cake frosting is named for the length of time it must be beaten in the final stage.

Cake

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe, from the How Sweet It Is bakery in New York City, is used to make delicious .

The Best Fried Chicken Recipe You'll Ever Try

Credit: Courtesy of Georgi Richardson.<p>It doesn't get much more American than celebrating Independence Day with fried chicken. But, not all golden …

9 Packing Hacks For a Jet Set Life

Essential packing tricks that any stylish girl on the go should heed.<p>Even if you're a frequent traveler, packing remains a daunting task—especially for those with an extensive wardrobe. Once you've managed to edit down your selection, you still have to make it all fit. So, we rounded up some of the …

This Tequila Cocktail Is Your New Fave Summer Drink

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.<p>A summer cocktail doesn't have to be complicated to be delicious and refreshing. That's the beauty of it. Look at …