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10 Secret Sauces That Will Change Your Life

Sauce simply makes foods more succulent. Though it's tempting to just crank open a can of tomato or butterscotch sauce, nothing beats homemade. These 10 recipes are ultrasimple, yet the flavor payoff is <i>so</i> worth it. Go ahead and put them on your cooking bucket list.

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Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>When the weather starts turning cool, it pays to keep a jar of caramel on hand. Maybe it's my professional bias, but stirred into coffee, drizzled over thick slabs of banana bread, or as a syrup for yeast-raised waffles, caramel sauce makes everything taste more …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Homemade Cool Whip: How to Make the Best Freezer-Safe Whipped Cream

When someone asks me to share a formative experience with dessert, I know they're secretly hoping to hear a charming recollection of something like my grandmother's apple pie. Or how I grew up hanging from my mother's apron strings, waiting to lick the beater. Maybe a folksy yarn about life in …

8 Great Hot Dog Topping Ideas

More<p>Grilling<p>All the tips and recipes you need for the perfect barbecue.<p>Ketchup, mustard, relish: classic hot dog toppings, right? Yes, but there are so many more ways to top your perfectly grilled hot dogs. Here are eight awesome topping ideas to try out the next time you grill up some juicy franks.<p>…

Make These Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Sandwiches for an Easy Start to the Workday

We’ve long loved the idea of pre-making things like breakfast sandwiches, delicious wraps, and burritos and keeping them in the freezer until the …

Meet Ragù Napoletano, Neapolitan-Style Italian Meat Sauce With Pork, Beef, and Sausage

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>A couple of weeks back I spent a good deal of time developing a recipe for Lasagna Napoletana, a lasagna stuffed with smoked cheese, sausage, meatballs, and a rich, meaty tomato sauce. That meat-packed tomato sauce is known as <i>ragù Napoletano</i>.<p>As I …

The Ultimate Fully Loaded Nachos Recipe

What does it take to make an incredible plate of bar-style, fully loaded nachos? For starters, at least three kinds of cheese, two kinds of beans, and two different applications of creamy, tangy dairy. It may sound like overkill, but there's a method to this madness.<p><b>Why this recipe works</b>:<p>Drizzling …

Roasted-Tomato Salsa Recipe

Roasting a set of standard salsa ingredients first may add some time to an otherwise quick process, but it's all for good: the resulting dip retains a freshness while gaining a tomato intensity, some sweetness, and a more mild heat the melds seamlessly throughout.<p><b>Read more: How to Make Tomato Salsa</b> …

5 Homemade Hot Sauce Recipes for National Hot Sauce Day

On today of all days, we urge you to put down the Tabasco bottle. It's National Hot Sauce Day, so why not try making your own?<p>Homemade hot sauces …

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Daniel's Favorite Recipes of 2015

It's a fun exercise to scroll through the recipes we've published in the past year, even just to be reminded of how much our small team manages to crank out. And we do so while still giving every dish the consideration and obsessive testing it deserves, and delivering enough easy recipes to not …

Meat and Chinese Chive Potstickers (Guōtiē) Recipe - Chowhound

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How to Make Queso Fresco, the World's Easiest Cheese

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Let's face it, there are some skills that are just cool to have. Being able to weld things, very cool. Ability to moonwalk? Always cool. And being able to turn everyday milk into wicked good cheese definitely belongs …

Everything You Can Do With a Can of Chipotles in Adobo

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>Take away my fancy olive oil, my spices, the peppers I've been air-drying in my fridge. Take my copper-lined sauciers and vintage cast iron. You can have it all, as long as I get to keep my chipotles in adobo.<p>Because …

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Fajitas

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>I'm not particularly proud of my time spent working at the kinds of cheesy chain restaurants you'd find next to the Victoria's Secret at the mall, or perhaps in Times Square. But aside from making me shun …

A Tale of Two Tapenades (and How to Make Them)

When <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i> hit theaters in May of 1980, I was just two years old, which meant that by the time I was old enough to see the original <i>Star Wars</i> trilogy, the big surprise that Darth Vader was the father of Luke and Leia had become common knowledge. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and …

Behind the Scenes at America's Test Kitchen

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Our copycat Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits recipe is so good

It's no exaggeration to say that Red Lobster's cheddar bay biscuits inspire deep devotion among food lovers. Whether or not you're a seafood fan, you've probably hit up the restaurant more than once just to get your hands on that basket of fresh, warm biscuits as soon as it reaches the table.<p>Watch: …

The Pizza Lab: Foolproof Pan Pizza

GalleryThe Pizza Lab: Foolproof Pan Pizza<p>I've got a confession to make: <b>I love pan pizza.</b><p>I'm not talking deep-dish Chicago-style, with its crisp crust and rivers of cheese and sauce. I'm talking thick-crusted, fried-on-the-bottom, puffy, cheesy, focaccia-esque pan pizza of the kind that you might …

How to Make the Best Pesto

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Pesto is, on the surface, a very simple sauce. It requires no cooking and has few ingredients. And yet, read just about any authoritative source on pesto and you're confronted with a laundry list of dos and don'ts.<p>I wanted to explore these rules of …

Start With Cool Water for a Shrimp, Corn, and Tomatillo Salad That Won't Leave You Cold

There's a razor-thin line between cooked shrimp and <i>over</i>cooked shrimp. Finding that sweet spot is the first priority in any shrimp-based recipe, but when you're serving the shrimp cold—like in this simple salad of shrimp, corn, and tomatillos—it's even more important. Hot, juicy shrimp in a buttery …

Coctel de Camarones (Colombian-Style Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail) Recipe

You're probably familiar with the Peruvian-style ceviche made with raw seafood cured with citrus juice and aromatics. The Colombian stuff is different. It's made with cooked shellfish and shrimp, langoustines, lobster, oysters, octopus, periwinkles, or whatever gets dragged up that days—dressed …

Cast Iron Cooking: The Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots That Will Forever Change How You Entertain

Often when a recipe I'm developing takes inspiration from an original idea—in this case garlic knots—I arrive at something that is different, though perhaps not <i>better</i> than the original. I can safely say that in this case, the pull-apart cheesy pepperoni garlic knots you'll be lifting from your cast …

Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas Recipe

A richly flavored fajita marinade makes these grilled steak fajitas, served with sizzled peppers and onions in soft flour tortillas, an instant classic.<p><b>Read more: The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Fajitas</b><p>Ingredients<b>For the Steak Fajita Marinade:</b>1/2 cup (120ml) soy sauce1/2 cup (120ml) lime juice, …

How to Make the Best Tomato Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Let me get something straight right off the bat here: I'm not sure there's such a thing as "the best" tomato sauce. <i>Whoa, whoa, whoa,</i> I can hear you saying already. <i>First this guy has the nerve to claim he makes the</i> …

Take Your Condiments to the Next Level with These Homemade Flavor Boosts

Anyone can grab a bottle of Heinz or a jar of Hellman’s from the grocery store, but with just a little bit of extra work you can easily make your own …

9 Grilled Seafood Recipes for Memorial Day

From bacon-wrapped shrimp to healthy salmon tacos, here are 10 terrific grilled seafood dishes to make for Memorial Day.<p>1 of 9<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 9<p>3 of …

7 Must-Try Memorial Day Marinades

Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor boost with a marinade. Here, seven globally-inspired recipes to try.<p>Give your Memorial Day cookout a flavor …

"Pamplona de Puerco" (Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Peppers, Olives and Provolone)

When making this recipe from Garces Group chef Jose Garces, don't overstuff the tenderloin. You don't want all those ingredients to fall out from the …

Make Green Pesto from Just About Anything with These Ratios

Verdant, peppery, bright green pesto is one of those things we could put on anything — heck, you could put it on a rubber shoe, and it’d probably …