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Culinary Arts: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe
Wondering how to boil an egg, or not sure how long to boil an egg? Using this simple technique, you'll make perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
How to Make Perfectly Crispy Oven-Baked Bacon
Want to make perfect crispy bacon without all the mess? Baking in the oven is the simplest, most foolproof way to cook bacon. Find out how it's done!
Perfect Scrambled Eggs Recipe
This simple recipe will show you how to make perfect scrambled eggs every time. You're going to love being able to make these light and fluffy scrambled eggs.
How to Make an Omelet
This basic omelet recipe describes the technique so you can make a perfect omelet yourself. The method is easy to follow and simple to learn.
Roast Pork Loin Recipe
This simple roast pork loin recipe is seasoned with an aromatic herb and garlic rub and then roasted to perfection. See how to roast this juicy, tender pork loin.
Spinach Frittata with Bacon and Cheddar
A frittata is an Italian-style flat omelet that's baked in a skillet. This frittata recipe features spinach, bacon and cheddar cheese.
Your Easy Guide to Baking Delicious Muffins
The key to making great muffins is mixing the batter just enough to combine all the wet and dry ingredients, but without overmixing it.
Risotto Recipe with Parmesan Cheese
Here's a simple risotto recipe made with butter and parmesan cheese. It's prepared by adding hot stock to arborio rice and cooking slowly as the stock is absorbed.
What is Gelato? Gelato is the Italian version of ice cream and it differs from American ice cream in a few basic ... Read the definition of Gelato.
Make the Perfect Vinaigrette
Learn how to make the perfect oil & vinegar salad dressing, also called a vinaigrette. These simple tips will help you make a great vinaigrette dressing anytime.
The Mother Sauces
What are the mother sauces? There are five mother sauces in the culinary arts from which all other sauces are made. Learn to make mother sauces.
How To Make Pancakes
This easy pancake recipe is pretty foolproof, and you can whip up a batch in just a few minutes. These light, fluffy pancakes are perfect for the weekend, and they're easy enough to make any day of the week.
How to Roast a Leg of Lamb
Roasting a leg of lamb is a simple process. The main thing is making sure that the roast cooks evenly. See how to roast a leg of lamb.
Chocolate Chocolate Muffins Recipe
If you love chocolate you'll love this recipe for chocolate chip chocolate muffins. Rich, moist and chocolately, these muffins are a chocolate-lover's dream.
How to Roast a Moist and Juicy Turkey Breast
Roasted turkey breast is a great alternative to roasting a whole turkey. A turkey breast cooks much faster and is far more moist and juicy, too.
How to Chop an Onion
Learn how to chop an onion the fast, easy and safe way. This tutorial shows photos of every step so you can chop an onion without cutting yourself.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder: What's the...
Are baking soda and baking powder the same thing? Find out what happens when you try to substitute baking soda for baking powder.
Basic Waffle Recipe
This tried and true waffle recipe is perfect for brunch or other special occasions, even dessert!
How To Make Pan-Seared Scallops
Pan-seared scallops are easy to make if you know the right technique. It helps to prepare them for the pan just right, and not cook them too long.
How to Make French Toast
Believe it or not, French toast is actually better if you make it with bread that's slightly stale. Learn how to make French toast.
Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
Spaghetti carbonara is one of the most popular Italian pasta dishes. This pasta carbonara recipe combines cream, eggs, cheese and bacon.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Mashed sweet potatoes are a classic accompaniment for traditional holiday dishes like roasted turkey and chicken, as well as many other hearty meat dishes.
How to Cook Pork Chops
The perfect pork chop is an inch thick, seared on the stovetop to a lovely golden brown, then finished in the oven. Learn how to cook pork chops.
Hollandaise Sauce Recipe
Hollandaise is a wonderfully rich, lemony and buttery sauce that goes with eggs, vegetables and poached fish. Here's a basic hollandaise sauce recipe.
Culinary Arts Food Safety Quiz
Quiz: Food Safety and Sanitation Test Your Knowledge of Food Safety and Sanitation Food safety might
Prime Rib Roast: The Traditional Method
This prime rib roast is cooked by the traditional method of roasting on high and then finishing at a lower temperature for a perfect medium rare.
What is the Best Steak?
Cooking the perfect steak starts by choosing the right cut of beef. Find out what type of meat makes the best steak.
Roast Leg of Lamb
This classic leg of lamb roast makes a perfect holiday dinner. It's flavored with garlic and rosemary and roasted to a perfect medium rare.
How to Make a Milkshake
Making a rich, thick milkshake is easier than you think. You mostly just need to know the right ratio of ice cream to milk.
Sauce Recipes for Fish and Seafood
These classic sauces, like the Hollandaise Sauce, Normandy Sauce and others, can be served with fish and seafood dishes, including seared sea scallops, grilled salmon and more.
Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing
This simple oil & vinegar salad dressing is also called a basic vinaigrette or basic French dressing. Variations include Italian dressing, mustard vinaigrette, herbed vinaigrette and more.
Prime Rib Roast: The Closed-Oven Method
This prime rib roast recipe requires a little bit of math to calculate the cooking time, but it's easy and will give you perfect medium-rare prime rib.
Gnocchi Sauces
Want some ideas for what sauce to serve with gnocchi? Here are six classic gnocchi sauces that will suit every taste.
Half and Half
In the culinary arts, half and half is a dairy product with a fat content lower than light cream but higher than whole milk. If you don't have access to half and half, you could substitute...
How To Make Mayonnaise
This tutorial will demonstrate how to make mayonnaise, with photos and instructions for each step along the way. You'll have your own homemade mayonnaise in a just a few minutes.
Beurre Blanc Sauce Recipe
Beurre blanc is a simple butter-based emulsified sauce. This beurre blanc sauce recipe is delicious with practically any fish or seafood.
How to Poach Chicken Breasts
Poached chicken breasts are succulent and flavorful, and they don't dry out they way chicken breasts can when cooked other ways. Learn how to poach chicken breasts.
You'll Love This Basic Corn Bread Recipe
This easy cornbread recipe is slightly sweet and it's great with soup or chili, or for breakfast. This basic cornbread can be modified in all kinds of ways.
Moist Banana Bread Recipe
This moist banana bread recipe helps put overripe bananas, that would otherwise be destined for the garbage, to good use, making it a great recipe for anyone who likes to be frugal.
What is MSG? (Monosodium Glutamate)
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is a food additive used in Asian cooking as well as ... MSG side effects include symptoms such as headaches, nausea ... Read more about MSG.
Facts About Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite
Nitrates and nitrites are widely used in preserving meats. And while nitrates are commonly thought to be bad for you, that's not the case at all. In fact, it's the exact opposite.
Cuts of Beef: Chuck, Loin, Rib, Brisket &...
Curious about different beef cuts like chuck, rib, loin or brisket? Here's a handy beef cuts chart along with descriptions and recipes for each one.
Demi-glace Recipe
Demi-glace is a rich and deeply flavorful sauce that is traditionally served with red meats. Demi-glace (or demi-glaze) is made by reducing a mixture of half basic brown sauce and half brown stock.
How to Glaze a Ham
Everything you need to know about glazing a ham, including when to apply the glaze, along with a few simple ham glaze recipes.
What is Couscous? In the culinary arts, couscous is a dish made from granules of wheat flour which are usually prepared by ... Read more about couscous.
Mint Sauce Recipe
This easy mint sauce is perfect for lamb and you can make it in just a few minutes. It's much superior to mint jelly from a jar.
Seasoning a Steak
The key to seasoning a steak for grilling is to use a generous amount of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Read about seasoning a steak for the grill.
How to Make French Fries
You can definitely make crispy French fries at home as long as you know what kind of potatoes to use and fry them using this basic technique.
Medium Rare Steaks
The best way to cook a steak is medium rare. Find out what makes medium rare steaks superior to all others, and how to cook them that way.
How To Make Clarified Butter
This tutorial will show you how to make clarified butter. Clarified butter is great for sautéeing and making sauces, and it also keeps longer than regular butter.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe
This chocolate chip banana bread is a delicious variation on the basic banana bread recipe. If you're looking for a slightly more decadent banana bread, this is the recipe for you.
How To Make Roux
Roux is a mixture of equal parts fat and flour that is one of the most common thickeners for sauces and soups. This tutorial shows you how to make a roux.
Chicken Piccata Recipe
Chicken Piccata is a classic Italian recipe that really takes all the difficulty out of cooking chicken. And the simple, tangy sauce is pretty heavenly.
How to Roast Prime Rib
Here are four different techniques for cooking a perfect prime rib roast, which is a tender, succulent beef roast that's great for holidays and other special occasions.
How Do Restaurants Make French Fries So Crispy?
Did you ever wonder why restaurant French fries are so much more crispy than the ones you make at home? The secret is in the oil.
How To Make Hollandaise Sauce
Making Hollandaise sauce can be intimidating, but it's really not that hard if you use the right technique. This tutorial shows you how to make Hollandaise sauce.
Creamy Homemade Risotto is Easier Than You Think
This tutorial shows you how to make risotto, with photos of every step. Once you learn the risotto method, you'll be able to make all kinds of risotto recipes.
Streusel Topping
This streusel topping is a great way to spruce up your homemade muffins, pies or coffee cakes, and you can mix it up in just a few seconds.
Béarnaise Sauce Recipe
Bearnaise is a rich, buttery, aromatic sauce featuring shallots, tarragon and crushed black peppercorns. Bearnaise sauce is typically served with grilled steak.
Flour Basics
Wheat flour is the most common flour used in baking. Learn about the difference between bread flour, cake flour and all-purpose flour.
Garlic Aioli Sauce
Aioli is a tangy emulsified sauce similar to mayonnaise but made with olive oil instead of vegetable oil. A good shot of garlic gives this aioli recipe its punch.
Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder
Looking for an easy and delicious pork roast recipe? This slow-roasted pork shoulder is juicy, crispy and insanely flavorful.
Cuts of Pork: Pig Diagram and Pork Chart
Want to know about the various cuts of pork? Here's a diagram of the pig showing where each pork primal cut comes from and a description of each one.
How to Cook Rice in the Oven
Cooking rice in the oven is convenient and easy. It frees up your stovetop, and it only takes a few minutes longer. See how to bake rice in the oven.
Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe
These simple chocolate chip muffins are easy to make and totally delicious. Enjoy this chocolate chip muffin recipe.
Prime Rib Roast: The Slow-Roast Method
This prime rib roast is first browned on the stovetop and then slow-roasted at a low temperature. The result is succulent, juicy and perfectly medium-rare.
How to Thicken a Sauce with Cornstarch
To thicken a sauce or soup with cornstarch, you first need to make a slurry, which is a mixture of equal parts cornstarch and liquid.
Béchamel Sauce Recipe
Béchamel is a basic white sauce that is the starting point for other classic sauces such as the Crème sauce and the Mornay sauce.
Cooking Oil Smoke Points
The temperature at which any oil will start to smoke is called its smoke point. Here's a table that shows the smoke points for the most common cooking fats and oils.
Espagnole Sauce Recipe
Espagnole is a basic brown sauce that is one of the five mother sauces of classical cuisine. It's also the starting point for making the traditional demi-glace.
The Food Temperature Danger Zone
Knowing about the Food Temperature Danger Zone can help prevent food-borne illness. Learn how to keep food safe by keeping dangerous bacteria from growing.
Blueberry Muffins Recipe
Warm blueberry muffins fresh from the oven are absolutely heavenly. This recipe works well with either fresh or frozen blueberries.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
Food poisoning symptoms vary with the type of food poisoning you have, but if you have any of the symptoms listed here, it could be a sign of food poisoning.
How to Bake a Potato
Baked potatoes are utterly delicious and they go with everything from steaks to seafood. Follow these easy steps for how to bake a potato.
Russian Dressing Recipe
There's no sandwich more delicious than corned beef and cole slaw on rye bread with Russian dressing. Find out how to make your own Russian Dressing!
How to Make Perfect Bacon
This illustrated tutorial will show you how easy it is to make perfectly crispy bacon in the oven. And wait till you see Step #2 — you might not believe your eyes!
How to Cook Pork
For years people learned that the way to cook pork was to overcook it. But new guidelines mean we can serve pork that's tender, juicy and flavorful and still perfectly safe.
What is Hominy? Hominy is a type of corn (or maize) that has been soaked in an alkali solution which causes it to... Read the definition of Hominy.
Fluffy Waffles Recipe
This waffles recipe is a bit more involved than the basic recipe, but the fluffier result is worth it.
How to Braise Meat
Want to learn how to braise meat? With this braising recipe, you can braise beef, make braised short ribs or braised spare ribs. Read about how to braise.
Ranch Dressing Recipe
Ranch Dressing is one of the most popular salad dressings, and it's quite easy to make. It also makes a great dip. Here's a great ranch dressing recipe.
Basic Cooking Methods
Cooking methods are divided into dry-heat cooking methods, such as roasting, sauteing and broiling, and moist-heat cooking methods, like braising, poaching or steaming.
10 Recipes with Chicken Stock (or Broth)
So you've made chicken stock. Now what? Here are 10 recipes you can make using chicken stock.
Chef Jobs and Chef Job Descriptions
What is a chef? How about a sous-chef? Or an executive chef? Here's a summary of some of the most common chef jobs and chef job descriptions and what each one means.
What is an Emulsion? In the culinary arts, an emulsion is a mixture of two liquids that ordinarily would not ... Read the definition of Emulsion.
Chicken & Poultry Safety Tips
These safety and food handling guidelines for preparing and storing chicken and poultry will help you avoid salmonella and other food-related bacteria.
Sunday Brunch Menu
Want some ideas to help you whip up a delicious Sunday brunch? These brunch recipes and brunch menu includes egg recipes, crispy bacon, pancakes, waffles, French toast and more.
Preparing Steaks for the Grill
If you want to enjoy the perfect grilled steak, then read these few basic guidelines on how to get your steaks ready for the grill.
How To Sharpen a Knife With a Whetstone
Learn how to sharpen a knife with a whetstone. A whetstone is the best way to sharpen a chef's knife or kitchen knife. Using a whetstone takes some practice, but you'll save time and money doing it yourself.
Rice Pilaf Recipe
To make this rice pilaf recipe, uncooked rice is sautéed, hot stock is added, then the rice is braised in the oven until all the liquid is absorbed.
Cream of Celery Soup Recipe
This classic celery soup recipe is flavored with white wine, garlic, and onions, thickened with potatoes and finished with hot cream.
Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Fingerling potatoes have a creamy, almost sweet flavor that goes well with meat, poultry and fish. They're a nice alternative to white or red potatoes.
How to Make Chicken or Turkey Gravy
Making turkey gravy starts with broth or stock which is reduced and thickened, and then seasoned to perfection. Learn how to make a simple turkey gravy.
Au Jus Recipe
This easy au jus recipe is perfect for roasted beef recipes like prime rib. You can also modify the au jus to serve with roasted chicken, lamb or veal.
How To Poach Fish
Poached fish is a simple and delicious dish that can be prepared quickly and easily. Learn how to poach fish.
White Cake Recipe
This basic white cake is made with all egg whites, which gives the cake a light, airy texture and snowy white color. Basic white cake recipe makes two 9-inch layers.
Quiz: Is it an Herb or a Spice?
Quiz: Is it an Herb or a Spice? Test Your Knowledge About Herbs and Spices Do you know the difference
Homemade Stuffing Recipe
This homemade stuffing is cooked in the oven, not inside the bird, so it gets nice and crispy. You can expand on this basic stuffing recipe by adding nuts, raisins or diced apples.
White Wine Sauce Recipe
The White Wine Sauce is made by reducing white wine and then simmering in a basic fish velouté sauce. It's an ideal accompaniment for all kinds of fish and seafood dishes.
What are Capers? In the culinary arts, capers are used in all kinds of cooking, including ... Read the definition of capers.
How to Roast Meat
Roasting is one of the easiest ways to cook a big piece of meat, whether it's beef, pork or lamb. Learn how to roast just about any type of meat.
What is Chervil? In the culinary arts, chervil is a delicate herb from the parsley family. For a chervil substitute, you can use ... Read more about Chervil.
Mushroom Risotto Recipe
Mushroom risotto is one of the most delicious variations on the traditional risotto recipe. This mushroom risotto recipe is prepared by adding hot stock to arborio rice and ...
Easter Egg Safety Tips
Whether you're decorating Easter eggs or preparing hard-boiled eggs for your Passover seder, here are a dozen egg safety tips to help you and your family stay healthy.
Fish Stock Recipe
Fish stock, or fumé, is great for making fish soups, chowders and sauces. Here's a simple fish stock recipe you can prepare in about 45 minutes.
Egg Wash
What is Egg Wash? In the culinary arts, the term Egg Wash refers to a mixture of beaten eggs and some other liquid, usually ... Read the definition of Egg Wash.
Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta
This simple but elegant roasted beet salad features red and golden beets, mild feta cheese and baby greens in a light olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
Chicken Velouté Sauce
The chicken velouté is one of the most versatile sauces in the culinary arts. Made from chicken stock, it's the basis for the classic Suprême sauce and many others.
Cooking Conversion Chart
Use this handy cooking conversion chart to calculate equivalences between units of volume such as teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts and so on.
Italian Vinaigrette Recipe
This Italian vinaigrette is made with extra virgin olive oil instead of salad oil, and features minced garlic, dried oregano and chopped parsley.
How to Sharpen a Knife in 1 Minute
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Simmering is a culinary technique where food is cooked in liquid within a specific temperature range and with bubbles forming and gently rising to the surface but not at a full rolling boil.
How NOT to Thaw a Frozen Turkey
Wondering how to thaw a turkey? There are four ways, and three of them are bad. Learn how NOT to thaw a frozen turkey, along with the one and only safe way to do it.
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Recipe
This honey Dijon vinaigrette recipe is delicious with a tossed green salad, and heated up, it makes a tangy sauce for grilled chicken.
What Is The "Food Temperature Danger Zone?"
The key to preventing food poisoning is making sure cold food stays cold and hot food stays hot, which means being aware of the Food Temperature Danger Zone.
Corned Beef
What is Corned Beef? In the culinary arts, corned beef is made by curing a brisket of beef in brine with ... Read the definition of Corned Beef.
How to Truss a Chicken
Trussing a chicken involves tying it with kitchen twine so that it cooks evenly. This illustrated tutorial shows you how to truss a chicken.
How to Cook a Steak
A professional chef explains how to cook a perfect steak in four simple steps.
Roasting & Baking
Roasting and baking are dry-heat cooking methods that cook with hot, dry air while browning the food's exterior, thus developing complex flavors and aromas.
Asian Vinaigrette Recipe
This Asian vinaigrette recipe is another easy variation on the basic vinaigrette formula. It's made with rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and fresh ginger.
Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe
This simple tomato cream sauce is perfect for any kind of pasta. Enjoy this tomato cream sauce recipe.
Fruit Tart Recipe
This fruit tart recipe will show you how to make a beautiful, colorful fruit tart filled with luscious vanilla pastry cream and brushed with a clear apricot glaze.
Sauce Recipes for Meat and Pork
These classic sauce recipes, like the mushroom sauce, red wine reduction sauce and others, can be served with meat and pork dishes, including grilled steaks, chops and roasts.
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
This white balsamic vinaigrette is an easy and delicious salad dressing. It's the standard dressing I make for my Everyday Salad.
Cross Contamination
Definition: Cross contamination is what happens when bacteria from one food item are transferred to another food item, often by way of unwashed cutting boards or countertops, as well as...
What is an ancho chili? In the culinary arts, ancho is a type of dried chili pepper that is popular in ... Read the definition of ancho.
What is Florentine? In the culinary arts, the word Florentine refers to a dish that has been prepared in the style of ... Read the definition of Florentine.
Resting a Steak
The secret to a juicy steak is letting it rest before you serve it. Read all about how to go about resting a steak.
How to Scale a Recipe
Scaling a recipe means adjusting it to prepare more portions, or fewer, than the recipe was originally written for. Here are the simple steps for how to do it.
Evaporated Milk
What is Evaporated Milk? In the culinary arts, evaporated milk is milk that has had about 60 percent of ... Read the definition of Evaporated Milk.
Deep Frying
Deep-frying is a cooking method that involves submerging the food in hot, liquid fat. Learn how to deep-fry just about anything.
How To Grind Your Own Meat
Grinding meat is easy to do, and when grind your own meat at home, you'll know exactly what's in it. This illustrated tutorial shows you how to grind meat.
Fats: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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How to Grill Vegetables
Grilling is a healthy and easy way to prepare vegetables. Learn tips for making grilled veggies like corn, eggplant, mushrooms, onions and more.
Beef Pot Roast Recipe
Traditional pot roast is actually cooked by braising, not roasting. This pot roast recipe uses beef chuck and long, slow cooking, so it's moist, tender and succulent.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein in wheat that gives bread and baked goods their structure. Basically, without gluten, breads, cakes and muffins wouldn't be airy and light.
What is Dijon? In the culinary arts, the word Dijon refers to a type of prepared mustard from the French region of Dijon or made according to the Dijon style. Read more about Dijon.
What is a Capon? In the culinary arts, the meaning of the word capon is a rooster that has been ... Read the definition of Capon.
Corned Beef Hash Recipe
Homemade corned beef hash is about a thousand times better than the kind that comes from a can, and it's an awesome way to use leftover corned beef.
Buying Fresh Scallops: Sea Scallops Sizes and...
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Kosher Salt
Kosher salt is a coarse-grained salt that chefs like because it's easier to handle than ordinary table salt, and it adheres to food products better, too.
Meat Sauce Recipe
This classic Italian meat sauce is amazing for spaghetti and other pasta as well as lasagna. This meat sauce recipe is made with ground beef and pork for a rich, meaty flavor.
Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe
This mustard vinaigrette recipe is one of the simplest variations on the basic vinaigrette formula and a delicious salad dressing in its own right.
How To Make Your Own Baking Powder
You can make your own baking powder by combining baking soda with cream of tartar. Find out the exact formula for making your own baking powder.
Cutting Boards and Food Safety
Cutting boards are made of every type of material from wood and glass to plastic and acrylic. Find out which is better: wooden cutting boards or plastic.
Grilled Strip Steak with Compound Butter
This recipe for grilled strip steak topped with compound butter is one of the classic steak preparations, and one of the simplest.
Gorgonzola Sauce Recipe
Gorgonzola sauce is amazing served with pasta, gnocchi or even grilled steak. This Gorgonzola sauce recipe is made with cream, Gorgonzola cheese and ...
Slow Cookers and Food Safety
Slow cookers are a wonderful convenience, but anytime you're dealing with low temperatures over long time periods, food safety is a concern.
Cuts of Lamb: Leg, Loin, Shoulder, Rack &...
Curious about cuts of lamb like the leg, loin, shoulder or rack? Here's a chart of the lamb meat cuts with descriptions and recipes for each one.
8 Ways to Cook Chicken
Whether you've never cooked a chicken before, or you're looking for a new twist on the same old bird, here's the ultimate guide on how to cook chicken.

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