Recipe Index: How To

Perfect Popcorn (photo)

Perfect Popcorn

How to make a perfect batch of popcorn, with no burnt kernels. Easy popcorn recipe.
Poached Chicken   (photo)

Poached Chicken

A method for poaching chicken which retains all the chicken's flavor and juices without overcooking the breast meat.
Rendering Bacon Fat (photo)

Rendering Bacon Fat

A guide for how to render bacon fat for use in cooking.
The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat (photo)

The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat

Easily check for the doneness of meat without using a thermometer by comparing how the meat feels with the feeling of your hand as you touch different fingers together.
The Vinaigrette Ratio (photo)

The Vinaigrette Ratio

Michael Ruhlman on how to make 3 variations of a classic vinaigrette salad dressing following a 3 to 1 oil to vinegar ratio.
Tip: Blender and Mason Jar (photo)

Tip: Blender and Mason Jar

How to use a mason jar with your blender to whip or chop things right into the jar.
Tip: How to Check for the Hotness of Jalapenos (photo)

Tip: How to Check for the Hotness of Jalapenos

How hot is that jalapeno? Here's a tip to help gauge the level of heat before you buy or pick the pepper.
Tip: How to Soften Butter Quickly (photo)

Tip: How to Soften Butter Quickly

The quick way to soften butter for baking, with a little wax paper and a rolling pin.
Toasted Parmesan Rinds (photo)

Toasted Parmesan Rinds

Have leftover Parmesan rinds? Toast them for a quick and tasty snack.