Cooking with Gear & Gadgets

Learn how to put your favorite gear to work. We’ve got tips on how to make the most of your pressue cooker, Dutch oven, cast-iron skillet, air fryer and much more.

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    Steak and Potato Foil Packs

    As a park ranger, I've cooked a lot of meals outdoors. I often assemble a steak and potato foil pack and toss it into my backpack with some ice. Then when I set up camp, it's easy to cook over a campfire. If I'm at home, I use my grill, and the food is just as good. —Ralph Jones, San Diego, California

    Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

    Pho is one of Vietnam's most well-known dishes. For many families, the cooking of the dish is a true labor...


    Air-Fryer Olive Burgers

    My mom would reminisce about the olive burgers she would get at Coney Island when she was a girl. After...


    Air-Fryer Taco Kabobs

    We typically think of the grill when making kabobs but your air fryer does an equally good job in the...


    Air-Fryer Stuffed Zucchini

    When your garden is overflowing with zucchini, it's time to pull out your air fryer. Filled with ground beef and...

    Air-Fryer Taco Puffs

    I like to make these puffs ahead of time and keep the in the refrigerator until I'm ready to pop...


    Air-Fryer Meat Loaf

    If you're looking for a hearty meal perfect for two, then look no further. This air-fryer meat loaf cooks quickly....

    Air-Fryer Cowboy Casserole

    When it starts to get cold, I love to make this quick and creamy Tater Tot bake. It's a delightful...


    Cuts-Like-Butter BBQ Brisket

    With just a few ingredients and steps, this recipe is nearly impossible to mess up. The thin, fall-apart-tender slices are...


    Air-Fryer Beef Turnovers

    My mom's recipe for these flavorful pockets called for dough made from scratch, but I streamlined it by using refrigerated...


    Southern-Style Meat Loaf

    When my husband and I moved to the South, we discovered our love for pimiento cheese! Its addition lends flair...

    Jalapeno Sliders with Crispy Onions

    My husband and I love spicy foods, and this recipe was an excellent step up from a typical burger. It...


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    Make-Ahead Spicy Olive Pasta

    This is a fancy version of my grandchildren's favorite baked spaghetti. It feels like such a special dinner, and it's...


    Easy Stovetop Lasagna

    My family and I have made this Easy Stovetop Lasagna recipe many times over the past few months. It's the...


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    How to Cook Steak in a Cast-Iron Skillet

    You don't need to visit a fancy restaurant to enjoy a tender, juicy steak. You just need to know how...


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    Burger Sliders with Secret Sauce

    These sliders are super easy to put together and are always a hit! I love that they are "fast food"...

    Quick and Simple Meatballs

    Keep a batch of these meatballs in your freezer for an easy weeknight meal. This simple meatball recipe can be...


    Cheesy Meatball Sliders

    These meatball sliders are a fun way to serve meatballs at your party without using a slow cooker. Made on...


    Easy Taco Cups

    These zesty little cups rank high on my list of favorites because they combine three things I look for in...


    Mini Meat Loaf Sheet-Pan Meal

    I grew up with this classic meat loaf recipe, but I adapted it to mini meatloaves so that they would...


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    Cast-Iron Skillet Steak

    If you’ve never cooked steak at home before, it can be a little intimidating. That’s why I came up with...


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    Southwestern Beef and Rice Skillet

    I like to serve this kicked-up skillet dish with warm flour tortillas and a side of guacamole. If you like...


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    Pressure-Cooker Sauerbraten

    One of my all-time favorite German dishes is sauerbraten, but I don't love that it normally takes five to 10...


    One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

    When the weather's too chilly to grill, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta. Believe it or...


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    Easy Stuffed Poblanos

    My partner adores these saucy stuffed peppers—and I love how quickly they come together. Top with low-fat sour cream and...

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    Wisconsin Butter Burgers

    It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of...


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    Garden-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

    Not only are these boats a delightful way to get your veggies, they're basically a one-dish meal that covers all...


    Gingered Beef Stir-Fry

    "You won't feel deprived in any way when you make this delicious main dish," assures Grace Nicholson of Willow Grove,...


    Lone Star Pot Roast

    Pot roast becomes especially delicious with the addition of chopped green chiles and taco seasoning. —Helen Carpenter, Albuquerque, New Mexico


    Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket

    I enjoy fixing a sit-down meal for my husband and myself every evening, so this slow cooker barbecue beef brisket...


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    Simple Taco Soup

    We first sampled this chili-like taco soup recipe at a church dinner. What a warming dish for a cold day....