How to Cook

Learn how to cook with step-by-step guides from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Our experts will walk you through the techniques you need to master must-try dishes and desserts.

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      How to Make Magic Bars + Twists on the Classic Recipe

      Whether you call them magic bars, seven-layer bars or Hello Dolly bars, we know that this super simple dessert is always a hit.

      How to Cut a Watermelon (The Easy Way!)

      Here's our step-by-step guide on how to cut a watermelon. You'll be making slices, cubes, and melon balls like a...


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      How to Make the Best Veggie Burger

      There's a new burger in town! Our Test Kitchen shares their very best veggie burger recipe.


      How to Make Vegan Pancakes

      Learn how to make vegan pancakes that everyone will enjoy! Each short stack will have a nostalgic smell and taste...


      How to Cook Tri-Tip Steak

      To learn how to cook tri-tip steak, start with a quick-cooking method like a grill, cast-iron skillet or oven broiler....

      How to Debone a Chicken

      Knowing how to debone a chicken is a kitchen skill that will definitely come in handy.


      How to Make Gyros at Home

      This step-by-step guide explains how to make gyros at home. No rotisserie needed!

      How to Make Air Fryer Zucchini with No Oil

      This air fryer zucchini is a must-try if you're looking for a quick healthy bite. You only need a handful...


      The Best Homemade Twinkie Recipe

      Learn how to make this prized lunch box snack with our easy Twinkie recipe.


      How to Defrost Frozen Chicken 3 Ways

      Here's how to defrost chicken safely in the fridge, in the sink and in the microwave.


      How to Make Copycat Lofthouse Cookies at Home

      Lofthouse cookies have been around since 1994 and we're still obsessed. Use this Lofthouse cookie recipe to make soft, cakey...

      How to Bread Chicken at Home

      Learning how to bread chicken is easier than you think.


      How to Make Poached Apples Stuffed with Walnuts (Tufahije)

      Step aside, cakes and cookies. We're making tufahije, the walnut-stuffed apple dessert you never knew you needed.


      How to Grate Zucchini 4 Ways

      Turn this abundant vegetable into shredded zucchini, and you can use it in dozens of sweet and savory recipes. We'll...


      How to Pick and Cook Zucchini Flowers

      Zucchini flowers look fancy, but they're surprisingly easy to prepare at home.


      How to Brown Ground Beef Properly

      Ready for a more flavorful addition to your recipes? Learn how to brown ground beef the right way with our...

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      How to Make Decorated Garden Focaccia

      Garden focaccia is the prettiest bread you'll ever see. Learn how to make this delicious and Instagram-worthy bread at home.


      How to Make Korean Cream Cheese Garlic Bread

      This Korean cream cheese garlic bread has a sweet cream cheese filling and savory garlic butter topping. It's delicious!


      How to Make Yakisoba at Home

      Yakisoba is a flavorful stir-fried Japanese noodle dish filled with crisp and tender vegetables. Add grilled tofu, pork or chicken...


      How to Make Biryani at Home

      Very few South Asian dishes are as exquisite as a delicious and fragrant biryani. Follow this recipe to learn how...


      How to Keep Fruit Salad Fresh

      Wondering how to keep fruit salad fresh? We have a few options.


      How to Make Conchas

      You can learn how to make colorful conchas like the ones on display in a Mexican bakery.


      How to Make Jamaican Carrot Juice

      Fred Scille, the senior recruiting manager at Taste of Home, explains how to make his family's Jamaican carrot juice. This...


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      The Ultimate Guide to Margaritas

      Browse our margarita guide for everything you need to know about America's most popular cocktail.

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      How to Make a Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme

      Impress fast food lovers with a homemade version of an iconic Taco Bell order: the Crunchwrap Supreme.


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      How to Make the Best Vanilla Custard Ice Cream

      We'll show you how to make vanilla custard ice cream that is so good, you'll fall in love after the...


      You Need to Bring Southern Ham Salad to Your Next Picnic

      Ham salad is a classic Southern staple, and it's perfect for a picnic! With salty, smoky ham, celery, green onion...


      How to Make (and Use!) Garam Masala

      This easy garam masala recipe will bring out the best aromas and flavors in your Indian dishes. You can have...


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      How to Make Strawberry Shortcake from Scratch

      Berry season is here! Make the most of it and learn how to make strawberry shortcake with your just-picked harvest.


      How to Make an Upside-Down Cake Recipe with Any Fruit

      Learn how to make this retro dessert with nearly any fruit thanks to this upside-down fruitcake recipe.