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How to Throw a Cocktail Party Like You’ve Been Doing It for Years

Dim the lights, start the music, and most importantly: Don’t forget to hydrate.
Turkey stock is poured into a mason jar.
Kitchen Intelligence

What’s The Difference Between Stock and Broth?

And bouillon and bone broth too.
Strips of crispy bacon on a baking sheet.
Kitchen Intelligence

Everything You Need for Perfectly Crispy Bacon in the Oven

Easy, mess-free path to your Goldilocks bacon starts with the oven. 
Sliced Yukon Gold potatoes with melted butter fresh parsley and grated parmesan.
The Pro Move

The Secret to No-Fuss Hasselback Potatoes? Chopsticks

This handy tool is in your kitchen drawer just waiting to assist you with your knifework.

Essential Cooking Intel

Is It Safe to Reuse Plastic Take-out Containers?

And what about putting them in the dishwasher or the microwave?

The Real Difference Between European and American Butter

The difference between European and American butters all comes down to the percentages of butterfat, water, and milk solids. 

How to Choose the Best Apples for Baking Pies, Crisps, and Crumbles

There are thousands of apple varieties out there—here’s how to pick the right one for your baking project.
Shelf Life

The Things You Should Never Store on Top of Your Fridge

We’re all about creative kitchen storage solutions, but here’s what to keep in mind about that space above your refrigerator.
Kitchen Intelligence

Baking Soda Makes Your Fridge Smell Better, But Not the Way You Think It Does

A box of Arm & Hammer will neutralize odors in the fridge. But the story we’ve been sold isn’t scientifically sound.
Kitchen Intelligence

Does Wax Paper Have a Purpose—Or Is It Just Taking Up Space?

That reliable roll of wax paper is finding some tough competition among a new wave of reusable food-wrapping products.
The Pro Move

The Easiest Homemade Croissants Start With Softened Butter

The shortcut means that even without living next door to a French bakery, you can have warm croissants and fresh morning buns.
Shelf Life

The Smart Way to Store Onions and Capture All Their Savory Potential

Follow these expert tips, and your onions will stay fresh for months.
Kitchen Intelligence

How to Dry-Brine Turkey for the Juiciest Bird Ever

This super-easy, not-at-all messy brining method will deliver the juiciest Thanksgiving bird.
Kitchen Intelligence

What Does ‘Room Temperature’ Even Mean, and Why Does It Matter in Cooking?

Understanding this surprisingly complicated term will make you a better cook (and baker).
Kitchen Intelligence

8 Types of Butter and How to Use Them

Cultured, compound, clarified—what’s the difference? Learn about the many types of butter and how to use them in your cooking and baking projects.
Shelf Life

Will Tahini Go Bad in the Pantry?

Here’s how to store this creamy condiment depending on how you plan to use it.
The Pro Move

For Extra Moist, Tender Cookies, Bring Some Potato to the Party

We’ve got the science and the recipes to show why this beloved tuber is the inconspicuous hero of baking.
Shelf Life

How to Store Mushrooms to Keep Those Fungi Fresh

Should you wash mushrooms? Should they go in the fridge? What about the freezer? We have answers to all these questions, and more.
Kitchen Intelligence

8 Great Substitutes for Cornstarch

Out of cornstarch? Don’t want to use it? No problem. These alternatives have you covered.
Shelf Life

Want Better-Tasting Sesame Oil? Don’t Put It in the Cabinet

If you want to preserve all of those delicate nutty notes, think twice about how you store this pantry staple.
Shelf Life

How to Store Cilantro for the Perkiest, Greenest Leaves

To keep your cilantro at peak flavor, store it as if you were caring for a bouquet of flowers.
The Pro Move

Make One Last Summer Panzanella—and Break All the Rules

Forget everything you think you know about what should go into this classic bread salad.
The Pro Move

Paella’s Just Better on the Grill

Cooking this Valencian rice dish on the grill means better flavor, better texture, and an excuse to drink a glass of wine outside.
Kitchen Intelligence

The Best Way to Keep Guacamole From Turning Brown

Does storing guacamole with the avocado pit actually keep it green?
Shelf Life

Does Ketchup Need to Be Refrigerated?

Or is it really fine at room temp?
Kitchen Intelligence

6 Easy Ways to Keep Apples From Turning Brown

Stop a browning apple in its tracks with these easy tips.
Kitchen Intelligence

The 10 Best Substitutes for Sour Cream

If a recipe calls for sour cream and you don't have it, worry not. These alternatives—with both dairy and nondairy solutions—work too.