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The Home Cook’s Guide to Cooking Methods

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Just like there’s more than one way to play a guitar, you can cook the same food using multiple methods, each yielding a unique texture, aroma, and taste.

The more methods you learn, the more diverse your home-cooked meals will become. Though you and your household will probably favor some more than you do others, it only helps if, with time, you’ve perfected them all.

The Best Italian Foods to Stock Your Pantry With Right Now

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Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines around. From al-dente pasta and airy, leopard-spotted pizza to hearty Osso Buco and savory Florentine steak, it’s kind of hard not to love it.

And I don’t know about you lot, but I’m always on the hunt for new Italian foods to stock my pantry with.

I love trying out different types of pasta shapes, preserved vegetables in oil, and regional condiments. But it’s also good to have a few essentials in your kitchen that are easy to cook up a quick meal whenever you get the cravings.

How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

How to Make Smash Burgers Without a Spatula

There’s something about a smash burger that regular burgers can’t give you. Maybe it’s in the way a flatter burger browns better, making it more aromatic and flavorful. Or in how it comes out chewier and drier, just like the drive-thru burgers your family used to eat on road trips when you were growing up.

Whatever it is (and I can’t put my finger on it), one thing’s for sure: a well-made smash burger is damn right delicious. In fact, it’s probably one of the best burgers you’ve ever had.

Keep French Fries From Sticking to Your Frying Pan

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The other day, I made French fries—and they stuck badly to the bottom and sides of my stainless steel frying pan. I tried to free them with my spatula, but that only made things worse as it cut them in halves.

That’s the thing about stainless steel. Without a doubt, it’s one of the best types of cookware. But if you don’t know how to use it (and you learn something new every day), cooking with it is often a hit or a miss.

How can you keep French fries from sticking to your stainless steel frying pan?