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Our techniques for healthy, everyday cooking from 20 years of preparing flavorful food.

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Pierce chicken with a fork

How to Sauté Chicken

Jazz up a basic chicken breast with a simple pan sauce. This easy technique puts dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.


Sage Risotto with Fresh Mozzarella and Prosciutto Recipe

How To Make Risotto

Mastering the creamy decadence of this grain-based dish is easy with a few simple techniques.


Add tomatoes to pasta

Homemade Tomato Sauce

This Italian staple tastes rich and delicious but only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Learn how to make it with fresh, in season tomatoes.


Freeze Fresh Berries: Stock Up

How to Freeze Fresh Berries

In preparation for those cooler months when fresh fruit isn't widely available, stock up on your favorite fruits and freeze them.


How to Make Traditional Tamales

How to Make Tamales

Tamales aren't difficult to prepare, and the filling is limited only by your imagination and preference.


How to Make Poached Fruit: Submerge Fruit

How to Poach Fruit

Poaching fruit—simmering it gently in liquid—can help you bring a simple, elegant dessert to the table quickly.


Peel Crawfish: Separate Tail from Head

How to Peel Crawfish

Crawfish season peaks in April or May, when the crawfish are the fattest.

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Cooking with Quinoa: 25 Recipes

High in protein and fiber, quinoa [KEEN-wah] is not only versatile, it also tastes wonderful and has a nice crunch. Find 24 delicious recipes for cooking with this ancient whole grain.

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, and Spinach Recipe