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How to Make Perfect Salsa Every Time

Spice things up this summer with homemade salsa. It’s the ideal dish for using up whatever produce you have sitting around, and you can customize it to be as hot or mild as you like. READ MORE

9 Twists on Vanilla Cake

Think vanilla cake is boring? Think again. With the right frosting and filling, you can impress your friends with some serious bakery-worthy results, even if you aren’t a master baker. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Coleslaw

From the store to the kitchen to the table: The Basics outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of complicated techniques. It's the most basic way to make the thing you're making—perfect coleslaw, for instance. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of measurements and complicated techniques. It's a method you'll remember, the most basic way to make the thing you're making—like the perfect meaty, cheese-gooey, and hunger-stomping Philly cheesesteak. READ MORE

10 Bruschetta Toppings That Are Better Than Avocado Toast

The best and easiest summer appetizer around, bruschetta can highlight any summer produce. READ MORE

13 Over-the-Top Ways to Eat Ice Cream

Forget fancy scoop shops – with a few creative add-ins, you can replicate the craziest, most flavorful pints right at home. READ MORE

How to Make Perfectly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, of course. But we all have an idea of the perfect version – yours might be crunchy and studded with dark chocolate or soft and chewy with creamy milk chocolate chunks. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Perfect Oven Fries

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques—in this case, for the best oven fries you'll ever swab in ketchup. READ MORE

11 Tips for Making Our Favorite Summer Sweets

Summer fruit is flooding the farmers’ markets, so its time to get your baking on. READ MORE

The 9 Essential Recipes for College Cooking

Cooking in a college apartment can be a challenge, if only because the battered Ikea hand-offs your parents sent you to school with to cook in wouldn’t necessarily turn out perfect results even if Gordon Ramsey were the man behind the weak electric range of your rental. These 9 recipes will, however, set you in good stead with roommates and friends, and provide at least a baseline of calories for getting through. READ MORE