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Tips & Tricks

We want to provide you with all the information you need to be successful in making Special Fork meals. And, since picking the right ingredients is key, we offer selection and storage information for fresh ingredients like produce and meats. We give you the information when it is most needed – when you’ve chosen your recipe and are ready to purchase ingredients. So the selection and storage information is embedded as links in the ingredients list of the recipe and in the shopping list, to help you make smart buying decisions.

From time to time, our blogs, including our Friday VIDEO blogs, will offer useful primers on specific ingredients or a cooking technique. You’ll find them archived here for easy reference.

Tips on Tools (back to top)

Indispensable tools every cook needs

How to sharpen a knife

Basic knife skills VIDEO

How to care for your wok

Essential Ingredients (back to top)

The art of salt

How to cut up an onion VIDEO

Presentation Techniques (back to top)

How to use food styling tips for eye-appealing plate presentations

How to use a squeeze bottle to plate like a pro

How to use bento boxes for appetite-appealing school lunch

How to make a pastry bag out of a plastic sandwich bag to pipe deviled eggs VIDEO

Cooking Techniques (back to top)

How to cook foolproof bacon

How to make an omelet

How to hard-cook eggs and stuff them

How to turn pan juices into a pan sauce

How to cook dried beans

How to barbecue for one or two people

How to make a one-dish meal in foil packets VIDEO

How to make iceberg lettuce super-crisp VIDEO

How to make perfect tempura

How to make your own sushi VIDEO

How to seed a pomegranate and make a dip VIDEO

How to make meringues

How to make yeast rolls

How to use a microwave to toast nuts and melt chocolate VIDEO

Recipes for Classic Foods We Love (back to top)

How to make guacamole

How to make a chicken liver pate

How to make mac and cheese

How to make chicken soup with a rotisserie chicken

How to make spaghetti and meatballs with prepared sauce

How to make quesadillas

How to make a simple roast chicken

How to make classic sloppy Joes

How to braise a beef brisket

How to roast pork tenderloin

How to turn flatbread into an easy pizza crust

How to make an authentic, New England lobster roll

How to make sushi roll-ups

How to make relishes for your hot dogs

How to make your own granola VIDEO

How to make trail mix

How to make a fruit crisp VIDEO

How to make a smoothie

How to make easy ice cream

Mastering Beverages (back to top)

How to brew coffee

How to make iced tea

How to make hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows

How to use Special Ingredients (back to top)

How to cook rutabaga

What to do with heirloom tomatoes

How to cook kale

Good uses for honey

How to cook with tasso (Cajun ham)

What to do with cranberries

Some good ways to use cooked rice

Party & Entertaining Ideas (back to top)

How to make and grill pizza

How throw a wine tasting party

How to make winter-warming drinks (alcoholic)

Easy appetizers for a summer party

How to dress up goat cheese

How to make appetizers with phyllo shells

How to host a party where guests make their meal

Holiday How-Tos (back to top)

How to make new candy from Halloween candy leftovers

How to roast pumpkin seeds

How to make a classic prime rib roast

How to decorate your Christmas table using fruits VIDEO

How to plan your Thanksgiving meal

Leftovers (back to top)

How to clean out the fridge and use the leftovers

What to do with leftover bread

How to repurpose leftover steak

Quick Meal Ideas (back to top)

How to make a few super-simple meals

Pasta to make when you have nothing to cook VIDEO

How to use roast veggies as a meal starter