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All the essential skills for cooking great American Food. Whether it's learning the perfect pie crust for those sweet apples, or how to keep that cheeseburger nice and juicy, you'll find it here.

Perfectly Medium-Rare Prime Rib of Beef Using "Method X"
This easy method for cooking beautiful, medium-rare prime rib is perfect for novice cooks and experienced chefs alike. It uses a simple formula to calculate the cooking time, and most of the work is done with the oven off!

How to Make Rosemary Salt
Making your own rosemary salt is easy, fun, and better than those stale supermarket salt and herb blends. Homemade rosemary salt also makes a great edible gift for the gourmets in your life.

Cooking Turkey for Beginners - An Easy Step-by-Step Turkey Recipe
The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. This step-by-step for how to cook a turkey will show a very easy method for producing a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey every time.

Classic Turkey Gravy Recipe
This classic turkey gravy recipe is made right along side a roasting turkey. The neck is used to make a simple turkey stock, and the gravy recipe is finished with those delicious browned bits from the roasting pan.

How to Make Vanilla Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker
Believe it or not, this vanilla ice cream recipe doesn't use an ice cream machine, but results in a rich, incredibly smooth and creamy homemade vanilla ice cream.

Caramel Apple Pie - Step by Step
This apple pie recipe is super easy, but unusual in it's construction. It contains no flour or other starch in the filling to bind it together. The filling is basically caramelized apples, glued together with the natural pectin from the apple skins, and a glossy, delicious apple syrup.

Whole Roasted Garlic Recipe
Roasting whole garlic bulbs is an easy and delicious method, and the sweet, soft cloves can be used in countless ways. Roasted garlic cloves are a great garnish for a main course, like roasted chicken, and can also be mashed up and added to dressings and sauces.

10 Great American Barbecue Sauce Recipes
Here is a great collection of barbecue sauce recipes from all across America. From thick and sweet, to thin and tangy, these barbecue sauces are all fast and easy to make. No matter which meat you decide to barbecue, one of these delicious sauce recipes will work perfectly.

How to Make Fresh Farmer's Cheese
This farmer's cheese recipe will show you how fun and easy it is making your own fresh white cheese at home. This cheese recipe uses plain milk, requires no special equipment, and produces a homemade cheese that's a sort of cross between cream cheese and a ricotta.

"Oven-Fried" Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe
This easy oven method for making Buffalo chicken wings eliminates the need for messy deep-frying, and the results are crisp, golden-brown chicken wings ready to coat with your favorite sauce. Buffalo chicken wings are the perfect party food, so give this simple recipe a try.

5 New Mashed Potato Recipes to Match with Your Favorite Meal
The great thing about plain, old fashion mashed potatoes is that they go with almost any meat, poultry or seafood recipe. However, sometimes the occasion calls for something a little more adventurous. Here you'll find five easy and flavorful variations of the classic mashed potato recipe.

An Easy Mother's Day Menu for the Culinarily Challenged
These recipes all look beautiful, are easy to make, and delicious to eat. They are specially designed for the non-cook, and are sure to shock and amaze that special Mom in your life.

6 Deliciously Different Ways to Enjoy Fresh Asparagus
Asparagus is America's favorite spring vegetable for a reason; it's delicious, packed with nutrients, fast to prepare, low calorie, and can be enjoyed in a huge array of recipes. Here are 6 easy asparagus recipes that really show off the versatility of this succulent spear.

How to Make Chimichangas - Video Recipe
An American Southwest specialty, chimichangas are deep-fried meat and cheese filled burritos. This home version is easy, delicious, and since it doesn't use a deep-fryer, much lower in fat.

How to Make a Chicago Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza - Video Recipe
If you're a pizza lover, then you have to try this mega pie. Made in the Chicago deep dish style, you'll need both hands to eat up this amazing stuffed pizza.

Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake - Step by Step Recipe
This ingenious chicken Parmesan requires no breading, no frying, and only takes minutes to put together. Since there is no fried coating in this chicken Parmesan recipe it's much lower in calories and fat. The crouton crust serves double-duty by soaking in the sauce and chicken juices, as well as forming a crispy, cheesy topping.

How to Make Creole Jambalaya
Straight from New Orleans' famous French Quarter, this Creole favorite is a descendant of the Spanish paella. Featuring local ingredients, and a healthy dose of French flair, Jambalaya has been a Louisiana favorite for over a century. This simple Jambalaya recipe is easy to make, re-heats beautifully, and is great for entertaining.

How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak - Video Recipe
Using much less oil, but not substituting any flavor, you can make a delicious version of the famous Philly Cheesesteak sandwich at home. See how it's done.

How to Make Jalapeno Cornbread with Honey Lime Butter - Video Recipe
This Southwestern recipe has a wonderful balance between the heat of the peppers and the sweetness of the cornbread. Top the cornbread with honey lime butter for a mouthwatering treat.

How to Make Authentic Anchor Bar Buffalo Wings
This is the original spicy Buffalo chicken wing recipe from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY. There are many Buffalo chicken wing recipes out there, but if you want to taste the "real" thing give this a try. The chicken wings are deep-fried in the original recipe, but a hot oven works fine for the home version.

How to Make New Orleans-Style French Toast - "Pain Perdu"
This is not your typical French toast recipe. This is New Orleans-style French toast, made using thick slices of bread soaked in a custard batter, then after being browned lightly in a pan, their baked golden brown. This cooks the inside into a creamy, almost bread pudding-like texture, as the outside gets crisp and golden.

Five American "Super Foods" for Better Health and Delicious Dining
A list of five "super foods," indigenous to America, that you should be eating and enjoying regularly for better health. Experts have used the term "super foods" to describe various edibles that are significantly higher nutritionally than most other foods. They are generally higher in essential nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and/or antioxidants. This list also links to five great recipes which you can use to enjoy these beneficial foods.

5 American "Super Foods" You Should Be Eating and Enjoying fo…
A list of 5 "super foods," indigenous to America, that you should be eating and enjoying regularly. Health experts have used the term "super foods" to describe various edibles that are significantly higher in nutritional value than most other foods. They are generally much higher in essential nutrients, vitamins, fiber, and/or antioxidants.

How to Make Lemon Curd - Video Recipe
Lemon curd is a delicious, old-fashioned lemon dessert sauce. Its intense flavor and creamy, rich texture go great with things like cakes, gingerbread, and fresh berries.

How to Make Your Own Steak Sauce - Video Recipe
Why pay money for a bottled steak sauce when you can easily make one that tastes even better at home? Check out this video recipe and see how to make your own steak sauce.

How to Make the Classic Roast Prime Rib of Beef au Jus
Prime rib of beef is a very popular, and delicious "special occasion" roast. But, due to its expense and reputation for being difficult to prepare, many home cooks are hesitant to try making one of these magnificent roasts. The truth is making a perfect prime rib is not very difficult at all. This classic prime rib recipe will work every time, no mater what size roast you are using.

How to Make Homemade Pastrami - Video Recipe
Making true pastrami at home takes many days of curing and then the meat has to be smoked. This faux-pastrami uses an already cured corned beef, and one secret ingredient, to get something very close to same flavors, but only take one day to make.

Top 10 "Must Haves" for Cooking Great American Food
Here is a list of 10 essential items that every good kitchen should have, especially one that will be used to make all those great, classic dishes that form the cornerstone of American food and cuisine.

How to Use a Knife Steel - Video Demo
The knife steel is a very important, and often misused, kitchen tool that will help you keep a sharp edge on your knives for a long time. It's easy to learn, and only takes seconds to do.

How to Make Maryland Crab Cakes
There are many "authentic" recipes for this famous Chesapeake Bay specialty, but the one thing they all have in common is they are mostly crab meat with just enough cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs to hold things together.

How to "Hot Smoke" Fresh Salmon Fillets
Smoking fresh salmon is another skill the Native Americans taught to early settlers. It's original purpose was to dry and preserve the fish for storage over the winter months, but it also added a great flavor. This is a modern take on the ancient technique, and will produce a texture similar to a roast salmon.

Video Demo on How to Clean and Care for a Butcher Block Cutting Board
This video "how to" will show you the three crucial steps to clean and preserve your wooden butcher block cutting board: cleaning, sanitizing, and sealing. See how to care for your butcher block, so it lasts for years.

How to Put Together Rochester, New York's Famous "Garbage Plate"
See each step of how this strange dish is put together. The shots are from my first ever garbage plate experience. The version you are going to see was at a place called Charlie Riedel’s in Canandauia, New York.

How to Make McDonalds' Famous "Special Sauce"
Ever wonder what was in that famous special sauce that McDonalds put on all those Big Macs®? Well, our crack staff of American food investigators has uncovered the not-so-top-secret-anymore recipe. Now, your hamburgers can be just as special!

Cheesy Potato Chip Gratin - Macaroni and Cheese Topping
This super crunchy, cheesy, potato chip gratin is the perfect macaroni and cheese topping. Use it on freshly made, no bake macaroni and cheese recipes or as a topping for a classic baked macaroni and cheese.

Classic Southern Pimento Cheese Spread
Pimento cheese is a classic Southern snack spread, and one taste of this easy party recipe and you'll wonder why it's not more popular in other parts of the country.

Sweet Tea – How Sweet It Is
Everything you need to know about sweet tea, the signature drink of the South.

Honey-Brined Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breasts
You will be surprised how much moister your boneless-skinless chicken breasts are when you give them a soak in this simple honey brine.

Spicy Pepper Vinegar
Spicy Pepper Vinegar is a must-have condiment for soul food greens. Here's a basic recipe for pepper vinegar.

Pork Stock
Pork stock can be used in all kinds of soul food favorites. Use this pork stock recipe and save some in your freezer for a rainy day.

Fried Goat Cheese "Croutons"
Using fried goat cheese as "croutons" is a fantastic way to turn that boring salad into something very special.

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