Melted chocolate in a white bowl with a wooden spoon

Melting Chocolate

Yes, we know, you already understand how to melt chocolate. Or think you do. Here, an extra technique or two. Just in case.

The Derby

The Derby Cocktail

Bourbon. Curaçao. Sweet vermouth. Lime. We’re sad we didn’t concoct this comforting little ditty. But we’re glad somebody did.

A chocolate pot de crème topped with chocolate shavings in a white cup with two spoons resting beside.

Chocolate Pots de Crème

A choose-your-own-ending recipe, with varying outcomes depending on whether you use bittersweet or semisweet chocolate. Suspenseful!

A whole salmon with roasted dill sauce and lemon halves on a metal baking tray.

Roasted Salmon with Dill Sauce

Stunning in its simplicity, this whole roast salmon makes for a pretty–and pretty impressive–presentation, to say nothing of its super suppleness.

A small dish of not-from-a-box macaroni and cheese on a stack of plates with a fork resting beside it.

Not-from-a-Box Macaroni and Cheese

Incomparably better than what comes out of a box, this mac n cheese is so darn good, it may even be better than what Mom used to make. Velveeta optional.

A wooden pupu platter filled with coconut shrimp, spam and pineapple skewers, and ribs.

Pupu Platter

Remember when sitting around and noshing on crab Rangoon and coconut shrimp was the height of chic? Some say it still is.

A plastic container of homemade Italian biga.

Italian Biga

Behind every unforgettable loaf of Italian bread you’ve daintily nibbled or hungrily inhaled is a biga, or starter dough, just like this one. Nonna not included.

Pâte brisée draped in a pie plate with a wooden rolling pin next to it.

Pâte Brisée

Grandmothers tend to know a thing or three about pastry. Flaky, tender, buttery pastry. Witness this world-renowned chef’s recipe from his trusted grand-mère.

Three monster chocolate M&M cookies on a cooling rack

Monster Chocolate M&M Cookies

These chocolatey sensations–with their crisp edges and chewy centers–are monstrous in size as well as their lineup of kooky ingredients.