Sometimes cooking can be a real chore — especially when you’re super busy and just want to stuff your face. But it doesn't have to be. We've rounded up a few culinary sites that offer helpful tips and tricks on everything from stocking up your pantry to making a meal on the fly.
The Kitchn lets you discover the stages of boiling water and provides tips on how to stock a kitchen with pantry staples, spices and refrigerated goods. The site also offers tutorials on how to caramelize onions the right way, make a fabulous classic grilled cheese, bake sandwich bread and more. Headed off to college? Learn how to wash your dishes in the dorm. Tired of unevenly cooked leftovers? Microwave leftovers the right way, once and for all.
The site also has a collection of meal plans that include recipes and a shopping list. One recent plan comes courtesy of Leanne Brown, author of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, and includes crowd pleasers like pulled pork sandwiches and chocolate zucchini muffins.
Food52’s strength lies in its community. The site organizes contests that revolve around a theme. The submitted recipes are then tested and voted on by community members. We love this Crispy Coconut Tofu with Burning Rings of Fire recipe, which was an entry in three separate contests, as well as a community pick. The site also has a Not Recipes section, which teaches techniques for making various dishes, allowing cooks to improvise and use what they have. This dumplings technique helped me transform homemade kimchi and tofu into savory packets of deliciousness. Food52 also champions the unsung heroes of the supermarket with the Back of the Box section, a collection of recipes printed on food packages that are worth your time.
Lucky Peach isn’t just going to teach you how to make a burger. You’re going to get full coverage of burgers, from founder Dave Chang’s burger manifesto to Anna Lipin’s feature on the birthplace of the burger, Louis’ Lunch. You can also learn how to make decadent Butter Burgers from Solly’s Grille in Wisconsin via Mark Ibold or chef Wylie Dufresne’s unconventional Beach Burger, featuring ingredients like kombu and milk powder. You could even try your hand at making your own American cheese, too. (Or be a slacker and use store bought. No judgment.) The more challenging recipes are on my culinary goal list, like these ramen noodles from scratch courtesy of the Momofuku noodle bar team, complete with a handy comic illustrating the process. Others are refreshingly simple and adaptable.
No matter what your level of expertise, delicious meals at home are just a few clicks away. Now, go forth and cook!