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We’ve all been there: standing impatiently in front of the oven with a full cake pan, ready to pop it into the oven as soon as the preheating light clicks off. But wait, says Dorie Greenspan. There’s a good reason why you should give it another minute — or maybe ten. When a Viking oven repairman came by to tune up her oven, Greenspan picked his brain...

I love a good poached egg. However, my poached eggs turn out far from pretty. Now I know why: I should have left them in their shells! Try this trick from Bon Appetitfor perfectly shaped poached eggs.   Technically, slowly cooking an egg at a low temperature doesn’t exactly constitute poaching. But the results are pretty close. Imagine cracking open an...

I’m always surprised when people tell me that they do not like to cook. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who has worked in several professional kitchens over the years (I actually take pleasure in chopping an onion). The fact is that most people are intimidated by cooking. Believe me, I’ve heard some creative excuses for avoiding the kitchen: “I...