Do you dream all year long of seasonal grocery store items that are no longer available? So does Patty, but in this video she's found the key to making Trader Joe's Mochi Cake at home. All you need are some simple pantry ingredients along with rice flour and you'll be eating this cake all year long.
Tired of your normal quarantine breakfast? In this video, Jess shows you how to make quesadillas benedict. All it takes is some basic pantry items and before you know if you'll showing off to all your friends on Zoom.
Whoever said you shouldn't play with your food was just wrong. In this video, Heather and her daughter Eve show us how to make cute animals out of edible playdough. All you need is water, marshmallows, powdered sugar and food coloring.
Are you at home making lots of sourdough? Tired of throwing away all the discard starter? So is Eric and he's come up with a delicious way to save that discard: make crispy, tangy scallion pancakes.
Have you ever been caught in a pinch where you only have a dull knife and no sharpener? Jess shows you a simple technique that she learned the hard way - how to use a mug to sharpen a knife. All you need is a cheap, sturdy mug and you're all set.
Love poached eggs but scared to make them at home? In this video, Heather shows you how to poach eggs, the right way at home. Get ready to have amazing, drippy poached eggs every weekend.
Unsure of what to make for dinner? Chances are you have everything in your pantry right now to make a delicious pasta. Eric shows us that all you need are onions, garlic, butter, oil and pastry to create something delicious for you and your kids.
Tired of making the same old, floppy pancakes? Eric will walk you through all of his secret tips to making the perfect, fluffy, huge pancakes. From using baking soda AND baking powder to letting the batter sit for 10 minutes, these tricks will make you a pancake master in no time.
What's better than a regular grilled cheese? A giant grilled cheese. Jess walks us through using a whole loaf of bread, American cheese, cheddar, and mozzarella to create a masterpiece that's good enough to share.
Want to make an amazing, shiny, snappy chocolate dessert that is sure to impress your valentine? Pastry chef Priscilla Scaff-Mariana from Gabriel Kreuther teaches Heather the A to Zs of tempering chocolate like a pro.
When braising or making soup, it's normal to remove and discard chicken skin. Next time, save what you pull off so you can make this game-changing snack. The technique Jess uses is super simple and leaves you with a plate of irresistibly crunchy chicken skin chips.
Rachel Berman, the general manager of Verywell joins Patty to show us how to make our own vegan yogurt at home. All you need are cashews, water, coconut milk and an Instant Pot and before you know if you'll be making all of your coworkers jealous with a healthy and delicious breakfast.
If you want to plan ahead for a busy weeknight, prepare our easy frozen flavor bombs. Watch as Heather walks us through how to combine spices with fat and onions to make concentrated frozen pucks that can be combined with other ingredients for countless dinner possibilities.
You may not know brown sugar milk by name (yet!), but you’ve probably seen it pop up in your Instagram feed. The Taiwanese bubble tea has become so popular, foodies have lined up for two hours just to get their hands on one. Well, you’re in luck because it’s incredibly easy to recreate at home and Patty will show you how.
In need of a new holiday cookie recipe? Patty shows you how to bake snowcapped red velvet crinkle cookies that are guaranteed to win any Christmas cookie swap.
Tired of not looking cool at parties because you don't know how to use a cocktail shaker? Eric gets a cocktail lesson from Tom Macy, co-owner of Clover Club and Leyenda . Watch as they make a spiced cranberry margarita, going through all the tools and tricks that will help you look cool at your next holiday party.
What's the tastiest way to pickle eggs? Add tangy, spicy kimchi to the mix, and watch your eggs go from ho-hum to explosively delicious. Jess shows you three ways to make it happen.
What's the first thing you think of when we say the term "hasselback"? We bet it's potatoes. But did you know that there's a lot more you can apply the technique to? Watch as Patty shows you how to master this method on a variety of tasty foods.
We've all been there. You're standing in front of the fridge looking at a pile of Thanksgiving leftovers, but cringe at the thought of yet another turkey sandwich. Here's a way to turn those holiday extras into something completely different: dumplings! See how Patty does it with stuffing, turkey, and green beans and bid farewell to boring leftovers.
It turns out the easiest way to get the maximum amount of crispy golden skin, tender legs and drums, and juicy white meat is also the fastest: Spatchcocking it. Heather snips the spine from a turkey and flattens it, then roasts it with a lot of butter, salt, and pepper. The turkey is ready in just over an hour—yes, really!
When fluffiness is the goal for mashed potatoes, there's one kitchen tool that Heather uses to get there. The astonishing part? You don't even have to peel them—which makes these potatoes perfect for a weeknight dinner or a Thanksgiving-worthy side dish.
Fact: You don’t actually need to measure water when cooking rice. We know a trick that’s been used for centuries—including in the childhood homes of food editors Patty and Jess. Add any kind of rice to a pot, and prepare to witness perfect, fluffy measurement magic.
There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Fear and sometimes also butternut squash. Heather insists that it’s pretty easy, though, and proves it by demonstrating a straightforward way to peel, cut and dispatch a big fat butternut squash into neat little hunks without breaking a sweat.
Here's a fun new way to breathe new life in Halloween candy—turn those treats into an over-the-top fondue. All you need are your favorite fun-sized bars, a small crockpot, and all the usual fondue fixins'. See what Jess pairs with Butterfinger, Snickers, and Milky Way—and be prepared for chocolate overload.
What’s the best way to cook the perfect egg, every single time? People constantly ask this question and Heather is genuinely psyched to show them how it. It’s preposterously easy, satisfyingly precise, and the eggs practically leap from their own shells.
Ready to make the fastest pickles on the planet? Jess is. Watch her smash her way to crisp, mouth-puckering glory with a pile of cucumbers and her trusty cast-iron skillet. Find out why this brutality helps the brine penetrate and create crunchy pickles in record speed.
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Keep a few single-use plastic bottles and upcycle them into gorgeous planters that can help breathe life into your home. Associate editor Melissa Epifano will show you how to turn something as ordinary as a plastic soap bottle into a chic decor item.
Want to DIY your own face mask? All you need is a bandana or handkerchief and rubber bands. Watch as general manager Mélanie Berliet shows you how easy it is to make your own in just a few quick steps.
In this special edition of One Thing at Home, Melanie and her daughter Stella, shows you how to make a face mask out of a piece of fabric and rubber bands. Unlike the ones you can buy at the store, these masks are completely customizable and perfect for your children.
When it comes to keeping your chips fresh, a bag clip or rubber band often fall short. The solution? Fire! Watch as Mélanie shows you how to seamlessly seal plastic bags with just a ruler and lighter.
Whether you’re a fan of a fresh bouquet of flowers or prefer faux blooms, this tutorial is for you. Melissa is here to help you welcome in the new season with this DIY spring wreath tutorial. You’ll learn how to clip, arrange, and style your favorite flowers into a trendy hoop wreath.
This spray bottle is known for its magic ability to uncreak and unsqueak anything. But WD-40 has quite a few more cool tricks up its nozzle. Melissa will show you four different ways that the spray can found in everyone’s cabinets will make your life easier.
Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to pry open your jar of pasta sauce before dinner or trying to loosen the too-tight pickle and pearl onion containers you need to open for game night. No need to call on your family members for help—watch Mélanie show you how to open the toughest jars easily.
Trying to figure out how to make that stunning bouquet last longer? Sami tested a variety of methods —everything from Viagra to Vodka—to see which one will keep your blooms at their brightest. You may be surprised to see which concoction works best.
If you’ve ever moved furniture off a rug, you’re probably familiar with the unsightly dents that get left behind. Don't fret! There’s a simple way to eliminate these tiny carpet craters. Watch Sami explain exactly how.
These spinning trays aren’t just great for taco night; lazy Susans have quite a few other useful purposes in the home. Sami’s here to help you step up your organization game as she demonstrates a variety of ways to use a lazy Susan—from organizing makeup to making a tabletop bar cart.
We all have those nearly empty candle jars scattered around our homes. The candles can no longer be lit, but tossing the empty vessel seems like a waste. So what can you do? With this simple trick, Melissa will show you how to easily remove leftover wax and repurpose your jars.
Give Your Candle Jars a Second Life in 5 Minutes Flat
When it’s time for a toast, pouring the bubbly is easy, but getting the bottle open? Not so much. No one wants sticky floors, shattered glass, or cork-induced injuries. Have no fear, Sami will break down the easiest way to open a champagne bottle—to keep you safe from flying corks.
Take your tablescape to a whole new level this holiday season with some fancy napkin folding. Mélanie will show you how to easily master everything from a simple pocket fold to a Christmas tree so you can add a festive touch to your guest’s place settings.
Sprucing up your Christmas tree doesn’t need to be expensive or time-consuming. Our favorite holiday tradition? DIYing your own ornaments. Grab your paint brushes and work alongside Melissa as she walks you through a simple painted ornament craft.
Run out of bows? Forgot to buy extra ribbon? Don’t fret! It’s much easier than you think to craft your own unique gift toppers. Follow along as Mélanie teaches you how to personalize your gift and make it look anything but basic.
If you’re anything like us, your spare fitted sheets are most likely balled up and shoved in the back of your linen closet. The combination of elastic band and rounded corners makes folding these bedding staples much too difficult. Don’t sweat it—Mélanie will show you how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet once and for all.
Sure, pumpkins and squash taste great in your favorite fall dishes, but they can be used for more things than just your culinary adventures. For a truly unique tablescape, watch as Mélanie reveals the trick to turning gourds into festive fall vases. These one-of-a-kind masterpieces will be the talk of your Thanksgiving dinner.
Condiments! Without a doubt awesome for eating. But do they have a secret, secondary purpose? Watch as Melanie tests whether mayo, ketchup, and vinegar can double successfully as cleaning agents.
Your fingers deserve to stay intact! Spare your digits the indignity of being smashed by a hammer during your next home improvement project with these helpful tricks Sami has mastered.
The hoodie is a wardrobe must-have for all. Let Melanie teach you (and Dotdash CEO, Neil Vogel) the most genius, space-saving method of folding your favorite hoodie so you can lend this garment the respect it surely deserves.
What’s scarier than ghosts, witches, or werewolves? Making a healthy snack that everyone actually enjoys. While we’ll never say “no” to a few handfuls of candy, between trick-or-treating and Halloween parties, kiddos can quickly hit sugar overload. Watch as Melanie creates several delicious and nutritious spooky snacks, perfect for fueling your hungry horde.
Forgot to buy a Halloween costume? Don't worry! Sami has you covered with four unique Halloween ensembles that require nothing more than a few supplies and a hot glue gun.
No-carve pumpkins are more popular than ever before, and Melissa is here to show you three ways to embrace the trend. Using just a paintbrush and our Chalky Finish Paint, you can turn your pumpkins into modern works of art—gourd-geous!
Why is it that the ugliest stickers are the hardest to remove?! Luckily, Melanie knows a relatively mess-free method of removing stubborn stickers from all types of surfaces and the key is a common household item pretty much everyone owns.