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An Awesome Trick for Making DIY Chocolates

We’re kicking off a new season of Mad Genius Tips with a brilliant trick for creating homemade chocolates that even Willy Wonka doesn’t know about.

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Time-Saving Tip: Ultra-Easy Tomato Sauce

Tagliatelle Bolognese at Trou Normand

At Trou Normand in San Francisco, chef Salvatore Cracco goes through 50 pounds of meat to make over five gallons of Bolognese sauce each week. Here, he shares an easy, time-saving way to process veggies for any tomato sauce, with or without meat.

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The Clever Technique Behind Chicago's Amazing Fried Deviled Egg

Deviled Egg with Arugula & Capers

Here, chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. shares the secret to the most incredible deviled egg ever.

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Takeout Hack: Leftover Rice Reincarnated

Jasmine Rice Pilaf

For those of us still struggling to plow through leftover turkey, chef Michael Hung offers a quick, easy solution that also uses up the rest of the takeout rice you ordered this weekend after turkey fatigue set in.

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Introducing Dry Brining, an Easier Way to Season Thanksgiving Turkey at Home

Classic Roasted Turkey

Chef Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale in Decatur, Georgia is a believer in dry brining, which requires neither a massive, leakproof cooler nor the fridge space for an enormous bucket. Here, his foolproof method for super flavorful, crispy skinned turkey.

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The Five Commandments for Making Perfect Biscuits

Dill-Seed Biscuits

At Olamaie in Austin, the off-menu biscuits are available by request only. People have been known to protest when they run out. Here, chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas teach us their five commandments for perfect biscuits.

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The Best Trick for Cooking Button Mushrooms

Broccolini, Mushroom and Sesame Salad

Button mushrooms get a bad rap as the elevator music of the mushroom world. But Nashville chef Matt Bolus of the 404 Kitchen is out to get them the respect he thinks they deserve with this easy technique.

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The Thrifty Trick to Better Braises

Chef Tim Love's Braised Pork Shanks

The smartest chefs are always looking for simple ways to build flavor while using every bit of their ingredients. Here, chef Ian Wilson of Fenrir in Portland, Oregon shares a brilliant tip on creating economical, umami-packed stocks for braising.

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A Delicious Trick to Transform Leftover Baked Pasta

Baked Four-Cheese Spaghetti

Chef Abbi Adams of Bluebeard in Indianapolis makes a killer baked pasta, but her favorite part of making it is transforming it into amazing arancini the next day.

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7 Ways to Upgrade Packaged Ramen from Kristen Kish

Kristen Kish

Top Chef star Kristen Kish is no stranger to culinary challenges. For fun, F&W asked Kish if she was up for a new challenge—reinventing packaged ramen—and she was unfazed.

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