Mad Genius Tips



This Easy Trick Gives You Perfectly Toasted Nuts in Three Minutes

The Easiest Way to Make Bearnaise Sauce

Bearnaise sauce—a.k.a. that creamy, tangy condiment often served over steak (not to be confused with hollandaise sauce, which doesn't include the white wine vinegar that gives bearnaise its signature acidity)—is notoriously finicky to make at home. But, as Food & Wine Culinary Director Justin Chapple explains, it doesn't have to be.

How to Make Steakhouse-Style Ribeye

This Simple Chocolate Mousse Is a Decadent (and Foolproof) Mad Genius Dessert

How to Make DIY Wheat Thins

Learn How to Make Gluten-Free Crinkle Cookies with This Mad Genius Tip

Learn How to Make Crispy Cheese Sticks With This Mad Genius Tip

What do you get when a mozzarella stick meets a Hot Pocket? About three bites (or a hearty hors d'oeuvres' worth) of crispy, cheesy, carb-y goodness. That you can make at home. Using Wonder Bread, of all things.

Learn How to Make Baked Tamagoyaki With This Mad Genius Tip

Tamagoyaki—a Japanese rolled omelet traditionally flavored with soy sauce, mirin, and, depending on who you ask, dashi (a simple fish and kelp stock)—is notoriously difficult to make. In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the 2013 documentary that follows revered sushi chef Jiro Ono, it's mentioned that it takes the apprentices at his restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, an average of 10 years to master the dish.

The Fastest Way to Make Mashed Potatoes — Peeler and Masher Not Required

The Easiest—and Safest—Way to Slice and Peel an Avocado