Cooking with Gear & Gadgets

Learn how to put your favorite gear to work. We’ve got tips on how to make the most of your pressue cooker, Dutch oven, cast-iron skillet, air fryer and much more.

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    My Juicy Lucy

    Friends in Minnesota introduced me to the Juicy Lucy burger, a local favorite. Instead of putting the cheese on top, it gets stuffed inside, keeping the meat around the cheese nice and juicy. We love the meltiness of American cheese, but it works with any cheese you'd like. —Brigette Kutschma, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

    Air-Fryer Chicken Taco Pockets

    We love these easy taco-flavored sandwiches made with crescent dough. They make a quick and easy lunch or supper with...


    Prosciutto Pesto Pizza

    I developed this prosciutto pesto pizza for my young grandson who hasn't acquired a taste for veggies yet. He scarfs...


    Burger Sliders with Secret Sauce

    1 review

    These sliders are super easy to put together and are always a hit! I love that they are "fast food"...


    Air-Fryer French Fries

    This low-calorie, air-fryer french fries recipe is perfect because I can whip it up at a moment's notice with ingredients...

    Homemade Gelt

    Giving chocolate coins to children, and sometimes to teachers, is a long-standing Hanukkah tradition. This homemade version of gelt uses...


    Peppermint Milkshakes

    Rich ice cream and refreshing peppermint make this peppermint milkshake recipe a special treat, especially during the holidays. For a...

    Peppermint Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

    Add a festive touch to your next cup of drinking chocolate. The red velvet pairs nicely with the traditional peppermint...


    Biscoff Hot Chocolate

    1 review

    Crumble Biscoff cookie pieces on top for a sweet touch. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary


    Air-Fryer Coconut-Crusted Turkey Fingers

    1 review

    My granddaughter shared these turkey fingers with me. With a plum dipping sauce, they're just the thing for a light...


    No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars

    These peanut butter energy bars are made with natural ingredients, and there's no baking required! You can substitute sunflower seeds...

    Air-Fryer Pigs in a Poncho

    For pigs in a blanket Mexican style, we add refried beans and green chiles. Spice it up even more with...


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    Berry Smoothie Bowl

    3 reviews

    We turned one of our favorite smoothies into a smoothie bowl and topped it with even more fresh...


    Chicken Biscuit Skillet

    10 reviews

    My mother always made this when we were growing up. Now I make it for my own husband and kids....


    Blackberry Buttercream

    1 review

    Juicy blackberry buttercream frosting has a stunning color and sophisticated flavor. This frosting works especially well on rich, decadent chocolate...


    Peanut Butter Cookie In A Mug

    2 reviews

    This peanut butter cookie in a mug is perfect for when you have a sweet tooth but don't want to...

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

    What could be better than peanut butter and jelly ice cream? You'll love the sweet-salty combination. Use your favorite flavor...


    Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

    8 reviews

    I've tried different variations of these cakes for my family and this chocolate peanut butter mug cake is a winner!...


    No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

    1 review

    I have to be super careful when cooking for my daughter because of food sensitivities, so I make these no-bake...


    Ranch Pigs in a Blanket

    1 review

    Who knew you could amp up the fun factor for pigs in a blanket? Sprinkle ranch seasoning on top before...


    Skillet Ranch Beef and Macaroni

    2 reviews

    You'd be hard-pressed to find easier comfort food made from scratch. Our secret ingredient: ranch dressing seasoning. It takes the...


    Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakes

    1 review

    These rich chocolate peanut butter shakes will make you feel as if you're sitting in a 1950s soda fountain. Make...


    Peanutty Strawberry Banana Smoothies

    1 review

    I like that this strawberry banana smoothie recipe is fairly light, but the peanut butter gives it some protein to...


    Mac ‘n’ Cheese Dinner

    3 reviews

    Don’t settle for ordinary mac and cheese. This version is my kids’ favorite, so I always make a huge pot....

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    Cheesy Pepperoni Buns

    4 reviews

    A pizza version of the sloppy joe, this hot and melty open-faced sandwich is a surefire kid pleaser. Adults love...


    Caramel Chex Mix

    2 reviews

    This wonderfully crunchy snack is loaded with cereal, pretzels and nuts—and coated with a not-too-sweet brown sugar mixture. Package this...


    Peanut Butter, Apple and Raisin Sandwich

    1 review

    Tart, sweet and crunchy, these open-faced sammies are a perfect after-school (or after-work) snack. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy...


    Peanut Butter S’Mores Sandwich

    1 review

    Your favorite s'more flavors come together in this tasty peanut butter sandwich—no campfire required. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy...


    Pressure-Cooker Homemade Chunky Applesauce

    1 review

    This applesauce is so easy. My family loves the things I make from scratch, and it's good knowing exactly what...


    Pressure-Cooker Raisin Nut Oatmeal

    There’s no better feeling than starting off the day with a terrific breakfast. I love that the oats, fruit and...