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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    Mustard Barbecue Shaved Ham

    This recipe makes enough ham sandwiches to feed a crowd and is so easy to put together. Have your butcher slice the ham very thin. I like to make this on the stovetop and serve it from my slow cooker. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

    Cinnamon-Basil Ice Cream

    I started experimenting with herbal ice creams when I was teaching classes at our local college. Not only were the...


    Fresh Strawberry Syrup

    One summer our garden yielded 80 quarts of strawberries! A good portion of that was preserved as strawberry syrup. We...


    Kid-Made Cocoa Cupcakes

    I’m only a kid, and this is the first recipe I’ve created. I spent a year perfecting these cupcakes, asking...


    Cranberry Cashew Fudge

    What berries say “Christmas” more than cranberries? I add those little ruby-red gems to a simple nut fudge recipe, giving...

    Kahlua Dream Bars

    3 reviews

    I always double this recipe so everyone gets a piece. For a glaze with deeper flavor, use 1 ounce unsweetened...


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    Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies

    73 reviews

    As someone who grew up in the country, I love getting out into nature whenever I can. I also love...

    Caramel Toffee Brownies

    2 reviews

    I love to make up recipes for foods that I am craving, such as chocolate, toffee and caramel. They came...


    White Chocolate Cheesecake with Cherry Topping

    My recipe is simple but versatile. For variety, change up the crust by using chocolate chip cookies, shortbread or vanilla...


    Flavorful Grilled Flank Steak

    This grilled flank steak can be served with a side dish for a more elegant entree or used to make...


    Seasoned Turkey Sandwiches

    This savory turkey tucked in homemade buns steals the show at any potluck or family reunion. It’s been a huge...

    Graham Cracker Banana Cream Dessert

    2 reviews

    "I entertain often, so this crowd-pleasing dessert is frequently on the menu," relates Evelyn Schmidt of Toms River, New Jersey....


    Grilled Summer Fruit Kabobs

    Fire up the grill and get out of the kitchen to make these juicy, tasty kabobs, submitted by Trisha Kruse...


    Jubilee Sundaes

    2 reviews

    Festive sweet and tart cherry sauce with a lemon accent dresses up ice cream or pound cake.
    —Christine Frazier,...


    Favorite Dipped Pretzel Rods

    Coated in gooey caramel, then covered with chocolate and peanut butter chips, these decadent dipped pretzels are a delicious way...


    Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake

    14 reviews

    In Lyons, Georgia, Suzanne McKinley relies on convenient canned blueberry pie filling and a prepared graham cracker crust to assemble...

    Butter Pecan Ice Cream Torte

    1 review

    A simple, nutty crust and smooth caramel sauce are all the preparation required for this impressive dessert. It will keep...


    Old-Fashioned Custard Pie

    15 reviews

    This recipe came from the best cook in West Virginia—my mother! I just added a little to her ingredients. I'm...


    Cornmeal Towers with Strawberries & Cream

    My kids love to help make these towers. They measure, mix, whisk and build stacks. It's a family custom and...


    Berry Brunch Strata

    I wanted a simple way to use strawberries and blueberries in a breakfast recipe, so I created this strata. It's...


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    Classic Butter Pie Pastry

    8 reviews

    This all-butter pastry makes a flavorful, flaky pie crust. It is easy to handle and bakes to be golden brown...


    Candied Pumpkin Spice Pecans

    14 reviews

    You’ll be tempted to take possession of the bowl and eat up all of these sweet and spicy nuts. Before...


    Red Velvet Crepe Cakes

    14 reviews

    It's well worth the time to make this beautiful and delicious cake. Each moist layer is separated by a rich...


    Hawaiian Joy Bars

    2 reviews

    With the hint of rum plus the nuts and coconut, these bars are like a trip to the islands. I...

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    Braised Dill Potatoes

    3 reviews

    Dill, chicken broth and a few other simple ingredients create a side dish your family will love. The braised potatoes...


    Haunted Potpie

    3 reviews

    Convenience items such as frozen hash browns, vegetables and puff pastry make this potpie quick and easy to make. They...


    Batty Bark

    2 reviews

    These very cute chocolately treats are especially wonderful because they hold their shape. Be sure to chop the cherries into...


    Chocolate Delight Dessert

    5 reviews

    My three children loved this dessert so much that they begged me to get the recipe. It's so easy to...


    Cupcake Cookie Pops

    1 review

    Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff...


    Red Pepper Corn

    2 reviews

    “This handy corn dish is a must at family parties.” —Kasia Rachfall, Langley, British Columbia