On the Menu

3 Easy Appetizers

These quick and easy appetizers will make your next party a snap to throw together. 

How to Make Gravy

Follow these easy steps from Real Simple’s food director for delicious gravy this Thanksgiving.

How to Make Classic Cranberry Sauce

Whip up this classic homemade cranberry sauce (made with fresh cranberries!) using just six ingredients. The tangy-sweet sauce is delicious served with turkey, chicken, quail, duck, or ham.

How to Cut a Butternut Squash

Trust us, it’s not as hard as it seems.

How to Roast Butternut Squash

Master this seasonal staple in just a few easy steps.

Can I Peel Potatoes in Advance?

Once peeled and cut, potatoes can turn an ugly gray. Here’s how to keep them looking fresh.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Real Simple’s food director shares the secrets to a stand-out recipe.

Buttermilk Biscuits

There are few things better than a warm buttermilk biscuit, split in half and slathered with jam and butter. And achieving tender, flaky biscuits at home isn’t hard—it takes just 10 minutes to make the super-simple dough. 


Dessert: Best for Last

How to Make Pie Crust

Don’t be intimidated: Follow these simple steps from Real Simple’s food director.

How to Make Whipped Cream

Does the idea of making freshly whipped cream have you reaching for the canned variety? Nothing beats whipped cream made from scratch, and with the few easy steps in this video―and just two ingredients―you’ll never have to settle for store-bought toppings again.

How to Make a Classic Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie is a holiday favorite, and this recipe uses store-bought pie dough to quicken the process. The filling is flavored with pumpkin pie spice, which creates a fragrant dessert that will make the whole kitchen smell amazing. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the lower third of the oven to encourage a crisp crust, then top it off with sweetened amaretto whipped cream.

This Classic Lattice Crust Is Easy As Pie

Learn the simple technique in less than 2 minutes.

How to Make Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie

Treat yourself to a slice of sweet-and-salty pie with this recipe from Southern Living.

This Message in a Pie Is the Cutest Thanksgiving Dessert

What’s better than a delicious homemade pumpkin pie? One that gives a personal touch with a fun, caring message! Share this Message in a Pie with your friends, family, or anyone you want.

How to Cool Baking Sheets Quickly

When making multiple batches of treats, it’s tempting to re-use the pans while they’re still warm. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

Press-In Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Use this almond-based crust anywhere you would a graham cracker or cookie crust—think, key lime or a chocolate cream pies. Its nutty flavor provides a welcome slightly savory contrast against sweet pie fillings, and you’ll be pleased at how easy it is to make (just 5 ingredients!).