Chef’s Way, Real Way

Simplifed, make-at-home takes on well-known chefs’ signature dishes, plus the tips every cook should know. 

Cooking Basics

How to Roast Garlic

Transform a head of garlic into sweet, spreadable goodness, great for topping crostini or stirring into dips, gratins, soups, or mashed potatoes.

How to Shape Pizza Dough

The simple tricks to stretching your dough.

Easy Ways to Melt Chocolate

Here, two easy methods for getting chocolate recipe ready.

Cooking With Caramelized Onions

Transform countless dishes with the rich flavor of caramelized onions.

The Secret to Perfectly Cooked Vegetables

A simple do-ahead method for delicious veggies every time.

How to Cook Lobster and Crab

You’ve invested in some very special (and probably expensive) seafood. Now crack and claw your way to a delicious dinner with these cooking tips.

6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 14 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.


Watch and Learn

Everything You Need to Know About Cooking and Eating Chili Peppers

Fresh chili peppers don't just bring the heat. They also add nuanced flavor, whether they're raw or cooked. Here are the Real Simple test kitchen's favorites, from mild to muy caliente.

How to Fake Buttermilk

The kids are clamoring for Saturday-morning pancakes, but there's no buttermilk. Fortunately you can make a quick substitution in a pinch. These foolproof combos work in any pancake, biscuit, or scone recipe.

How to Ripen Avocados

Try this smart trick to quickly ripen rock-hard avocados.