Our 15 Most Popular New Cooking Lessons of 2016

Our 15 Most Popular New Cooking Lessons of 2016

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Faith Durand
Dec 28, 2016
Waffles and bacon on a plate
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What did you learn to cook by heart this year? We believe that utter confidence and enjoyment of cooking lies first in knowing the smartest, simplest ways to cook the essentials. We teach you week in and week out with Cooking Lessons, our step-by-step recipes, designed to be known by heart as you assemble your own toolbox of best recipes and go-to techniques.

This year we published many new Cooking Lessons; here are the 15 most popular ones. And I think you'll be able to see a theme (hint: it starts with slow and ends with cooker). From pulled pork to crispy asparagus fries and back to pulled chicken, here is what you and your fellow cooks ate most this year.

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How To Make Mac and Cheese in the Slow Cooker

Classic mac and cheese, made in the slow cooker? This was as yummy and easy as it sounds, and the runaway hit of our new Cooking Lessons this year.

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How To Make the Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

Another slow-cooker classic! This will teach you how to make superbly tender and juicy pulled pork, generous enough for a crowd (or for freezing).

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How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Definitely the easiest way to make reliably moist and tender roast chicken (you can even still get the crispy skin, thanks to the broiler).

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How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Oh, the slow cooker — it keeps on giving! Here's the chicken recipe you want for Sunday night cooking. Make a batch of shredded chicken to pop onto your salads for the rest of the week.

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How To Make Honey-Glazed Ham in the Slow Cooker

Basically the best party main dish ever.

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How To Make Congee Rice Porridge

The savory comfort breakfast you need this winter.

(Image credit: Christine Han)

How To Make Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Back to the slow cooker we go! Have you ever thought to make meatballs in your trusty Crock-Pot? It really is so easy (and there are no splatters).

(Image credit: Christine Han)

How To Stir-Fry Noodles

Such a great technique to know by heart for quick weeknight meals.

(Image credit: Christine Han)

How To Make Super-Crispy, Oven-Baked Asparagus Fries

Bookmark for spring; this is a delicious way to snack on asparagus!

(Image credit: Christine Han)

How To Make Diner-Style Home Fries

You know you want 'em.

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How To Make the Lightest, Crispiest Waffles

Master the art of the waffle with this expert recipe.

(Image credit: Christine Han)

How To Make Chicken Soup

An essential recipe for any cook.

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How To Make Eggplant Bacon

This playful take on vegetarian bacon is wonderful for vegetarians and omnivores alike with its smoky deliciousness.

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How To Make the Best Caesar Dressing

A guide to the ultimate Caesar dressing.

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How To Make Classic Green Bean Casserole

This was one of Google's top-searched recipes of the year, and we know it, as this classic, crispy onion-topped casserole was much-loved by the crowds.

Did you master a new recipe or essential technique this year? What really made a difference to your confidence in the kitchen?

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