Emma Christensen

Emma is a former editor for The Kitchn and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts. She is the author of True Brews and Brew Better Beer. Check out her website for more cooking stories
How to Cut Fennel
An easy, step-by-step guide.
Feb 13, 2024
This Homemade (No-Rise!) Thin-Crust Pizza Is Easier than You Think
The key to a really good pizza is, of course, the crust. I make pizza at home at least once a week, so you can be sure this recipe comes to you after years of very meticulous kitchen testing! (Totally new to making pizza? Check out our absolute beginner’s guide to pizza making, too!)Also, the fact that this dough comes together in just a few minutes and doesn’t need time to rise means that you can have pizza for dinner any night of the week.
Feb 12, 2024
I Bake This Delicious King Cake Every Year for Mardi Gras
King cakes are made around the world as part of the festival of the Epiphany, but in New Orleans, king cakes have truly taken on a life of their own. From the start of Carnival on January 6 through Mardi Gras at the beginning of February, you’ll find one of these sweet, color-splashed king cakes just about everywhere. Did you get “the baby”? That means you bring the next cake — and we have just the cake you’ll want to bring.
Feb 12, 2024
How to Make Dashi (Japanese Soup Stock)
Dashi is an incredibly simple broth, and it forms one of the culinary cornerstones of Japanese cooking. It’s made in about 10 minutes with just three ingredients: water, kombu (dried kelp), and bonito fish flakes. The resulting clear broth tastes like the essence of the sea. Dashi can be used to make a fantastic bowl of miso soup, to poach fish or vegetables, or to add savory umami flavor to any number of Japanese recipes. Here’s how to make dashi broth at home.
Feb 8, 2024
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Are the Easiest Fancy Dessert for Valentine’s Day
I love everything about chocolate-covered strawberries. I love the crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth shell and the cool, sweet strawberry beneath. I love giving them as homemade food gifts, and I love receiving them equally as much (especially for Valentine’s Day dessert!). But what I love most is how easy they are to make at home. It’s an afternoon fun cooking project with a result that looks fancy no matter your candy-making skills (or lack thereof)!
Feb 8, 2024
This Is the Best Way to Cook Fish (Only 10 Minutes!)
I would place “how to cook fish quickly” right up there with other essential cooking skills like boiling eggs and cooking a pot of rice. If you can cook a fish fillet, you can have a healthy, easy dinner on the table in 10 minutes. Or less! It’s such a simple and versatile weeknight meal. Here’s how to do it. For quick stovetop cooking, go for a white fish fillet.
Jan 29, 2024
This Is the Only Way I Ever Make Pulled Pork (It's So Good)
Pork shoulder is one of my secret weapons in the kitchen. Slow-cooked, it can become a thousand different meals. I can mix in some barbecue sauce and make pulled pork sandwiches, scatter it on top of tortilla chips for pulled pork nachos, or use it as a filling for pulled pork lettuce wraps. And that’s just to start! Here’s everything you need to know about pork shoulder — from choosing the meat to transforming it into a fork-tender meal that can last all week.
Jan 26, 2024
How To Poach Chicken Breasts Perfectly Every Time
Banish all thoughts of stringy, tough, sad chicken from your mind. For our chicken salad sandwiches and quick chicken weeknight meals, we want nothing but the best. And for that, poached chicken is definitely the way to go. This poached chicken method is easy, fast, and foolproof. Totally tender chicken breasts that are as good for dinner as they are for lunch the next day? Not a problem.
Jan 16, 2024
How To Bake Chicken Breasts Perfectly Every Time
Baked chicken breasts don’t have to be dry and boring. They can, in fact, be moist, tender, and full of flavor — something you actually look forward to having for dinner. The secret? The parchment paper method. By covering the chicken with a piece of parchment paper, the chicken bastes in its own juices so they never dry out. It’s basically a cross between braising and roasting and is sure to become one of your new favorite ways to cook chicken.
Jan 16, 2024
Homemade Peanut Butter Is Easier than You Think
On some level, you probably already know that, sure, it’s pretty easy to make your own peanut butter. But if you’ve never actually made homemade peanut butter, I don’t know if you quite understand how truly, incredibly, ridiculously easy it really is. To make easy, delicious peanut butter at home, use your food processor. Then go make Kelli’s 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. (Trust us on this one.
Jan 16, 2024
How To Make Your Own Kombucha Scoby
There’s really no arguing that scoby is ugly. And kind of alien-looking. And yeah, even downright gross. But dang it, scobys make some delicious homemade kombucha! If you want to save a few bucks on your ‘booch habit, there’s just no getting around it. You’re going to need a scoby. You can beg a scoby from a kombucha-brewing friend, or you can order a fresh one online. But there’s one more option: you can grow your own.
Jan 16, 2024
This Is the Easiest Method for Roasting Garlic
Casually read a book while you wait.
Jan 12, 2024
My 3-Ingredient Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Are My Favorite Snack
Those cans of chickpeas sitting in your cupboard have been hiding an amazing secret. Roasted in the oven, chickpeas transform into a crispy, salty, savory snack. So tiny. So easy to eat by the handful. So irresistible. Roasted chickpeas are easy to make and customize. Here’s everything you need to know. Canned chickpeas: Using canned chickpeas is the easiest method, but you can cook dried chickpeas if that’s what you have on hand.
Jan 11, 2024
These 5-Ingredient Homemade Caramels Are the Perfect Gift
Let’s talk caramels. The candy kind. The chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, deeply sweet, and insanely addictive kind. These make some of the best gifts ever, whether the event is Christmas, a birthday, a thank you for a favor, or a thoughtful hostess gift. Or no reason at all. You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry, and if you haven’t made caramels recently, you probably don’t know how easy they can be. Grab a bag of sugar and your candy thermometer, folks!
Jan 3, 2024
How To Make Limoncello
It has taken me far too long to discover how amazing — and how astoundingly easy — it is to make my own limoncello. I had this hazy idea that limoncello must be a closely guarded secret kept by a sect of weathered Italian grandfathers with wooly driving caps and secretive, knowing smiles. Just me? Well, it turns out all you need to make truly incredible limoncello are some good lemons, a bottle of stiff vodka, and just a little patience.
Jan 3, 2024
How to Pop a Bottle of Champagne With Zero Fear
As much fun as it might be to send a cork shooting over people’s heads and showering your guests with fizzy booze, there is another way to open Champagne and sparkling wines. A better way. Follow this easy, step-by-step guide on how to open a bottle of bubbly without accidentally poking your eye out! There’s a lot of pressure pent up inside that bottle of Champagne.
Dec 20, 2023
This Perfect Cheesecake Will Make You Feel Like a Pro Baker
It's even great for beginners.
Dec 22, 2023
You Only Need 4 Ingredients to Make Perfect Bone Broth
So rich, so savory.
Dec 20, 2023
This Is The Best Way to Freeze Cookie Dough So It Lasts for Months
There are any number of reasons why you might want to stash some cookie dough in the freezer. Maybe you like having treats on hand in case company stops by. Maybe the first day of fall kickstarted your holiday baking gene. But we’re friends here, so let’s be honest: Frozen cookie dough in our freezer means warm, gooey, fresh-baked cookies any time we want one. Here are the best ways to freeze your favorite cookies for later.
Dec 18, 2023
These Candy Cane Cookies Are My Most Beloved Christmas Cookies
Over my years of writing for The Kitchn, I’ve shared almost all of my favorite holiday cookies, from my mother’s famous peppermint cream-filled butter cookies (followed by the much less finicky peppermint cream squares the following year) to rugelach and gingerbread cookies. I’ve saved one of my most beloved cookies for last. These candy cane cookies are the best.
Dec 15, 2023
This Dutch Baby Pancake Is the Easiest Way to Impress Your Friends
It's our go-to brunch dish for a reason.
Dec 15, 2023
The One Ingredient that Makes Slow-Cooker Creamed Corn Totally Irresistible
You've never had creamed corn like this.
Dec 13, 2023
These 2-Ingredient Cheese Straws Are a Hit at Every Holiday Party
Dinner party plans stressing you out? Puff pastry cheese straws are here for you. These crispy, flaky, cheesy twists require just two ingredients and a few minutes of your time, and yet they deliver big — real big — out on the buffet table. Make puff pastry cheese straws for your next holiday party or serve them with cocktails for happy hour at home.Our cheese straws are made with puff pastry, which is cut into strips and then twisted into “straws.
Dec 13, 2023
The Easiest Way to Decorate Cookies with Icing
Get set for your cookie party.
Dec 13, 2023
My Challah Recipe Comes Out Irresistibly Soft Every Time
It's perfect for beginners.
Dec 11, 2023
Cream Cheese Is the Secret to Perfect Rugelach
It's in the dough.
Dec 1, 2023
13 Vegetarian Meals That Embrace Our Love for Italian Food
I think we can all agree — there are few things more wonderful in this life than a giant bowl of pasta for dinner.
Nov 30, 2023
A Visual Guide to Soft, Firm, and Stiff Peaks in Egg Whites
Baking is one place where you don’t have a lot of wiggle room. Read a recipe wrong or try an ingredient substitution, and the results can become very unpredictable. So when a recipe says to “whip to firm peaks,” you know we want to get it right! Here’s a visual guide to help us out. The stages of “peaks” is the same for beating egg whites or making whipped cream. In this guide, we’re using whipped cream.
Nov 17, 2023
Turkey Still Frozen? Don't Panic and Try These Two Things
Even the most well-seasoned cooks have experienced the dread of the turkey still being frozen or half frozen on Thanksgiving morning. Maybe you decided to host last minute, or your fridge was so packed with holiday meal prep, that big bird in your fridge just did not thaw. Don’t panic — whether you’re 24 hours out from roasting the turkey or your family is arrive later in the afternoon, you’ve got options.
Nov 17, 2023
How to Know If Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is Actually Done
When is the turkey done? What temperature should it be? These are important questions, and we have the answers you need so you can cook a safe and delicious turkey in the oven. First thing’s first: When the turkey’s internal temperature registers a steady 165°F in the thigh, the meat is done.It’s an important number to remember because, when it comes to Thanksgiving food, a lovely roast turkey is usually the centerpiece of the holiday spread.
Nov 17, 2023
How To Make Buttermilk from Plain Milk with Lemon Juice or Vinegar
Two ingredients will solve your baking emergency in a pinch.
Nov 21, 2023
I've Made Dozens of Banana Bread Recipes and This Is the Best One
Bananas turning black? Lucky you.
Nov 20, 2023
The Only Way We'll Boil Potatoes
Learn the secret to the spud.
Nov 20, 2023
What’s the Right Amount of Meat to Serve per Person?
It all depends on what you're serving and how.
Nov 20, 2023