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
This Is Hands-Down the Easiest Way to Cook Flank Steak
Lately, I have been all about flank steak. This cut isn’t quite as fancy — or typically as expensive — as premium steaks, like ribeye and filet mignon, but it cooks just as quickly and delivers big on flavor. I love it for more casual weeknight meals, like easy steak fajitas or alongside some roasted veggies. Plus, the leftovers make tasty steak sandwiches for lunch the next day.
2 days ago
Over-Easy vs Sunny-Side-Up Eggs: What's the Difference?
You'll get a runny yolk either way.
3 days ago
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.
3 days ago
The Foolproof Ratio to Make an Easy Frittata Any Time
It's the easiest dinner you'll ever make.
May 14, 2024
This Red Sangria Is the Best Make-Ahead Cocktail for Summer
Here at The Kitchn, we are firm believers in the power of sangria. Whether you serve it in the spring, in the summer, in the fall, or in the winter, sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail. Pull a pitcher from the fridge as guests arrive and no one needs much encouragement to start pouring glasses. It feels fancy and instantly festive, but sangria is also one of the easiest big-batch cocktails you can make. As the party host, it’s a no-brainer.
May 8, 2024
This Blender Hollandaise Sauce Is Absolutely Foolproof
A good hollandaise sauce, whether it’s over eggs Benedict on Saturday morning or steamed asparagus for dinner, truly levels up anything on your plate. Maybe you didn’t know that this creamy, buttery, slightly tangy sauce that you love so dearly could be made at home in about two minutes using just a blender. Want to impress your friends this weekend? Invite them for Sunday brunch or a steak dinner and tell them you’re making hollandaise sauce.
May 7, 2024
How to Cook Beans on the Stovetop
If you’ve avoided cooking dried beans at home because you’ve heard they are tricky, finicky, or complicated, it’s time to leave all that behind. Cooking dried beans, whether they’re black beans, pinto beans, or dried chickpeas, is no more trouble than filling a pot of water and letting it simmer happily on the back burner all afternoon. In fact, that’s basically all it is.
May 7, 2024
4 Ways to Use Fennel Stalks and Fronds
The flavor goes all the way up!
May 7, 2024
This Is the Only Way to Caramelize Onions
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Apr 29, 2024
How To Make Puff Pastry from Scratch
Ever had a classic French palmier? A flaky turnover filled with fruit? A bite of puff pastry filled with cranberry sauce and brie at a cocktail party? All these delicious treats start right here, with this dough. Yes, you can buy puff pastry at the store, but if you’re in the mood for a real baking project, you can make it yourself at home. All you need is a pastry scraper and a French rolling pin, and simple ingredients like flour, water, and butter.
Apr 29, 2024
The 3 Biggest Rules For Better Homemade Pizza
You'll immediately notice the difference.
Apr 25, 2024
35 Ways to Use Up an Entire Bunch of Scallions
Bunches of scallions (or green onions) sometimes languish in my fridge. I know you can keep them fresh for quite a while and even regrow them once they go limp, but still — my crisper drawer can be a dark and scary place. The problem is really that most recipes only ask for one or two scallions at a time — what to do with the rest of the bunch? We’ve got you covered with easy and delicious ways to use up your green onions.
Apr 18, 2024
How to Cut Carrots Like a Pro
There's so much more than the basic slice.
Mar 28, 2024
72 Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes Worth Waking Up For
I love brunch, you love brunch — I think we’re all on board for a good weekend brunch, yes? The one problem with brunch, however, is figuring out how to make it without having to get up at the crack of dawn to start cooking. That’s why we’re bringing you a roundup of all our favorite make-ahead brunch recipes for whatever plans you may have come the weekend.
Mar 26, 2024
46 Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Lamb
Whether you plan to serve roasted leg of lamb, pan-seared lamb chops, or grilled lamb chops for a special dinner, you’ll want to choose some sides. The beauty of serving lamb as the main is that you can serve it with a wide variety of sides and the meal will taste great. Hearty potatoes dishes pair just as well as bright snappy veggies like green beans.
Mar 20, 2024
The Easiest Way to Cut a Pineapple
Why pay for pre-cut?
Mar 11, 2024
The Secret to Stopping Burning Hands After You Cut Hot Peppers
Relief for jalapeño hands is right in your pantry.
Feb 21, 2024
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 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 uglydelicious homemade kombuchaIf 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. This can be easily done by combining tea, sugar, and some pre-made kombucha. Here’s how to do it.
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