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 Make Cauliflower Rice or Couscous
It can replace couscous or rice in any dish.
May 15, 2023
This 2-Minute Hollandaise Sauce Is Absolutely Foolproof
The creamy, buttery sauce will upgrade everything from eggs Benedict to asparagus.
May 15, 2023
How To Make Pita Bread at Home
The pitas you make at home are worlds apart from the stuff you buy in stores, and watching them puff to glorious heights in your oven or on your stovetop is culinary magic.
May 15, 2023
What Is Seized Chocolate and How Do You Fix It?
This is how you can fix it and prevent it in the future!
Feb 4, 2023
How to Segment an Orange (or Any Citrus Fruit)
A fancy name for a simple technique!
Jan 27, 2023
How to Make and Use a Slurry to Thicken Soups, Stews, Gravies, and More
It's simple to make and you can add it to so many different things!
Jan 17, 2023
How To Clean the Sand Out of Clams
When cooking clams at home, one thing that can pose a challenge is getting the sand out of the shells. Crunching into gritty clam is enough to ruin anyone's meal!
Dec 17, 2022
How To Shuck an Oyster — The Easiest and Safest Method
It’s just one of those skills that’s very handy to have when the moment arises.
Dec 17, 2022
3 Ways to Tell When Bread Is Done
Learn how to tell when homemade breads are fully cooked with these tips.
Dec 14, 2022
How To Peel & Devein Shrimp: The Easiest Method
Peeling and deveining shrimp isn't hard. Here's how to do it, exactly the way I was taught at culinary school.
Dec 9, 2022
What’s the Right Amount of Meat to Serve per Person?
It all depends on what you're serving and how.
Dec 8, 2022
How To Cook a Frozen Turkey
Against all odds, yes, it works.
Nov 22, 2022
How to Properly Check a Turkey’s Temperature for Doneness
Here's how to take the temperature of your turkey and make sure that it's arrived at the safe internal temperature for eating.
Nov 20, 2022
How To Safely Thaw a Frozen Turkey in Time for Thanksgiving
Good golly, is that turkey frozen *solid.* Here's how to make sure it's ready in time for your holiday meal.
Nov 19, 2022
3 Ways to Soften Butter Quickly and Easily
Forgot to plan ahead? No problem.
Nov 5, 2022
4 Ways to Keep Brown Sugar Soft
These are the best ways to keep your brown sugar soft so it's always ready.
Nov 5, 2022
How to Cut Fennel
An easy, step-by-step guide.
Nov 4, 2022
How to Seed a Pomegranate the Easy Way
Here's how to easily open the festive fruit without making a mess.
Nov 4, 2022
How to Open a Bottle of Champagne
This is the proper way to open your bottle of bubbly!
Nov 2, 2022
How To Cut Carrots Like a Pro: 4 Basic Cuts
Learn some of the most common ways that recipes ask us to cut, slice, and dice carrots.
Oct 24, 2022
How To Blind Bake a Pie Crust
Because you deserve pie perfection.
Oct 21, 2022
How to Cook Rice Noodles
Noodle mush, no more! Here’s how we make perfect rice noodles for dishes like pad thai, pho, and spring rolls, plus a few extra tips. Rice noodles are much more delicate and fragile than their wheat noodle counterparts. This actually makes them so easy to prepare that we hardly think of it as cooking. Place all your rice noodles in a deep mixing bowl, trying to snap as few of them as possible as you remove them from the package (always a challenge for us).
Aug 14, 2022
How To Make Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)
I had my first pão de queijo at a Brazilian restaurant in Atlanta over five years ago, and I still dream about it. It was crispy outside but amazingly soft and chewy inside, and its cheese flavor was so haunting that I had to eat several more just to fix it in my mind. Well, I’m in trouble now because I just discovered how to make these little cheese puffs. With their addictive cheesiness? They are super easy to make at home.
Aug 13, 2022
How To Make Buttermilk from Plain Milk with Lemon Juice or Vinegar
Two ingredients will solve your baking emergency in a pinch.
Aug 12, 2022
How To Stir-Fry Noodles
Stir-fries don’t have to mean just vegetables and rice — they can mean noodles, too! In fact, noodle stir-fries are one of my favorite weeknight comfort foods. Whether made with lo mein noodles or rice noodles, these stir-fries are quick to prepare, and serve as the perfect backdrop for everything from sliced chicken breast to tender bok choy.
Aug 11, 2022
How To Make Pizza Sauce
A fresh and flavorful sauce to memorize.
Aug 11, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Dough is Kneaded
Knowing when you can stop kneading the dough is among the more mysterious aspects of baking bread. Sure, it’s no longer a wobbly mess of bubble-gummy dough, but is it really done? To find out, there are ways to tell whether the dough is ready after kneading it for 10-12 minutes by hand or 8-10 minutes in a mixer. Here are a few clues to look for. The point of kneading dough is to strengthen the gluten, which are the stringy bands of proteins that give bread its structure and texture.
Aug 11, 2022
How To Roast Garlic in the Oven
Warning: This will fill your home with the most maddening, irresistible, and mouth-watering aromas imaginable.
Aug 11, 2022
How to Cook Moist, Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time
Yes, it's possible!
Aug 11, 2022
It's Pizza Friday! Here's How to Make the Best Margherita Pizza at Home
Pizza in its simplest, most classic form.
Aug 10, 2022
How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken
This simple chicken recipe is, far and away, the easiest way to cook our favorite poultry that I know. You hardly need a recipe: just toss a mix of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast for about a half an hour. No flipping, no fussing, no nothing — and you can pile everything on a serving tray without the bother of pulling out the carving board. So smart. This is the kind of recipe that belongs in your core arsenal as a home cook.
Aug 10, 2022
What’s a Proofing Basket (Banneton) & How’s It Used for Bread Baking?
Prettier loaves ahead!
Aug 10, 2022
What Is Hominy and How Is It Used?
A versatile ingredient, its unique flavors and consistency is great in soups, salads, and more.
Aug 8, 2022
You're Just 30 Seconds Away from the Best-Ever Cocktail Sauce
It comes together with just a handful of condiments.
Aug 8, 2022
How To Make an Easy Frittata
An egg-powered vehicle for leftovers.
Aug 8, 2022
How To Make Easy & Delicious Miso Soup at Home
Making miso soup at home is one of the simplest and most satisfying ways to treat yourself during the frigid winter months.
Aug 7, 2022