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Learn time-saving techniques and tips for cooking and entertaining.

How to Make Chocolate Mint Candy Cane Bars

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make delicious mint chocolate candycane bars.

Make-Ahead Meals For Easy Family Dinners

The key to making weeknight dinners a breeze is finding recipes that allow you to prep components in advance. Taking an hour on Sunday to tackle some preliminary chopping and cooking will save you precious time during the week.

Quick Cake Decorating Techniques: How-To Video

Parents' food editor Erica Clark demonstrates three easy ways to decorate birthday cakes.

Fruit Nachos

Watch FamilyFun's Joy Howard prepare Fruit Nachos, as featured in the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

Tools to Organize Your Pantry

Take back your cabinets with these chaos-conquering products.

How to Make Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make a simple slow-cooker stew.

Battering & Breading Basics

Learn how to get the crispy texture kids love through baking and avoid all the fat of frying.

Stir-Fry Made Simple

Stir-frying is a phenomenally easy way to add some sizzle to your weeknight dinners. The three hallmarks of this Asian style of cooking are the pan you cook in (stir-fries are traditionally made in a wok, but a large skillet works, too), high heat, and constant stirring. It takes mere minutes, so be sure to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start!

How to Decorate a Cake: Ganache Coating & Sugar Stencils

Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows us how to make an impressive ganache coated cake with a simple powdered sugar stencil.

Easy as Cake!

Our simple guide will help you rise to the occasion and create bakery-worthy desserts you can be proud of.

The Ultimate Guide to the Grocery Store

We cut through the chaos and tell you what you should buy--and where you can save your money.

How To Make Apple Pops

Kids will love to help make this sweet and simple apple treat.

Simple Packet Cooking

The steamy climate of a parchment pouch means food cooks gently but quickly, so dinner's on the table fast. Oh, and did we mention almost zero cleanup?

Hands-Off Cooking for Simple Family Suppers

The key to this menu plan is sticking to largely hands-off recipes and making more than your family will eat at one meal to guarantee leftovers later in the week.

The Busy Mom's Guide to Entertaining

Who says you have to slave away in the kitchen all day to throw a great party? Take our shortcuts, and you get amazing appetizers, delicious entrees, and to-die-for desserts -- with almost no effort.

How to Poach

Prepare delicate ingredients like fruit and fish with this simple technique that's also healthy and delicious.

How to Decorate a Cake: Frosting Swirls & Decorative Edges

Learn to make bakery-worthy cakes. Watch as Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows you how to create frosting swirls and decorative edges.

How to Make Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

The Naptime Chef, Kelsey Banfield, shows how to make a yummy pumpkin pie with gingersnap crust.

How to Make a California Roll

Watch FamilyFun editor Joy Howard as she demonstrates how to make a California Roll.

How to Decorate a Cake: Prep Your Cake For Decorating

Watch as Parents contributor Jenna Helwig shows you how to prep your cake for decorating. Learn to level your layers and put on a crumb coat.

Cooking How-To: Cutting Up a Chicken

Simple tips and tasty recipes that make delicious use of a whole chicken.

How to Butterfly a Turkey

What's our trick for cooking a turkey faster and more evenly? We butterfly it!

Is This Food Done Yet?

Follow these tips for determining doneness in 17 popular (and often incorrectly cooked) foods.

The Stress-Free Dinner Hour

Can't remember the last time you had a relaxing evening? These simple strategies will turn supper into the best part of your family's day.

Cooking How-To: Cutting Up a Chicken

Private chef Jenna Helwig demonstrates how to cut up a chicken.