Welcome to Cooking 101, a fun, weekly series of cooking lessons and hands-on learning from America's Test Kitchen Cooking School. Who are we? Our knowledge and techniques are based on 20 years of test kitchen work creating foolproof recipes for Cook's Illustrated magazine and for our television shows. We believe that everybody, whether novice or advanced, can gain the skills and confidence to become a better cook.
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ARE YOU READY FOR THANKSGIVING? In our FREE "Successful Holiday Cooking" course, we lead you through all the tough Thanksgiving topics, like building a cooking timeline, an equipment checklist to prepare one's kitchen, and what essential ingredients to stock up in your pantry.
A successful holiday meal begins with a well-planned menu. In fact, most holiday dinners go awry because of poor planning. So, for now, don't think about the recipes you want to serve. Start off by answering