Fresh Recipes, Chef Tricks, and Fun Ideas for Your Kitchen
We've partnered with People magazine to bring great ideas into your kitchen. Whether it's crafting no-machine ice cream, sharpening your knife skills or introducing you to the best fried chicken sandwich you've ever tasted, our goal is to share our favorite easy, delicious recipes and cooking techniques—with a pro twist. Check out what we've cooked up so far:
How to Make Homemade Pizza — Tips and Techniques for Perfect Pies
If you've always wanted to try your hand at making homemade pizza from scratch, check out these tips from ICE Pastry Chef Instructor Jenny McCoy, as she takes you through the process step-by-step. How do you know when you've kneaded the dough enough? Why does the order you layer the toppings in matter? How do you make pizza without a woodburning stove? Watch now to find out — for even more tips plus the pizza dough recipe, click here.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Ravioli From Scratch
Making ravioli at home couldn't be more easy! ICE Chef Robert Ramsey shows you the process step-by-step so you can conquer your fresh pasta fears (and gain Instagram bragging rights). Watch him take you through the techniques in the video above — then click here to get the full recipe and more of Chef Robert's tips for making ravioli by hand.
Say "I Heart You" with Decadent Chocolate Cake
ICE Chef Jenny McCoy shares the secret to impressing your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day (hint: it’s CHOCOLATE). She layers her ultra-rich chocolate cake — with an extra dose of delicious from the addition of espresso — with piles of velvety Nutella-mascarpone frosting and adds an exciting crunch from chopped hazelnuts. What’s more; though it looks and tastes impressive, this simple recipe requires minimal ingredients and no stand mixer or fancy tools — who needs the extra stress on the big day? Trust us: it’ll be love at first bite. Watch Chef Jenny demonstrate how to create the cake in the video above — then click here for the full recipe and her pro tips for whipping it up at home.
Three Champagne Cocktails Worth Celebrating
ICE Director of Beverage Studies Anthony Caporale is all about the art of the drink — and here, he's showing you three cocktail masterpieces worthy of any celebration! With Champagne as the base of each, mix up any of these to add some fizzy fun to your festivities. Get the full recipes here.
One Watermelon, 3 Ways
ICE Chef James Briscione shows you three different dishes you can make from the same watermelon. First, start off with a spicy, smoky watermelon cocktail with mezcal and lime. Then, pickle the rinds for a classic southern condiment. Last, use all that leftover watermelon to make a savory salad perfect for a backyard barbecue! Click here to get the full recipes.
July Fourth-fetti Cake
Make the perfect cake to celebrate the Fourth of July! ICE Pastry Chef Instructor Jenny McCoy shows you how to make a red, white and blue layer cake, complete with DIY confetti, cream cheese icing and totally covered in sprinkles! With additional layers of strawberries and blueberries, this cake is so spectacular, it just might distract everyone from the fireworks! Get the full recipe here on the ICE Blog. Plus: want the secret to getting your cake out of the pan perfectly every time? Click here.
No-Machine Ice Cream Recipe: Sweet Summer Corn
Beat the heat this summer with a recipe from ICE and People magazine: watch pastry chef James Distefano show you how to make ice cream at home—without an ice cream maker. Plus: think corn is just for dinner? Transform this summer grilling staple into a delicious dessert—and top it all off with caramel corn. For the full recipe plus Chef James' pro tips for preparing it, click here.
How to Cut an Onion, a Cauliflower and a Bell Pepper
If there’s one thing that will make your time in the kitchen effortless, efficient and enjoyable, it’s tackling basic knife skills. Watch ICE Chef Michael Garrett demonstrate how to cut three common vegetables that are surprisingly tricky to break down: an onion, a pepper and a head of cauliflower. For more tips on how to slice and dice these vegetables like a chef, click here.
How to Make the Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich
"With just four components to build it out, this sandwich is perfect in its simplicity—putting the emphasis on using high quality ingredients." Watch ICE Director of Culinary Development and bonafide southerner James Briscione craft his ideal chicken sandwich. For his tips and the full recipe, click here.
The Sweetest Valentine's Day Treat: Pink Palmiers
This Valentine’s Day, you can do better than chocolate-dipped strawberries. Impress your sweetheart with a foolproof recipe for romance: a heart-shaped pastry from ICE Chef Jenny McCoy that’s easier to make than it looks. We're reinventing the palmier—or “elephant ear”—with homemade pink sugar for an extra DIY twist. For an in-depth how-to and the full recipe, click here.
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