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Fresh Recipes, Chef Tricks and Fun Ideas for Your Kitchen

People-food-logo-375x375-white-border.jpgWe've partnered with People 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.

Below, check out what we've cooked up so far.

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Tips, Tricks and More

3 Recipes for 5-Minute Soft Serve Ice Cream

Delicious ice cream in just 5 minutes — no cooking or freezing required! These gourmet recipes use just four basic ingredients you likely have on hand in your freezer and pantry (and two are even vegan), and need nothing more than a container and a hand-blender. Try flavor combinations like raspberries, almond milk and peanut butter; mango, coconut and chili; and a simple strawberries and cream. Consider your days of ice cream truck-chasing over.

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.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Ravioli From Scratch

Making ravioli at home couldn't be more easy! ICE Chef-Instructor 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.

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.

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.

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! 

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! 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. 

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. 

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 Research and bonafide southerner James Briscione craft his ideal chicken sandwich. 

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.