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Cooking for dummies: 15 recipes you can't mess up


No matter how bad you are in the kitchen, there are some recipes you can't botch. Try these 15 ideas for guaranteed cooking success.


A simple, classic crowd-pleaser. Divide your burger buns, and warm them in the oven on very low heat. Grill the burger patties or cook them in a pan on the stove. Place the cheese slices on the patties while still cooking to ensure they melt. Remove the buns from the oven, and garnish them as you like, with lettuce, tomato, onion and thinly sliced pickles (the bread-and-butter kind works well). Add any preferred sauces, such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise or hot sauce. Assemble the burgers, and serve with fries or potato chips on the side. So easy, and you can make it fancier by selecting freshly baked gourmet hamburger buns and offering a variety of cheeses. Enjoy!

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VIDEO: Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

These salted caramel thumbprint cookies are easy to make and super delicious!


  • 1/4 cup / 50g of softened butter
  • 1 egg (divide the yolk and white)
  • 1/4 cup / 50g of sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup / 150g of flour
  • 1 cup / 100g of chopped nuts
  • Salted caramel
  • Melted dark chocolate


  1. In a bowl, mix together the butter, egg yolk, sugar, and salt.

  2. Add the flour and mix. Roll into a ball.

  3. Chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Remove from refrigerator. Divide the dough and roll into 1-inch balls.

  5. Dip each ball in egg yolk, and then roll in chopped nuts.

  6. Place on baking sheet (lined with parchment paper), and press your thumb into the center.

  7. Bake at 340°F/170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden.

  8. Remove from oven and let cool.

  9. Pour the salted caramel into the center groove,and drizzle with dark chocolate.

  10. Enjoy!

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Stupid article.If someone really can't cook, they need some direction like time and temperature. Whomever came up with this idea never taught cooking or shouldn't. These are NOT recipes.

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