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6 Essential Cooking Techniques to Master

As we look to stay creative and inspired in the kitchen, we've put together a list of six techniques we think every home cook should know and master. Thanks to our friends and chef partners, Marge Perry & David Bonom, these techniques and recipes are ones you'll come back to time and time again. And thanks to a few everyday essentials from our Advanced Home collection, mealmaking (and the clean-up that ensues) stays easy and fast everytime.


The Perfect Chicken Breast

Make this meal a #WeeknightWin with this recipe for Lemon Feta Chicken Breasts and a frying pan that has a lip for no-drip pouring to get every bit of this lemon butter pan sauce, sloped sides for optimal moisture evaporation, and even heating for a perfect sear.

The Perfect Poached Egg

This recipe for Lebanese Lentils and the sauté from our Advanced Home collection enables you to achieve an even simmer, not a boil, so that you get perfectly poached eggs every time so you can add a little touch of sophistication to any dinner as you please.

The Perfect Seared Salmon

The secret to getting a great sear (and a mealtime masterpiece night after night) is to start with a pan with our best nonstick yet. Trust us, this Seared Salmon recipe will turn out perfectly every time.

The Perfect Pork Chop

Braising is a great way to keep pork chops moist and tender, just be sure to use a sauté pan that is deep enough so that your braising liquid can reach halfway up the pork chop – it is that easy! Hard Cider-Braised Pork Chops is our go-to recipe for this technique.

The Perfect Pan Sauce

This simple pan sauce takes average weeknight dinners to a whole new level. Make this mushroom marsala pan sauce in a skillet with a flared lip, like this one from the Anolon Advanced Home collection, for easy no-drip pouring.

The Perfect Glaze

Glazes, like the one in this Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs recipe, are often sugary and sweet, meaning you’ll want to use a pan that can handle sticky– any pan from the Anolon Advanced Home collection will work excellently since the whole collection is nonstick inside and out.