This year we've been coming at you live (sort of) from the test kitchen with some of our most-used (and most fun) tips and tricks. In case you missed it, here's our most popular kitchen tip of 2012. Enjoy, and see you next year!
What's a slice of fruit pie without a dollop of whipped cream? Thick, fluffy, homemade whipped cream is best, of course, but don't bother breaking out a mixer or even a whisk—all you need is a jar with a tight-fitting lid and a little arm muscle! This just-like-magic trick from our July/August issue is perfect for parties or picnics, and even kids can lend a hand.
Add a pinch of powdered sugar or a few drops of vanilla extract to the jar before you get shaking for a sweeter whipped cream. Ready to shake things up? Click through for a few fruit desserts that all benefit from a bit of homemade whipped cream.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Slab Pie (above)