Real Simple Cooking School

Consider this the ultimate resource for genius ways to save time in the kitchen, waste less food, and make all of your meals more delicious. This month: Our Thanksgiving survival guide.

Lifesaving Cooking Solutions

How to Fix Lumpy Gravy—and Prevent It From Ever Happening Again

We've all been there. Try this easy fix to get lumps out of gravy, and learn how to prevent clumping from happening in the future.

How Long to Cook a Turkey, in One Easy Chart

You have your bird, but how long, exactly, are you supposed to cook it? Here’s a handy guide.

How to Take a Turkey’s Temperature

Get a perfectly cooked turkey with this guide to taking a turkey’s temperature.

How to Carve a Turkey

Here's how to nail the final frontier before you dig in.

The Genius Way to Thicken Gravy Using Whatever You Have in Your Pantry

Here's how to easily thicken gravy using cornstarch or flour—plus, get bonus tips on other thickening agents you can use (including gluten-free options).

Delicious Dishes & Drinks to Serve Alongside Dinner

Celebrate Fall With This Refreshing Apple Cinnamon-Spiced Cocktail

Think of this delicious drink recipe as a fall spin on your summertime favorite, the Aperol Spritz. Rather than Prosecco and sparkling water, you'll swap in a sweet, sour, and spirited blend of fresh lemon juice, apple cider, and vodka. To dial up the festive fall flavor even more so, coat the rim of your cocktail glass with flecks of sweet turbinado sugar and add whole spices—like cinnamon sticks and star anise—plus fresh apple slices at the end for garnish. Expect a cocktail that tastes crisp, cozy, and super refreshing (just like everyone's favorite post-summer season).

Missing an Ingredient? Don’t Panic

The Ultimate Sanity-Saving Guide to Herb and Spice Substitutions

In a pinch, here’s how you can replace key ingredients your pantry might be missing.