What's the difference between a recipe and hack? Hacks are basically the Cliffs Notes of food: simple tricks that let you pull off impressive dishes or drinks with virtually no work. The Instagrammers and food bloggers we're featuring here are extremely talented cooks, who can create a challenging recipe with the best of them but who also have a knack for coming up with brilliant, dead-easy food hacks. Without further ado, we give you 5 Instagrammers you need to follow if you want to up your kitchen game in no time.
On Just a Taste's Instagram, you'll find everything from scrumptious-looking muffins made with holiday leftovers, to this 30-minute barbecue pizza, which you can make with storebought dough, a rotisserie chicken, and a jar of BBQ sauce. Serve it to your friends, and we guarantee no one will guess just how easy it was to whip out.
Want a gorgeous cake made out of donuts? We do. The mega-talented cookbook author and blogger Claire Thomas can definitely make this cake from scratch if she wants to, but on her Kitchy Kitchen Instagram and blog she shows how to make it with storebought donuts and a jar of jelly. The only thing you need to make from scratch is the pastry cream.
Smitten Kitchen creator and cookbook author Deb Perelman's recipes range from the simple to the seriously elaborate, but on lazy days we like to check out her easiest hacks, like this pumpkin and sour cream pudding. Buy a jar of pumpkin puree, mix in a few basic ingredients, stick it in the oven, and you get this rich, silky pie-in-a-bowl, perfect for fall or anytime you're craving a little holiday cheer.
We're always fascinated when Serious Eats’ Kenji Lopez-Alt, author of hit cookbook The Food Lab, entertainingly breaks down the reasons behind why some cooking techniques work and others are a total fail. Among the countless food discoveries we've made on his Instagram or in his book are hacks like this "four-ingredient, one-skillet mac and cheese," which Lopez-Alt calls "the easiest mac-and-cheese ever.
Hacks don't get much more bare-bones than the ones posted every day on Food Hacks Daily's Instagram. Even when their tricks raise our eyebrows, we're always intrigued and game to give them a shot—like this hack for avoiding lame, watery beer: Just add bitters. Who knew?
This week on The Feast, we’re celebrating all the inspiring, mind-blowing, over-the-top—and most of all, delicious—things that are catching our attention in the food and drink world. Stay tuned for must-watch videos, features on the chefs and innovators we love, tips on the most incredible Instagram accounts you should be following, and polls that let you vote on your favorites.
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