Food hacks: The cooking tricks and culinary shortcuts that went viral in 2020

People really cooked a lot this year — or at least claimed they did on Instagram. But for every person who tried their hands at sourdough bread and whipped coffee, many seemed to be more concerned with gaming the kitchen system.

Below are the top viral food hacks of 2020.

Opening a wine bottle without a corkscrew

No longer will your party whine about not having a corkscrew with this handy hack. All you need to pull it off are the basics that any thirsty oenophile ought to have: a wine bottle, an athletic shoe and (of course) a

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10 Throwback Cooking Shows You Forgot You Loved

While Food Network still has many great shows, there are others that fans miss dearly. Hopefully, many of these old favorites will be on Discovery+.

Food Network has been in business for nearly three decades, and the channel has steadily grown into the premiere destination for food celebrities. From intense professional chef challenges to relaxing home cooking shows, there’s always something entertaining happening on Food Network.

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While the network still has many great shows, there are others that fans miss dearly. Even kids of the 1990s and 2000s

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The Year We Spent Making, Baking, Frying And Trying : NPR

A character puts (or takes out) some cookies in (from) the oven, which is shaped like a house to represent the time we're spending at home during the pandemic.
A character puts (or takes out) some cookies in (from) the oven, which is shaped like a house to represent the time we're spending at home during the pandemic.

Renee Horton has spent a lot more time than usual in her kitchen this year.

Horton, a NASA engineer from New Orleans, has been working from home almost exclusively since March. With her desk just steps away from her home’s kitchen, she often tries out new vegan recipes and also makes her classic comfort food staples in between video meetings.

For Horton, cooking during the coronavirus pandemic has meant consistency at a time when everything has changed.

“I think I ate chicken and waffles at the beginning because that was, like, my true comfort food,” Horton tells NPR.

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‘Selena + Chef,’ ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ and How the Pandemic Made Cooking Shows Better

You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s

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