When and how you preheat the skillet has implications for how well your food turns out and how well your equipment will hold up over time. Your strategy may vary depending on the type of skillet and the food you’re cooking. Here’s what you need to know to make the right decisions.

The background. On a microscopic level, metal is not a naturally smooth surface. Cheatham compares it to a mountain range with peaks and valleys. Those holes and cracks are where food can stick. The solution is to preheat the pan, which closes up those gaps to

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It may be better than drive-thru grub, but if you assume that cooking at home automatically guarantees a weight-loss-friendly meal, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, with a cup of this and splash of that, you can transform a seemingly-healthy dish into one that will make the number on the scale soar.

To help you stay on track with your goal to slim down and get fit, we asked some of the nation’s top nutrition experts to reveal which common cooking and baking ingredients they wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole. Read on to get in

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