Make homemade ravioli with wonton wrappers
"Want to impress with 'homemade ravioli'? It's easy. Choose your own filling and buy store-bought wonton wrappers! They are already pre-cut to size. Simply wet the edges, press out the air pocket, and seal. You can steam, boil, or even pan-sear them." - Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger (Wellesley, MA)
Use the oven for crispier bacon with less mess
"Cooking bacon in the oven gives it a uniform crispness, and while a wire rack is often used, I like to crimp aluminum foil at 1-inch intervals (like a paper fan) and place strips of bacon crosswise on the makeshift rack. Put that on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees. Grease drips into the foil during cooking and clean up is simple. No more scrubbing caked-on fat out of the rack." - Perry Santanachote, Thrillist recipes editor
Thumb-print your burgers for even cooking
"Want to form the perfect burger? Do it lightly and don't 'pack.' Compress only until the meat coheres. Be sure to make a small thumb indent in the middle to help it cook evenly. Never, ever press with a spatula as they cook. This forces the juices out and makes the meat dry." - Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger (Wellesley, MA)
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. He's been called a food hack in several comment sections, but that wasn't clever enough to make the cut for this story. Follow him to 140 characters of self-deprecation: @Dannosphere.