How to Hack Your Favorite Ingredients, According to Kitchen Sink

Learn can-do tricks for transforming everyday products into new, bold-flavored dishes.

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2 Ways to Work: Cauliflower

Learn the secret to adding bold flavor to this everyday vegetable with these go-to recipes.

BBQ Cauliflower "Wings"

Buttery barbecue sauce isn't just for chicken; it goes great atop cauliflower too. The key is to coat the florets in a spiced rice flour mixture before baking so they develop a light, crispy coating.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Cauliflower "Wings"

Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Build layer upon layer of flavor atop cauliflower by first rubbing it with garlic and coating it with Dijon-laced oil, then finishing it with herbed Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Mustard-Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower

4 Ways to Hack: Rainbow Foods

There's no reason the food on your plate or in your glass can't come together in a colorful rainbow. Check out how GZ and Katie do it with these bright recipes.

Rainbow Smoothie

Once you prep the yogurt base, it's up to you to decide which color — and flavor — you're craving. Choose among spinach-apple green, carrot-peach orange, blueberry-ginger purple, raspberry-pomegranate red and mango-banana yellow for sweet, smooth results.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Smoothie

Rainbow Mimosas

Though this recipe indeed yields five different-looking drinks, you have to fill the cocktail shaker only once. The secret is in layering ingredients like grenadine and pineapple juice in the shaker, then straining them into Champagne-filled glasses.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Mimosas

Rainbow Cake

Instead of simply using food dyes to color each layer of this indulgent cake, let ingredients like mango and blueberries lend both natural hues and flavoring to the dessert. 

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Pizza

This pizza deserves bonus points. Not only is it adorned like a rainbow with stripes of red pepperoni, orange bell peppers, yellow squash, green broccoli and purple potatoes, but it's also shaped like a rainbow and even boasts cheesy clouds on the side.

Get the Recipe: Rainbow Pizza

4 Ways to Work: Marinades

No matter what you're grilling this summer, stick with these simple marinades to infuse it with bold flavor from the very beginning.

Garlic-and-Herb Steak Marinade

Let the food processor do the work of whirling together this fragrant herb-scallion mixture, which gets a boost of bold flavor from fresh garlic and refreshing lemon juice. After letting the pastelike blend marinate the meat, be sure to wipe it off before you grill the beef, to prevent the marinade from burning.

Get the Recipe: Garlic and Herb Steak Marinade

Boozy Bourbon Chicken Marinade

Just a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce will impart the rich taste of umami in this easy bourbon-based mixture.

Get the Recipe: Boozy Bourbon Chicken Marinade

Tropical Teriyaki Pork Marinade

Skip the bottled teriyaki sauce and make this from-scratch concoction instead. There's a salty-sweet mash-up in play, thanks to the mixture of soy sauce and pineapple juice, plus a welcome bite from minced ginger.

Get the Recipe: Tropical Teriyaki Pork Marinade

Sweet-and-Spicy Shrimp Marinade

It's all about balancing flavors in this fuss-free marinade, which brings together equal parts spicy Sriracha, sweet honey, bright lime juice and salty soy sauce. Since there's a lot of sugar in this mixture, it's best to reserve it for something like shrimp, since the seafood cooks quickly and there won't be time for the sugars to burn.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Marinade

3 Ways to Work: Frosting

Learn the secrets to making sweet, fluffy frosting for the cakes or cupcakes of your choice.

Vanilla American Buttercream

The name says it all. The key ingredients here are rich unsalted butter, soft confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract, and when mixed together, they deliver a smooth spread that's easy to work with.

Get the Recipe: Vanilla American Buttercream

Cream Cheese Frosting

With equal parts butter and cream cheese, this tried-and-true frosting delivers just enough tang and pairs well with a red velvet cake.

Get the Recipe: Cream Cheese Frosting

Ganache

Chocoholics, this one is for you. Combine equal parts chocolate and cream to turn out a silky frosting.

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2 Ways to Work: Pie Crust

The secret to any successful pie is a stellar crust, and this duo of go-to recipes delivers results you can rely on, no matter the filling.

Basic Pie Dough

It takes both butter and shortening to turn out the ultimate pie crust; the shortening guarantees flaky layers in the crust, while the butter delivers the rich flavor you crave.

Get the Recipe: Basic Pie Dough

Graham Cracker Crust

It takes only three ingredients to make this buttery pie base, which can be assembled right in the food processor for added ease.

Get the Recipe: Graham Cracker Crust

2 Ways to Work: Doughnuts

Doughnuts aren't just for breakfast anymore, thanks to this duo of sweet mash-ups.

2 Ways to Work: Pretzels

Not just for simple snacking, pretzels can be turned into sweet and savory fare with a few good-to-know tricks.

2 Ways to Work: Potato Chips

Showcase these salty, crunchy beauties alongside more than just dip in cheesy nacho-inspired snacks.

Reuben Chips

Deconstruct your favorite deli sandwich, then reconstruct it in this layered chip creation that features chopped corned beef, tangy sauerkraut and, like any good sandwich, plenty of creamy cheese. Be sure to hold off on adding the romaine lettuce until after baking the chips, to keep the greens fresh and crisp.

Get the Recipe: Reuben Chips

Pizza Chipchos

Reinvent the nacho platter you know and love by using ruffled potato chips in place of tortilla chips, and pile on traditional pizza fixings, like pepperoni, gooey mozzarella and even pizza sauce.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Chipchos

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