Whether you've always wanted to learn how to peel fava beans, cut through an unwieldy butternut squash, braid challah bread, or carve a turkey, keep reading to learn 35 new skills in the kitchen that will help you cook your way to the best year ever in 2016.
— Additional reporting by Anna Monette Roberts
Prepping Butternut Squash
The toughest part of cutting butternut squash  is that initial cut down the middle. But with a sharp knife and a few tricks, this veggie is a breeze to prep.
Cutting a Pineapple
If you've ever felt confounded about how to tackle pineapple , you aren't alone. Luckily, there's no need to resort to buying it already cubed.
The humble beet gets a major flavor upgrade when you roast it in the oven .
Breaking Down a Cauliflower Into Florets
Once you've broken down a head of cauliflower into florets , precut cauliflower from the grocery store will become a thing of the past.
Brown butter  makes pretty much everything taste better.
Jarring a Salad
Skip the soggy salads and spills in your work bag by mastering the art of packing it in a mason jar .
It will take a few hours, but for snappy, bloom-free chocolate-covered sweets tempering chocolate  is a must.
Caramelizing onions  to a deep golden hue couldn't be simpler.
Cooking Ground Beef
Armed with the knowledge of how to cook ground beef , you'll never have a stovetop meat mishap again.
Making Pasta Dough From Scratch
There's nothing quite as delicious as fresh homemade pasta , and preparing a batch yourself is easier than you think.
Don't bother buying a pricey tub of clarified butter at the store; with a little patience it can be made at home , saving you money.
Making Pie Crust
The most buttery, flaky pie crusts  are homemade! If you don't have a food processor, simply use a pastry cutter to help chop the butter into the flour.
No food processor? No problem! Here's how to shred cabbage  with naught but a knife and a cutting board.
It looks kind of complicated, and there are a lot of bad videos on the web, but braiding challah  is completely within your reach as a home baker.
Seeding a Pomegranate
Keep ruby-red pomegranate juice off your favorite outfit with this neat trick .
Prepping an Artichoke
Thorny artichokes might look intimidating, but they're a breeze to prep once you know the steps .
Prepping a Cake Pan
Few things are more frustrating than mangling your baking project because it stuck to the pan; here's how to make a cake pan virtually nonstick .
Put down the vegetable peeler; it'll mar a tomato's delicate flesh. Use these steps instead .
Crimping Pie Crust
The crust is the best part (right?), so you might as well make it beautiful by crimping it .
Dirty, gritty leeks are just plain gross; don't forget to take these steps to clean them .
Making Cinnamon Rolls From Scratch
If rolling up sweet and sticky cinnamon rolls  seems like a challenge, get step-by-step instructions for doing it at home.
Shredding Brussels Sprouts
These aren't your grandmother's overcooked brussels sprouts of yesteryear. Shredded  and then added to a zingy salad or cooked quickly on the stove, this veggie makes for a real treat.
Carving a Turkey
If you've never attempted to break down a turkey , have no fear! These step-by-step photos demystify the process.
Tempering White Chocolate
Like its sibling, dark chocolate, white chocolate  can be a tricky treat to temper. However, by using the right technique, you can create beautiful, smooth chocolate that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Roasting Red Peppers
Skip the store-bought jar of pepper; roasting them at home  is an easy task to take on and offers major flavor rewards.
Making Homemade Croutons
Transform sad, stale bread into this classic salad topper .
Shaving Asparagus Into Ribbons
For an unexpected take on a green salad, make its base ribboned asparagus .
Making a Parchment Circle
Baking a cake and forgot to pick up parchment rounds at the store? Try this easy DIY .
Peeling Peaches Easily
Unless you like leathery skins, peeling peaches  is a necessary step for pies, crisps, and the like.
Making Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
No idea how spaghetti squash transforms from imposing gourd to ribbony strands? We'll show you how .
Making a Travel-Ready Sandwich
If you've ever tried to eat a sandwich while driving, then you know it can be a messy business. This travel-ready sandwich  is designed to be eaten with one hand, and its contents are guaranteed to stay tucked in the bread as you eat it.
Shelling Fava Beans
Shelling fava beans  isn't too complicated, but what people often overlook are the actual beans, which have a milky shell that needs to be removed, too.
Cutting Cauliflower Steaks
Never heard of a cauliflower steak ? This satisfying vegetarian dish can make a great appetizer.
Whether your filling of choice is artichokes, mushrooms, or just plain cheese, making your own raviolis  will wow guests but is surprisingly simple to prepare.
Making Matcha Tea
Skip the coffee shop and make a matcha latte at home .