Much like cake decorating, cookie decorating is a form of edible art. The canvas may be

Much like cake decorating, cookie decorating is a form of edible art. The canvas may be quite small, but the results are often breathtaking. You’ve likely seen examples of delicately piped cookies in bakery windows or as personalized favors at birthday parties or weddings. They’re a favorite choice amongst party hosts because they’re highly customizable and detailed; decorated cookies can be tailored to any occasion or holiday, with an endless palate of festive shapes colors. With so much potential for customization, cookie decorating is an art worth mastering. I worked as the head cookie decorator at a bakery for 3 years, and I’m here to help you learn the basics of cookie decorating, from the techniques to the vocabulary. Soon enough, you’ll be making cookies like a pro in your own home. Sugar cookies are a favorite medium for decorating because they’re solid and hold their shape well when baked. For decorated cookies, you’ll want to use a sugar cookie recipe that more resembles a shortbread than a soft, chewy cookie. The dough shouldn’t be so short that it crumbles and easily falls apart, but it should be solid enough to hold its shape. Our Easy Sugar Cookies recipe uses equa...

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST, is a flexible tubing used to supply natural gas and

Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST, is a flexible tubing used to supply natural gas and propane in buildings. Compression fittings are used to make transitions between pipes. Here’s how they work: Then, for three-part fittings like the Home-Flex fitting seen first in the video above, count three valleys in and score the tubing’s jacket with a utility knife. Make another score from that mark to the end, and remove the jacket from the end, exposing two valleys. Next, slide the nut onto the tubing with the threads facing toward the end being connected. Then slide the retainer ring over the first valley, and pinch it closed using tongue-and-groove pliers (such as Channellocks), applying gentle pressure all around the ring to help maintain its round shape and lock it into the valley. Finally, insert the fitting and thread the nut by hand. It’s important to spin the nut, not the fitting (typically, the fitting will already be installed on the pipe or tubing it’s joining, so spinning it would loosen that connection). When it’s hand-tight, use a wrench to prevent the fitting from spinning and use another wrench to tighten the nut to complete the connection. For fittings with mu...