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Try This Now: Baby Kale

Looking for a great way to sneak more greens into your diet? Clamshell containers of baby kale are widely available in the produce aisle, helping you to get this healthy green into your meals by the handful without any prep.

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How to Make Simple Syrup

For a tasty and impressive upgrade to lemonade, cocktails, and even cake, try mixing up your own simple syrup. It couldn’t be easier to make: Just combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved. It should only take three to five minutes. Store […]

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How to Chop an Onion Without Crying

Onions can add a burst of flavor to any dish or can taste fantastic on their own (hello, onion rings)! But chopping onions can make you cry worse than watching The Notebook. Why? Because when you cut into an onion, you break open the vegetable’s cells. This sets off a chemical chain reaction which results in those pesky oniony tears. […]

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How to Clean Copper Pots

Your shiny new kitchen accessory looks a little less lovely once it’s been used. To maintain the pot’s luster even after repeated usage, avoid the dishwasher (yes, even if the manufacturer says it’s dishwasher-safe). Temperature fluctuations and harsh detergents can dull and damage the finish of cookware over time.

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Happy Pi Day!

Today is March 14… also known as 3.14, National Pi Day! If your love of geeky math puns intersects with your passion for pie, whip up one of these easy recipes to celebrate: Lemon Cream Pie Cheeseburger Skillet Pie Mud Pie Chocolate Fudge Pie Raspberry Buttermilk Pie Cottage Pie Blueberry Pie Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie Sour-Cream Apple Crumb Pie Coconut Custard […]

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Easy Recipes for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras—also known as Fat Tuesday—is tomorrow, March 4. In the mood to celebrate? Try these easy recipes inspired by New Orleans, Cajun, and creole cuisine. Cajun Chicken and Rice Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup With Andouille and Collards Shrimp and Sausage With Saffron Rice Tilapia Po’ Boys Cajun Fish With Cabbage and Bacon Sauté Pasta with Andouille, Peppers, and Tomatoes […]

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Happy National Pistachio Day!

Today in food holidays, February 26 is National Pistachio Day! Native to the Middle East, pistachios have a naturally tan shell (those with red shells have been artificially dyed) and a pale green nut that’s high in calcium. The green color is the result of chlorophyll that develops as the seeds grow. When buying unshelled pistachios, avoid those with fully closed […]

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How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board

Without proper care, your trusty cutting board can start to smell like your famous garlic chicken—permanently. Since you can’t just stick a wooden board in the dishwasher (lest it warp and crack), try this tip to keep it in business for life:

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A Quick Way to Sweeten Peas

Fresh peas add a sweet, delicate crunch to any meal. The next time you cook with the veggie and find the taste isn’t quite to your liking, use this method to brighten them up. Steam the peas for a minute or two, and then run them under cold water (which stops the cooking process). This will bring out the natural […]

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Are You Using Your Slow-Cooker Properly?

Never get quite the right results when using your slow-cooker? Before you throw in the towel and give up on the set-it-and-forget-it styling of cooking, check your liquid levels: It could be that you’re not filling your appliance the proper amount. Stephanie O’Dea, author of 365 Slow Cooker Suppers, recommends filling your machine two-thirds to three-quarters full for optimum cooking. See […]

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