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8 Small Cooking Habits That Make a Big Difference. Being a good cook isn't just a matter of knowing the big, impressive skills you can show off to friends and family, like roasting a turkey or making challah bread.

8 Small Cooking Habits That Make a Big Difference

It's also about the small habits you practice daily, the ones that transform cooking into a more effortless and joyful part of your day. These 8 simple habits are easy to pick up, yet make a major difference in your cooking. 1. Make your cutting board non-slip. Get Your Grain Ratios Right on The Eater’s Digest.

If you can boil water, cooking up grains should, in theory, be pretty simple.

Get Your Grain Ratios Right on The Eater’s Digest

And yet, if you’ve ever wound up with a pot of goopy rice or quinoa the consistency of Grape-Nuts, you know that remembering the right water ratios can be a bit tricky. Enter our helpful grain infographic… our grainfographic! Print it out, post it on the fridge, and you’ll forever have a cheat sheet for grain success. Let no grain go mis-cooked! Download the pdf here. 10 (More) Recipes To Know By Heart Recipes from The Kitchn. What are your recipe essentials?

10 (More) Recipes To Know By Heart Recipes from The Kitchn

This time last year we shared a dozen of the recipes that we and our readers find indispensable. So indispensable are they, in fact, that we don't lean on the printed word. These are recipes we commit to memory. But a dozen really isn't enough, and we all have our favorites, so we're revisiting our lineup, with ten more recipes that many of us truly know by heart. 12 Recipes to Know By Heart. Previous image Next image We are talking about kitchen essentials this month at The Kitchn, and when I think of "essentials," I think first of my weeknight meals, the ones I can whip up without reference to a cookbook or a website.

12 Recipes to Know By Heart

The Different Types of Pasta: What Kind is on my Plate? Holiday Appetizers: savory favorites. Apps.

Holiday Appetizers: savory favorites

It’s a semi-word thrown around quite easily these days, usually referring to smart phone applications (“apps”) like Instagram, Words with Friends, or Angry Birds (which apparently is at the top of the app popularity totem pole). But when the holidays roll around, “app” means only one thing to me: appetizer, quite possibly my favorite food group. Chips and dip, cheese and crackers, crostini and baked artichoke spread… Anything crunchy/salty/savory paired with anything rich/creamy/spreadable is a welcome break from the holiday cookies, candy, and other sweets so ubiquitous right about now.

So, without further ado, enjoy this tasty baker’s dozen of our favorite holiday appetizers. Want Perfectly Round Cookies? Use a Paper Towel Roll CHOW. The Best Way to Freeze Cinnamon Rolls: Parbake & Freeze Sweet Rolls Now. Null - scottmarquardt. I'd suggest letting the filter dry whenever possible, ideally in the sun that shines on your window sill over the sink. ;-) [Yet another update: put the used filter in a small Ziploc and store it in the freezer.

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This prolongs the life of the filter substantially. How long does a filter last? Sniff it before use. Easy Rainbow Pasta Recipe. The rainbow recipes on Tablespoon continue today with this fun new one – Rainbow Pasta!

Easy Rainbow Pasta Recipe

Plain spaghetti was by far one of my favorite foods as a kiddo, especially being an uber picky eater. But I’m pretty sure our spaghetti never looked like THIS! In fact, if it had, I’m imagining my mom could have hidden all sorts of extra veggies and good stuff in there without us kids noticing. 3 Essential Tips for Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors. During the winter months fresh herbs aren't out of reach, but they do require a little help to really get them growing.

3 Essential Tips for Successfully Growing Herbs Indoors

Want to see if your space has what it takes? 1. Give Them Sun, Sun, Sun! Herbs need 4 to 6 hours of direct sun every day to not just survive, but to thrive indoors. 10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker. It's fall, which means it's time to pull out the ol' slow cooker!

10 Surprising Foods You Can Make in a Slow Cooker

We've shared a few of our favorite slow cooker recipes in the past, including tried-and-true recipes for barbacoa beef, lemon garlic chicken, and curried vegetable stew. But did you know you can also use your slow cooker to make cheesecake? Fruit butters? Even bread? Yes, indeed. 20 Smoothie Tips, Hints, and Recipes. Drink Your Oats: 5 Nourishing Whole-Grain Smoothie Recipes.

How to Make Perfect Pesto Every Time Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn. Previous image Next image Spread it on sandwiches, toss it with pasta, or yes, treat yourself a single happy spoonful, but definitely absolutely positively make pesto any chance you get.

How to Make Perfect Pesto Every Time Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

It's always tempting to eat pesto by the spoonful. Taco seasoning recipe. Taco seasoning is one of those convenience foods that I kept buying long after I had eliminated lots of other stuff. It's silly, really. But it was so easy to just buy a pouch of mystery dust for taco night. A couple years ago, though, I started to make my own taco seasoning. Orange Sweet Rolls: tangy twist on a favorite classic. Drip… Drip… Drip… This is definitely NOT the sound you want to hear in the middle of a dark and stormy night, with the wind howling and tugging at those old shingles on your roof – you know, the ones you meant to replace last year only you spent your income tax refund on a stand mixer and a week at the beach.

This is also not the sound you want to hear when, against your better judgment, you left the dog alone in the kitchen with a pot of cooling soup barely within inquisitive nose reach on the counter. Bake Your Day Spinach Salad Pizza. Monday, August 13, 2012 Spinach Salad Pizza We are still going strong – but only a few weeks left of our #TomatoLove recipe exchange, in conjunction with IJM’s Recipe for Change. It’s never been more important to speak out – advocate for tomato farmers by speaking out. Sign a petition, send a letter to your local supermarkets, and share the campaign with others. Peach pie muffins with brown butter glaze.

I am in love. With a fluffy, light, cinnamon-sugary, fruity, buttery muffin remiscent of my favorite pie EVER. Peach pie, nothing comes close to you. 25 Time-Saving Freezer Tips. DIY Project: How to Make Homemade Candy Buttons | TikkiDo.com. Remember these? Oh, how I loved these as a kid. Sure, I probably ate as much paper as candy, but I adored the things. As I was brainstorming ideas for the butterfly party, I remembered these favorite childhood treats, and thought of the idea of making my own in my party colors. To make this project, you will need: One batch royal icing food coloring icing bags (I prefer the disposable KopyKake brand) and round tips (optional) Freezer Paper Graph Paper Pretzel bags Scrapbook paper stapler and glue. Random Thoughts - Sliding during pool time. (Photo by somewhiteguy) Infographic: The level of mercury in fish. How to Make Homemade Mozzarella Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn.

How To Peel, Cut, Core, and Dice: 20 Tips & Techniques for Fruit and Vegetable Prep. Weight Conversions For Flour, Sugar, and Other Common Baking Ingredients. How to cook onions: Why recipe writers lie and lie about how long they take to caramelize. Homemade Wine Jelly. 100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of all time!) : Chefs. Making Hard-Cooked Eggs? Don't Boil Them. Bake Them! Appetizers. Copycat Recipe: DIY Nutri-Grain Fruit and Nut Bars. Simply Recipes Food and Cooking Blog. The Spontaneous Invitation: 3 Tips for Last-Minute Hospitality. The Do-Not-Freeze-These-Foods List Freezer Friendly. Easy Homemade Mayonnaise | Dollar Store Mom - Frugal Fun - Crafts for Kids. Recipes.

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