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Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles SLIDESHOW: Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Ramen in the U.S. has come a long way. That said, my tastes have changed and expanded considerably over the years, and sometimes that little flavoring packet just isn't enough. As a card-carrying member of the Ramen Transmogrification Society of Greater New York,* it is my duty, my honor, and my privilege to share with you some of our methods and recipes. For full, step-by-step instructions on any of these dishes, please click through the slideshow above. * Our membership is pretty thin right now—care to join? Simple Add-ins Mix-ins. The easiest way to quickly upgrade a bowl of instant noodles is with ingredients that require no extra cooking. Miso pasteChili bean sauceThai curry pasteJapanese curry powderFish sauceHarrisaVinegarPonzu Here's the answer: Just crunch up the noodles in the bag, tear off a corner, add the seasoning packet, hold the torn corner and shake it up, then consume. Eggs

24 Must-See Diagrams That Will Make Eating Healthy Super Easy 1. For fruit-ophiles. Photos by Grace Hitchcock for PopSugar / Via popsugar.com Some diets require precision. 2. Women’s Health / Via womenshealthmag.com For more information on what makes these meals so easy: What Nutritionists Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Prep a Meal, via Women’s Health. 3. Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.com This food guide will help you maneuver the Paleo way of life. 4. Northwest Edible Life / Via nwedible.com Look, ma! 5. Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen / Via lexiscleankitchen.com Smoothies should be considered cheat food: they’re so easy to make, super healthy, and also taste amazing! 6. Daily Burn / Via dailyburn.com It will almost be like you’re not even trying. 7. Beth / Eat Within Your Means / Via eatwithinyourmeans.com You can check out the recipe here. 8. utilityjournal.com What’s a coffee? 9. Shape / Via shape.com Impress your mom without batting an eyelash: these soups are all just different twists to the same basic recipe. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. greatist.com

Rotary Peeler by Damian Evans for Joseph Joseph & Yanko Design Peeling With Three Variations There is a reason why potato peelers come with brown handles; to blend in with the peels, so that you accidentally throw it out with the trash and replace it with a new one. With a sophisticated peeler like this Rotary Peeler, I doubt any such accidents will happen. Designer: Damian Evans for Joseph Joseph

Sourdough Scones I went through a spell of baking scones last year, but stopped when everyone in my family seemed to have their fill of them. Lately though, they have been asking for scones. I have been having really good success with my sourdough biscuits, so I decided to try my hand at sourdough scones. I have always used volume measurements for my biscuits and scones, so I'm comfortable using that method for this recipe. The starter is leftover starter straight out of my fridge. The scones turned out fluffy and flaky. Ingredients2 cups all-purpose flour1/3 cup sugar1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon vanillafew drops lemon extractlemon zesthandful of raisins1/2 cup cold butter cut in small pieces1 cup sourdough starterheavy cream 1 beaten egg for glazesugar sprinkles DirectionsIn a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and baking soda; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch I’ll admit it—my workday lunches can get pretty boring. I always think I’m going to finally make use of all those delicious recipes I’ve been pinning away, but then nighttime rolls around and I’m too busy watching really important things like The Bachelorette and Vampire Diaries. And then morning comes, and I’m running around like a headless chicken and I’m lucky if I remember my keys and bus pass on the way out the door, let alone find time to throw a tasty lunch together. But with a teensy amount of planning, delicious lunches can be just a few easy steps away. All it takes is a trip to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, a couple pantry staples, some mason jars, and an hour of your time. Why mason jars, you might ask? There really are only two rules to the mason jar salad: Start with the dressing or sauce, and end with the lettuce and herbs. The best part is you can make five salads at a time, and they’ll stay fresh for the whole week—just grab and go on your way out the door!

A Culinary Tour of the US: 12 All American Foodie Picks Posted by Katie on Thursday, September 12, 2013 · 5 Comments The melting pot ethos of the U.S. has helped create some fantastic regional culinary delights. No matter where you visit, there’s bound to be a famous regional dish. Here are 12 cities to visit to taste the best of America. EatWith host David’s all-American Brooklyn pizza 1) New York City Cheesecake Image credit: vnysia Some would argue NYC is the foodie capital of the U.S. 2) Anchorage Salmon Image credit: wordridden In Anchorage, you can look forward to fantastic Alaskan salmon dishes. 3) Philadelphia Cheese Steak Image credit: yurilong Home of the Philly cheese steak. 4) Miami Key Lime Pie Image credit: ralphandjenny Home to an amazingly vibrant Cuban community, you would think that would be the cuisine to pick. 5) Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Image credit: kylewith Home of the deep dish pizza. 6) San Francisco Wines Image credit: gpaumier 7) San Antonio Chilli Con Carne Image credit: berlinerkueche 8) Baltimore Crab Cakes Image credit: hsuyo

My Fridge Food - recipes you already have in your fridge Use our spice primer to learn what spices go with which foods, and how to experiment. So you’ve stocked your cupboard and are eager to spice up your meals. But what to add to what? The possibilities for seasoning are endless, but to get you started here's a list with some tried and true matches. Don’t be limited by traditional uses, though — some of the most exquisite dishes come from unexpected seasonings. Beans (dried) — cumin, cayenne, chili, parsley, pepper, sage, savory, thyme Beef — basil, bay, chili, cilantro, curry, cumin, garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme Breads — anise, basil, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon peel, orange peel, oregano, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme Cheese — basil, caraway, celery seed, chervil, chili, chives, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, horseradish, lemon peel, marjoram, mint, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme Corn — chili, curry, dill, marjoram, parsley, savory, thyme

Smoked Carrot "Lox" Recipe on Food52 Cooking is more fun with friends. Find your friends who are already on Food52, and invite others who aren't to join. Let's GoLearn more Join Our Community Follow amazing home cooks. Sign Up ♥ 67 + Save ▴ If you like it, save it! Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place. Got it! If you like something… Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Author Notes: Chickpea "tuna," I still love you, but when it comes to non-fish fish, nothing holds a candle to carrot "lox." If you're looking to make it taste even more like the sea, follow the lead of Stonefruit Espresso (where we were first introduced to this dish) and add sesame oil and crushed nori before roasting. Serve carrot lox however you'd serve lox-lox—on a bagel with cream cheese, sliced red onion, and capers. Slightly adapted from The Chubby Vegetarian. Makes 1 full sheet tray This recipe is a Community Pick! More Great Recipes: Condiments|Sandwiches|Snacks|Olive Oil Topics: Vegetarian Cooking, Vegetables, Condiments & Sauces

Grain-Free Almond Flour Bread Recipe - mindbodygreen If you’ve been looking to cut down on highly processed breads and starches, you'll love this recipe. On my new TV show Elizabeth Eats I teach you how easy it is to whip up a delicious, gluten-free, high-protein, almond flour bread. You’ll also learn the secret to making a healthy and easy stove-top jam that’s low in sugar but high in flavor. Almond Flour Bread Recipe Ingredients* 2 ¼ cups blanched almond flour¼ cup ground flaxseed½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon fine-texture sea salt 5 eggs½ tablespoon honey1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar *Use organic whenever possible Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. Easy Chia Seed Jam Ingredients 2 cups frozen mixed berries (fresh work, too)1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons raw honey (more or less to taste)2 tablespoons chia seeds 1. 2. It will keep in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

Season This With That: A Quick Guide to Common Spices for Common Dishes As the resident food lover in my family, I often get panicked 5pm phone calls asking how to season a bowl of steamed veggies or what can replace thyme or if there's a way to make this chicken taste less boring. While there is really no "One Right Way" to season or spice your favorite foods, here's a quick guide to some of the most common — and dependably tasty! — ways to do it. A Million Ways to Roast a Chicken When given the choice between fresh herbs and dried herbs, fresh herbs are going give you better flavor every time. Likewise, whole spices freshly-ground right before you use them will also taste better. I included several spice mixes here because they are convenient for seasoning a quick weeknight meal and also because they can be good gateways into new ways to spice your food. Think of this guide and the seasonings I suggest as a starting place. What particular herbs and spices do you like to use when seasoning your favorite foods? Teeny Tiny New Potatoes with Lemon Chicken Fish

An Ingenious Cookbook Uses Infographics Instead Of Words How do you make lasagna? Even though it’s not that complex of a dish, to spell out the methodology--the specific ingredients and the many small, easy steps of prep work--it would take me half a page of type or more. But for designer/illustrator Katie Shelly, writer of Picture Cook: See. Make. Eat., the recipe for lasagna looks a lot different. Of course, illustration isn’t a new idea in cookbooks--drawings that show finder details of technique like dicing onions are mainstays in classic food tomes. “She started by saying ‘well first you get out three bowls …’ and so it was natural to just draw the three bowls in that moment, and then I stuck with drawing the rest of the recipe on this little scrap of paper,” Shelly tells Co.Design. From there, she pushed the idea further, drawing on a background in UX testing to create recipes and spot where her testers (friends) may may potentially go wrong. Picture Cook won’t be released until October. Buy it here.

The Metric Kitchen - StumbleUpon The instructions and tables presented below will walk the reader through converting a recipe to metric measures. It is important to note that these conversions only work with U.S. recipes. Customary measures like cups, pints, quarts, and gallons mean different things in different countries. For example, if you try to convert a British or Australian recipe to metric using these instructions, it may flop. For the sake of keeping things simple, I have slightly rounded off the measurements stated below. Liquids (and Herbs and Spices) Liquids can be converted to liters or milliliters with the following table. Weight Weights can be converted with the following table. Other non-liquid ingredients Non-liquid ingredients specified in American recipes by volume (if more than about 2 tablespoons or 1 fluid ounce) should be converted to weight with the following table. Length Lengths may be converted with the following table. Temperature Finishing up

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala I was craving the aromatic spices of Indian food this week, so I thought I’d try my hand at a Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala. Normally the chicken in Tikka Masala is marinated in yogurt, grilled, and then combined with a rich and creamy tomato sauce, but I wanted to make a simple “set it and forget it” style slow cooker version, even if it’s a bit inauthentic. All I really care about is whether it tastes good, is easy, and cheap. This recipe is definitely all of those things. I used this simple recipe from thekitchn.com as a guide and adjusted it to fit my needs. Because of the simplicity of the recipe (meat + sauce), this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala actually works just as well in a pressure cooker. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Total time Total Cost: $9.00 Cost Per Serving: $1.50 Serves: 6 Ingredients Instructions Dice the onion and place it in the bottom of your slow cooker. Notes Step by Step Photos Sprinkle 1 Tbsp garam masala on top of the chicken.

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