How to Make the Perfect Hamburger in Three Steps

These three simple simple steps guarantee you’ll turn out a perfect hamburger each and every time. If you want to make the patties in advance, just form them, layer patties on a cookie pan, place a sheet of parchment paper between each layer of patties, and store covered with plastic wrap in the fridge until time to fire up the grill. […]

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Why You Should Try Sous Vide Cooking at Home

Long championed by the who’s who of today’s acclaimed chefs, sous vide is a cooking technique that has recently started to penetrate the home kitchen. Essentially this is a process by which ingredients are vacuum sealed in food-safe plastic bags and cooked at a very steady temperature that is generally lower than more traditional methods for longer periods of time. Basically, you […]

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Do These Two Things to Make Your Grocery Trip Healthier

If you’ve ever grocery shopped when you were hungry, you know the pitfalls of that adventure: You’re more likely to leave the store loaded down with food you don’t want—or need—but crave and can’t resist because you’re so hungry. The answer to that problem: Don’t grocery shop hungry. Grab a small snack before you hit the aisles. Now researchers have discovered […]

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What’s the Relationship Between Bees and Food?

Not all flowers need honeybees. The majority of plants can be pollinated by other insects (like the other 20,000 types of bees), butterflies, and birds. The carpenter bees that bore into your deck and the sweat bees clinging to the inside of your elbow are just two types of bees that contribute to the pollination of our food system. Thousands of insects […]

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Move Over, Genovese! Try These Types of Basil Instead.

Basil encompasses more than just the basic sweet ‘Genovese’ staple. Try growing one of these types to expand your understanding of what basil can do in dishes and drinks. If you want even more basil options, check out our favorite basil varieties. See More:  Our Favorite Basil Varieties Fresh Basil Recipes Classic Basil Pesto Spicy Basil Chicken

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What Do I Substitute for Mirin?

Mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine that lends mild acidity to a dish. It’s a handy ingredient to have in your pantry because many Asian and fusion recipes call for it. But if you don’t have it in your cupboard, no worries: Simple subs and hacks can easily mimic mirin’s sweet-tangy flavor. Dry sherry, sweet marsala wine, dry white wine, […]

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The Secret to Better Food Choices? Divvy Up Your Cart, Literally.

Portion-controlled plates have steered servings back into balance at mealtime (we love Ed and Ann-Marie Stephens’ Precise Portions line). But what about at the supermarket, where the shopping cart is deep and less-than-healthy distractions are tenfold? Brian Wansink and his colleagues have a solution: Portion control your cart. They tested partitioned carts, with baskets divided by colorful inserts or strips […]

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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Join Rush to Simplify Ingredients

Following leads from Panera Bread and other national chains, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell announced they are also simplifying the ingredients in their menu items. In the case of Pizza Hut, the chain is removing artificial flavors and colors from their nationally available pizzas by the end of July. The company, which has 15,000 restaurants in 90 countries, says they […]

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Two Drinks a Day in Old Age Linked to Heart Damage

While there may be heart-healthy benefits for light drinking, moderate and heavy drinking in old age can take a toll on the heart, according to a new study in an American Heart Association journal. Among older Americans, the more volume people drank the greater the subtle—and negative—changes to the heart’s structure and function, researchers reported. Increasing alcohol intake was linked […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Make-Ahead Whole-Grain Salads

In early summer, when much of the fresh produce (think summer squash, melons, and lettuces) is water-heavy, it’s a challenge to build a grain salad that holds up well enough to make ahead. Smart choices with your components make the difference between sad sogginess and a vibrant, flavor-packed salad. Think of both texture and taste: English cucumbers and fresh blueberries […]

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