Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

Forget Flying Hungry: Tips for Packing TSA-Approved Foods

We’ve all been there. You get to your flight’s gate (silently congratulating yourself for getting through security sans bag search), and you realize it’s two hours until your (meal-less) flight, and you’ve got no food on hand. The closest thing to a decent meal nearby is a $12 burrito that probably contains your daily sodium limit and then some. So how do we avoid this (way too […]

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4 Whole-Grain Flours You Really Need to Try in Your Chocolate Chip Cookies

I favor an approach that is different from what you’ll see just about anywhere. Instead of tiptoeing into whole-grain baking, using a small percentage of whole-grain flour with a larger amount of refined all-purpose, just go for it and go all in. I’ve found that bland all-purpose flour dilutes flavors, while nutty whole-grain flours amplify buttery, toasty, and chocolaty notes. […]

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Can You Really Ripen An Avocado By Baking It?

We’ve all been there: The supermarket only has hard, unripe avocados but you’re craving guacamole or avocado toast NOW. The internet claims that instant gratification can be yours if you simply wrap an unripe avocado in foil and put it in a preheated 200 degree oven for 10 minutes. Presto: ripe avocado. I was skeptical. I imagined warm, mushy, baked […]

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Our Make-Ahead Salad Guide for Party-Ready Platters

Serving a dressed green salad for parties poses a dilemma: to dress ahead or not. The vinegar and salt in dressing break down the cell walls of vegetables, causing them to wilt. But not every veggie wilts at the same rate. Use this guide to plan the best salad for your party. Click the image above to enlarge and print. […]

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Is Charred Meat A Health Risk?

Recent studies and government reports suggest that meats cooked at high temps, particularly meat charred over a live fire, can develop harmful carcinogens. But grilling season is just about here, and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest. Grilled meat is deeee-licious, and we wouldn’t suggest for a moment that you stop doing it. Maybe just consider these […]

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6 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy While Cooking for One

  Living alone isn’t always what it’s chalked up to be. Sure, you can sit around pantsless all weekend and binge-watch cop dramas without judgment from roommates or a significant other (100% not talking from personal experience), but it does have a few downsides. You have to pay for everything yourself, you have no one to clutch onto/scream with when […]

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Cakes to Make for Mom This Mother’s Day

Baking a cake is one of the sweetest ways to show Mom just how special she is. It’s a meaningful gesture because you’ve spent time creating something with care and love from your own hands. Whether you are a seasoned baker or a novice, there’s a cake you can make that will leave Mom impressed, proud, and touched with your thoughtfulness. […]

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The Best Make-Ahead Mother’s Day Breakfast Idea

Q: How can Mother’s Day breakfast be special and fuss-free? A: The trick: Prep ahead, and keep it in one container. I’m in full support of spouses and children scoring extra points on Mother’s Day by delivering hot breakfast in bed. But to pull this off as a treat, that breakfast needs to fulfill three requirements: It has to be […]

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Everything You Need To Know About Ghee

Ghee, or toasted clarified butter, has gotten a lot of attention lately as a healthy fat—followers of the paleo diet swear by it and some people who have trouble digesting dairy find that ghee is easier on their stomachs than butter. Though the health claims are dubious, ghee is definitely delicious and can be part of a wholesome lifestyle when […]

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The Trick to Making a Killer Pan Sauce Every Time

Q: What’s the trick to making a killer pan sauce? A: The secret is in the stock. See, store-bought stock might have good flavor, but it has almost no gelatin—a protein derived from the slow cooking of connective tissues in animal carcasses. Restaurant stock is full of it. As stock reduces in a skillet, the gelatin concentrates, thickening the sauce […]

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