Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

Should I Wash My Farmers’ Market Produce Right When I Get Home?

In a word, nope. Washing produce immediately before storing it, whether the item needs to be at room temp or in the fridge, may seem like the smart route, but it actually causes the produce to spoil faster because dampness makes bacteria grow. Hold off until you’re ready to cut and use the produce before washing. While we’re on the […]

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Why Do You Bring Steak to Room Temp Before Cooking?

Q: Do I really need to bring steak to room temp before cooking it? A: The world of steak cookery is rife with absolutisms, and the funny thing is, most of them are either overly exaggerated or downright false. You must only flip your steak once (actually, flipping multiple times results in more evenly cooked meat with a better crust). […]

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Grass-Fed Beef: Cooking Tips

Grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-fed, which means it takes a little finesse to cook it right. While medium or medium-well burger patties might be to your liking generally, grass-fed patties cooked to those higher temps will come out dry. And it’s more expensive, so you want to make sure you treat it optimally. As far as doneness goes, most […]

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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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