Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

How to Make Fresh Watermelon Juice

Discover the easiest way to mix up a glass of all-natural watermelon juice in just under a minute. Preparation 1. Using your mixer blade as a guide, cut a hole at the top of your watermelon with a knife. Remove the section of watermelon. 2. Attach one mixer blade to your hand mixer. Insert into the hole. Firmly grip the […]

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How to Chiffonade Basil

Don’t let the name fool you—a chiffonade is a very simple knife technique for slicing thin ribbons out of delicate leafy greens like basil and lettuce leaves. Here are the three most important things to remember when making a chiffonade of basil: stack, roll and slice. 1. Stack up to eight basil leaves on top of each other. 2. Roll the […]

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Mad Delicious Lesson: Grilled Short Ribs

If you’ve been to a Korean barbecue restaurant, you’ve probably enjoyed kalbi, grilled flankenstyle short ribs, which are long and thin and cut across the bone. But it’s unlikely that you’ve had grilled English-cut short ribs (the type you typically braise). A straight-ahead dry rub with a touch of cornstarch traps in juices just enough to allow quick formation of […]

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What Is Peanut Butter Powder? How Do I Use It?

You’ve probably started seeing powdered peanut butter on the grocery shelves—right there next to standard peanut butter. No doubt, it’s becoming increasingly available, but what exactly is it? It’s a product that’s made by pressing roasted peanuts to remove most of the natural oils, and the remaining peanut “particles” are ground into a fine powder. Out with the oil/fat go […]

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Super-Easy Simple Syrup Trick

I make simple syrup by shaking up 3/4 cup sugar and 1 cup warm water in a jar until dissolved—no cooking or cooling required. Store in the fridge up to a week, and use for cocktails, sauces, and desserts. Keep Reading: How to Make Simple Syrup 38 Top-Rated Cocktails Our Most Popular Cocktail Ever

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How to Roast Peppers

Cut down on dishes and mess when roasting and peeling peppers. We let a sheet of foil do all the work, as a pan liner, steaming vessel, and catchall for peels and seeds. 1. Line a baking sheet with foil. 2. Broil peppers about 4 inches from the flame to allow them to soften as the skins char. 3. Gather […]

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Whole Foods Insider’s Guide: My $25 Grocery Basket

A little background before you read Part 6 in my Insider’s Series to Shopping at Whole Foods: I started working for Whole Foods Market in 2007. I worked off and on for the company at multiple stores throughout California until last year. I’m sharing all the tips, tricks, and strategies I learned during my time at the grocery store so you can learn to […]

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What’s the Difference Between Over Easy, Over Medium, and Over Hard Eggs?

If you’ve been to a diner and ordered fried eggs, you know the server’s next question is, “How’d you like them, hon?” If you know the jargon, you’ll save your busy server time, and yourself a lot of unnecessarily detailed explaining. You have four options. Sunny-side up, as you probably know, is an unflipped fried egg, with the yolk still […]

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Diary of a Saucy Lady: 6 Ways to Use Our No-Cook Mojo

Pungent, sour, and refreshing, this simple Caribbean sauce of garlic, citrus, oil, and cumin was born for hot-weather cooking—and eating. Mojo Sauce A combination of fresh-squeezed orange and lime juices will approximate the flavor of sour orange, which is traditionally used in this citrusy Cuban version of mojo sauce. If you can find a Seville orange (the most common variety of […]

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Get Great Grill Marks With These 5 Food Styling Tips

The season of grilling is upon us! Summer essentially mandates cooking outdoors, but sometimes the stick of a bad grill can ruin a good cook-out. Getting great grill marks on your food is the sign of a grill master, but sometimes that can be difficult to attain, even as the most seasoned griller. Enter, the magic of a Food Stylist: trained to […]

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