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5 Reasons to Try Pressure Cooking

You might have memories of old school stovetop pressure cookers and all the mess and hassle they caused, or you might not have memories of them at all. But recently, electric pressure cookers are everywhere—online and even in your grocery stores—and it seems like everyone is talking about them. But what’s all the hype about? Pressure cooking […]

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15 College Dorm Kitchen Essentials

Whether your student is just starting out in a dorm room with just a mini-fridge and a microwave, or has moved into an apartment and needs to build a kitchen from scratch, we’ve got your back. Here’s a list of essential tools for young cooks, perfect for the nights when pizza delivery simply won’t cut […]

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8 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Grill

Your grill is as versatile as any other cooking surface. That means you can cook just about anything on a grill that you can cook indoors. Try changing up the burger and hot dog routine and grill nachos or polenta! Here’s a list of eight grilling recipes that will change the way you think about backyard grilling […]

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7 Tips for Making Marinade Magic

Marinades are a quick and easy way to add a boost of flavor to your grilled foods. The bright, acidic flavors of a marinade balance the charred and smoky flavors from the grill. Using a grill mat when you marinade will keep the delicious flavor on the meat instead of falling through the grill grates. […]

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How to Make a Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel is the classic white sauce. It’s made by creating a roux with equal parts butter and flour, then adding milk. The sauce is finished with simple seasonings: salt, black or white pepper, and, in some cases, nutmeg. Bechamel is one of the French “mother sauces” because not only is it a component of many […]

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How to Temper

Tempering, in its simplest form, means to bring two liquids you plan to blend together to a similar temperature before combining them completely. Tempering is what keeps eggs from cooking when they’re added to a hot sauce and gives chocolate candy a perfect polish. Learning to recognize when to temper in the kitchen will help […]

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How to Choose the Right Cookware for the Job

There’s a reason your pots and pans come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. Different pieces of cookware are created for specific tasks, and choosing the right piece of cookware for the job helps you be more efficient and get the results you expect. You wouldn’t boil water for pasta in a fry pan or […]

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7 Egg-cellent Ways to Cook an Egg

They say a chef’s hat has 100 folds, one for each way the chef knows to cook an egg. That’s an egg-ceptional level of knowledge all wrapped up in one single hat. Now, those yolks – I mean, folks – dedicate ages to learning all of those recipes and styles. You can earn yourself 7 percent […]

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How to Blanch and Shock Vegetables

Blanching and shocking isn’t a technique people spend a lot of time talking about. It’s not as glamorous as sautéing or searing, but it’s a handy cooking skill to have in your arsenal. Blanching and shocking gives you perfectly cooked, gorgeous veggies that you can use in salads, crudity platters, pasta dishes, and all your […]

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