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How to Ripen an Avocado

How to Ripen an Avocado

You feel like tacos tonight.  And your dinner won't be complete without some creamy avocado — in either beautifully green sliced moons or mashed into guacamole. Problem: When you zero-in on the avocados at your supermarket, they're green and rock-hard. By the time your avocado ripens, you'll have resorted to a taco shop to satisfy your craving. It could take up to six days for that avocado to turn soft and creamy inside. Six. Days. Oh, the agony. READ MORE

What is the Difference Between Vinaigrette and Dressing?

What is the Difference Between Vinaigrette and Dressing?

Comparing vinaigrette to dressing is like comparing linguine to pasta. Vinaigrette is a type of dressing. You can tell you're drizzling the former because it has a lighter texture and more runny nature. The distinction isn't a matter of subjective mouthfeel though. Vinaigrettes possess a few clear, identifying components that set them apart from other, often creamier, dressings. READ MORE

Breakfast Ideas for Tailgating and the Super Bowl

Breakfast Ideas for Tailgating and the Super Bowl

Indulgent, shareable dishes can prepare you for the day drinking to come — whether you're planning your tailgating menu for an early game or want to get your grub on for the Super Bowl right after your morning buzzer kicks off the day. Diehard sports fans arriving onsite at sunrise or at your home before noon need a great breakfast, too. We selected these recipes with convenience in mind: They're grill-able, portable, or make-ahead. So this food will be win no matter how your team plays. READ MORE

How to Use a Crock-Pot

How to Use a Crock-Pot

A Crock-Pot takes up a lot of counter and cupboard space, but it's convenient and doesn't take a lot of headspace. This no-brainer is one of our favorite cooking methods when it gets chilly outside because it's ideal for comforting soups, stews, beans, and heavy, cheap cuts of meat that turn tender after receiving the low-and-slow cooking treatment. While it may not be rocket science, you can mess it up. So remember these tips and get simmering. READ MORE

How to Cook Cabbage

How to Cook Cabbage

Don't just boil cabbage and conjure that aroma of wet, dirty socks. Instead, roast, grill, steam, sauté, microwave, or do it raw. Here's how. First you have to prepare the cabbage to be cooked. READ MORE

Best Post-Workout Snacks and Meals

Best Post-Workout Snacks and Meals

Food may not be the first thing on your mind as your pounding heart slows down and you catch your breath after a tough gym session or long run. But you better start stuffing your face, if you want your body to benefit from that hard work you just put in. You need a post-workout snack within the 30 minutes after you finish your workout for two reasons: to replenish glycogen (energy) stores you just used and to give your body protein to repair existing muscle as well as build new muscle, says Nora Minno, a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer in New York City. READ MORE

What Is The Difference Between Fudge And Chocolate?

What Is The Difference Between Fudge And Chocolate?

Chocolate fudge is a favorite to give (and get!) this time of year, in part because of its rich, homemade flavor. But there’s some co... READ MORE

Ballin’ On A Budget: 10 Smoothie Recipes for 2017

Ballin’ On A Budget: 10 Smoothie Recipes for 2017

If 2016 was a cheeseburger wrapped in bacon, deep fried, thrown into the air, dunked in mayo and then washed down your gullet with a cheap beer (delicious as it may have been), 2017 is going to be clean, lean, and mean. Granted, we’re in the thick of our New Year’s Glow, piling on the resolutions, decluttering our closets, and sweating up a storm (hello vinyasa flow), but we’re doing it because it works. You are what you eat - and we want to be tasty. READ MORE

How (and Why) to Use More Ginger in Your Life

How (and Why) to Use More Ginger in Your Life

Fresh ginger punches your food with a wallop of spice. Peppery and pungent with an outer appearance that barely looks edible, ginger's powerful personality cannot be ignored. The gnarled and bumpy root is not a root at all as it's commonly called, but a rhizome, the underground stem of the flowering ginger plant. It's grown in the tropical and subtropical climates of Jamaica, China, India, and Africa, and it's assertive to say the least. We love ginger's strength, both in flavor and health benefits. Here are some tidbits, tips, and recipes you need to know. READ MORE

How to Clean Cast Iron

How to Clean Cast Iron

  People rave about the benefits of their cast iron skillet: Oh, the heat retention! The stovetop and oven flexibility! The dietary iron! The nonstick surface (after seasoning)! But then there's the cleaning, a task which stirs up conflict faster than a Hillary-Trump presidential debate. Cleaning your cast iron doesn't have to be so tricky. Here's how: READ MORE