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How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro This Halloween

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There are many ways to decorate pumpkins these days, but the classic way to carve a pumpkin is to pick up a sharp kitchen knife and get to work. With Halloween approaching, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to carve a pumpkin, plus other options for those who want an easier (or safer) way.

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This Pumpkin Sourdough Focaccia Is the Perfect Partner for Any Stew

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Fall baking season is well under way and this pumpkin sourdough focaccia recipe is an ideal loaf to eat all season long.

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The Key to Getting Stubborn Stains Out of Your Carpet

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Carpet and rugs add a layer of comfort and warm up a space. However, they are magnets for dust, debris, and notoriously difficult-to-remove stains. If you happen to drop red wine or chocolate on your carpet, don’t stress—you won’t need to toss them in the trash or get them replaced. Follow these simple tips on how to get stains out of carpet and rugs.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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It’s peak fall produce season, so it’s the perfect time to make an easy Crock Pot apple butter recipe—and learn how to take the basic slow cooker apple butter recipe in whatever direction you want when it comes to flavors.

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Apple Butter Beyond Toast: Uncommon Uses for Fall’s Favorite Condiment

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In honor of the ascendance of apple season, here are uncommonly delicious ways to eat apple butter.

Apple butter is the unofficial condiment of fall, and it’s good for so much more than simply spreading on toast (and biscuits, and muffins, and scones). The deeply concentrated fruit flavor of plain apple butter is both sweet and acidic, and even with a flourish of warm spices, it works wonderfully in both sweet and savory dishes. If you’re not quite sure how to use your apple butter, we have a whole bushel of delicious ideas.

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Make This Easy Plastic Bag Holder from a Kitchen Towel in Under 15 Minutes

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Reusable bags are on the rise, but most of us still have a whole bunch of plastic bags hanging around—probably stuffed inside another plastic bag, but there’s a better way. Make an easy DIY bag holder from a kitchen towel for a much nicer way to store them.

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The Viennese Sacher Torte Gets a Modern Upgrade

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The art of pastry certainly requires following rules, but there’s something to be said about transforming classic desserts into something new and exciting—while still, of course, respectfully paying homage to that original wedge of cake or sugar-dusted cookie.

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A Powerful Blendtec Blender Is Half Off Right Now

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The thing about a really good blender is when you have one, you simply find reasons to use it. I sprung for one a few years back and things have blossomed into a full-on love affair. After my coffee maker, it’s easily the kitchen appliance I use most and right now, a supercharged Blendtec 575 Classic 5-speed blender is down to $200 (half off of its normal price) at Best Buy. That’s $200 cheaper than it goes for on Blendtec’s website and $110 cheaper than it is on Amazon. Plus, it ships free.

Blendtec 575 Classic 5-Speed Blender, $200 (normally $500) from Best Buy

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The Best Food & Drink Advent Calendars for 2020

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The best advent calendar hinges on your personal taste, but if you prioritize food and drink, these 2020 advent calendars—full of everything from cheese and chocolate to wine and beer—are all delicious ways to mark the holiday season. There’s even a pork rind calendar for committed carnivores. And of course there are options for your pets.

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10 Things to Do with Yogurt Whey Instead of Tossing It Down the Sink

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If you make your own yogurt (Instant Pot or otherwise), here’s how to use the whey that will be left behind.

Yogurt whey is a byproduct of the homemade yogurt process. Technically, it’s waste, assuming you’re not making yogurt solely to make whey—but don’t pour it down the drain! Whey can be put to good use as a substitute for other liquids such as milk, buttermilk, and water. Read on to find out more about using whey produced from homemade yogurt.

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Make Puff Pastry Like a Pro with Four Ingredients & Easy Techniques

Store-bought puff pastry is more than fine, but it’s easier than you think to make it at home (and you can still stash it in your freezer). Here’s what you need to know, with a puff pastry recipe.

There’s every reason why you should always have a stash of puff pastry at your culinary disposal. It’s a clutch utility player on your kitchen squad, and can be called in for a wide variety of savory and sweet recipes that require a flaky, buttery, freshly baked crust.

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Fall Recipes Perfect for Those Sick of Pumpkin-Flavored Everything

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Many of us have had it with the pumpkin madness. Enough already with these pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin cheesecakes, ad nauseam! But that doesn’t mean we’re anti-autumn. Oh, no. We love the warming spices that signal sweater weather and the changing leaves (in the North). You can get cozy with your cooking and cocktails even without the perennial pumpkin-ness. Read the rest of this entry »

This Snazzy Nespresso Capsule Coffee Maker Is Nearly 50% on Amazon

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Making fewer trips outside is kind of a thing these days, so for barista-style coffee drinks made at home, you’re going to need a vehicle for making espresso. May I present to you one attractive deal on two sleek Nespresso Virtuo Next capsule espresso and coffee makers? The two units are seemingly identical in size and function, and both are currently marked down almost 50 percent to just $100 on Amazon.

Nespresso Vertuo Next Espresso and Coffee Makers, $99.99 (originally $193.99) on Amazon

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Both Vertuo Next coffee systems are produced by Nespresso, with one in partnership with Breville while the other is in partnership with De’Longhitwo high-end and well-respected brands. Both the machines also brew espresso and single-serve coffee in six different sizes and come with a 30-pack of capsules, plus a bonus gift 12-pack to get started. (The milk frother shown is not included in the bundle.)Buy Now

Thursday Deals: $15 for a Well-Rated Coffee Maker or Popcorn Machine

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I’m certain I’ve paid at least close to $15 for a single, fancy coffee house latte with trendy nut milk in a stylish cup. In my more practical moments, an economically home-brewed cup of quality coffee made in the comfort of my kitchen is still one of life’s great pleasures. Right now you can catch this Bella 5-cup drip coffee maker for just $15 (yes, $15) at Best Buy. Also for $15, you can add this cherry red popcorn maker to your lineup of kitchen gadgets and give movie night a lift. Lastly, for just $40 Crock-Pot’s version of the Instant Pot is down to $40 (originally $100). It’s a dream for nailing impossibly easy weeknight dinners that taste like they took hours.

10 Delicious Ways to Use Extra Egg Whites

If you have extra egg whites, don’t just toss them in the compost—acquaint yourself with how to use leftover egg whites and you’ll see they’re good for a lot of things.

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This Slow Cooker Bacon, Potato & Lentil Soup Is FODMAP-Approved

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Going on a low-FODMAP diet certainly isn’t the most glamorous thing, but the regimen has demonstrated itself to be a huge solution for the millions of people who suffer from IBS. For the uninitiated, the term FODMAP is actually an acronym, one standing for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharadies, and polyols, or in layman’s terms, the fermentable carbs found in many of the most common foods we consume (think milk, wheat, and legumes). For some, these short-chain carbs are often not well absorbed into the small intestine, leaving many people with uncomfortable symptoms.

Related Reading: What Is the Low-FODMAP Diet All About?
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10 Ingenious Ways to Use Extra Egg Yolks

Leftover egg yolks aren’t destined for the trash just because you’re not sure what to do with them—as you’ll see, there are lots of delicious ways to use extra egg yolks.

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Jacques Pépin’s Easy Mushroom Soup Is on the Table in 10 Minutes Flat

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As we enter the 6th, 7th—no wait, 8th—month of quarantine, you may be ready to chuck all of your pots and pans out the window. You’ve heard the words “unprecedented” and “social distancing” more times than you’d like to admit, and when it comes to the kitchen, it’s quite possible you never want to step foot in there ever again. 

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This Crunchy Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Is Ready in Just 30 Minutes

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This Taiwanese popcorn chicken recipe is going to change your dinner game.

Craving fried chicken? Of course you are. How about taking the plunge and frying up the humble bird in your own kitchen? Ah, now I can sense some hesitation.  And with good reason.

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The Cult-Favorite Always Pan Just Got Its First-Ever Accessory

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You might’ve heard about the Always Pan since it’s made the rounds on morning talk shows and always seems to be sold out or on backorder (although not right now!). We tested it out earlier this year to see if it lived up to the hype and I’ve gotta admit, it totally does. It’s a perfect everyday size, insanely easy to clean, deep enough to make sauces without spillage, and has a genius built-in spoon rest. Oh, and it just looks so darn good sittin’ on the stove.

Related Reading: I Tried the Popular ‘Always Pan’ That Claims It Can Replace 8 Kitchen Tools

The Always Pan just got a little better too, with the release of its first-ever accessory (if you don’t count the wooden spoon and metal steamer tray it already comes with). As of today, you can add a pair of sturdy spruce steamer baskets for making glorious dumplings, mounds of steamed vegetables, perfectly-cooked fish, and more just by plopping the basket atop the Always Pan with a little bit of water.

Always Pan Spruce Steamer Baskets & Chopsticks, $45 on Our Place

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The brand new steamer baskets are made from high-quality spruce and come with a pair of wooden chopsticks, all for $45. The baskets are currently on pre-order but we don’t know what inventory will look like when they start to ship, so if you’re hoping to score a pair you might want to secure yours ASAP.Buy Now

I Tried the Popular Pan That Claims It Can Replace 8 Kitchen Tools

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The Always Pan has gained a cult following, promising to take the place of eight other kitchen tools. The popular pan is finally back in stock after a long stint on backorder so we put it through its paces to see how well this versatile frying pan stands up to everyday cooking. Plus, we nabbed a promo code – CHOWHOUND10 – to save you $10 on the back-in-stock Always Pan.)

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