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What You Can Do with Wilted Lettuce

Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk, gives you an option (beyond composting) for old lettuce. CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our community. If you’ve figured out some piece of

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Beware of Cheater Pints

Get your full 16 ounces.

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How to Get the Seeds Out of a Vanilla Pod

Sarabeth Levine, author and owner of Sarabeth’s, makes her case for baking with real vanilla, and demonstrates some cost-saving measures. CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our community. If

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How to Bake a New Year’s Champagne Cake

Nicole Garrett, executive baker at SusieCakes, shares this New Year’s tip for baking with champagne. Get started with this yellow cake recipe as your base. CHOW Tips are the shared

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How to Fix a Cracked Cheesecake

Nicole Garrett, executive baker at SusieCakes, shares this holiday tip for how to fix a cracked cheesecake. Here’s a cheesecake recipe for you to start cracking yourself! CHOW Tips are

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How to Clean a Rack of Lamb with String

Save your knives for cutting.

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The Science Behind a Perfectly Browned Cookie

Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks, makes smart points about heat and baking that, if taken to heart, will undoubtedly result in the most perfect chocolate chip cookies ever.

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How to Roll Dough Without a Rolling Pin

Don’t waste your money on kitchen tools you’ll rarely use. CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro shows you how to improvise if you don’t own a rolling pin. CHOW Tips

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How to Truss Your Turkey Without Twine

CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro demonstrates two approaches to twineless turkey trussing (say that three times fast). CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our community. If you’ve figured

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How to Cut Cookies Without a Cookie Cutter

CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro shows you how to avoid buying special equipment for cookie cutting. Use common kitchen items instead. CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our

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You Don’t Really Need a Meat Mallet

CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro smartly advises people not to buy equipment they won’t use regularly. A meat mallet is just such a piece of equipment. CHOW Tips are

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How to Roast Your Turkey Without a Roasting Rack

CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro knows not to throw her bird directly into a roasting pan, where the pan juices may get lost. Instead, she improvises when she finds

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How to Polish Silver Without Silver Polish

6 / 6 How to Polish Silver Without Silver Polish Jill shines up the silver for her holiday table using toothpaste. Check out more video CHOW Tips,holiday or otherwise. 6

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How to Make a Quick, Easy Holiday Centerpiece

5 / 6 How to Make a Quick, Easy Holiday Centerpiece A few last-minute decorating tips for your dinner table. 5 / 6 CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of

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How to Dry Salad Without a Salad Spinner

4 / 6 How to Dry Salad Without a Salad Spinner Jill shares a tip for the underequipped kitchen. 4 / 6 CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our

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How to Make a Funnel Out of a Plastic Bottle

3 / 6 How to Make a Funnel Out of a Plastic Bottle Don’t spend your money on equipment you’ll only use once a year. Here’s how to make your

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How to Bake Brownies in an Orange

Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks, fancies up his brownies by baking them in oranges. CHOW Tips are the shared wisdom of our community. If you’ve figured out some

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How to Crush Pepper Without a Grinder

2 / 6 How to Crush Pepper Without a Grinder Jill shows you how to use simple kitchen equipment to crack whole peppercorns if you don’t have a fancy pepper

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How Not to Burn Your Fingers When Lighting a Candle

Watch CHOW Senior Food Editor Jill Santopietro demonstrate several of her MacGyver holiday tips on video. Then read all of the tips. 1 / 6 How Not to Burn Your

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How to Make Cold-Brewed Coffee

Greg Hjort of Equator Coffees & Teas shows you how to make a cold-brewed coffee concentrate that you can use in iced coffee or hot. It’s less acidic than hot-brewed

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How to Make Homemade Pectin for Jam

San Francisco-based Shakirah Simley, owner of Slow Jams, does not encourage the use of store-bought pectins. Ditch the synthetic stuff and make your own.

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