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Cauliflower is King: Here’s Why It Rules

In the past, cauliflower has paled in comparison to more vibrant, assertive vegetables, especially kale. But cauliflower is about to rule your kitchen. This cruciferous cousin to bolder broccoli is

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Pumpkin Seeds: What Do You Do with Them?

Maybe you carved a pumpkin and don’t want to waste all those seeds you gutted out. Or you purchased a big pumpkin to roast (bless you), and you want to

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Should You Salt Eggplant Before Cooking?

You really only need to salt eggplant if it’s old. Although, this meaty vegetable — which is actually a huge berry — has crazy huge pores that soak up oil

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Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

  Kale has grown so trendy (thanks, Brooklyn), that it still gets the royal treatment nearly 10 years after its renewed popularity — including massages. Oh yeah. Those of us

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French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

We have a love affair with France’s creamy and crumbly cheeses, crusty baguettes with their soft centers, and swoon-worthy fragrant sauces. So we hardly need another reason to make some

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When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

It’s not and open-and-shut case. When cooking on an outdoor grill, the decision to keep the lid open or to close it depends on what you’re grilling, how you’re cooking

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Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

There’s something nice and nostalgic about bacon sizzling in an iron pan on the stovetop, isn’t there? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that nostalgia

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How to Prepare a Winter Squash

So that it's easy to peel, easy to cut.

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The Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Plus 5 Other Great Beef Recipes

Certain cuts of beef—hard-working ones, with lots of beefy flavor, that take a lot of simmering to get tender—were practically made for the slow cooker. Brisket, chuck, and other traditional

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Spicy Chicken Taco Menu for Slow Cooker Sunday

Ah, the crock pot—you can pile things in, turn it on low, program time and temp, and deal with the dozen things you need to accomplish even before you set

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Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

A Chowhound finds out that two friends keep butter out on the kitchen counter, not in the refrigerator. So SIMIHOUND posed the question to fellow ‘hounds: Is this a common

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3 Ways to Build a Healthier Baked Potato

Butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits are so last month. Check out this trio of healthy alternatives for the traditional high-calorie, low-nutrition spud.

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9 Recipes That Celebrate Polenta

Polenta is the home cook’s ultimate vehicle for versatility—it’s a side, a baking ingredient, a canvas for other flavors. Check out these nine variations that argue, collectively, why your pantry

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8 Essential Pound Cake Recipes

You know it, you love it, you’ve nibbled it at showers and bar mitzvahs. Pound cake is amazing, perfect for dessert or breakfast, always impeccably moist, and you can jazz

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10 Healthy Boosts for That Morning Smoothie

We all know we should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but most of us are lucky if we have enough time to make toast in the morning. Here are

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9 Reasons Your Holiday Baking Was a Big Disaster

Your peanut butter cookies crumbled and your black bottom cupcakes turned out black (really black). What went wrong? Allow me to count the potential pitfalls. Baking is a science, and

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Romesco Sauce Makes Everything Taste Better

Romesco sauce. The name sounds fancy and old-world, and I imagine because it’s not rooted in Mexico, like most things I eat, I didn’t really appreciate it whenever I tasted

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8 Freaky and Delicious Halloween Cocktails

Holidays are reason enough to fix yourself a stiff one, but Halloween concoctions are in a league all their own. Pick out a skull goblet and grab your cocktail shaker:

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11 Ways to Bake with Halloween Candy

The only thing better than a home-baked cookie is one you’ve hacked to include bits of your favorite trick-or-treat candy. These 11 recipes will have you hoarding Halloween treats just

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Josey Baker Showed Us How to Make Amazing Skillet Pizzas

The measure of a cookbook might not be in any particular recipe, but in the author’s power to get you psyched to try. San Francisco baker Josey Baker (that’s literally

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9 Kids’ Lunches Better Than PB&J

The sandwich is so 2013. Get your kids excited about lunch all over again with these nine high-flavor, low-stress options.

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