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Pumpkin Seeds: What Do You Do with Them?

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 do something seedy (ahem) and fun. Then, there's always that time you spotted the little pepitas at the grocery store, cooed over how cute they were, and bought a bunch on a whim. Well, here's your answer, and it's quite appetizing. See, not every one of your spur-of-the-moment decisions ends in tragedy. READ MORE

Should You Salt Eggplant Before Cooking?

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 like no other. READ MORE

Ultimate Guide to Using Different Types of Kale

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 unafraid to get intimate with our food, we give the dark, bitter, hardy green a good, vigorous rubdown before chopping it up for a raw salad. Now take your hands off it and take a breath. This extensive guide returns the favor for your extra efforts, revealing the details of seven kale varieties and the recipes to go with them, so you never get bored. And you always leave the table satisfied. READ MORE

French Recipes for a Bastille Day Picnic

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 tantalizing French food, but come July 14, we have one: France’s Independence Day celebration, Bastille Day. Also known as Le Quatorze Juillet (the 14th of July) and La Fête Nationale (the national celebration) in Francophone countries, this day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, and is a great excuse to pack up a French-inspired picnic. READ MORE

When Should You Use the Lid on Your Grill?

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 it, and what kind of grill you use. READ MORE

Why You Should Definitely Cook Bacon in the Oven

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 is a farce. This isn’t an argument against cast iron pans per se, because there are many things that cast iron pans are good at doing (hello, perfectly seared steaks). But if you want bacon that crisps and cooks evenly, you’re better off sticking it in the oven. READ MORE

How to Prepare a Winter Squash

How to Prepare a Winter Squash

So that it's easy to peel, easy to cut. WATCH THE VIDEO

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

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 pot-roast cuts—even plain old ground chuck—are never better than after 4 or 5 hours at a slow, gentle simmer in the crock pot. Here are 6 of our all-time beefy favorites. READ MORE

Spicy Chicken Taco Menu for Slow Cooker Sunday

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 foot in the office. Or, you can use the slow cooker as a weekend enhancement: same piling stuff in and setting to low, same freedom to walk away while it produces something amazing. Only, instead of rushing, you’re free to make a fully fleshed-out family supper. Behold, a four-dish dinner with a delicious slow-cooker chicken taco center, bolstered by Mexican-style corn, beer-braised beans, and slice-and-bake cookies. READ MORE

Is It OK to Leave Butter on the Kitchen Counter?

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 practice? And how long does room-temp butter last before it goes rancid? READ MORE