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Everything You Need to Know About Ube, the Purple Yam

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and

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Shakshuka Is the Best One-Pan, All-Purpose Egg Dish Around

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and

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Is It Safe to Go Camping This Year?

With the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, the outdoors seems to be the safest place to be according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, with more people flocking

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Can You Make Good Ice Cream without Eggs?

Even if you’re not vegan, you may have wondered: Can you make good ice cream without eggs? You sure can—unless you’re set on making a high-fat, super rich ice cream,

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Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Is Actually Easy to Make at Home

Is it indeed magical?

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Is Oil or Butter Better for Fried Eggs?

Sunny side up or over easy isn’t the only important decision to make when frying eggs. Which fat the eggs are fried in affects both taste and texture. Oil, butter,

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The Best Wine Pairings for Popular Takeout Dishes

Restaurants may be inching their way open in some cities, but, let’s face it, we’ve started to get used to the idea of eating takeout from the safety of our

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Eat the Rainbow: The Science Behind Brightly Colored Summer Fruit and Why It’s So Good for You

The rainbow diet: Keeping the colors of the rainbow in mind is a good way to ensure you’re getting a healthy mix of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants during Pride month (June) and all

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Food Justice Explained and Why It Matters

What is food justice? We tackle the broad concept of food justice as well as some of the causes of food injustice and a list of organizations fighting for food justice in America. 

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7 Easy Tips to Start a Windowsill Garden at Home

Extra time on our hands during quarantine has proven that we home cooks certainly like to embark on projects. We’ve attempted sourdough starter, regrown our scallions from chopped bulbs into

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5 Tricks for Mastering No-Knead Bread at Home

If there’s one thing everyone’s doing during quarantine, it’s baking bread. Flour and yeast are flying off the supermarket shelves as everyone from novice to professional bakers are tackling feeding

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Why Is There Vodka in Vodka Sauce?

Pasta with vodka sauce is undeniably delicious, but does it make sense? To put vodka in a pan with tomatoes and cream in the first place, especially when all the

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The Best and Worst Canned Foods, According to Nutritionists

With a pandemic forcing us all to cook more often from pantry staples and non-perishable stores, canned food has probably never been more popular. But what’s the best canned food

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The Sugar-Carb Connection: What You Need to Know

If you’re trying to eat less sugar, you’ve probably done some research on the sugar-carb connection. Unfortunately, understanding the exact nature of the relationship between sugar and carbs isn’t as

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How Do You Stop Guac From Browning?

What’s a Cinco de Mayo dinner without guacamole? The best homemade guac is easy to make, but how do you prevent the dreaded brown guacamole—and how does packaged guac stay

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How Long Can You Leave Butter Out Before It Goes Rancid?

Does butter go bad? Yes! Does butter need to be refrigerated? Ideally. So how long can you leave butter out before it goes rancid? That depends. Read on for everything

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This Brilliant Flour Substitute Makes Ridiculously Tasty Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the days of quarantine, it’s likely you’ve arrived at the grocery store, only to discover that the baking section has been entirely depleted of all-purpose flour. Which is surely

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Are Butter and Margarine Interchangeable?

Before we get to the question of whether you can substitute butter for margarine and vice versa, here’s another question for you: Did you know that the production and sale

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Why Gochujang Is in Every Korean Pantry (and Belongs in Yours Too)

There are plenty of food cultures out there that embrace the spicy—Vietnamese cuisine, of course, has Sriracha; Indonesia originated sambal; and Sichuan chili oil is a tongue-tingling revelation—but it’s hard

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How to Stock Your Kitchen Pantry

With the spread of the coronavirus causing Americans to spend time at home, you’re probably constantly wondering how best to grocery shop to limit your time outside. The best place

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Do You Really Need to Use Cake Flour for Baking?

Do you really need to use cake flour for cakes (and other sweet baked goods)? People come down on both sides of this debate. There are pastry chefs who swear

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