A No-Soak Method For Beans & A $400 Kitchen Makeover

This Time Last Year

We love cooking up big pots of beans this time of year, and this fast no-soak method means that we don’t have to plan it out so far in advance. Perfect! We have this, plus a recipe for whole wheat bagels, the science behind double dipping, and a surprisingly affordable kitchen remodel, below.

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• The Mythbusters team clears up the double-dipping debate.

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This kitchen feels so fresh and light, it’s hard to believe it was all done for under $400.

Tex-Mex Migas would make the perfect mid-winter breakfast.

One of these lovely hand-carved wooden spoons would make a great holiday gift this year.

Ten wines for under $10 from Trader Joe’s that are perfect for the holidays.

• It’s so interesting to see which of these 2010 Cooking Trends actually came to pass!

Mmm...homemade cinnamon-raisin whole wheat bagels sound so good.

• Another gift round-up - this one has our top picks for kitchen essentials every cook needs.

• Don’t you just want to curl up in this kitchen and read a good book while the cookies bake?

• Making cookie dough and freezing it for later is a great time-saving tip.

This no-soak method for making beans is so fast and fool-proof that we never cook them any other way.

• This kitchen re-model took almost three years to complete, but judging by the stunning result, it was time well spent.

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