There's no denying the convenience of an already-ground spice, but I'm here to make a case for why you should consider adding a few whole spices to your seasoning line-up. Four words: better flavor, fresher longer. Convinced?!
This past weekend Winter Storm Nemo walloped the East Coast. While online and holed up in my apartment Friday afternoon waiting out the storm, I came across a few recipes made with snow. The gist: don't let all that snow go to waste! How about a ginger snow cocktail? Maple syrup and butter snow taffy? And of course, snow ice cream? I was equal parts intrigued and a little appalled. More
Single use tools are forbidden in my kitchen. Garlic peeler? No way, just smash it with a knife. Ice cream scoop? A big spoon will do just fine. Oh, but the French press breaks the rule. When it's not filled with fresh coffee it just sits there, taking up space. Just how many other uses can a French press handle? As it turns out, far more than I realized. More
Spring is on the horizon (I'm being optimistic because I hate snow — just go with it), and there's bound to be a baby or wedding shower in your near future, or possibly a birthday. Or the Oscars! Don't forget about the Oscars! And when that happens, you should be armed with extra large ice cubes. Here's why... More
Looking for a sweet way to dress up your soups, salads or stews? Sophistimom has an easy step-by-step tutorial for cutting carrots into heart-shaped coins perfect for Valentine's Day, or anytime you want to add a little love to your cooking. More
I went on a bit of a granola bender the other week for reasons best left between me and my obsessive brain. The upshot of this, as you can probably guess, was that I ended up with a lot of granola sitting on my counter. After foisting jars of it onto my friends and snacking on it every afternoon, I still had more granola than I could conceivably eat before it went stale. The solution? Freeze it.
Last year we wrote about how simple it is to re-grow bunches of celery and green onions on a windowsill, but it turns out those experiments are just the beginning. Black Thumb Gardener has a list of 17 plants that can be grown from kitchen scraps, including ginger, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, and even pineapple.
This tip will forever transform the way you think about fish skin. First of all, don't throw it away! Instead season and bake the skin on its own for a crisp, salty, and very bacon-like treat. This video from CHOW shows you how: More
Here's a fun, simple, very rewarding DIY project to help lift the January doldrums: make your own Earl Grey (or Lady Grey) tea! I can personally attest that this tea will win over even those of you who, like me, usually don't care for Earl Grey. The process itself is easy but it does offer one challenge: sourcing fresh bergamot fruit. Read on for my very simple homemade Earl Grey tea recipe. More