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How to Make Cranberry Sauce

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

This is the year, my friends. This is the year you’re going to do it. You’re going to put aside the can opener, step away from the kitchen counter with purpose, and stride toward the stove top. And 20 minutes later, you will say, “Hey! I can make cranberry sauce, dangit! I rule Thanksgiving! I rule THE WORLD!”

And when your friends and family have one tantalizing taste of your homemade cranberry sauce, they’ll agree with you. Guaranteed.

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Game-Day Entertaining: Tips for Easy Make-Ahead Dips + A Recipe for Garlicky Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Game-Day Entertaining: Tips for Easy Make-Ahead Dips + A Recipe for Garlicky Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

Are you ready for the Final Four? Let’s get ready to ruuuumble!

Okay, I must admit: I’m not all that into basketball. But I am into any excuse for game-day food. I’m also not into toiling away in the kitchen while everyone else snacks happily in front of the TV. But I am into sitting in front of the TV with my friends and chowing down alongside them. Not into: prepping for hours and hours right before a party. Into: make-ahead, easy-peasy appetizers.

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Chalkboard Paint + Mason Jars = Frugal & Flexible Dry Goods Storage

Chalkboard Paint + Mason Jars = Frugal & Flexible Dry Goods Storage

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Don’t those non-stackable annoying lumps of bagged beans, lentils, and pastas laying about in the pantry annoy the heck out of you? They do me. They don’t stack well, for one. And the half-opened bags tend to spill all over the place before you even know what’s happened. And then there’s the fact that they get lost in there, only to be found when you clean the pantry and realize you’ve got five half-empty bags of pinto beans.

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Tips for Hosting a Vegetarian on Thanksgiving

Tips for Hosting a Vegetarian on Thanksgiving

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Having a vegetarian over for Thanksgiving this year? Step away from the tofurky* and – most importantly – try not to fret too much. It’s more than likely that the vegetarian in your life would hate to see you go to a ton of extra trouble for him/her. Here are a few tips to keep everyone – meat-eaters, vegetarians, and the busy host alike – all happy on Turkey Day.

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How to Roast Red Peppers

How to Roast Red Peppers

Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Tips & Tricks, Veggie Dishes Everyone Loves

It’s cliche, I know: but once I learned how to roast my own red peppers, I’ve never gone back to store-bought. And I can pretty confidently say I never will. The taste of red peppers roasted in your own oven is beyond compare. Fresh, smoky, and rich, roasted red peppers are so easy to make using your broiler setting at home.

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Tip: Use Color to Keep Track of Mixed-Diet Dishes

Tip: Use Color to Keep Track of Mixed-Diet Dishes

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

When I first started customizing my recipes to accommodate two diets, sometimes I had a hard time keeping track of which one had the meat and which one didn’t. Some of it, admittedly, has to do with the fact that I’m a little (okay, a lot) scatterbrained. But cooking is often a form of therapy for me; I’m in the kitchen so I don’t have to think much.

I’ve carved a “V” into the top crust of a vegetarian pot pie and a “C” in the chicken version. I sprinkle a bit of the meat on top of a meat-filled dish. I even try to keep the meatless version on the left at all times because I’m the left-handed vegetarian oddball of the family.

But far and away the best strategy I’ve found, so far, is to use different colored dishes.

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Tip: Use Muffin Tins for Freezing

Tip: Use Muffin Tins for Freezing

Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Did you know a standard-sized muffin tin holds just about 1/2 cup of just about anything?

Did you know Ziploc freezer bags are the best invention pretty much ever?

Did you know that if you employ these two basic kitchen tools, you can make your life so much easier?

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Tip: Bacon Tongs

Tip: Bacon Tongs

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in Tips & Tricks

Most people know these as ice tongs. You know, the almost-always-unnecessary, usually stainless steel little tongs that you can use to pick up ice cubes, one at a time, until you’ve filled your glass to the desired level?

In our house, they’re known as bacon tongs.

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