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How to Make Canned Beans Taste Amazing How to Make Canned Beans Taste Amazing

Eating cheaply isn’t as easy as “cooking it yourself.” Besides the cost of the groceries, cooking takes time, and—if you’re working multiple jobs or long hours to support yourself or your family—you might not have an excess of hours.

How Much Do You Spend On Groceries? How Much Do You Spend On Groceries?

How much do you spend on groceries? According to the USDA, Americans in the U.S. spend as much as 33 percent of household income on groceries each month. GoBankingRates found that women spend on average $323 per month on groceries, while men spend $290 on average.

How to Conquer Feeling 'Hangry' How to Conquer Feeling 'Hangry'

Hunger has a strange effect on our emotions. Even the nicest folks can get a little upset, irritable, and snippy the minute they start to feel those familiar pangs down in their stomach. One solution is to eat, of course. But when that’s not an option, there is another way you can avoid transforming into a bad…

The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs

Hello, and welcome back to Will It Casserole?, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. This week, we’re taking an already known and loved hotdish—the broccoli cheese casserole—and upgrading to a broccoli beer cheese casserole, as suggested by D. Hooper:

How to Make Perfect Lemon Curd in the Microwave How to Make Perfect Lemon Curd in the Microwave

No matter how many flawless custards or mirror glazes you’ve made in your life, some culinary techniques just seem to invite disaster, especially those that hinge on precise temperature control. If you need to evenly heat a delicate substance to a precise temperature, the microwave might seem like a horrible…

Use Leek Greens to Flavor Grilled or Steamed Seafood  Use Leek Greens to Flavor Grilled or Steamed Seafood 

Leek greens are quickly becoming my favorite part of the leek. Not only are they freaking banging when pan fried, but they can be used to infuse fish and other seafood with delicate, oniony flavor.

Your Convection Setting May Not Be the Best Choice For Baking Your Convection Setting May Not Be the Best Choice For Baking

If you have an oven with a convection setting—meaning it is equipped with a fan that circulates the hot air around the food—it may be tempting to use it on your cakes, cookies, and biscuits to help things cook “more evenly.” However, according to Patron Saint of Good Baked Things, Stella Parks (aka The Brave Tart),…

The Best, Easiest Ways to Steam Corn  The Best, Easiest Ways to Steam Corn 

I am obsessed with summer corn. You take how Oprah feels about bread, and multiply it by three, and that is how I feel about corn. Those crisp, sweet kernels of sunshine are everything that is good about summer produce, and it needs very little in the way of preparation.

How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants How to Enjoy Old Chain Restaurants

IHOP is now IHOB, and now it’s in a fight with all the burger chains, because nothing can stay pure in our decrepit world. Luckily Metafilter recently unearthed a charming blog called Broken Chains, which reviews the remaining locations of chain restaurants long past their prime, like Ponderosa, Lum’s, and the York…

These Blends Should Be in Your Spice Cabinet These Blends Should Be in Your Spice Cabinet

Making your own spice blends isn’t particularly challenging, but buying a single bottle of a blend is both more convenient and fiscally responsible than buying five bottles of five different spices. Plus, if you’re just getting into the world of seasonings and spices, blends can be a bit less intimidating.

Sprinkle Sugar on Subpar Tomatoes to Improve Their Flavor  Sprinkle Sugar on Subpar Tomatoes to Improve Their Flavor 

With the exceptions of cherry tomatoes—which are good pretty much all year—I try to avoid buying tomatoes until at least July, as purchasing them any earlier usually leads to disappointment. But I’m not perfect, and the other day I slipped up and bought (quite) a few on the vine. They were, as one would expect, a…

How to Live, According to Anthony Bourdain  How to Live, According to Anthony Bourdain 

Anthony Bourdain, who died today the age 61, gave us bold wisdom on how to make a better burger, how to find good food in airports and why it’s okay order fish on Mondays.

Shio Koji Helps Your Food Be Its Best Self Shio Koji Helps Your Food Be Its Best Self

The term “all-purpose seasoning” has always seemed slightly hyperbolic to me. Unless we’re talking about salt, there are few seasonings that truly enhance everything they touch, but shio koji comes close.

Bonito Flakes Are a Gift From the Umami Gods Bonito Flakes Are a Gift From the Umami Gods

Any time I have ever mentioned bonito flakes, either online or in this thing called “real life,” one very well meaning person will say “I thought those were for cats.” While it’s true that a cat would find them very pleasing, these feathery, savory and smoky flakes are best enjoyed by humans, who are more equipped to…

The Best Meatless Ways to Use Liquid Smoke The Best Meatless Ways to Use Liquid Smoke

Liquid smoke, an additive that imparts a charred wood flavor to food without using a smoker, has been dismissed as both “cheating” and “nasty” but, if used with a delicate hand, it can produce some tasty results.. I love liquid smoke in my apartment-approved, smoke-free, sous-vide ribs, but it has other clever uses,…

Use Labneh for the Best Frozen Yogurt Pops Use Labneh for the Best Frozen Yogurt Pops

In the hierarchy of frozen desserts, frozen yogurt “popsicles” rarely make it into my top 10. Invented as a way to trick children into thinking they are eating “dessert,” these icy sticks of fruit and yogurt rarely achieve the texture and flavor required to be considered “indulgent.” This is all fixed, however, by…

How to Use That Last Bit of Caesar Dressing How to Use That Last Bit of Caesar Dressing

Let’s be honest: people don’t order a Caesar salad for the romaine. The crisp lettuce may be a perfect blank canvas for those garlicky, lemony, and umami-packed flavors, but Caesar salad fixings, particularly the dressing, can work wonders on all of your favorite picnic salads.

You Need to Get Some Squeeze Bottles in Your Kitchen You Need to Get Some Squeeze Bottles in Your Kitchen

Control over your ingredients gives you control over the final dish, and squeeze bottles can help you become the master of your culinary domain. With them, you can put the exact amount of a liquid ingredient precisely where you want it, and they cost about a buck at restaurant supply stores.

What All Those Labels on Eggs Really Mean What All Those Labels on Eggs Really Mean

Is cage-free better than organic? Are omega-3 eggs worth the extra money? Let’s break down the terms you’ll see on egg cartons.

The Easiest Way to Predict a Pepper's Spice Level The Easiest Way to Predict a Pepper's Spice Level

There are peppers you know are going to be spicy (habaneros) and peppers you know are not (bell), but then there are the peppers that could be mild, hot, or “please remove my tongue from my mouth and place it in a glass of ice milk.” Luckily, there is an easy way to predict the spicy outcome, and it was right under…

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