Cooking How-To

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How to clean and cook fresh mushrooms

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The meaty texture and earthy flavor of mushrooms make a favorite addition to many fall dishes. Many people are disappointed when...

How to boil eggs in the oven

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It seems logical to hard-cook eggs in a pot of water — that’s how our moms, grandmas and their moms and grandmas have been doing it...

How to regrow green onions in water

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Green onions are a great addition to salads, potato dishes and cold pastas. While they’re inexpensive, they don’t last as long as...

How to cut an onion blossom

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An onion blossom is a favorite appetizer at many restaurants. It goes by many names (like the Awesome Blossom at Chili’s or the...

How to shuck an oyster

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It’s almost oyster season -- the time of year a good many Americans anticipate all year. Oysters, of course, are a bit pricey, and...

How to pan-toast rice

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You’ve probably heard plenty of TV's top chefs recommend toasting your rice before cooking it. Toasting gives it a nuttier flavor...

How to oven-cook perfect bacon

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Aahh... bacon. The official smell of breakfast (and any good lunch or dinner, for that matter). It adds a delicious salty-smoky...

How to care for a cast-iron skillet

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There are many benefits to using a cast-iron skillet. Not only does it get super hot and retain that heat, but the heat distribution...

How to set up a breading station

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The tastiest recipes call for some form of battered meat or vegetable. Whether it’s the kiddos squealing for chicken nuggets or your...

How to make ricotta cheese

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Making cheese at home may seem beyond your reach, but it’s actually simple as can be. All you need is milk, buttermilk, a pot, a...

How to air-dry herbs

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It’s fun to grow your own herbs, but if you’ve noticed your little herb garden is producing more than you can use (or if you’ve...

How to cook rice

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Learn the secrets to making perfect rice every time, whether it’s white or brown. Forget dried out rice, burnt bottoms and mush,...

How to shop at a farmers market

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With the ongoing foodie craze, farmers markets are getting a lot more attention than they used to. Where else can you find the...

How to make coffee in a French press

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A French press, also known as a press pot or coffee plunger, will make some of the best coffee outside of an Italian café. Although...

How to ensure freshness in farm-raised eggs

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If you buy your eggs from the grocery store, it’s easy to know how fresh they are. It says so right on the carton! But grocery store...

How to grill vegetables

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When you’re cooking out, don’t feel like you’ve got to fill your plate with mayonnaise-laden sides. Pop your favorite veggies on the...

Grilling bacon-wrapped meats

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Cooking meat wrapped in bacon is delicious, but can be surprisingly hard unless you know the right steps.

How to make the perfect baked potato

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Baking a potato is simple. Baking a perfect baked potato requires a little extra work, though (but only a little!). From choosing...

How to start once-a-month-cooking (OAMC)

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Once-a-month cooking, known by those in the know as OAMC, is a great way to save not only money, but in the long-run, time -- by...