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How Color Influences Your Grocery Shopping (And How to Outsmart It!) — Grocery Intelligence

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Color plays a huge role in how we decide what to eat, and marketers know it. In fact, package designers know more about color significance than we likely ever will, which is how they powerfully influence what we decide to buy. However, a basic knowledge of color science in food branding can help you make informed decisions as you shop.

Here's a guide to how colors are often used in food packaging, and the secret messages they contain.

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How To Froth Milk for Cappuccinos in the Microwave — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I absolutely love that creamy dollop of foam topping my morning cappuccino from the corner coffee shop. Did you know that you can make milk foam at home, too? And without needing to buy a fancy espresso maker? All you need is some milk, a clean jam jar, and a microwave.

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How Moving to Vietnam Taught Me to Simplify My Kitchen — Kitchen Tour

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Who cooks and eats here: Allen Coin and me, Lisa Pepin!
See the kitchen: What It's Like to Search for an Apartment (and a Good Kitchen) in Hanoi, Vietnam
Where: Hanoi, Vietnam
Rent or Own? Rent

Living near a restaurant supply store is a dangerous thing. If you’re like me, you’ve gotten good at justifying buying too many loaf pans (they’re only $5!), too many little one-use tools (I can make that dessert I saw on Pinterest!), and too many cookie sheets (think of all the Christmas cookies!). My last kitchen in Raleigh, North Carolina, had all the tools I could ever want, mostly inherited from family members and former roommates or bought from that restaurant supply store. I rarely got rid of anything because I had plenty of room to store it. Moving out, I think I found six different sets of measuring spoons.

So moving continents to Hanoi, Vietnam was an opportunity to start over.

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IKEA Is Totally Changing Their Kitchen Cabinet System. Here’s What We Know About SEKTION. — IKEA Kitchen Intelligence

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We're big fans of IKEA's kitchen cabinet system, AKURUM. It offers value, a great warranty, and modern design for a fraction of the price of custom and semi-custom cabinets. I installed AKURUM cabinets while renovating my own kitchen and have been very happy with them (see how they look).

But there have been murmurs and rumblings about the demise of AKURUM, and IKEA has officially announced the news: AKURUM will be replaced by a new kitchen system, SEKTION, starting February 2015. Read on for more details and lots of photos!

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8 Foods to Always Spend Money On — Grocery Intelligence

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I'm a graduate student, so obviously I'm on a budget. But over the years, as I realize how connected my health and productivity are to the foods I eat, I've created a list of foods I've learned are always worth spending money on. I call it my core splurge list.

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20 DIY Pantry Staples That Are Even Better Than Store-Bought — Recipes from The Kitchn

Think about some of the staples you keep in your pantry or fridge and use on a daily basis — peanut butter, marinara sauce, tomato paste, mayonnaise, granola, chicken (or vegetable) stock, spice blends. The list could go on and on. Have you tried to make these things yourself?

If not, you should! You might not always save time making these everyday items, but they'll taste fresher, you'll have fun making them, and it might even save you a little money. Here are 20 pantry staples that are easy to make at home, and in some cases even less expensive than the store-bought versions!

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