Condiments

The Best Thing I’ve Ever Spread on My Toast Is from Trader Joe’s — One Good Thing

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Ever since my dear friend gifted me a bit of her sourdough starter a few months ago, I've been telling everyone who will listen about my bread-baking adventures. They've been mostly successful so far, and we've been eating bread aplenty in my little household, but it wasn't until last week that this homemade bread really blew my mind.

Oddly enough, this mind-blowing moment was not about the bread — it was about the spread, a new discovery from Trader Joe's.

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Recipe: Strawberry Honey Butter — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When strawberries are in season, it's hard not to inhale the cartons you bring home immediately before even thinking about what else you'll do with them. I encourage you, however, to put some aside to make this butter — rich with all that fruity flavor, enhanced by honey and orange zest, and just begging to be slathered on toast or biscuits and melted all over your pancakes and waffles.

When the season is said and done, a taste of this butter will be a welcome reminder of just how sweet it was.

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The Great Condiment Clean-Out: How to Do It and Make It Last — Fridge Fix-Up

From the mundane ketchup and mustard to an array of salad dressings to the toppings that give your cooking regional flare, those jars and squeeze bottles on the shelves of your refrigerator door seem to multiply on their own. "Most people have at least 15 to 20 condiments in their fridge," says Toni Hammersley, author of The Complete Book of Clean. To boot: Some of those things are duplicates!

And because you typically only use a bit at a time, they have a much longer "shelf life" (not the actual amount of time you should be eating them, but how long you hold on to them) than your average refrigerator food. "Most people keep condiments for about a year," says Hammersley. The result: A fridge door packed with half-full containers of condiments at questionable food safety levels.

Here's how to get a cluttered condiment area under control — and make it last.

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The Most Cliché Fancy Foods, and Why We Still Love Them — Everyday Fancy

I am someone who stands among the canned beans at the grocery store, searching for the cheapest can. I mean, they are canned beans — they are all cheap! And yet, if I can get one that's a few cents less than the others, I feel like I've won. It definitely drives my fiancé (and probably anyone else around me at the store) nuts.

Being as frugal as I am, you wouldn't think I splurge on high-end food items — but I actually do. You see, there are a few things that, to me, are absolutely worth the extra cost because they make the average meal feel fancy. And eating should feel fancy sometimes.

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How To Make Date Syrup — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Date syrup is a thick, caramel-colored sweetener made from dates. You may have seen it on the shelves in your local health food store, as many cooks embrace it as an alternative sweetener. Date syrup is incredibly easy to make at home, can be more affordable than store-bought, and has the lush caramel hue and heady date flavor of its namesake fruit.

Here is everything you need to know about making date syrup at home.

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This Is the Best Tahini You Can Buy in the States — One Good Thing

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For years, all I knew of tahini was the single brand available to me at my local grocery store — the contents were as dusty as the tin itself. The paste, made from sesame seeds and oil, was chalky and so cement-like that I could never get the separated oil to blend back in. I was close to giving up on tahini altogether.

Then one evening, while living abroad, an Israeli friend had me over for dinner. So passionate about the food of his country, he had carried his own tahini to his temporary home afar. One taste and I knew I had been living a tahini lie. I fell hard once I finally tasted the real deal.

Good news: You don't have to get on a plane to Israel to find the good stuff.

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