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How To Make Sweet-and-Savory Tomato Jam — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Jam excels at preserving the tastes and smells of the season, but why should berries have all the fun? Adding tomato jam to your summer preserving bounty is just the thing to make you feel like a savvy cook and leave you with a taste of summer into fall.

Using the same principals of other small-batch jams, plum tomatoes are cooked with a little sugar and spice for a sweet and savory jam that will leave you wondering why you didn't start making it sooner.

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How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

I consider myself a pretty clean person, but I have to say that every time I start researching an article, I discover another totally filthy place that I haven't been cleaning. In this case, it's the kitchen sink. It actually harbors even more bacteria than your toilet bowl. And if you, like me, thought that it got clean as you wash the dishes every day? Well, you are sadly mistaken.

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How To Make Yogurt Drops at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I remember a time in raising my children in which I was never without one of those zip-top bags of frozen yogurt bites. If they needed something while we waited for dinner to arrive at the table, or a quiet snack at library story time, there they were. And while I loved making baby food for them and freezing yogurt for snacks, there was just no beating the commercial yogurt bites — even I enjoyed my fair share of the sweet, tangy, melt-in-your mouth texture of those bites.

It almost pains me to have discovered a hack for making dried yogurt bites at home after that season of my child-rearing is coming to an end, but when I discovered I could turn a kitchen staple's leftovers in to tender snack bites, I knew I needed to share this splendid secret.

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How To Make Frozen Garlic Bread — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Garlic bread is one of dinner's simple pleasures. It comes together quickly and easily, and the results are always super satisfying, yet a huge market still remains for frozen garlic bread from the supermarket. If you've never bought a box to stash in the freezer, you may be wondering, why bother?

Here's the thing about frozen garlic bread — not only is it a comforting little shortcut for your busy life, but good frozen garlic bread is also totally crave-worthy in its own right. Frozen garlic bread takes full advantage of every inch of surface area on a slice of bread by slathering it with rich garlic butter that basically fries the bread in the oven. Plus, with garlic bread in the freezer, you can make a single slice (or two) whenever the craving strikes.

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How To Make Pita Bread at Home — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Whether we're talking falafel or deli ham, pockets of pita bread are one of my top choices for sandwiches. So portable! So neatly contained! So easy to eat! The pitas you make at home are worlds apart from the stuff you buy in stores, and watching them puff to glorious heights in your oven or on your stovetop is culinary magic at its best. Here's how we do it.

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How To Make Homemade Copycat Kind Bars — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Kind Bars are the snack bar that I always reach for when I really want a candy bar but don't want the resulting sugar crash. Full of nuts and seeds held together with a sweet-sticky glue of brown rice syrup, these bars are sweet, crunchy, a little salty, and sometimes gilded in chocolate. They are totally crave-worthy in their own right!

But Kind Bars are kind of budget-busting when I've got five dinners, seven breakfasts, and seven lunches to shop for my family of four. So I set to work making these snack bars at home. Yes, there are some specialty ingredients that are an up-front investment, but there's still a huge cost savings.

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