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How To Make Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The craving: General Tso's chicken from your favorite Chinese takeout spot. The problem: You've got different diners eating at different times. The best solution: General Tso's chicken from your slow cooker. Yes, you'll be investing a little more time than dialing for takeout, but you'll make the best General Tso's you can at home without stir-frying and you can feed your family in shifts as they stagger in the door tired and hungry.

This slow cooker General Tso's chicken hits all the high points of your Chinese takeout favorite — crisp golden chicken with a tender interior, coated in a glossy, spicy sweet sauce. Ready your rice and your slow cooker for this better-than-takeout slow cooker General Tso's chicken.

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How To Make Perfect Pumpkin Muffins — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I recently read an article that mentioned most people are satisfied with one Pumpkin Spice Latte every fall. Just one. The same cannot be said for soft, lightly spiced pumpkin muffins. These breakfast treats are especially wonderful right now, as we settle into autumn, but are also perfectly acceptable to eat year-round.

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How To Remove Paint from Metal Kitchen Hardware — How To

We've been talking a lot about painting kitchen cabinets lately. And we've made it pretty clear that you're supposed to remove all the hardware from your doors and drawers, label the pieces according to your handy map (you're supposed to make a map!), and then get to painting.

But what if you've moved into a home where the previous owners painted right over the metal hardware? We see it all the time: DIYers just paint right over drawer pulls, door hinges, hooks, and other hardware.

Luckily, it's possible to remove the paint without ruining the hardware. This may be especially good news if you have antique metal hardware that you're hoping to restore and reuse. Here's how to do it.

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How To Descale a Coffee Maker — How To

We make a lot of coffee in my house. We also have very hard water. So I often brew a pot and return to pour myself a cup, only to find an alarmingly bright-red light on my coffee maker. (Luckily, it still brews the full pot!) It's the sign telling me that it's time to descale my machine. It's always scary to see a red light on my machine — especially when all I want is more coffee! Luckily, it's not all that hard to deal with.

Here's how to descale a coffee maker.

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How To Clean an Electric Kettle — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

These days a lot of my friends are off coffee — or at the very least, they sneak in that one espresso in the morning and then it's all about tea for the rest of the day. And while I grew up boiling water for tea in a measuring cup in the microwave (don't judge!), I know that a far superior way to do it is to use an electric tea kettle. It's amazing how quick they can be!

But after months of use, electric kettles can build up mineral deposits from the water you're using. It's worth taking the time to give it a thorough clean. Of course, you don't want to clean it with anything that's not food-safe or that will be too harsh. Here's how to clean an electric kettle.

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How To Make Oatmeal on the Stovetop — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Among the recipes that friends and family ask about most frequently, including how to make a proper pot of rice or how to cook perfect chicken breast every time, how to make a decent pot of oatmeal is always up there on the list. It seems that every home cook is chasing that elusive ideal pot of oatmeal: thick but not mushy, and fluffy but not chewy. Making good oatmeal can happen without much brain power (even while you're still waiting for the coffee to brew) — this recipe will show you just how to do it.

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