5 Quick Tips for Choosing Winter Squash — Ingredient Intelligence

The arrival of winter squash, in all of its many shapes, sizes, and colors, signals not only a change of seasons, but also a desire for heartier food. Since winter squash is consistently on our shopping lists these days, it's useful to know just exactly what to look for at the farmers market or grocery store to ensure we buy the best butternut or acorn or spaghetti squash possible. Here are five tips to always keep in mind.


3 Things You Need to Know About Coconut Sugar — Ingredient Intelligence

Every few years, a new "natural" sweetener hits store shelves promising to be the holy grail of the health food world — the perfect substitute for cane sugar. But there's always a catch (we're looking at you, agave), and today's sweet miracle is no different.

I'm talking about coconut sugar. This "healthy alternative" has a dirty little secret.


10 Recipes That Use Up That Jar of Applesauce — Recipes from The Kitchn

I love to make a big pot of applesauce after a day of apple picking — there's something just so satisfying about its simplicity. However, after a few days of eating it from a bowl, dusted with cinnamon, I tend to grow tired of the snack. Luckily, there is a whole lot more you can do with applesauce. It's an incredibly useful ingredient in the kitchen, particularly in baking, as it adds moisture and can be a wholesome substitute for eggs, oil, or butter. Here are 10 recipes that prove it.


5 Essential Fall Recipes to Make After Apple Picking — Recipes from The Kitchn

Apple picking is, without a doubt, my most favorite fall activity. While others wait all year to start tailgating again, I wait all year to get at least one apple-picking excursion on my calendar. Loading up baskets with fruit while I munch on cider donuts and sip warm cider just feels like the ultimate celebration of the season. This perfect fall day doesn't end on the farm, however. When I get home, I love to cook up an apple-centric storm, starting with these five great recipes.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Dry Ice — Trick-or-Treat

Dry ice can lend a fun and spooky atmosphere to your Halloween festivities, but knowing how to use it is incredibly important. Dry ice is the frozen form of carbon dioxide, which is why, instead of melting into a liquid when heated, it turns into a gas. As it sits at an exceptionally cold temperature of -109.3°F, handling it properly is a top priority.

Here are five mistakes to avoid when using dry ice.


Our 5 Favorite Ways to Eat Butternut Squash — Recipes from the Kitchn

Of all the marvelous varieties of winter squash out there, butternut would win the popularity contest by a landslide. It's the people's squash, which means there are a thousand ways to enjoy it while it's in season through the fall and winter months. Need help narrowing them down? These are our top five favorite ways to get our fill of butternut squash. The recipes are savory, seasonal, and just a touch unexpected.


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