Ingredient

Goa Ahead, Fall in Love with This Pantry Staple from India — Travel Intelligence

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Earlier this year, I traded the frigid New York-Paris grind for a tiny beach hut in Goa. Situated on the Arabian Sea, midway down India's southwest coast, the former Portuguese enclave is known for its miles of beaches and (for lack of a better word) enthusiastic full-moon parties. While I have nothing against large groups of people dancing all night under the light of the moon, I skirted the issue entirely and tucked myself into the more rustic south Goa, which offers seclusion and a low-key attitude.

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Why You Should Travel With Prunes (You Kind of Know Already) — Travel Intelligence

Even if you've never tried a prune, you know of their reputation. Grandparents keep prune juice in the fridge to keep them, er, regular. Younger backed-up relatives (read: your baby-boomer parents) may indulge in the dried plums to help them relieve themselves. And prunes can be useful for another crowd: constipated travelers.

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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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Here’s How to Pick the Best Carton of Strawberries — Ingredient Intelligence

There isn't really anything sweeter than the arrival of strawberry season. For me, it not only marks the arrival of fresh fruit after a long, cold winter of imported citrus and cellared apples, but it's also the kickoff to all the berries and stone fruit that's soon to arrive. Now's the time to binge on cartons of strawberries until your fingers are stained and your belly is stuffed. Here's how to buy the best of the best, because the season is too short not to.

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10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Roasted Broccoli — 1 Ingredient, 10 Ways

For weeknight dinners I'm all about super-simple sides. That usually translates to roasted veggies, with broccoli leading the pack. On its own, even the crowd-pleaser roasted broccoli can get a little boring and repetitive, but it certainly doesn't have to be that way. The easiest way to switch things up? Change the seasoning.

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What’s the Difference Between Vanilla and French Vanilla Ice Cream? — Tips from The Kitchn

Growing up, my dad always chose half gallons of French vanilla ice cream over vanilla ice cream when we'd go shopping together. They all looked beige and creamy to me, but I trusted his instinct. With "French" on the label, he assumed superior quality — they make pretty phenomenal cheese and wine, after all — but was he right? What actually is the difference between a tub of plain ol' vanilla and French vanilla ice cream? And is one superior to the other or is it just a bunch of labeling hoopla?

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