Surprising Ideas

Teach Yourself to Eat More Vegetables By Reorganizing Your Fridge

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Hold up, now — can eating more vegetables really be as easy as changing where we store them in the fridge? One of Cooking Light's tips for getting more fruits and veggies into our daily diet is to place them at eye level instead of hiding them in the crisper drawer. I am intrigued — and a bit skeptical.

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7 Old Myths About Cooking Pasta That Need to Go Away!

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There are many myths about cooking pasta that simply aren't correct and yet they persist. Read on for a few that we would like to see disappear!

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Lentils: The New Gravy — Old Ingredient New Trick

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As with eye cream and good wine, I didn’t begin to appreciate lentils until I got older. For a long time, their dull colors and mushy texture scared me. But I’ve come to realize that it’s exactly this — the mushiness — that gives lentils so much “swap potential” in the kitchen.

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Cauliflower: The New Burger — Old Ingredient New Trick

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For most of my life, cauliflower was nothing more than a means to eating hummus and dip when the chips ran out. Simply put, it was broccoli’s pale cousin and if I wasn’t eating it raw, I wasn’t eating it at all. But everything changed when I could no longer eat cheese and all I wanted was macaroni.

To stay within my restrictions and still eat the food I loved, I needed an ingredient that could provide a creamy, milky texture. In a Hail Mary moment, I gave cauliflower a try.

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An Easy Way to Fill the Pepper Grinder Without Spilling — Reader Tip

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Do you wind up with peppercorns bouncing all over your counter every time you need to refill the pepper grinder? Kitchn reader Jess sent us this smart tip for filling our pepper grinders without spills — using a silicone muffin liner!

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Handy But Hidden: Have You Found the End Locks on Your Wrap Dispensers?

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Have you heard? It's not exactly new news, but every time I rediscover it I get excited. Apparently there are lots of folks out there who haven't found out about this simple kitchen tip and others who, like me, tend to forget about it. Check the ends of your box of foil, plastic wrap, wax paper. Chances are, you'll find semi-circle-shaped tabs punched into the cardboard.

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