Tips & Techniques

Is It Worth It to Get a Wall Oven? — Side by Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

If you're considering a wall oven and cooktop instead of (or to replace your existing) a range, the first thing to be aware of is cost. The wall oven-cooktop combo is going to cost you more — possibly a lot more. On the other hand, investing in separate appliances does have its advantages. The price of having your oven at a height that doesn't require stooping? For you, it may be priceless.

Life's full of choices. Here, we help you break it down.

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5 Tips for Making and Serving a Better Party Salad — Tips from The Kitchn

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Why don't we make salads the center of our party table? It seems like an obvious idea once you get to thinking about it — especially in spring when the season is gifting us with tender greens, edible flowers, and ripe berries. But salads are too often sidekicks rather than scene-stealers when it comes to party food. Are we worried they will seem fussy? Or perhaps too insubstantial? All that is easily remedied with a little forethought and the right balance of flavors, textures, and ingredients, plus a little strategy for serving.

So, how do you make and serve a party salad that your guests will crave? My five tips for making a salad will have your friends and family begging for a recipe — or at least asking you to bring the salad next time too!

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This Is the Best Way to Revive Stale Dates — Tips from The Kitchn

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If you've ever brought a package of dates home, on at least one occasion you've probably pulled them out to find them looking kind of crystallized on the outside and way more firm than you remember. Am I right? Here's the thing about dates — these sweet fruits continue to dry out (and eventually harden up) as they age. It happens when they're stored properly, and even faster when they're not. They're still perfectly good, though, so don't toss them. You just need to revive them and bring them back to life. Here's the best way to do it.

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What’s Date Sugar, and How Do You Use It? — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates seem to be having their time in the superfood spotlight. Full of potassium, iron, B vitamins, and fiber, this sweet fruit is being churned into paste and syrup, and even being dried and turned into sugar. Does date sugar rival its granulated counterparts when it comes to baked goods, and does it hold the same nutritional power as whole dates? We did some digging to learn all about how date sugar is made and how we can (and cannot) use date sugar in the kitchen.

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6 Ways to Make Eating Dinner in Front of the TV a Little More Special — Everyday Fancy

Maybe your apartment is too small for even a tiny breakfast table, or maybe you just want to unwind with some takeout, some quality television, and as little conversation as possible?

Whatever your reason for sitting on the couch while eating dinner, I can not judge you (I do it all the time!), but I can offer you some ideas for how to make the meal feel a little more special.

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The Fastest Way to Make Your Scrambled Eggs Fancy — Everyday Fancy

Last year when I was developing a recipe for breakfast sandwiches, I had one major goal in mind: to create a recipe with the creamiest eggs imaginable. I envisioned eggs that tasted like an indulgent upgrade from an everyday plate of scrambled eggs — soft and tender, with an unmatchable creamy richness. After trying a few different mix-ins, I struck gold, in the most delicious way possible. It forever changed the way I make everything from scrambled eggs to egg casseroles.

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