Tips & Techniques

How I Turn a Trip to the Farmers Market into Dinner — Farmers Market

I love visiting our weekly farmers market every week from April to October, buying whatever is in season, looks good, or what I might need for my weekly meal plan. Often I head to the market without a list and just base dinners on what I find, but the ultimate goal of farmers market shopping is an epic Saturday night feast. Here is how I fix a farmers market supper.

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The Fast and Fancy Dessert You Have to Make with Cherries This Summer Includes Lighting Them on Fire — Cherry Checklist

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Pies and cobblers, crisps and clafouti are all fine desserts, but when ruby red cherries are in their prime, there's a fast and fancy dessert that tops all the others. It's easy enough to pull together any night of the week, and finishes on the stovetop with a dazzling flambé before getting spooned over ice cream. If you make just one thing with cherries this summer, this is the dessert to keep at the top of your list.

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Can You Eat Something That Has Freezer Burn? Here’s What the USDA Says. — Freezer Intelligence

Picture this: You're doing your weekly grocery shop and there's a great deal on a family pack of chicken thighs. And now that you're looking in the meat section, you were thinking maybe you'd have a cookout this weekend and the ground beef is on sale. And you might as well stock up on buns because, well, it's summer and you always need buns.

Somehow you walk out of the store with more than enough to feed you, your family, and then some. You're still feeling pretty good though — until you get home and you are hit with that sinking feeling that comes from knowing that you can't possibly eat everything before it goes bad. No worries, though, right? That's what the freezer is for.

But what if those thighs come out covered in ice and freezer burn? Are they still safe to eat? We investigated.

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8 Things to Do for a Good Morning Commute — Make More Good

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Mornings! Right? Very few of us pull into our office parking lot looking as happy as this girl pictured above. It's understandable: There are so many things that happen to us between waking up and walking into our office. A lot of these things are out of our control (the torrential downpour that came out of nowhere, the inexplicable traffic you hit on the highway, your toddler's meltdown over his socks being orange).

Luckily, though, there are a few things you can control. One of those things? How enjoyable your morning commute happens to be! Try these tips for a better getting-to-work experience.

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The One Thing I Always Have on Hand for Outdoor Eating — One Good Thing

Even for the neatest eater, a meal outside almost always leads to some sort of mess. Sticky hands, a blob of ketchup on your thigh (hey, at least it missed your shorts!), corn on the cob guts all over your face — it's all possible!

Sometimes, napkins just aren't enough and you need a good old-fashioned hand (or thigh) washing. Of course, during a picnic, the nearest sink could be football fields away. And during a backyard cookout, guests will have to open doors and traipse through the house in order to wash their hands.

That's why I always keep these on hand.

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Here’s How Long Everything Will Last in Your Freezer: A Quick Guide — Freezer Intelligence

As long as your freezer is working at its optimal level, keeping food consistently at 0°F, the food inside will be safe to eat indefinitely. There's no safety concern with anything that's been properly frozen. The real issue is just how much you'll actually enjoy it, as some foods might not have the taste or texture you prefer when eating something a year later.

Not willing to risk eating leathery meat? We don't blame you. Luckily, there are plenty of official guidelines that can help you figure out if something's been in the freezer for too long. Just make sure you label your groceries before you stash 'em away, so you can count up the months.

Related: The Most Important Tool for an Organized Freezer

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