Tips & Techniques

5 Simple Habits That Help Me Pack a Lunch I Actually Want to Eat — Good Habits

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So, you're packing lunch to take to work with you. That's great. But don't pat yourself on the back just yet. That's only half the battle. The bigger task at hand is bringing a lunch that you actually want to eat.

You need a lunch that you feel excited to dive into, even when your work buddies are picking up pizza or ordering dumplings and noodle bowls. It totally defeats the purpose of bringing lunch to work if you push it to the back of the fridge and buy food instead. You packed your lunch for a reason, probably a good one — so, make it something you want to eat. Here's how I do it.

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3 Insanely Delicious Ways to Use Up Hard-Boiled Eggs — Comment of the Day

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I love reading through older threads of advice from The Kitchn, where readers have had some time to just pile on good tip after good tip. Our roundup of ways to use hard-boiled eggs is one of these, and if you have a few too many eggs left after Easter, check out these intensely delicious ideas people have for using them up.

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5 Smart Ways to Use Up Leftover Nuts — Pantry Tips from The Kitchn

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Whether I buy nuts from the bulk bins or go for the pre-packaged bags, it's inevitable that I end up with bits and pieces of everything, but never quite enough of one variety to use in a recipe — a few tablespoons of pistachios here, a spoonful of walnuts there, maybe a quarter cup of pecans.

My simple (and budget-friendly) solution?

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7 Life Lessons Chef Jennifer Puccio Would Tell Her Younger Self — Life in The Kitchen

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Ever think about being a chef or owning your own restaurant? Or maybe you've wondered whether a chef deals differently with life in the kitchen. Meet chef Jennifer Puccio, an experienced executive chef from San Francisco

We asked Jennifer what life lessons she's learned along the way that she wished she had known when she was first starting out. Here is what she shared with us!

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The Surprising Secret Ingredient in Greek Coffee Frappés — Cooking Secrets from Immigrant Kitchens

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I’ll admit it, I was a bit of a coffee snob. So it never occurred to me that instant coffee might actually, actually be the secret of some of the best coffee drinks on the planet.

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A Surprising Lemongrass Tip from a Banh Mi Shop — Cooking Secrets from Immigrant Kitchens

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While working on my latest cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport, I chatted with cooks and chefs from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Himalayan, Cuban, Cypriot, Szechuan and more). As I learned how to replicate their dishes in my own kitchen, I amassed a slew of tips from them that I began using in my everyday cooking life. This week I'll be sharing some of the best tips I learned from deli owners, restaurateurs, and other stellar folks bringing their home cooking to the neighborhoods of Queens.

For instance, when owners Julie Wong and her brother-in-law, Scott Wong, of JoJu Modern Vietnamese Sandwiches shared their recipe for their divine lemongrass chicken banh mi sandwich, I discovered something surprising!

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