Tips & Techniques

3 Easy Ways to Make a Boring Pot of Rice Taste Amazing — Tips from The Kitchn

Making a pot of rice to serve with dinner is nearly automatic. But plain rice day after day can get, well, a little boring, don't you think? Here are three tricks I use to give my everyday rice a little extra oomph in the flavor department.

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5 Kitchen Cleanups That Will Make You the Happiest — Light Labor Day Cure

Cleaning the kitchen is a chore — literally. Actually, it's a bunch of little annoying chores that add up to one big annoying chore! Most of these little tasks are totally thankless (see: emptying the trash, cleaning grout), while others give you a lot of satisfaction for not so much effort.

These are the five kitchen cleanups that will make you the happiest.

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Here’s What a Scientist Thinks About Roasting Marshmallows on Sticks Found in the Woods — National S’mores Day

The best part of any camping trip (or even a backyard fire-pit gathering) is obviously the time you spend with your friends and family. The second-best thing? The s'mores, hands down.

If you're one to really rough it, chances are you've roasted your fair share of marshmallows on random sticks you've collected in the woods. While any specks of dirt and bark just add to the rustic experience, it's hard not to wonder if what you're doing is actually okay. How gross are those sticks you're eating sugar off of? We talked to an expert to find out.

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10 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Clipping a Single Coupon — Shopping

Paper or plastic? Once upon a time that was a standard question asked at the grocery store check stand. Today not only have paper and plastic bags given way to reusable tote bags, but also the way we pay and save at the grocery store has evolved.

Whereas our grandparents might have paid in physical dollars and cents — and handed over a fistful of paper coupons as well — today we can zip through the grocery store via the magic of plastic cards and contactless payment.

We can also save some grocery dollars without clipping a single coupon. Consider these tricks to help lower your grocery bill.

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We Asked a Dietitian What to Order for Kids at Starbucks — Tips from The Kitchn

I realize that hitting a drive-thru of any kind for an after-school snack seems ominous from the start, but there are days when I have to bounce between school pickup and errands or soccer practice and I'd rather not do it without caffeine and with hungry kids.

This is definitely a survival-mode strategy, but I still don't want to ruin my children's diet with a sugary drink or snack, even if I'm doing a coffee drive-thru. I asked registered dietician (and mom) Sally Kuzemchak, of Real Mom Nutrition, for her best advice about what to order and what to avoid when grabbing an after-school snack from Starbucks.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy in the Freezer Aisle (but Should) — Tips from The Kitchn

I've always looked at my freezer as one of the best kitchen tools at my disposal. Not only does it hold my hoard of butter pecan ice cream, but it also serves as a staging area for any number of meals that I can pull together in minutes — without resorting to flimsy TV dinners.

While I've made it a habit to cook big batches of meatballs, red sauce, or pinto beans and package them for future meals, I'll admit that it's nice when I can find real food alternatives prepped and ready to go at the grocery store.

I did some sleuthing recently to see just what lurked in the frozen food aisle and was pleasantly surprised to see that there's more there than corn puppies and fish sticks.

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