Tips & Techniques

A Total Beginner’s Guide to Grilling with Gas — Tips from The Kitchn

If you've got a brand-new (or a new-to-you) gas grill in your life and you're ready to heat things up this summer, we're here to help. While this guide is designed for novice grillers, there's plenty of information for the seasoned grill master. We've included everything from turning your new grill on — yeah, it's a little obvious, but we've got some stuff to say! — to zone cooking. And then there's our list of the essential recipes that every grill cook should know.

Let's get grilling!


The Easiest (Annual) Herb You Can Grow Indoors — Simple Gardens

You know all those grow-your-own basil kits sold online and in novelty stores? I do not understand them! For starters, they almost never work (or they do ... until they don't). And secondly, they're just totally unnecessary. Basil is actually not hard to grow, and you'll have a lot more success if you just do it sans kit.

Here's what you need to know about growing basil in your kitchen without a kit. Armed with this info, you won't ever have to buy one of those overpriced packs of basil at the grocery store ever again.


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking for Ramadan — An American Ramadan

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If you're an old pro at preparing iftar or this is the first time you're making it on your own, there are a few considerations that will make cooking during Ramadan smoother. Many of these tips are ones that will help you out after the Holy Month is over, because good kitchen craft stays with you no matter the season. So from advice on when to do your grocery shopping to some thoughts on the amount of food to prepare, here are a few common mistakes to avoid this year when cooking for Ramadan.


4 Grill Tools You Absolutely Need (and 4 You Definitely Don’t) — The Grill Guide

Even the most experienced home cook can feel intimidated by the idea of grilling. Maybe it's the varying temperatures, the rules, or the tons of gadgets and accessories that can feel necessary for success. But don't let all of that deter you. "I always say that grilling is 90 percent the will, and 10 percent the skill," says Elizabeth Karmel, the founder of Girls at the Grill. And when it comes to all those grilling accessories, she says you only actually need a few things.

Here's what Karmel says you do — and definitely do not! — need.


3 Ways to Use Dates as a Substitute for White Sugar — Ingredient Intelligence

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Dates are a powerhouse sweetener. Not only are they naturally high in sugar and fiber, but their sweetness also has distinct caramel-like flavor that just cannot be replicated. However, when it comes to replacing dates for white sugar in cooking and baking, a simple one-for-one swap isn't always possible. But dates can be manipulated into a few baking-friendly forms and replace white sugar in everything from salad dressing to cookies. Here are the three best ways to replace white sugar with dates.


The Easiest Aromatic You Can Grow Indoors — Simple Gardens

Perhaps you've seen all those hacks online showing that you can regrow your scallions simply by placing the white bulbs in a cup of water (and maybe eventually putting them in soil)? Perhaps you've doubted that it really can be that easy? I'm here to tell you it is, indeed, that easy!

It is not hard to have a continuous supply of scallions. Of course, the more you know, the better your results will be. Here's a quick tutorial on growing and harvesting your own scallions at home.


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