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Let Us Convince You To Try Nutty Brown Butter On Your Salads

2012_11_20-BrusselsSprouts01.jpgI think there are levels of salad dressing mastery. It begins when you stop buying store-bought bottles of vinaigrette in favor of making your own. (This took me some years to really get right!) Then comes dabbling with citrus juice, a shallot or two, maybe even a few attempts at homemade blue cheese dressing. But beyond these levels and sitting atop of the salad dressing food chain (if there is such a thing) is a nutty brown butter dressing. Butter on a salad? Oh yes — hear me out! More

Home Buyers Are Back, but Where Are the Houses?

The Spring housing market is already underway, buyer traffic is rising, and home prices are headed upward. There's only one thing missing: supply.

Kitchen Convenience: 5 Prepared Foods That Are (Almost) As Good As Homemade

Mother's Little Helpers: 5 Prepared Foods That Are (Almost) As Good As Homemade

I pride myself on making things from scratch, but with three children to feed, not to mention a decent sized crew of regular dinner guests, I don’t always live up to my own expectations. Like most of you, I’m a label reader, sometimes pleasantly surprised to find a pancake mix that saves me the trouble of mixing ingredients or a jar of marinara sauce that needs little more than a sprinkle of this or that to mimic the one I would create. Here are five prepared foods that I especially like and that have helped me get a homemade dinner on the table. Would love to hear your picks too! 


The Perfect Cocktail for Your Cuties: The Clementine Cocktail — The 10-Minute Happy Hour

2013-03-01-ClementineCocktail1.jpgAll January, we worked through our case of grapefruit, and this month we've been tackling cases of Cuties, a.k.a. clementines. They're the perfect portable snack with a shot of vitamin C for the whole fam. This week, I was tiring of chewing those little segments, so I grabbed the juicer to change things up. This refreshing Clementine Cocktail came shortly after. It's juicy and refreshing, and perfect for this week's 10-minute happy hour. More

Hacking a SodaStream: Have You Ever Tried To Make Fruit Sodas & Cocktails? — Food News

If you own a soda maker, then you know the manufacturer rules: you must only use water! But as The New York Times recently wrote, a few adventurous drinkers are flouting those instructions and using home carbonators to concoct everything from sparkling wines to non-alcoholic fruit sodas. How do they do it, and what's more, is it safe? More

How to Cook Perfect Onions for Any Dish — Cooking Lessons from the Kitchn

"Begin by cooking the onions ..." is perhaps the most common phrases in savory recipes the world over. But what does this mean exactly, and what if you have to 'sweat' your onions instead, or cook them 'until translucent'? Read on for our handy guide (with pictures!) on how to cook an onion. More

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