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Take Advantage of This Sale and Finally Get Your Spices in Order — Amazon Deal of The Day

Having an organized spice cabinet is key to having a kitchen that runs smoothly. If you're constantly rooting around for items and emptying the shelf looking for, say, garlic salt, it will take longer to get dinner on the table. More than that, if you don't have a clear sense of what ingredients you have on hand, you end up buying things you don't need, wasting money, and saddling yourself with three jars of nutmeg that you only haul out once a year at Thanksgiving.

That's where this spice rack comes in.


What’s the Difference Between Freestone and Clingstone Peaches? — Peachy Keen

As you're stocking up on peaches this summer, you've got some choices to make. Whether you've got your sights set on tangy yellow peaches or the more mild white ones, they all fall into two broad categories: freestone and clingstone peaches. There's a distinct quality that sets these peach varieties apart, and once you know what it is, you'll know exactly the type of peach you're cutting into.


7 High-Rated Cleaning Supplies Loved by Amazon Reviewers — Shopping

In addition to that awesomely fast two-day shipping (if you're a Prime member, that is), and the fact that Amazon basically sells everything, the site has one other major thing going for it: a ton of extremely thorough and honest reviewers. If something has hundreds (or more!) of five-star reviews and loads of glowing written recommendations, you know it's gotta be good. After all, you don't want to spend money on (or wait two days for) something that's not going to work!

Here are some of our personal favorite cleaning supplies that also rank among the best of the best, according to the online universe.


Recipe: Portuguese-Style Mint Rice — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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I don't know about your garden, but in summertime the mint in my own vegetable patch always threatens to take over. I love that sweet herb, but how many juleps can one gal make? Luckily I was in Portugal recently and I found that mint, or hortelã, as the Portuguese call it, was a common ingredient throughout the meal there. I ate it in soups, from a refreshing, chilled green melon soup to a lemony chicken sopa; it was paired with fava beans for fish; and, along with olive oil, it dressed a "carpaccio" of thin-sliced oranges for dessert.

But the very best minty dish I tried was the arroz de hortelã — mint rice — at Luar de Janeiro, a low-key, traditional restaurant in the Medieval town of Évora.


You Know You Want This Skillet Lemon-Honey Chicken Tonight — Delicious Links

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If someone told you that you were having chicken and green beans for dinner tonight, you'd probably be a little disappointed, right? Maybe you've had a few too many dry, flavorless chicken breasts and mushy, bland green beans in your life, but this recipe is far from that.


Oxbow Beer Brewer Tim Adams Shares His Favorite Summer Beer — Bite-Sized Guide: Portland, Maine

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When it comes to summer drinking, the key is to find a beverage that's cold, refreshing, and not too alcoholic. Wine spritzers are always a favorite, but this year we're stockpiling farmhouse beers. What's farmhouse beer, you might ask? We're so glad you did.


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