You Can Make Prosciutto Even Better. Here’s How. — Tips from The Kitchn

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It's really hard to improve on prosciutto (preferably with some good cheese and bread, on a picnic blanket in a park somewhere). The Italian cured meat is one of my favorites and I'll take any excuse to pick up a little from the store. But while it's hard denying the pleasure of eating it as is, I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy it. I've tried (and highly recommend) crisping it to toss with pasta, but just recently I took this salty pork to a whole new level of deliciousness — by candying it.

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How To Make Cheese Gougères — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let me walk you through the experience of eating a fresh gougère. It's surprisingly light as you pick it up — almost insubstantial — and still hot from the oven. The crispy shell crunches as you pull it open, releasing a puff of savory steam. Then you hit the middle: soft, eggy, and indecently cheesy. Two bites and it's gone. You're going to want to make a batch of these soon — trust me.

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Recipe: One Bowl Vanilla Cake: Ice Cream Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

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My family loves ice cream cake, so when dreaming up ways to use our one-bowl vanilla cake, an ice cream dream cake was a must. This one combines soft vanilla cake with tart raspberry sorbet and is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream. This ice cream cake is the perfect end to a backyard barbecue or a spring or summer brunch.

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Before & After: A Gorgeous Gut Remodel of a Studio’s Mini Kitchen — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → Before & After: The Gorgeous Gut Remodel of a Studio's Mini Kitchen

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20 Simple Spring Salads to Make for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

As the weather warms up and the evenings stay brighter for longer, we're craving something lighter at the dinner table. We're ready to push aside all those stews and roasts, along with our wool coats and sweaters! A dinner salad is definitely ready to see its time in the spotlight after a long winter.

Here are 20 quick and easy ones that are satisfying enough to be a main course, yet definitely won't weigh you down this spring season.

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Your 5-Step Plan for Decorating a Tiny Apartment for a Cocktail Party — Birthday Cocktail Party

A cocktail party is one of those parties you can throw in the tiniest of spaces. (We're talking a studio apartment with a murphy bed!) You don't need to fit a dozen people around a table for a seated meal. Heck, you don't even really need to have seats for everyone in attendance (although a few would be nice). And you certainly don't need to go all out with decorations.

Follow this super-easy five-step plan and your apartment will be party-ready faster than you can even ask someone to bring the ice.

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