What’s the Difference Between Levain and Starter? — Tips from The Kitchn

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Starter. Sourdough starter. Levain. Starter sponge. Mother sponge. Biga. Chef. Poolish.

You'll hear many names tossed about in bread recipes. What do they mean? And what exactly is the difference between them all?

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How To Make Perfect Pumpkin Muffins — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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I recently read an article that mentioned most people are satisfied with one Pumpkin Spice Latte every fall. Just one. The same cannot be said for soft, lightly spiced pumpkin muffins. These breakfast treats are especially wonderful right now, as we settle into autumn, but are also perfectly acceptable to eat year-round.

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Our 5 Favorite Ways to Eat Butternut Squash — Recipes from the Kitchn

Of all the marvelous varieties of winter squash out there, butternut would win the popularity contest by a landslide. It's the people's squash, which means there are a thousand ways to enjoy it while it's in season through the fall and winter months. Need help narrowing them down? These are our top five favorite ways to get our fill of butternut squash. The recipes are savory, seasonal, and just a touch unexpected.

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Recipe: Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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For this super-simple side, thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted and then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan that turns irresistibly crisp around the edges after a few minutes under the broiler. A hit of garlic only makes them even more delicious. Make these Parmesan-coated sweet potatoes once and you will never go back to plain roasted sweet potatoes again. They will make you the hero of dinner and the talk of your next potluck.

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15 Delicious Recipes with Dried Beans — Recipes from The Kitchn

I find dried beans to be some of the most beautiful foods in the pantry. The red and white whorls of Good Mother Stallard, the creamy pale green of flageolet and Vallarta, and even the modestly speckled pinto bean all have unique, enticing beauty. Those individual characteristics fade in the cooking pot, but they are replaced by rich flavor.

Here are 15 recipes (many vegetarian) that celebrate the humble dried bean. From polenta and borlotti with tomato sauce to the best baked beans you'll ever eat, we think you'll like at least one of these.

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The $200 Dining Room Table That Looks Like $1000 — Shopping

I have strong opinions about IKEA: If I'm going to navigate that maze of room displays that culminates in an endless sea of stacked boxes, the trip had better be worth it. I'm never going to pop in for a few plates and plastic sandwich bags. (Mostly because one can not simply "stop by" an IKEA.)

So when the announcement came of the Swedish mass producer's collaboration with Rolf and Mette Hay, the husband-and-wife team behind top Danish design firm HAY, I got excited about the possibilities. Seems like something totally worth the trip (read: expedition)!

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