Category — HOW TO

{how to} Gorgeous Glittery Coconut Macaroons

Want to make your cookies look super cool? Here’s an idea that got a lot of rave reviews at my holiday party: glittery coconut macaroons.

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Did you know that edible glitter is really a thing? It’s really fun to play around with! I usually buy the Disco Dust brand, which comes in dozens of colors. The “hologram silver” is my favorite for this kind of application.

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December 19, 2014   3 Comments

{salty} 5 Things You Should Put Truffle Salt On

A friend recently told me she had received a jar of truffle salt as a gift, but didn’t know what to do with it. She came to the right place, for I have answers! And strong opinions about what you can do with it!

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December 1, 2014   4 Comments

{mmmmm bacon} How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Up until recently I always made bacon in a pan on the stovetop, but now that I have learned to cook it in the oven I realize I wasted many of my prime bacon-cooking years on an inferior cooking method.

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There are many things that suck about cooking bacon on the stovetop. For one thing, I never have a pan large enough to cook all the bacon I desire so I invariably have to use two pans (which means more cleanup) or cook multiple batches (which means some of the bacon gets cold.) It requires attention to make sure the bacon is cooking evenly, not burning, and that the individual pieces are cooking at the same rate (which they never are.) Also, there is always a lot of greasy splatter on the stove to clean up afterwards. [Read more →]

November 22, 2014   6 Comments

{life hacks} I Tried A Bunch of Those Viral “Life Hacks” So You Don’t Have To

I’m sure by now you have seen countless viral emails and Facebook posts sharing “life hacks” offering ideas on how to use simple, everyday ideas and items to make your life easier. Well, I thought I’d try a few out and let you know how it went.

Don’t miss: 

“Pancake Mix in a Ketchup Bottle”

Here is a riddle: what’s white, viscous, and doesn’t go easily through a funnel? If you answered “pancake mix” you’re right. If you put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle, is it truly a “no-mess experience?” Once the mix is in there, maybe. But you have to get the pancake mix into the ketchup bottle first. Which makes an ungodly mess. And not to be judgy, but if you have time to put your pancake mix in a bottle and all, wouldn’t that time have been better spent making tastier pancake mix from scratch? I’m just sayin’. But yeah, don’t do this.

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“Condiments in a Muffin Tin” [Read more →]

October 13, 2014   174 Comments

{how to} Creamy Coconut Rice with Fried Garlic

I have eaten this multiple times over the past week, and am still not sick of it. It works beautifully on its own as a side dish. For an easy lunch I stir in some chickpeas sauteed with curry powder and cumin seeds. For a dinner party, it is great under Asian-marinated meat or chicken skewers.

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July 18, 2014   No Comments

{semi-fail} Fourth of July Flag Cake

I had really high hopes for this Fourth of July flag cake, but it did not turn out as well as I’d hoped. I would not rate it a total fail, but it’s definitely on the fail side of winning. A semi-fail, if you will.

The thing is, America is far from perfect so perhaps a highly imperfect cake is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July (especially this year.)

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July 1, 2014   No Comments

{happy birthday} How to Make an Easy Cat Cake

When my son turned one, I made him a cake in the shape of the number one. But lately he’s been pretty obsessed with cats of all kinds, so for his 2nd birthday, I wanted to make a cat-shaped cake. It was pretty easy to do, and came out great! He absolutely loved it.

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June 30, 2014   2 Comments

{life changing} How To Make Croutons That Taste 1,000 Times Better Than Any Kind You Can Buy

I am almost always disappointed by a crouton. It is too big, too hard, too crumbly, too dry. It is not good. It should get out of my salad already.

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And even in a fancy store, you think: OK, these are like 7 bucks a bag, and I’m in a fancy store, so they’ve got to be good.

And then they are not good.

But there is so much potential there! I mean it’s basically bread, oil, and herbs – so why is that not working out better? And is this the best we can do? Stale tasting, tooth-shattering, dust bombs adorning our salads?

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June 24, 2014   2 Comments

{meat love} How To Make Bacon Hearts for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming, which means it’s time to think about our loved ones. Candy? Flowers? Romantic poetry? Is that the best you can do?! This year, show your love with everyone’s favorite meat by making bacon hearts for your valentine!

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February 12, 2014   1 Comment

{secret chef tips} 8 Important Things You Should Know About Cooking with Garlic

I love garlic. And apparently, so does everyone else: it’s one of the most ubiquitous seasonings in the world, used by people in every country and thought to have many health benefits and healing properties. Here are 8 important things I think you should know about cooking with garlic, so you can make the most of this fabulous ingredient!

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Top 8 Things You Should Know About Cooking with Garlic 

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January 27, 2014   2 Comments