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Which Cooking Oil Is Right for You?

by in How-to, February 18th, 2014

It’s no longer just a choice between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. We’ve broken down common cooking oils (plus a few new comers) so you can pick the right one for dinner tonight.

1. Canola Oil
The high smoking point of this neutral-tasting oil makes it your best bet for dishes like fried chicken or french fries. It’s also handy when making homemade mayonnaise.

2. Coconut Oil (Unrefined)
This trendy oil is praised as an all-natural vegan butter substitute. Use it for baking or quick sauteing, because of its low smoking point; use it as a spread for a hint of coconut flavor.

3. Corn Oil
This mild-flavored oil is inexpensive to produce and has a high smoking point for deep-frying but it’s refined, which means it is stripped of most nutrients.

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Drink the Olympics: How to Toast, Russian Style

by in How-to, View All Posts, February 15th, 2014

In case you’re hopping a plane to Sochi, Russia, right now or hoping to re-create Russia at home, here’s a quick primer on how to toast like the Russians do.

Obviously, vodka is a must. It should be served ice-cold, straight from the freezer (or the windowsill, if you’re in a particularly frigid region). Homemade infusions (lemon or horseradish work nicely) are fine, or just go with plain. Read more

Rachael Ray’s Top 7 Cooking Tips

by in Food Network Chef, How-to, February 13th, 2014

Rachael Ray's Top 7 Cooking TipsShe’s given fans 30-minute meals, killer sammies and, of course, “EVOO.” Now the queen of weeknight cooking is dishing up a few more kitchen essentials. Read on for her best shortcuts.

1. Adding fresh lemon juice to a recipe? Squeeze the lemon cut-side up so the seeds don’t fall into your food.

2. Measure spices into your hand, instead of over your mixing bowl or pan. That way, you’ll never have to fish anything out if you make a mistake.

3. After cooking fish, get that stinky smell out with a bit of booze: While the pan is still hot, douse it with a splash of dry vermouth and swirl it around. (Caution: It may flame.)

4. Cut down soaking time for dry beans by pouring boiling water over them first. Let stand for 1 hour, rinse, then proceed with your recipe.

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Pick Your Pot: Top Tips for Nonstick, Cast Iron and Stainless Steel Cookware

by in How-to, February 11th, 2014

Every cookware surface has its own set of rules to guarantee correctly cooking food and a long life on your shelf. Whether your cabinets are stocked with nonstick, cast iron or stainless steel (or you’re thinking about a set to invest in), these tips will keep your pots and pans properly cared for.

1. Nonstick
When cooking with nonstick pans use medium heat or lower. High heat on a coated pan will shorten its shelf life. Because temperatures can soar, don’t preheat an empty pan. Add food or even oil from the start. Keep in mind that foods prepared in a nonstick pan will not brown well, as high heat is necessary for a seared surface to develop. Foods won’t be able to adhere to the surface and form the browned bits that make up a golden crust.

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How to Make Tiramisu

by in How-to, February 10th, 2014

How to  Make TiramisuTiramisu is Italian for “pick-me-up.” It’s made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Giada’s version will make enough for you, your sweetie and then some.

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How to Make Frosted Olympic-Ring Cookies

by in How-to, Recipes, February 4th, 2014

The Olympic rings symbolize peace, goodwill and global solidarity. Get into the spirit of the winter games in Sochi, Russia, by celebrating with these cute and colorful Olympic-ring cookies.

I used my tried-and-true gingerbread recipe after experimenting enough to learn that most sugar cookies, including those made with store-bought premade dough, spread out too much in the oven. Gingerbread also adds a touch of warmth to these games set in a snowy winter wonderland. This recipe is almost as easy to make as with a prepared mix, though it does take a little muscle to roll out. Pressing the dough thin before refrigerating helps to reduce some work later.

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How to Make 7-Layer Greek Dip

by in Entertaining, How-to, January 29th, 2014

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/every-layer-dips/pictures/page-3.htmlSpend more time in front of the game and less time in the kitchen by making this seven-layer dip the day before the event. It’s a hearty option to serve with chips and is also vegetarian-friendly. See the step-by-step photo how-to below to ensure that each scoop will score big with your guests.

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How to Make a Party-Ready Ice Ring for the Punch Bowl

by in Entertaining, How-to, January 28th, 2014

Cosmopolitan Fizz PunchPunch is always a crowd-pleasing party drink, but keeping it chilled throughout the fun can be tricky. Individual ice cubes melt quickly and tend to water down the mix, while a large citrus-speckled ice mold stays frozen longer and imparts extra flavor to the punch. You can use any ring mold or Bundt pan to freeze the ice, which doubles as an eye-catching centerpiece. Get the party started by floating this ice ring in a big batch of Cosmopolitan Fizz Punch, which combines the cosmo — a favorite ’90s cocktail — with the classic ’50s ginger ale punch for a palate-pleasing mashup that will keep you cool as the game heats up.

Begin by layering lime and orange slices in a ring mold and scattering fresh (or frozen) cranberries in between. Then mix together 3/4 cup each cranberry juice, orange juice and water, and pour the liquid over the fruit. Freeze the ring mold until firm, about 6 hours.

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How to Beat the Winter Blahs — with Sprinkles

by in How-to, January 22nd, 2014

How to Beat the Winter Blahs with SprinklesBrighten up even the grayest winter days and beat those winter blahs with these five fun ways to add more color into your life with sprinkles.

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How to Shop Smarter at the Supermarket

by in How-to, January 7th, 2014

How to Shop Smarter at the SupermarketNot all grocery store deals are created equal. Some specials are even traps that you might not be aware of. Save money when you’re at the supermarket with these top tips.

1. Be wary of specials and deals. The pricing and signage of deals like “99 cents” makes shoppers believe they are getting a deal even when they’re not. Always check the price of single items to confirm they are in fact deals (like two for $5) before you add them to your shopping cart.

2. Skip the samples. Snacking while shopping tells your brain it’s time to eat, which may cause impulse buying. Similarly, heading to the store on an empty stomach might make you more likely to pick up items you otherwise would have left on the shelves.

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