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The Broccoli Beer Cheese Casserole Is the Upgrade Your Potluck Needs

Hello, and welcome back to Will It Casserole?, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as tasty casserole creations. This week, we’re taking an already known and loved hotdish—the broccoli cheese casserole—and upgrading to a broccoli beer cheese casserole, as suggested by D. Hooper:Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How to Make Perfect Lemon Curd in the Microwave

No matter how many flawless custards or mirror glazes you’ve made in your life, some culinary techniques just seem to invite disaster, especially those that hinge on precise temperature control. If you need to evenly heat a delicate substance to a precise temperature, the microwave might seem like a horrible…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Your Convection Setting May Not Be the Best Choice For Baking

If you have an oven with a convection setting—meaning it is equipped with a fan that circulates the hot air around the food—it may be tempting to use it on your cakes, cookies, and biscuits to help things cook “more evenly.” However, according to Patron Saint of Good Baked Things, Stella Parks (aka The Brave […]

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Steam Corn Using Either of These Two Easy, Very Different Methods 

I am obsessed with summer corn. You take how Oprah feels about bread, and multiply it by three, and that is how I feel about corn. Those crisp, sweet kernels of sunshine are everything that is good about summer produce, and it needs very little in the way of preparation.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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These Blends Should Be in Your Spice Cabinet

Making your own spice blends isn’t particularly challenging, but buying a single bottle of a blend is both more convenient and fiscally responsible than buying five bottles of five different spices. Plus, if you’re just getting into the world of seasonings and spices, blends can be a bit less intimidating.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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The Best Meatless Ways to Use Liquid Smoke

Liquid smoke, an additive that imparts a charred wood flavor to food without using a smoker, has been dismissed as both “cheating” and “nasty” but, if used with a delicate hand, it can produce some tasty results.. I love liquid smoke in my apartment-approved, smoke-free, sous-vide ribs, but it has other clever uses,…Read more… Continue […]

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Use Labneh for the Best Frozen Yogurt Pops

In the hierarchy of frozen desserts, frozen yogurt “popsicles” rarely make it into my top 10. Invented as a way to trick children into thinking they are eating “dessert,” these icy sticks of fruit and yogurt rarely achieve the texture and flavor required to be considered “indulgent.” This is all fixed, however, by…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Use That Last Bit of Caesar Dressing

Let’s be honest: people don’t order a Caesar salad for the romaine. The crisp lettuce may be a perfect blank canvas for those garlicky, lemony, and umami-packed flavors, but Caesar salad fixings, particularly the dressing, can work wonders on all of your favorite picnic salads.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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You Need to Get Some Squeeze Bottles in Your Kitchen

Control over your ingredients gives you control over the final dish, and squeeze bottles can help you become the master of your culinary domain. With them, you can put the exact amount of a liquid ingredient precisely where you want it, and they cost about a buck at restaurant supply stores.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Easiest Way to Predict a Pepper’s Spice Level

There are peppers you know are going to be spicy (habaneros) and peppers you know are not (bell), but then there are the peppers that could be mild, hot, or “please remove my tongue from my mouth and place it in a glass of ice milk.” Luckily, there is an easy way to predict the […]

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Ditch The Strawberries And Make This Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb rarely gets a starring role in desserts, with most recipes relying on strawberries to temper its raw, unpleasant sourness. This classic pairing, while tasty, makes very little sense to me. Rhubarb shines when gently cooked, but a hot oven destroys everything that’s special about a ripe strawberry—so why do we…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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