Erin Fife


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How to tame the wild Tupperware drawer

October 22, 2017

Ah, the dreaded Tupperware drawer. Doesn’t every house have one? The drawer that holds every reusable plastic food storage container in your house; the drawer that is rarely organized; the drawer that never yields the matching top to the container you want in any sane amount of time? Yeah, that drawer. Well, here are a few tips to tame the wild beast.

1. Find a few brands of food storage containers you like. Do you want something sturdy and..

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Rice Krispie treats aren't just for kids anymore.

October 21, 2017

Rice Krispie Treats have been around since 1939. The recipe for this iconic treat is printed on the back of the Rice Krispie box — simply melt marshmallows and butter together, then mix in Rice Krispies. Fold into a pan, let set, and eat. It's that easy. There is very little in the baking world that's as easy to make as these treats. So why not spend just a bit more time and mold this recipe into something that's perfect for entertaining?

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A user review of AmazonFresh: the good, the bad and the gigantic.

October 15, 2017

I placed my first AmazonFresh order last April. I've used it consistently since then, marveling at the fact that I could order groceries online at 9pm, and have them show up before 6am on my doorstep. Here are a few things I've learned about using the service, and why I continue to love it.

1. Timing

While the turn-around on order-to-delivery time is not as quick as it was during the pilot stages of the program, AmazonFresh is still generally..

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Eat breakfast pizza, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

October 15, 2017

Breakfast pizza. It takes all the best parts of breakfast and combines them into the shape of a pizza: hash brown crust, layered with cheese and eggs and meat. How can you go wrong? If one can eat cheese pizza for breakfast, why not breakfast pizza for dinner? Here's how to make one at home.

Ingredients

1 pound bag frozen shredded potatoes, thawed

1 onion, chopped

6 eggs

1 cup cheese or cheese blend of your choice

1/2 pound sausage, cooked and..

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Go climb a tree. An apple tree, that is.

October 9, 2017

My family and I spent this past weekend helping my dad manage his pick-your-own business at an apple orchard in Maine. It was one of the most relaxing weekends we've had in a long time. And while I know that picking apples is kind of a cliché thing to do in the fall, here's why you should get over it and get out to an orchard before the season is over.

1. Easy pickin'

Apples are one of the easiest fruits to pick. They're sturdy, can take a few..

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How many ways can you bake a potato?

October 8, 2017

I love baked potatoes. Smothered in butter and sour cream, or cheese and broccoli, or bacon bits, they are a great side for dinner or a warm and tasty lunch. Sometimes, however, I want to elevate my baked potato game. Here are some ways to make the traditional baked potato a bit fancier, a bit tastier, and perfect for entertaining.

  Potato Fans (or, Hassleback Potatoes)

Cutting your potatoes into fans, brushing them with oil, and then baking, is..

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I love doughnuts... dough nut you?

October 8, 2017

I’ve never been interested in dealing with the mess of frying doughnuts at home, so I always avoided doughnut recipes. But then I realized you could bake doughnuts, and my life changed. I was given two doughnut pans as a gift, along with a doughnut recipe book, and my life has never been the same. Baking donuts is incredibly simple. Mix the ingredients together, bake, toss in sugar, and eat. Almost faster than driving to your closest Dunkin'..

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You'll pop over these popovers.

October 1, 2017

As the nights cool off and autumn arrives in full force, it's time to start thinking about soups and stews and baked goods, and not being afraid to turn on your oven because you now want to heat up the house.

I've always been a fan of popovers. I grew up in Maine, and one of my favorite things to do was (and still is!) visit the Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park, where they serve world-renowned popovers with Maine strawberry jam. ..

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Don't just bake spaghetti squash. Knock it out of the park.

October 1, 2017

As we move further into autumn, winter vegetables are starting to appear at farmer's markets and in the grocery store. One of my favorites is spaghetti squash. Originally brought to prominence when "no-carb diets" were popular, many people use spaghetti squash only as a substitute for spaghetti. However, there are other ways to prepare this delightfully light vegetable that do not involve drowning it in sauce.

Basic Recipe

Cooking a spaghetti..

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Get serious about homemade soup. Buy yourself an immersion blender.

October 1, 2017

Immersion blenders are one of those funny kitchen tools that, if you have one, you love it, but rarely do people think “you know what I really need? An immersion blender.” But here’s the thing: there are a few times when you do really need an immersion blender. Even if you only pull it out of the cupboard four times a year, it’s well worth the $30 you'll spend on one. And I guarantee you’ll use it more than four times a year.

Immersion blenders..

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