Erin Fife

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Six ways to use shredded zucchini, every day

July 29, 2017

Whenever anyone mentions zucchini in the summer, they also probably mention its prolific nature. If you've ever grown zucchini in a home garden, you know exactly what I'm talking about. One day you have no zucchini, and the next you have threeplus one gigantic zucchini that showed up out of the blue.

To help you deal with the onslaught of zucchini season, many websites provide lists of recipes that let zucchini be the star of the show. But..

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Forget baking. Try pies in the freezer.

July 29, 2017

Pies are a delicious blend of crust and filling, and there are so many variations, you can find a pie for any taste. But when the sun is out and the humidity is rising, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven and bake a pie. So what to do? You make a frozen pie, and eat it happily. Or take it to a friend's house and share.

Here are two recipes for frozen pies I love. The first is a recipe handed down from my grandmother. The second was..

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Everything's coming up blueberries

July 24, 2017

We've moved from strawberry season into blueberry season here in the Northeast. There are so many amazing things you can do with blueberries, the list is endless! We've narrowed it down to these six recipes — they're easy to make and a little off the beaten path. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Freeze For Later

This isn't a recipe per se, but a reminder to prep and store some of your berries until you need a bright burst of summer,..

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The only spatula (turner) you need in your kitchen

July 23, 2017

I have a container on my counter dedicated to holding all my cooking utensils. Serving spoons, wooden mixing spoons, rubber scrapers, tongs, ladels, whisks: you name it, I've probably got it somewhere in the pile. And if that wasn't enough, I have a whole other drawer dedicated to holding the utensils that don't fit in the container. Honestly, that's way too many utensils for cooking.

In that pile of cooking utensils, I have at least 5 spatulas..

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Make your own pizza dough: fast, easy and delicious

July 23, 2017

Every Friday night is pizza night/movie night in our house. Sometimes we do pizza take-out, and sometimes, we make our own. There are lots of pre-made pizza doughs out there, from frozen to fresh to pre-cooked, and we've cycled through many of those.

But lately I've found that it's just as easy (and more delicious) to make my own dough. Ever baked a loaf of homemade bread? Pizza dough is even easier. All you need is flour, water, and yeast, and..

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Make your own popsicles

July 16, 2017

We're almost halfway through summer, so the department stores are starting to roll out their Back-to-School sale signs. But before we run headlong into autumn, let's take a moment to enjoy all the things summer has to offer: warm temps, freshly picked berries, beach visits, and... popsicles. While I never say no to ice cream, occasionally I'm in the mood for something just a little bit lighter. Some people might say that popsicles are for kids,..

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Swordfish: the fish for non-fish people

July 14, 2017

So, I admit it — I am not really a fish eater. I used to be that person who goes to a seafood restaurant and orders chicken fingers, or who says she eats sushi but only orders the avocado roll. I have gotten better over the years, though. I now order fish and chips instead of chicken, and I actually enjoy it. And a few years ago, I had another breakthrough. Swordfish. A delicious fish for a non-fish person.

One of the great things about..

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Why doesn't my cling wrap work the way it used to?

July 14, 2017

Last week, my mother told me, "I remember cling wrap sticking much better than it does today. Why is that?!" I, too, have noticed that these days, cling wrap seems less, well, clingy, so I thought I'd do some research on the topic. Was it just our imaginations, or was there a reason why cling wrap lost its cling?

The Dow Chemical Company began selling Saran Wrap in 1949, which at that time was made out of PVDC (polyvinylidene chloride). PVDC is..

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Take your ice game to the next level with three fancy ice tricks

July 8, 2017

So you're hosting a gathering and you'd like to do something a little out of the ordinary, without a lot of extra effort. How about customizing your ice offerings? Here are a few ways to make your ice look cooler than it already is.

Shape It Up

Ice Triangle

Take a muffin tin and some glass tumblers. Fill the tumblers halfway with water, then perch them in the muffin tins so they are tilted sideways. The water should reach from the bottom of the..

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Zucchini bread is delicious and you can pretend it's healthy too

July 6, 2017

Zucchini bread is a staple in my house, and has been since I was young. My mother's recipe makes two loaves so I'll often leave one on the counter for immediate consumption and throw the other one in the freezer for another day. Sometimes, if we're feeling frisky, we'll use muffin tins instead, making a double batch of muffins with a few mini loaves of bread. They're great to take on car trips or to the beach for a late morning snack.


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