You can't make a quicker breakfast than the instant kind. Instant oatmeal, that is.

September 18, 2017

Over the summer, I wrote about my favorite cold breakfast, overnight oats. Cold, creamy, fruity, and delicious, it continues to be my go-to make-ahead summer morning meal. But now the leaves on our trees are starting to change color, and I've moved from iced coffee to hot tea in the mornings. It's time to replace my cold oats with some super fast, super hot oatmeal, customized exactly as I want it. Here's how to make your autumn morning start..

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How to fry bacon without making a mess

September 16, 2017

Like pretty much every self-aware millennial, I’m a big fan of bacon. Salty, crisp, and meaty it’s pretty much everything I want in a protein. And, while I draw the line at things like bacon-infused bourbon, there are very few savoury dishes that don’t benefit from the inclusion of a little — or a lot — of cured pork.

 

My love for bacon is, however, tempered somewhat by the absolute hatred I have for having to wipe up all the grease and grime..

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How to remove hot pepper oils from your hands

September 16, 2017

My worst cooking mishap involved chili peppers. I was heading to a pool party and had just finished preparing Peruvian style chicken with a spicy green dipping sauce. The recipe required several diced jalapeño peppers, which I diligently hand sliced before adding to the food processor.

 

Once I had finished preparing the meal, I washed my hands and went to put in my contact lenses. As soon as the first lens touched my eye, I knew I had made a..

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How to make a perfect hardboiled egg, every time.

September 10, 2017

As the seasons change, so do my breakfast preferences. In the heat of the summer, I was all about overnight oats. But now it's chilly when I walk downstairs in the morning and the leaves are starting to turn colors, so it's time for a new breakfast routine: hard boiled eggs with a side of toast. I hard boil six eggs at the beginning of the week so the only thing I have to do in the morning is peel the egg while my bread is toasting.

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

September 8, 2017

It’s September and that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s the time when everyone goes crazy for the iconic red and brown colors that only appear once a year. No, I’m not talking about the fall leaves, I’m of course talking about the pumpkin spice latte. This — to me — mystifyingly popular drink makes an appearance for one month of the year and is pined for by enthusiasts for the remaining eleven.

 

There was a hint of controversy this year..

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The secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

September 8, 2017

If you’ve ever successfully cooked scrambled eggs, you’re already aware that as far as cooking challenges go, they’re about on par with boiling water or cooking rice. However, as simple as scrambled eggs are to make, they can still be improved upon with a little extra know how. Now, I would never consider myself an expert on the subject. But, I have cooked more scrambled eggs than I can count and have found that there is one sure-fire way to..

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Homemade biscuits: easier than you think

August 31, 2017

Can we all agree that biscuits are delicious? Plain, slathered with butter or jam or honey, or as part of a breakfast sandwich, biscuits are versatile and a delightful way to start your Saturday morning. Biscuits also have a reputation for being something difficult to make at home. But that's not really true. We've been using the Joy of Cooking's biscuit recipe for years, and it's quite straightforward. The only things you need to remember are:..

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The best old-school apples for homemade apple pie

August 28, 2017

My first job, when I was 14 years old, was working in a bakery located adjacent to an apple orchard. The wife ran the bakery while her husband ran the orchard. I had the chance to visit with them again a few weeks ago. They are in their 80s now and retired from the farm, but she still bakes a mean apple pie. Her advice on which apples to use for pie? A mix of Cortlands and Macintoshes, and that's about it.

 Varieties

There are over 2,500..

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Your salad deserves to be well-dressed. Here's how to do it.

August 27, 2017

Dressing a salad perfectly is tough to do. Adding just the right amount of salad dressing, though, can mean the difference between a soggy, heavy, mushy mess, a dry heap of lettuce, or a delightfully crunchy, vegetal experience. Here are a few tips on how to dress your salad just right. 

Big it Up

Make your salad in a much larger bowl than you think you need. Don’t crowd your lettuce! You need lots of room to stir to ensure the dressing is..

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How to make kale chips so even the kids will eat them

August 20, 2017

My daughter loves kale chips. She's 7 years old. She doesn't know that some people hate kale, or that others love it with a passion and eat it all the time. She just knows that these chips are salty and delicious and a cool green color, and when you're 7, that's all that matters.

Kale chips are incredibly easy to make. Just heat up your oven, grab some salt and oil, and you're ready to go. Even if you think you don't like kale chips, I'd..

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