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Substitution Savvy Extends Beyond Just Ingredients

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Recipes often give helpful options for ingredient substitutions or extensive variations. Savvy cooks can save time by looking for other changes that can be implemented.

Use your cooking knowledge to determine what steps can be altered without affecting a good final result. A vegetarian recipe I recently made inspired me. I had all of the ...Read more

Stay Slimmer This Season with Flavor Infusions

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Indulging in favorite foods often may mean replacing favorite clothes that have grown too small. If you crave pizza and milkshakes more than you do carrots and celery, you may notice the difference not only on your dinner plate, but on your scale. During the holiday season, when there are so many other chances to indulge, it can be even more ...Read more

Centerpiece of Family Thanksgiving Dinner Can Be Used for Community Service

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A cornucopia can do more than serve as a centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table; it can serve the community and your family members as well. Traditional cornucopias -- which have been mentioned in mythology since 5 B.C. -- are symbols of abundance. During modern times, they are often centerpieces in horn-shaped baskets that are overflowing ...Read more

Turn the Spotlight on One Special Seasonal Ingredient, Rather Than a Slew

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Food writers often want to encourage you to become a master of every seasonal ingredient under the sun or snow clouds, depending on the time of year. That makes for a fairly long shopping list and lots of energy spent on various techniques. In order to use your time wisely both in and out of the kitchen, why not instead focus inventively on ...Read more

Meal Delivery Delivers Cooking Pointers

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Meal prep services that send you a box of ingredients and cooking instructions of course can improve your skills and expand your recipe repertoire. However, I was surprised recently to note just how much a lazier option did the same.

Full-fledged finished meal delivery is the easy way out. Often bought by the week as part of a weight loss ...Read more

Have a Homemade Halloween Every Day

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Formal Halloween parties are full of orange-and-black-colored treats and tempters. One day a year, though, just isn't enough. Like all of the coffeehouses and bakeries in our neighborhoods that advertise spook day goodies well ahead of the holiday, why not make every day in your house that is prior to Halloween an homage to orange and black ...Read more

Create Classic Flavor Combinations, Even Without All of the Ingredients

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Anyone who grew up on treats like date nut bread and cream cheese -- or even English muffin "pizzas" from the toaster oven -- knows how comforting they can be. What's even more heartening is how easy it is to replicate the cozy experiences, even when you don't have all of the ingredients on hand. A flavor fest is just that. It's about memories...Read more

Creativity Can Stretch Your Real Crab Catch

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I would never mock myself for eating mock crab. Often called imitation crab, kamaboko is its main ingredient, which can be processed seafood and starch colored to look like crab. It is widely available in supermarkets in the frozen food aisles and at the seafood counters. It stretches food budgets.

As most who have eaten imitation crab know, ...Read more

Whole New Versions of Wholesome Foods

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Whether it's a picky kid's palate, or just that of a bored dieter, sometimes wholesome food loses its wow factor. However, usually all it takes is a strategic tweak to make a tasty difference.

I learned this recently with graham crackers. The old-fashioned cookies are fairly low in sugar and calories and, importantly, unlike many other ...Read more

Slice Up Some Time-Saving Ideas

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Using a food processor and cleaning its parts afterward is often more work than it's worth for quick, convenience meals. I found, though, that my everyday easy dishes multiplied when I switched to an inexpensive plastic and blade food slicer that's also simple to clean and usually available for sale from multiple brands for close to $10.

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Forging Take-Out Food Means Healthy Homemade Touches

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It's a quick trick to experiment with ingredients and spices for split-second copies of fast foods you can make at home. Often, just a few tweaks like that are all it takes to create a dish reminiscent of the original, like gourmet pizzas that are prepared with chicken breast, cilantro and a sweet and spicy sauce or burgers stuffed with low-...Read more

 
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