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The Different Types of Potatoes & When to Use Them

With so many varieties of potatoes available at the supermarket, it may be difficult to figure out which kind you need. The type and texture of a potato can greatly alter what it can, and should be, used for when you’re cooking dinner. Our goal is to give you a brief overview of the different […]

The Difference of Cooking with Fresh and Dry Herbs

Sometimes when you’re reading over a recipe, it’ll call for dried seasoning or fresh herbs, but is there really a difference? Are they fully interchangeable? You may be surprised at how much of a difference two versions of the same ingredient can be. At the same time, they can be used as alternatives to each […]

Using Cumin in Your Cooking

Cumin may be a spice you’re less familiar with, especially if you tend to stick to American or European staples, but it’s one you really should make room for on your spice rack. The spice can come in two forms, whole and ground. In its whole form, cumin is a dried seed that can be […]

Using Chinese Five Spice in Your Cooking

If you’ve ever been cooking and wanted to punch up your dinner with a unique flavor that’s balanced but defined, you should try adding Chinese five spice! What exactly is this traditional Chinese spice blend? Well, the mix is based on the traditional five Chinese elements of fire, water, wood, earth, and metal. In a […]

Using Basil in Your Cooking

Basil tends to be one of those ingredients that you either are only familiar with as a dried herb hidden in your spice cabinet or you use it so often that you have a fresh basil plant growing in your window. We’ve been in both camps before, though we’re now firmly basil evangelists and for […]

Using Lemon in Your Cooking

Depending on your experience with cooking, you may only be familiar with using lemons to flavor your water or seeing them in viral videos of kids trying lemon for the first time. But, contrary to those baby faces, lemon is also an incredibly useful ingredient in your cooking. Lemon can be healthy for you, potentially […]

Using Garlic in Your Cooking

There’s a good chance that you’ve tasted garlic before. It’s one of the most popular seasonings or ingredients on the planet, found in cuisine from France to Thailand. For something that’s delicious and healthy, its popularity makes a lot of sense, but it’s certainly possible to misuse or even overuse this vegetable. So, what are […]

3 Fun Ways to Boost Your Cooking Creativity

You’ve read the cookbooks. You’ve watched the cooking shows. At this point, you have a firm grasp of the basics of cooking. But how can you enhance your skills? As is often the case, mastering your own particular style occurs when you go from mimic to maker. Recipes can be viewed a lot like a […]

Cookbooks vs. Cooking Books: What’s the Difference?

Learning to cook for yourself is one of those things that can be really beneficial for a number of reasons, but many people just don’t do it. Not only can it save you money and be a nice shared experience, but it can also be a fun and interesting way to experience new things. When […]

Cooking for Beginners: Kitchen Knives

Knives are an instrumental tool in any home cook’s arsenal. Sure, cutting up your ingredients is only one part of a recipe, but we challenge you to find one dinner recipe where a knife isn’t somehow used. You may find a few, but the point is that many recipes require a knife. If you’ve ever […]