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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 […]

What is the Maillard Reaction? An Essential Bit of Science for Cooking

There are few joys better than biting into a perfectly seared steak or taking a sip of roasted coffee beans. You can also pretty quickly tell the difference between chicken that’s been grilled and boiled. For that matter, it’s pretty easy to tell the difference between a slice of bread and toast. What do these […]

No Plans for Valentine’s Day? Here Are 5 Last-Minute Ideas

February 14 is Valentine’s Day! If you don’t have anything planned or purchased for your loved one yet, don’t panic! A day is more than enough time to plan a breathtaking Valentine’s Day for the person you love. While there may not be enough time to buy something and have it shipped, with enough planning, […]

Cooking for Beginners: How to Pick a Cooking Pot or Pan

When you’re getting ready to make dinner, you probably grab a specific pot or pan depending on what and how you’re cooking. Have you ever stopped to think about why? While some reasons for using a pot or pan are obvious, like you use a pot to boil water for pasta, others aren’t. And while […]