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How to Brown Butter (and win at baking)

One of my favorite techniques for making my baked goods more delicious is using brown butter in place of regular butter. What is brown butter? It’s butter that is heated until it reaches about 250°F, at which point the water boils off and the milk proteins and sugar begin to brown through a series of …

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Grocery Shopping for the Pandemic

Perhaps the strangest thing about living through a crisis is how much stays, relentlessly, normal. There are already 120,000 people in the world infected with this novel coronavirus, and those are only the cases we know about. But this number is an abstraction. I cannot grasp the magnitude of the problem—not the grandmothers and uncles …

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How to Toast Nuts, in the oven (or toaster oven)

Here’s a quick public service announcement: you should be toasting your nuts. (That is, tree nuts, ahem.) Most recipes that call for nuts start with raw nuts that need to be toasted before going into baked goods or scattering over a salad. Why? Because raw nuts taste bland and vaguely bitter and have a kinda …

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Ways to Use Up Buttermilk, every last drop

Got extra buttermilk in the fridge? Here are some creative ways to use up whatever you’ve got on hand. They go way beyond buttermilk pancakes. Though there are several breakfast options from buttermilk waffles to buttermilk French toast. But there are also dessert options, biscuits, and an herby buttermilk farro bowl to make things interesting.

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Spring Favorites 2017

“It is not enough that yearly, down this hill, April Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.” –Edna St. Vincent Millay “Spring” The cacophony of the Trump era has made it hard for me to focus on much in the way of culture. The political news is too much with us, and it can …

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