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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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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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9 Fresh Healthy Recipes to Start the New Year

It’s a brand new year. I’m not a big believer in detoxing, but I am a believer in balance and moderation. When the pendulum swings too far into holiday indulgence, I like to pull back, reset, spend some time reading, walking with the dog, catching up on podcasts, sitting huddled under a blanket with my …

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Another way to nonstick

Questions about the safety of Teflon-coated nonstick cookware come up pretty regularly. It seems that the pans have allegedly caused deaths in birds and flu-like symptoms in humans (Tugend, Alina. “SHORTCUTS; Teflon Is Great for Politicians, but Is It Safe for Regular People?” The New York Times. October 14, 2006.). The official word from DuPont, …

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