The road to a great meal can be a chaotic one, and here's our ode to the messiestWe all take chances in life, especially with our cooking. Whether it's using a sharp blade or handling scorching-hot liquids, sometimes we put ourselves at risk when whipping up a great meal.
Not only can cooking be dangerous, but it can be messy, too.
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No matter how many years you went to culinary school or how obsessive-compulsive you are about cleanliness, there are some recipes that are just going to get downright messy. Like breading chicken for example, because no matter how many times you try to remember to use your right hand for dry ingredients and your left for wet, you'll always end up with sticky and chunky gunk stuck to your fingers. Or meatballs. How else are you going to mold that ground beef into perfect, neat little balls without diving in hands first into that ground beef and getting it all over your hands and under your finger nails? And don't get us started on mincing garlic, because the day someone figures out a cure for
The road to a great meal can be a chaotic one, and here's our ode to the messiestWe all take chances in life, especially with our cooking. Whether it's using a sharp blade or handling scorching-hot liquids, sometimes we put ourselves at risk when whipping up a great meal.Read More »from Messiest Dishes to Make
Yogurt is for more than just breakfast, so here are wonderful recipes that use itHere at The Daily Meal, we're always looking for new and creative ways to do the obvious. Sometimes that's a new twist on an old recipe, and other times it's when we figure out a new use for one of our favorite pieces of equipment. The best, though, is when we can come up with creative and unique ways to use a common ingredient or pantry staple in new ways.Read More »from Cool Ways to Use Greek Yogurt
Like Greek yogurt, for example. That's one ingredient that, before now, we only thought to enjoy for breakfast, but it can be added to a handful of recipes to make them more delicious and, well, better. There's so much more to Greek yogurt than its customary uses, and it has a place in so many different recipes beyond the obvious ones like tzatziki sauce or a granola parfait.
Did you know that you can use Greek yogurt to create a creamy, delicious - and healthy - blue cheese dressing? Or that the breakfast staple can also play a role in tenderizing and flavoring your oven-fried chicken? We bet you never thought to use it as a base
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A refreshing treat!When the dog days of summer hit, there's nothing more refreshing than a popsicle. Made with Greek yogurt and fresh strawberries, these strawberry yogurt and chocolate chip popsicles will not only cool you down, but they are a healthy alternative to ice cream.Read More »from Berry Delicious! Strawberry-Yogurt and Chocolate Chip Popsicles
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled
1 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
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Special items needed: 10 count popsicle mold and 10 popsicle sticks
1. Place washed and hulled strawberries into a food processor or high powered blender with yogurt and honey. Process until smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
2. Pour strawberry mixture in a 10 count popsicle mold until each mold is 3/4 full. Pour a spoonful of mini chocolate chips into each popsicle mold and stir the chocolate chips with a popsicle stick or spoon so that the chocolate chips distribute evenly. Top each popsicle mold with a layer of
Fabio takes on hamburgers and hot dogs with spectacular results, and shows easy tips on how to set up your charcoal grill for awesome summer barbecues. Step up your game this grill season and turn up the heat with Fabio's awesome BBQ recipes! Featuring special guest, Dean McDermott.
- Simple foods don't have to be bland just because you're cooking on the grill. Seasoning and sauces add flavor to everything: add grilled, chopped veggies to hot dogs, or dress up burgers with a great barbecue sauce.
- Fabio's simple charcoal grilling tips will help you cook everything to perfection.
- Stack your coals into a pyramid before lighting them. This maximizes the heat you'll get out of them. When they are burning white, spread the coals out to create more surface area to cook.
- Don't overuse lighter fluid. The flames may look pretty, but you want hot, radiant coals, not a fireball, which will burn your food on the outside and leave it raw on the inside.
- Keep your grill clean.
- Disney Spoonful | Shine Food – Thu, May 16, 2013 4:49 PM EDT
The perfect choice to celebrate Jim The beloved NBC sitcom "The Office" is wrapping up tonight after nine hilarious seasons! On tonight's finale, the frenemy pranksters Jim Halpert (John Krasinski), also known as "Big Tuna," and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) finally reveal their true friendship. You may have never guessed it, but Dwight asks Jim to be his best man at his wedding to longtime love, Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey). So we thought, what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than by cooking a Jim-and-Dwight BFF feast? While keeping your eyes out for a Michael Scott (Steve Carell) cameo at the wedding tonight, munch on this honorary Big Tuna/Schrute Farms meal! Don't forget the tissues!Read More »from Dinner, Scranton-style: Celebrate "The Office" with Beets and Big Tuna
"Big Tuna" Cakes:
Anne Coleman took her traditional tuna cakes recipe and revamped it, replacing salted top saltines, whole egg, and baking rather than frying. The result is just as delicious but far healthier. Put this tuna cake between two pieces of bread and you've got the ultimate "Big Tuna" sandwich!
- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, May 16, 2013 4:06 PM EDT
As I strolled down the supermarket aisle the other day, I stopped at a package of cookies. But not just any cookies - vanilla sandwich cookies by platine. I've seen them before, but was never willing to shell out the dough for a bag of 6 cookies. This day was different, I could not resist and decided to treat myself. Oh Em Gee. Forget the best beer ever, forget the best sandwich ever, this cookie is beyond description. Now I'm craving sandwich cookies (there might be drool in the corner of my mouth), but it's late and the cookies on my mind are sold in a shop that is currently closed, not to mention they will make my pocketbook wince. Which leads me to this point of finding a replacement recipe that is worthy of the original. So here we are with several decadent sandwich cookies to make at home to go with that patio beer I'm having this summer. - By Macki West
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We've all experienced that familiar cookout culprit: a bowl of warmed-over, slightly soggy fruit salad that's 90% melon. No more! These fruit salad pops are an whimsical way to squeeze in some fruity nutrients between the hot dogs and ice cream. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.
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Fruit Salad Ice Pops
1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
4 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved ( 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice
1. Arrange some of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).
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Lots of questions come up when we're cooking pasta. How much salt should I add? Should I add a glug of olive oil? Do I really have to reserve some pasta water before draining? We answer all carbohydrate quandaries today with the help of the editors at America's Test Kitchen in our master pasta edition of Do I Really Have to Do That?
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DO use more water than you think you need.Read More »from Do I Really Have to Do That: The Pasta Edition
For every pound of pasta, you'll need four quarts of water. "This amount of water may seem excessive to some, but pasta contains tons of starch, and if cooked in too little liquid, the noodles will stick together." Ever had a pot of pasta foam up and boil over? That's a sure sign you didn't use enough water.
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Move over, almonds and walnuts, there's a new superstar nut in town! With the California pistachio industry making a big push to turn more Americans on to the wonders of the creamy, buttery, heart-healthy nut (even Snoop Lion is on board, as well as Psy); worldwide consumption of pistachios skyrocketing (with China now the leading importer); and chefs using pistachios in ever more ambitious ways, it seems this humble tree nut is enjoying its moment in the sun. Here, five things you should know about the pistachio, plus loads of sweet and savory recipes:
--The United States is currently the world leader in pistachio production, having surpassed Iran in 2010. And sales are booming, with exports doubling over the past six years from 100 million pounds to almost 270 million pounds.
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Without a well-stocked pantry, cooking up an elegant meal to impress a date, the boss, in-laws, neighbors, or even just a few close friends can be difficult. After all, what good is linguine with clams without a bottle of white wine, lamb tagine without cinnamon sticks, or crème brûlée without vanilla beans? But, a pantry without the bare essentials means it's hard to do any cooking at all. It's probably easy to recall an awkward situation that went something like this:Read More »from 12 Essential Pantry Ingredients
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