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How to Make the Most Out of Leftover Vegetables/Herbs for Stock

While store-bought stock can be a real time-saver, there's no substitute for homemade stock—it's the basis for all good cooking. To give flavor and depth to stock, save and freeze leftover herbs and vegetables for easy use when making homemade stock.

DIY Nonstick Pizza Cutter

When you cut pizza with a pizza cutter, do you lose half the cheese and toppings to your cutter? Here's a simple tip to make it nonstick so your toppings stay put.

DIY Nook and Cranny Cleaner for Kitchen

It’s difficult to get those tight spaces clean in waffle irons, bread machines and other small kitchen appliances. Here's a simple, inexpensive solution—and it only takes a quick trip to the hardware store!

DIY Jar Grip

Some jars are tough to open. Save your money and don't purchase those rubber jar grips! You can make a DIY version at home with a rubberband.

Multi-Purpose Pasta Insert for Soup & Broth

Make soup, stock and broth-making a breeze by putting your pasta insert to use! Clean up is a breeze and yet another unitasker becomes a multi-purpose kitchen tool.

An Easy Way to Sharpen Kitchen Shears

Your kitchen shears probably get a good amount of use—but they are the last kitchen tool you might think to sharpen! Here's an easy way to sharpen your kitchen shears.

How to Test the Accuracy of Your Thermometer

An accurate thermometer is crucial to your cooking and baking success! Thermometers come in handy for all types of recipes, from frying and testing meat for doneness to baking bread and making candy. Here's an easy way to test your thermometer for accuracy—no special equipment required!

How to Skim Fat Off Liquids Quickly

Sometimes you just don’t have time to chill your sauces, broths, stocks and other liquids to easily skim the fat. Here's a few time-saving hacks to skim the fat quickly using something you're sure to have in your kitchen.

How to Make Balsamic Syrup

Balsamic syrup tastes sweet and looks great as a garnish to drizzle on and flavor salads, appetizers and main dishes—you can even use it as a syrup for desserts! Here's a quick way to make balsamic syrup from inexpensive grocery-store balsamic vinegar.

DIY Splatter Guard

Tired of splatters from a hand mixer? Use this quick tip to make your own DIY shield to protect you (and your clothes) from splatters and splashes—and keep your kitchen cleaner!

How to Make a Piping Bag Out of Parchment Paper

No piping bag? No problem! Use this simple how-to to create a piping/pastry bag out of a standard kitchen staple, parchment paper.

DIY Pie Crust Shield

Do your pie crust edges brown too fast? You can certainly buy a pie crust shield, but they can be hard to arrange on top of the pie and sometimes don't fit. You can make a DIY version that's sure to fit any pie! See this simple tip to make a DIY pie crust shield.


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Pain au Potiron

This recipe for Pain au Potiron comes from The Best of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoë François. It's a moist whole-wheat bread with tender bites of pumpkin and hints of pepper — perfect for winter squash (and soup!) season.

Red Velvet Waffles with chocolate

How about dessert for breakfast? Red Velvet Waffles’ rich chocolate flavor is irresistible. But, wait! Drizzling (or coating!) these waffles with the dreamy Cream Cheese Frosting seals the deal.

Savory Cheese & Pastrami Waffles

Savory Cheese & Pastrami Waffles are a riff off of a pastrami and rye sandwich. But, since no sammie is complete without a special sauce, insert the Spicy Mustard-aise (you might find yourself making these waffles simply for the sauce!).

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with cinnamon chips

Combine two breakfast faves — waffles and cinnamon rolls — for the ultimate morning treat: Cinnamon Roll Waffles with cinnamon chips. But, wait! Drizzling (or coating!) these waffles with the dreamy Cream Cheese Frosting seals the deal.

Black Pepper Ricotta Pancakes with lemonade glaze

These tender Black Pepper Ricotta Pancakes with lemonade glaze have an amusing play on that ever-popular, tried-and-true combo of lemon-pepper, with black pepper in the cakes and sweet lemon syrup.

Asian Aioli

Tempura must be served hot, with sauces, right after frying, so make this Asian Aioli before you begin.

Warm Corn Chowder Salad

Since summer is rarely conducive to chowder, we've turned corn chowder's ingredients into a perfect summer side dish with bacon, potatoes, red bell pepper, and plenty of golden sweet corn.

Grilled Mexican Corn Dip

This easy app is inspired by grilled Mexican corn, and incorporates jalapeños, lime juice, and Mexican cheese for a dip with zip. Nothing draws a crowd like a cheesy dip, and when fresh sweet corn is the main ingredient, be prepared for a stampede at the appetizer table.

Copycat Cracker Jack with peanuts

This homemade caramel-popcorn-and-peanuts mix is a golden Cracker Jack copycat. All that’s missing is the little prize at the bottom of the box.

Coconut Paletas

Coconut Paletas deliver creamy, cool, fresh flavor, making them the epitome of a summer treat. Paletas are Mexican frozen ice pops usually made with fresh fruit juice or milk with chunks of fresh fruit stirred in — we used strawberry and pineapple in ours. The second recipe, Pineapple-Coconut Paletas, incorporates pineapple (or strawberry) purée to flavor the coconut milk and add extra fruitiness.

Bacon Pesto

Bacon and pesto are a match made in heaven — so why not mix them together?! This Bacon Pesto is THE pasta sauce for the avid bacon lover.

Grilled Scallops with plum sauce

Glazed Scallop Kebabs deliver bite after bite of Asian-inspired sweet and spice that’s oh-so nice. The recipe is so shockingly simple, it’s hard to fathom it can be as good as it is, but it is!