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COOKING TIPS

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Salt your salads: It adds texture. It makes the dressing pop. It is proof that there is nothing you should not be salting.

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Buy brown sugar as you need it, in as small a quantity as possible. The stuff just does not keep very long.

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When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature.

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Store salad greens in a resalable plastic bag with a paper towel. The towel is there to absorb moisture, which keeps your greens crisper, longer.

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Switch to metal measuring cups and spoons. Plastic warps over time, making them less precise.

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Buy a new kitchen sponge: Existential question time. If your sponge is filthy and smells, how can you expect it get your dishes clean?

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To cut pancetta or bacon into lardons, put in the freezer for 15 minutes. This will firm up the meat and make it easier to cut.

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Do not be afraid to set off the smoke alarm: Especially when cooking meat. Smoke equals char, and char is delicious.

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Buy your avocados at a Mexican grocery store. Those are the stores that sell them ripe.

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Always make stock in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. When you want to make a nice soup you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer.

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Do not go to the store with a shopping list. Go to the store, see what ingredients look good and then make your list.

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A braised or slow roasted whole beef roast or pork shoulder can be made into several dishes and sandwiches all week.

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Buy fruit at its peak at a farmers market and freeze it in an airtight container so you can enjoy it year round.

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Take the time to actually read recipes through before you begin.

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If you are cooking for someone important whether it is your boss or a date never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time.

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Marinating meat with citrus can give it a mealy texture. If you like citrus, a little squeeze of lemons always a good way to finish the dish instead.

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Replace your non stick skillet: Do your scrambled eggs slide off the pan if you do not use oil or butter? They should. Might be time for an upgrade.

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Put a damp paper or kitchen towel under your cutting board. That way, your board would not slip around as you chop

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But if your brown sugar is rock hard, do not throw it out. Revive it with a minute or so in the microwave.

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Plunge vegetables in ice water after blanching boiling them so they maintain a bright color.