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COOKING TIPS

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Soup could have used more tomato? Chicken needed ten more minutes in the oven? Make a note of it and you will never make that mistake again.

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For best results when you are baking, leave butter and eggs at room temperature overnight.

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Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water.

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For rich, creamy dressings made healthy, substitute half the mayo with Greek style yogurt.

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Microfiber dish drying mats are better than dish racks. So is a decent dish towel.

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Add cheese rinds to vegetable or meat broths for another dimension of flavor.

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

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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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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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You cannot toss a salad or mix cookies or make meatballs in a tiny cereal bowl. All you can do is make a bigger mess.

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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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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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After making eggs sunny side up, deglaze the pan with sherry vinegar, then drizzle the sauce on the eggs to add another dimension to the dish.

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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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Stop crowding your pans: Food that is crowded into a cast iron skillet or sheet tray gets steamed and soggy instead of crisp.

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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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When you are going to sauté garlic, slice it rather than mincing it and it is less likely to burn that way.

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Season all of your food from start to finish. Seasoning in stages brings the most out of your ingredients and gives you the most flavor.

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Smash garlic cloves inside a resealable plastic bag with the back of a knife. That way, your cutting board and knife would not smell.

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