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COOKING TIPS

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When roasting vegetables, toss them in oil, then season them with salt and pepper and toss again. This way, the seasoning actually sticks to your food.

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When grinding your own beef for burgers, grind in some bacon.

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

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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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Always keep lemons in the fridge. They will keep longer that way, you will be able to add fresh lemon juice to everything from dressings to cocktails.

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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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Having cooked grains in your fridge means that fried rice, pilafs, rice bowls and robust salads are just minutes away.

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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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A cast iron pan is a valuable kitchen ally. It offers an even cooking surface and is a breeze to clean.

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Invest in a bottle of high quality olive oil. Just a small drizzle can really bring out the flavor of pizza, mozzarella, pasta, fish and meat.

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Store spices in a cool, dark place, not above your stove. Humidity, light and heat will cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor.

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Stock up on random cuts of meat: A freezer full of roasted turkey necks and bony beef cuts will ensure you always have what you need to make broth.

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

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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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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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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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Always measure what you are baking. No shortcuts in pastry: It is a science.

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Do not use oil in the water when boiling pasta: It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.

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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.