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Tips on how to make great smoothies

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Tips on how to make great smoothies

Few treats in life provide as much pleasure as your own creation of fruits and vegetables mixed together and blended into a sumptuous nectar to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. However, those magical moments can be far and few in between because sometimes concocting the perfect smoothie is a tricky affair.  Nevertheless, the urge to try again doesn't leave us. Not only are they delicious but smoothies are also undeniably good for you, especially when mixed in with spinach, kale, bananas, avocado and a host of other fruit and vegetables in countless arrangements.  Here are a...

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How to carve a turkey like a pro

Celebration Eating Healthy Food & Drinks Home Ideas & Tips Kitchen Seasonal

How to carve a turkey like a pro

Thanksgiving's here, and you've followed all your family's traditional recipes, or maybe just looked up how to cook a turkey online. In any case, you've just pulled the bird out of the oven, it's sitting imposingly on your dining room table: Now what? If you've never carved a turkey before, approaching it from the first time can be a harrowing maze of sinewy, bony roadblocks. Here's our step-by-step advice for getting the most meat out of your bird: Set the bird down breast-side up and remove the legs. Use the carving knife to slice the skin between the legs and the...

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3 things to do before you host Thanksgiving

Celebration Food & Drinks Home Ideas & Tips Kitchen Seasonal

3 things to do before you host Thanksgiving

Continuing in the Thanksgiving vein, let's talk about the confusing and intimidating process of preparing to host the big meal. Especially if this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a large group, the sheer amount of food and supplies needed combined with the exhausting preparation process can leave your head spinning. To make sure you don't find yourself missing some crucial element on Thanksgiving itself, follow this list of things to take care of before hosting: Make sure you have all the necessary cookware and serving items. Once you have your menu planned out, mentally walk through the preparation...

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4 tips for using a mortar and pestle

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4 tips for using a mortar and pestle

The mortar and pestle is a versatile and useful kitchen implement, but few of us actually grew up using one, so it can be a bit difficult to get into the swing of using it for cooking. Here are a few tips to help you take proper advantage of your mortar and pestle: It's not just for dry spices. Garlic, basil and other "wet" spices can also be ground into pastes or muddled in the mortar and pestle, making it a great tool for creating rubs and seasonings for meat dishes. Use it to make pesto. According to numerous cooks, the difference...

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3 tips for throwing an Oktoberfest party

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3 tips for throwing an Oktoberfest party

If you’re planning to celebrate Oktoberfest this year a party at your home may be exactly what you’re looking for. With just a little planning and surveying among friends in regard to what their interests are, the food, music, beer and more can all work to convey the true spirit of the festivities. Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of your Oktoberfest: Beer: When laying out the blueprint for your Oktoberfest celebration, one of the first inquiries to come from your guests will likely be about the beer. Clearly, there are several options for you to consider when building...

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