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Whole spices can revolutionize your approach to cooking

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Whole spices can revolutionize your approach to cooking

Spice grinders make for great kitchen accessories, especially if you love food, because they allow you to buy fresh, organic spices whole and grind them at your own pace. Also, whole spices retain more of their flavor than the traditional bottled spices offered at grocery stores. To further enhance that experience of taste, toast spices whole first which helps release a stronger explosion of scent and flavor when you begin the grinding or seasoning process.   Another plus to having whole spices is that the extra flavor comes through a limited amount of work as it's rare when too much...

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5 winter beers to try this season

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5 winter beers to try this season

As the seasons change, so does what we want out of a beer. Gone are the days of light, crisp lagers and wheaty hefeweizens — it's time for dark, heavy brews with seasonal ingredients and spices, perfect for drinking while warming your feet by the fireplace. Known as winter warmers, these beers have what it takes to stand up to the cold weather, namely, strong dark flavors and alcohol levels that are sure to keep you warm: Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale, 5.9% ABV, Boston, MA: Named for the generous and hospitable business owner in A Christmas Carol, this beer is chock full of...

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8 latke ideas for 8 delicious Hanukkah nights

Celebration Food & Drinks Ideas & Tips Seasonal Winter

8 latke ideas for 8 delicious Hanukkah nights

The latke is a beautifully simple food. The traditional Hanukkah dish, these fried potato pancakes are delicious on their own or dipped in applesauce and sour cream, and make a great addition to the table at this time of year regardless of religious background. However, since there are eight opportunities to fry up latkes during the holiday, some foodies might get bored with making the same plain potato pancakes every night. Here are eight alternative latke recipes that, while they might shock some traditionalists, will add some variety to your celebrations: Cheesy potato latkes: Have you ever melted cheese over french fries?...

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The benefits of gardening in the winter

Gardening Herbs Ideas & Tips Seasonal Winter

The benefits of gardening in the winter

There are many upsides to maintaining or starting a garden in the winter, the first of which may be that gardens make for beautiful additions to the home. Also, the options are more profuse than normally assumed with greenhouses, indoor and outdoor gardening all serving as viable options, even with the extra care needed to defend against any oncoming frost. Some of the benefits that come with gardening, specifically during the winter, include the cost effectiveness of growing your own produce and the bonus of extra activity and exercise during the months when people are typically inclined to stay in...

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5 easy kitchen upgrades in the new year

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5 easy kitchen upgrades in the new year

The new year is the perfect time to get started on home improvement projects you've been putting off, and what better part of the home to improve than your kitchen? If you're a fan of cooking, you probably spend a lot of your time in this room, so here are some tips to help you upgrade it to be the best it can be without expensive remodeling: Replace cabinet knobs: If the knobs on your drawers and cabinets are tarnished or loose, now is a good time to replace them. You would be surprised what a new set of gleaming knobs...

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