TIP OF THE DAY: How To Toast Nuts, Seeds & Spices

[1] A goat cheese crottin with toasted almonds and a drizzle of maple syrup (photo © Vermont Creamery). [2] Toasted (a.k.a. roasted) pumpkin seeds. Here’s the recipe from Simply Recipes (photo © Elise Bauer | Simply Recipes). [3] Snow peas with toasted sesame seeds. Here’s the recipe from Chef Curtis Stone. Note that toasted sesame…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Ketchup For Your Cookout

[1] Homemade ketchup [2] with burgers (photos courtesy GoodEggs) and [3] on franks (photo courtesy Applegate).   If you’re considering making something for a cookout, how about homemade ketchup? You can make your own ketchup in just ten minutes of prep time, plus 45 minutes of cooking. You can choose a better sweetener, avoiding high…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Homemade Infused Oils

You may see a proliferation of infused olive oils at the market. But you might want to infuse your own: When you don’t have the space to store multiple bottles of oil. When you don’t use infused oils often enough and the they go stale. When you’d prefer an infused oil other than olive oil.…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Season Chicken

You don’t want a bland chicken, so dig out the spices and season away! Photo courtesy Butterball.   Barbecue sauce is the number one food that THE NIBBLE receives over the transom (and old publishing expression that means unsolicited). Barbecue sauce is expensive and totally unnecessary. Our mother rotisseried a wonderfully delicious, plump bird several…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Use Your Spices

Spring your spices from their sealed jars and add them to a new recipe. Photo of star anise courtesy Wikimedia. There are some spices in the cabinet that you use more often than others: chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder or paprika, for example. And then there are those that were bought for a recipe—like cardamom…
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