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How To : What to Do When You Don't Have a Mortar & Pestle

We're all familiar with the sinking feeling that happens when you cruise through a recipe, only to arrive at an instruction that calls for a tool you don't have. Some of the best food hacks (and my personal favorites) exist to combat that problem. Why spend money on a kitchen ...more

How To : Everything You Need to Know About Mulled Cider

When it's frigid outside, all you can think about is getting inside and shutting out the cold. But sometimes even the largest house can get a bit, well, stuffy. One of the best ways to make the most of the situation is by making mulled cider in your slow cooker. Start the mul ...more

How To : Make Filipino beef pares

Pour the water in a pot and bring to a boil. Put in the beef cube and beef. Then boil until the meat is tender (about 1 to 2 hours if slowly cooked or 20 minutes if using a pressure cooker). When the meat is tender, remove from the pot and allow to cool down. Do not throw aw ...more

News : Yum, These Scaly Feet Look Delicious

Sometimes the "nasty bits" are unexpectedly yummy. With a reputation for being both cheap and reliably good, Chichi Wang of Serious Eats describes chicken's feet: "These morsels of skin and bones are a unique combination of textures--the wrinkled, puffed skin on the surface a ...more

How To : 3 Amazing Non-Coffee Uses for Your French Press

My French press is one of the most important tools in my kitchen. It's indispensable, and it's no small exaggeration when I say that I use it on a daily basis thanks to my coffee addiction. However, it gets used for a lot more than just my morning cuppa (and my second morning ...more

How To : Hijack Mom's Crock-Pot for Some Easy Holiday Hooch

What's the best part of the holidays, other than gorging yourself on food until you're physically able to hibernate? Imbibing delicious, hot drinks that are spiked to the gills with liquor. But when you're hosting the party and you've got twenty million things on your to-do l ...more

How To : 3 Easy Methods for Making Gourmet Chips at Home

As the days get shorter and the weather cools down, I prepare to "hibernate." I add piles of blankets to my bed, wrap myself in layers of flannel, and—most importantly—eat as if I'm storing energy for winter. One of my favorite parts of my hibernation diet includes chips—home ...more

How To : Make an all natural air freshener

Commercial air fresheners just make your home smell like a public restroom, but there is a simple—and natural—way to keep your house smelling sweet for weeks. Watch this howcast video to learn how to make an all natural air freshener. You Will Need * 2 cinnamon sticks * 2 tb ...more

How To : Make a "Cocotini" coconut martini

To make this delicious holiday drink, you will need: 2 cups of water, 4-5 whole star anise, 10-12 whole cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, 15 ounces cream of coconut, 14.5 ounces coconut milk, 14 ounces of condensed milk and 2 - 2 1/2 cups of white rum, plus raspberries and nutmeg to g ...more

How To : Make bo kho (vietnamese beef stew)

Titlibo Nihaan shows us how to make Bo Kho(Vietnamese Beef Stew,in this video. The ingredients for this are,500 grams of beef,3 chopped shallots,1 small onion, thinly sliced,soy sauce,nuoc mam sauce,a bunch of fresh basil,2 red chillies,3 cloves of garlic,1 tablespoon lemon gr ...more

How To : Make Indian dum aloo (vegetarian)

Anuja and Hetal from Show Me the Curry! teaches how to make a vegetarian Indian dum aloo. 2 lbs. Baby Potatoes, boiled and peeled, 2 Tbsp Oil, 1 inch piece Cinnamon Stick, 1 Bay Leaf, 6 Whole Cloves, 1/4 tsp. Asafoetida, 2 tsp. Ginger, minced, Salt, Red Chili Powder, 1 tsp. Ro ...more

How To : Make a slow cooked, spiced pork belly

Make sure you give the pork three days to cure for best results! For the dry rub, you will need: 1/4 cup fennel seeds, 2 tablespoons cumin seeds, 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, 4 pieces star anise, 4 cinnamon sticks, 4 teaspoons whole cloves, 4 tablespoons ground coriander, ...more

How To : Make crispy dehydrated and deep fried pigs' ears

For the serious pork lover comes this recipe that is much tastier than it sounds. You will need: 2 pigs' ears, water, carrots, celery, onions, 1/4 cup allspice, 1/4 cup juniper berries, 3 star anise, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 bay leaf, thyme, canola oil, salt and pepper. Make crisp ...more

How To : Make homemade rhubarb chutney

If you like Indian cuisine, then you have to love chutney! But you don't have to go out to eat in order to enjoy chutney, you can make your own right at home. And in this video, you'll get the recipe for a delicious rhubarb chutney, great for anything, but perfect for desserts ...more

How To : Make mole poblano sauce

This Mexican sauce is perfect for any occasion, and the poblano is a great addition. If you want an authentic Mexican experience, then this mole recipe is perfect. It's great for parties or fiestas, because it feeds up to 24 people, and the poblano peppers will drive your dinn ...more

How To : Make mulled wine & other spiced snacks for winter

Here you will learn how to make mulled wine with spicy nuts for Christmas. Pour a bottle of Merlot into a large pot and start to boil. Add some rum and some fresh fruits, such as diced pears and apples and sliced clementines pierced with cloves to the pot. Add a stick of cinna ...more

How To : Make spiced chai

A sweet and spicy milk-based tea from India, chai is a tasty alternative to coffee. You Will Need * 7 c. Water * 2 green cardamom pods * 1 small piece fresh ginger root * 2 cloves * A cinnamon stick * 2 bay leaves * 2 tbsp. Loose leaf black tea (such as Darjeeling) * 1 c. Whol ...more

How To : Cook a savory star anise-crusted, seared sirloin

Are you a beef guy? Then it doesn't get any better - or simpler - than this star anise-crusted, seared sirloin steak. Whether you're running low on time or simply want to make a dish that's uncomplicated, this sirloin steak makes a fine choice. Make it for your family tonight ...more

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