Kitchen Tips

How to Make Dried Orange Slices at Home

Finding Inspiration in Winter <p>If I ever need recipe inspiration, browsing the farmers market can help spark ideas. It’s a great way to support local farms and have access to the best seasonal flavors. However, in New Hampshire, access to local fruits and vegetables is limited during the winter. It may not be regionally local, but citrus season is booming in the south, offering the best flavors and seasonal varieties. This time of the year, oranges […]

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Why Onions Make You Cry, and How to Stop the Tears for Good

Do You Dread Cutting Onions? Onions are a kitchen staple that always ends up in my cart when I buy weekly groceries. They’re as versatile as potatoes and can be used in recipes throughout the day. From omelets to salads, stir-fries, soups, stews, and even <a style=”font-weight: bold;” href=”https://flavorsofparadis.com/how-to-make-caramelized-onions-at-home/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>caramelized</a>, onions can make a dish shine. Some may disagree, but whether you love or hate onions, there’s one thing we can also agree on

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Separating Wet and Dry Ingredients Creates a Better Bake

Are Two Mixing Bowls Really Necessary? If you’ve ever dabbled in baking, chances are you’ve read a step instructing you to separate the wet and dry ingredients into different bowls. When you reach that stage of a recipe, you’re presented with the choice of two paths. One option follows the instructions and trusts the process, even if it’s an extra step and bowl to wash. The other path says to hell with doing extra dishes

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Herb Garden Tips to Make You a Gardening Guru

Are You Ready for Gardening Season? While writing this article, I’m enjoying the sunshine and spring air on the patio. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see my herb garden bed, which looks a little sad in its current state. I spent some time yesterday cleaning out the pine needles and branches that died off from last season. The surviving plants, including my chive, sage, and lavender plants, are flourishing with new

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38 of The Best Affordable Eco-Friendly Products on Amazon

Earth Day Is Never Out of Season On April 22, 1970, the world’s first Earth Day was celebrated in the US, thanks to <strong><a style=”color: #0000ff;” href=”https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/earth-day” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Senator Gaylord Nelson</a></strong>. Growing up in the 90s, my elementary school went all out for Earth Day and turned it into a week of environmental education. My school would turn one entire wing of the school into a jungle decorated with drawings that teachers would create with

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white chocolate

The Truth About White Chocolate

There’s Something About Chocolate When you browse grocery aisles, do you make a list beforehand and stick to it? Or are you more adventurous and choose ingredients based on inspiration? While I typically make a list of sale items as a general plan, I tap into creativity to keep recipes fresh and exciting. When I’m looking for something unexpected, chocolate is an ingredient that can bring recipes to a whole new level. One example is

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The 13 Best Grocery Hacks to Save Money Now

Are You Feeling the Grocery Pinch? Food is one of the essentials that humans need to survive. And if you’ve found yourself reading this article, you’re looking for ways to make that need less expensive. Maybe you’ve resolved to build your finances, have felt your wallet tightening from inflation, or you just like a good deal. No matter the reason, I’m here to make it easy to save money on groceries.  Over the years, I’ve

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mushrooms

Do You Know This Surprising Fact About Mushrooms?

The Building Blocks of Flavor When it comes to cooking, recipe creation is something that people either love or dread. For those of you that dread it, I get where you’re coming from. Finding the perfect balance of sweet, salty, acidic, bitter, or umami can take many failed recipes along the way. However, I stuck to recipes as a guide when I started cooking. As I explored and experimented with flavors, recipe creation became something

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Everything You Need to Know About Blanching Foods

What is Blanching? In the world of cooking, recipes can be comprised of their unique language. One term you may have come across in recipes or food guides is blanching. You’re not alone if you’ve come across the term and wondered what it is. While it may sound similar to bleach, blanching does not involve chemicals. Instead, it’s boiling or steaming food for a short period, sometimes as fast as thirty seconds. The ingredients are

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Seven Kitchen Knife Maintenance Tips You Can Start Now

Kitchen Knives are A Culinary Investment As a home cook, one of the best purchases you can make is a set of kitchen knives. A quality set of knives will help develop your cooking skills and replace overpriced and space-hogging gadgets designed for only one purpose. Because knives are one of the most used kitchen tools, they also deserve proper care to extend their life and integrity. I have seven simple and easy kitchen knife

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