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Items You Should Always Keep on Hand for Last-Minute Entertaining

Cheese plate served with wine, jam and honeyCheese plate served with wine, jam and honey
We love when good friends pop by on a whim (with a phone call first, of course), but what makes those impromptu get-togethers that much better is having a little something to share on hand. (Because everything is just better with a cup of tea or glass of wine.) But if you're the type of couple... read more

How Grilled Pizza Will Change Your Life (Or At Least Dinner)

Gourmet Barbecued Pizza - Mediterranean StyleGourmet Barbecued Pizza - Mediterranean Style
Whether you're vegan, gluten-free or a hardcore meat lover, we can all agree that pizza is pretty bomb, not to mention versatile. No matter what your dietary preferences, there's one to suit every taste. And while we love ourselves a good old wood-fired or oven-baked pie, pizza hot off the grill is pretty... read more

Instant Expert: Why You Need to Give Wet Rubs a Try

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Since you're now a pro at the dry rub, it's time to talk wet rubs. What it is: It's fairly straight forward. Like a dry rub, a wet rub has a mix of similar herbs and spices, but with one key difference — liquid. Oil, vinegar or even beer can form the base of a... read more

How to Use Dry Rubs to Instantly Elevate Flavor

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We're always looking for new ways to amp up our grilling game because when you live in a cool climate you really have to make the most of the precious grilling months. Dry rubs might not be new to the whole barbecue game, but if you haven't yet given them a... read more

How to Get Perfectly Grilled Vegetables Every Time

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Burgers, salmon, chicken and steak are all great on the grill, but no barbecue dinner is complete with out a few fresh sides. From corn on the cob to farm fresh summer squash and peppers, a quick stint on the grill can instantly infuse your veggies with a delicious smokey flavor. Veggies might not... read more

Instant Expert: Cooking with Tomatillos

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Zesty and bright, tomatillos might seem exotic with their unexpected husk and bright green color, but this versatile fruit is the ideal ingredient to add dimension to almost any dish. What they are: Often mistaken for underripe tomatoes, tomatillos are a member of the nightshade family and are a relative of the tomato, known... read more

Instant Expert: How to Incorporate Seaweed Into Your Diet

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While seaweed might be something you avoid at the beach (the slippery sliminess kind of makes our skin crawl), it's definitely something worth embracing in the kitchen. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, seaweed has rightly earned its superfood status and has been a dietary staple of many cultures across the globe for hundreds and even thousands of... read more

The Fantastically Fishy Sauce You Need in Your Pantry STAT

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Fish sauce is definitely not the most glamorous ingredient in the culinary world, but its flavor-enhancing capabilities are reason enough to keep a bottle kicking around.

What it is: Fish sauce is a staple ingredient in many different types of Asian cuisine, making an appearance in many Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese and Cambodian dishes. It...

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Celeriac: The Super Ugly Vegetable You Have to Try

Organic elery (root and leaves)Organic elery (root and leaves)
Celeriac or celery root probably won't be winning any beauty contests any time soon, but beauty is only runs skin deep. And this ugly duckling of the culinary world is one you won't want to pass up. What it is: This freaky looking vegetable has a pretty unappetizing name and is... read more

Instant Expert: 5 Ways to Do Right by Your Brisket

Texas BBQ Brisket PlatterTexas BBQ Brisket Platter

A Sunday dinner favorite and a staple dish for the holidays, brisket is undeniably delicious, but a little intimidating. Almost everyone has had a run in with a dry, bland or tough piece of meat, but that doesn't mean you should add it to your culinary black list. For no-fail brisket that will...

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