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Instant Expert: The Standard Stockpot

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Get the low down on this kitchen staple with our handy stockpot-buying guide: What it is: A lidded pot that ranges in size from 1 to 13 quarts that's normally made of stainless steel. It's one of the most common pots you'll find in a kitchen, with a flat bottom and high sides perfect for... read more

Instant Expert: The Must-Have Microplane

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It's the one kitchen tool you're really not making the most of. Here are the must-have facts on your new go-to grater, the Microplane: What it is: A handheld, stainless steel grater with superfine teeth that's commonly used to zest fruit without the hassle. Why you need it: Not only is it great... read more

The Basics on BrusselKale

No, we didn't make it up. And yes, it's worth adding to your grocery cart. Here's the low down on BrusselKale -- the new food trend you need to know: What is is: A hybrid of Brussels sprouts and Russian Red kale that goes by anything from BrusselKale to kale sprouts and even kalette. Why... read more

Instant Expert: Pick the Perfect Produce

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Think all the produce at your market is in its prime? You shouldn't! Follow these handy shortcuts and you'll be chowing down on the best cold-weather fruits and veggies in no time. Leek Take it: Grab one with straight, dark-green leaves and a firm, light-green stalk. Leave it: Watch out for discoloration, wilting,... read more

Instant Expert: The Dish on Daikon

Get the low-down on daikon with this handy guide to your new favorite vegetable: What it is: A white root vegetable (that's actually a type of radish) commonly used in Asian cuisine. How to say it: \dī-ken\ What's in a name: This winter radish has more than just one moniker. Around the world you'll hear... read more

Instant Expert: Bok Choy Basics

Trust us when we say it's the one veggie you're definitely not eating enough of. Here, we share the bok choy basics you need to know: What it is: A leafy type of cabbage with green leaves and white stems. Even though it kind of resembles celery, bok choy is much more versatile... read more

Instant Expert: The Scoop on Saffron

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We dish on the secrets behind the most expensive spice in the world: What it is: A reddish-orange stigma from the saffron crocus plant that's known for its ability to add both flavor and color to everyday meals. You can find it in either powdered or thread form, but it'll cost you, since saffron is... read more

Instant Expert: Orzo Made Simple

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If you've ever asked yourself what this pasta-rice hybrid actually is, then look no further. Here, we put your orzo questions to rest: What it is: A rice-shaped pasta found in everything from salads and soups to everyday side dishes. It's super-versatile, making it a must-have for your pantry. What's in a name: Orzo comes from... read more

Instant Expert: The Facts on Fennel

Trust us, you're not the only one who confuses fennel with practically every other green vegetable at the supermarket... What it is: Think of it this way: Fennel is a vegetable that closely resembles celery with leaves that look a whole lot like dill. The leaves produce fennel seeds (both of which you can eat) and it has... read more

Instant Expert: Taking the Intimidation Factor Out of Buying Art

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Art is a very personal thing: it’s a reflection of you on the walls of your home. But, discovering what style of art you actually prefer can be intimidating. Why? You’re overthinking it! Art is one of those, go with your gut, buy what you love deals. Don’t believe us? We spoke with Miller Opie,...

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