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How To Make Pomegranate Juice

Sweet and slightly tangy pomegranate juice is at your fingertips. Get fresh pomegranate juice by deseeding them like a pro and juicing them with a blender at home with this recipe.  What’s a pomegranate? Pomegranates are a fruit-bearing shrub plant that originated from Iran and North India in 3500 BCE. Cultivation quickly spread through the Mediterranean and now it’s all…

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How to Make Sushi Rice in a Rice Cooker

This sumeshi (or vinegared sushi rice) recipe will give you perfectly plump and seasoned sushi rice that can be topped with fresh slices of fish, in temaki (handrolls), California rolls, or spicy tuna rolls. This recipe will take you from the very beginning of making rice in a rice cooker to mixing flavorful seasonings properly over plump rice granules using…

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Perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice Recipe

Perfectly plump grains of white basmati rice for any meal–this Instant Pot basmati rice recipe will make you rethink that rice cooker! If you need a quick side of fragrant basmati rice and don’t have time to soak the rice, then learn how to cook basmati rice in an Instant Pot.  Types of basmati rice to use in an Instant…

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How to Smoke Salmon – Easy Smoked Salmon Recipe

This hot smoked salmon recipe will give you flaky, smoky, and slightly briny preserved fish to go with any freshly toasted bagel and cream cheese breakfast. With this recipe, you’ll learn that not all smoked salmon is the same and how to save some money at home by making your own.  Background Historically, smoked salmon was used as a way…

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How to Make Quinoa in a Rice Cooker

Add these fluffy, al dente grains into your next salad or protein bowl at home–quinoa is super fast to make in a rice cooker too! Quinoa has some great health benefits like a high fiber content, high iron and magnesium nutrients, and a low glycemic index perfect for those who need a rice replacement. But most importantly, it’s tasty and…

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The 11 Best Cooking Utensils & Kitchen Tools

Having the right tools can make cooking and food preparation much more enjoyable. Until I used a real chef’s knife that was sharpened, I didn’t even know what I was missing out on. And after discovering how much time a garlic press can save for large batches, I’m never going back. For my 15+ years of being a home cook,…

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How to Start Seeds Indoors (Step by Step w/ Photos)

There are two types of ways to start seeds: indoors or outdoors (aka direct sowing). Depending on where you live and where you want to grow, you could start seeds with both methods. For those in colder climates, you may want to start seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season if it’s still too cold to…

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How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots (Step by Step w/ Photos)

Who doesn’t love juicy, sweet, and tangy tomatoes?! My favorite tomatoes are fresh-picked heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market because of their bright red and golden orange coloring, and their bright and rich flavor. Homegrown tomatoes give this same experience and you don’t even need a large garden bed to grow your tomato plants at all.  This guide will teach…

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37 Quick & Easy Asian Recipes to Try at Home

Cooking may seem like a daunting task if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen, but I’m here to tell you (and show you) how you can get started with some of my favorite delicious and easy Asian recipes. Whether you’re a noodlehead or live for rice, there is at least one recipe for any beginner in the kitchen. …

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3-2-1 baby back ribs and sides

3-2-1 Ribs: Fall Off the Bone Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Tender racks of ribs that have a sweet and caramelized bark of skin and smoked for hours on the grill–this easy smoked baby back ribs recipe will help any beginner get started on the smoker, all you need to do is remember to count backward: 3-2-1! What is the 3 2 1 smoking method? One of the most popular ways…

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Hawaiian garlic shrimp plate

Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Crispy garlic bits sprinkled over lightly fried shrimp marinated in olive oil, garlic butter sauce — this Hawaiian garlic shrimp recipe is as delicious and mouthwatering as it is easy to make at home. You don’t need more than 30 minutes (or even a plane ticket) to get easy access to these plump and juicy shrimp! What is Hawaiian garlic…

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chicken katsu plate

Chicken Katsu Recipe & Homemade Katsu Sauce

These extra crispy chicken cutlets have the ultimate crunchy layer of panko with a tender and flavorful meat in the center. If you love buying the chicken katsu plate lunch at your local Hawaiian bbq joint, then this super simple recipe is for you. What is chicken katsu? Chicken katsu, also known as panko chicken or tori katsu, is panko-breaded…

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