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So You Have A Giant Bag Of Chia Seeds. Now What?

Some good ideas for that huge sack of superfood
Apr 30, 2015 12:00 pm

When soaked in liquid, chia seeds transform into a thick gelatinous mass. It’s actually a little bizarre to see if you’re new to the game. But because of this textural sleight-of-hand, chia seeds make for a simple, healthy way to bulk up pudding, smoothies, jams, oatmeal and more. After a raucous weekend of chia experimentation, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a few applications I hadn’t anticipated. Let’s put a dent in that big bag. 

How To Blow Your Tax Refund On A Single Meal

You’re prob getting some money back. Now spend it.
Apr 13, 2015 9:00 am

As we approach mid-April, farmers’ markets are flush with spring produce, baseball season still holds promise and our pockets are heavy with annual tax rebate checks. This year, why not manifest your culinary destiny by spending that government-issued Monopoly money on one truly spectacular meal? Whether you fancy a foraged feast in the Pacific Northwest or full-tilt hedonism in Las Vegas, now is the time to eat heavily and carry a big check.

There Are Packets Of Sugar In Your Greek Yogurt. But There Is Some Hope.

Siggi's skyr busts the "Greek myth," cuts the sugar
Jun 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Name something everyone is scared of and does their best to avoid. If you guessed Joan Rivers, the answer was actually sugar, and if you're eating flavored Greek yogurts because they're healthy, you might as well be eating a cookie. Siggi's brand boasts much less sugar than many brands of its sweetened Greek counterpart. How much lower? Watch their "Healthy Greek Yogurt" guy educate the masses.

Never, Ever Wash Raw Chicken. Here's Why.

Britain stops rinsing raw chicken. We should, too.
Jun 17, 2014 9:00 am

In totally logical news: by rinsing raw chicken before cooking it, you are in fact effectively distributing infection around your kitchen in the form of chickeny water droplets. According to UK's Food Standards Agency, those droplets can travel up to three feet before landing on...well, what's within three feet of your kitchen?

Trend Spotting: Coffee Maker Cooking

How to make an entire meal using a home appliance
Nov 26, 2013 12:00 pm

This morning our minds have been blown by the emerging trend of coffee maker cooking. As in, preparing an entire meal using your standard plug-in drip coffee machine. NPR Salt Blog and Chow are on the case.

Heavens to Murgatroyd, Don't Eat These Sugar-Free Gummy Bears!

Read the best/worst Amazon product review ever
Oct 2, 2013 4:00 pm

There's nothing like a little of someone else's misfortune to perk up your afternoon, right? Particularly when gummy bears turn from sweet candy to the downright evil little bastards we all know lie dormant within. What happened to this innocent Amazon reviewer!?

Brie Is Sapping All The Energy Out Of Your Cheese Platter

That wedge claiming to be Brie is ruining the party
Sep 16, 2013 9:00 am

With the long-awaited/dreaded entertaining at home season nipping at our heels, it's time for a cheese platter refresher course. 

How Much Does Chopping Off The Tip Of Your Finger Cost?

One home cook's trip to the ER, sans insurance
Sep 11, 2013 11:00 am

Necessary caveat: It wasn't the whole finger, or even most of the finger, just a sizable portion of the finger tip (gruesome photo available upon request). And there you have it: the end of my hand modeling career, before it ever truly began. Here's what the bill looked like.

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