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6 cheap kitchen tools that will save your holiday cooking

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My kitchen was the first room I really invested in as an adult: I bought a KitchenAid stand mixer, a dutch oven, a high-end chef’s knife and nice plates and wine glasses. But aside from the chef’s knife, a few smaller purchases have become more vital to my daily cooking and food prep routines than any of the luxury items. For just a few bucks, in some cases, these tools can change the experience of cooking, and make the elaborate prep involved in the holidays much more manageable.

Here are six tools that can seriously elevate the quality and aesthetic of the food coming out of your kitchen.

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The single best investment in my kitchen over the past four years has been a mandoline. Essentially, it’s an adjustable slicer for fruits and veggies, and it makes preparing salads a breeze. All the intricate slicing you normally have to

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Kitchen confidence! How these pre-teens are cooking up delights

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Saachi Pasari found her life’s purpose at a friend’s birthday celebration six years ago. The 12-year-old has vivid memories of the baking competition held at the party. “The kids were split into teams, and asked to prepare a dish.” The team with the most delicious treat took home a prize. Pasari doesn’t recall winning, but the cupcakes she made convinced her of one thing. At age six, Pasari wanted to be a baker. The kitchen soon became what the doll house was to little girls. When she wasn’t doing homework or attending ballet class, the Class VI student of Hill Spring International School, would be whisking away brownie and cookie dough. The pandemic made everything more real.

When the lockdown was announced, Pasari found herself with too much time, and too little to do. Fortunately, the school announced a hobby project early on in March. Each child was given a

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Mason jar shortage is because of more pandemic cooking and canning

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The increase in the number of people cooking and trying recipes during the pandemic has led to a surge in canning — because experienced canners are doing it more and novices want to give it a try.



a close up of food on a counter: Jars used for canning foods are in short supply this year.


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Jars used for canning foods are in short supply this year.

And that surge has led to a shortage in Mason jars and lids.

“There’s so many more people canning this year than have ever canned. We have seen a big upswing in new people trying to can,” said Nellie Oehler, the coordinator for Oregon’s statewide food preservation hotline, who added she’s been answering lots of calls from around the nation about the lack of supply.

Marie Bregg, the owner of Mason Jar Merchant, a canning jar supplier, said she started seeing a huge increase in demand in the middle of August.

“Our sales basically went up 600% that week

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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

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It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner

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Six by Nico: Bombay Kitchen to showcase Indian-style cooking

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Mumbai in India is known for its incredible diversity found in its culture and geography.

Inspired by the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, Chef Nico Simeone and his team have created a menu packed with an amalgamation of Indian food styles – recreating local dishes and reinterpreting age-old Indian traditions, to create an experience that toasts the old times and celebrates the new at restaurants this Autumn.

The new six course Bombay Kitchen tasting menu includes, Aloo Sabzi, described as a chickpea and paneer dahl, a spiced lamb dish of Salli Boti, Corn Bhutta which features pressed chicken thigh, Roasted Cod and a flavoursome Makhani.

In India, sweets form a major part of celebrations and guests at the restaurants will end their Bombay Kitchen food experience with a Mango Lassi – Yoghurt Creme, Alphonso Mango, Toasted Fennel, Cumin seed Tuile.

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Focus on Home Improvement, DIY, Gardening, Cooking & Baking, and Shopping for the Home

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DUBLIN, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “UK Easter Retail and Coronavirus 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report looks at consumer attitudes and behaviour surrounding the Easter Bank Holiday and its associated retail promotions and events, with a particular focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed and is changing, shopper behaviour compared to previous years.

Using data from 675 consumers, surveyed over Easter in 2018, 2019 and 2020, it examines what consumers did and what they shopped for, with a particular emphasis on home improvement, DIY, gardening, cooking and baking and shopping for the home; all activities which consumers traditionally embrace over Easter.

It examines Easter as a promotional period and how its role is changing due to the rise of Black Friday and pre-Christmas promotions, the role of online and stores and how the weather impacted what consumers did and how they shopped.

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LG Kitchen Appliances: Discover LG Cooking Appliances

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It’s the most popular gathering spot in the house! Make it functional, elegant, and energy-efficient with LG kitchen appliances:

Refrigerators: From French door, to side-by-side, traditional to bottom-freezer designs, LG has one of the largest and most innovative selections of refrigerators. And with LG’s exclusive Linear Compressor technology, you’ll get optimum cooling, operating efficiency and reliability.

Ranges and ovens: Choose from a huge variety of gas and electric ovens and ranges, including the largest single oven in the industry. They’re more than ready for your most ambitious meals. Explore kitchen appliances designed to make cooking easy and life good.

Cooktops: Boasting features including stainless steel trim, Smooth Touch™ controls, induction bridge elements and premium-grade griddles, LG cooktops are truly style and convenience in perfect harmony.

Microwave ovens: With innovative features like Easy Clean® interiors for quick, high-performance cleaning without chemicals, plus Sensor Cook technology, you can find a stylish LG

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The Kitchen Project , The complete cooking experience

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Feb 11, 2020

Jewish Corn Rye

This very delicious Rye bread has nothing to do with corn or really being Jewish. It was popular in the Jewish Deli’s in New York, then hence the name.

It has a 2 day starter that uses half an onion in it for flavor.

 

Feb 11, 2020

Uncle Wiggily’s Carrot Cake

This was for my special stepdaughter’s birthday
so it doesn’t have raisins in it but lots of silky cream cheese frosting.

Uncle Wiggily was a cartoon character that use to eat carrot cakes. Read more about

The History of Carrot Cake

The Hoagie

Former Mayor in 1992 declared the Hoagie the official sandwich of Philadephia

How are they made?

What is the History?

Jan 20, 2020

Elisenlebkuchen

The World’s most popular
Gingerbread

Dec 8, 2019

Lebkuchen
(German Gingerbread)

This is a cake-bread like dessert
that has some texture but beautiful
with the spices

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