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    Proper cheese storage

    I like to have a good selection of cheese in my kitchen at all times, but I found that much of it would get moldy before we could enjoy it.…

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    Toasting ahead

    To save time and get ready for my holiday baking, I like to toast large batches of nuts and store them in the freezer. They keep for up to three…

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    Hold the anchovies

    One day, in the midst of a Caesar salad craving, I realized that we were out of anchovies for the dressing. As I scoured my refrigerator for a substitute, I…

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    Keeping counters clean

    When whipping heavy cream with my hand-held mixer, some of the cream always splatters onto the counter (and me). The solution? I set the bowl in my sink and whip…

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    Creative potato ricer

    I adore potatoes, especially when mashed or in gnocchi. But due to limited kitchen space, I don't have room for a potato ricer. Instead, I press cooked potatoes through a…

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    Trimming with kitchen scissors

    I was recently making the Grilled Five-Spice Chicken Thighs from Fine Cooking's #87, and instead of using a knife to trim the thighs, or trying to pull off the slippery fat…

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    Grinding spices with salt

    I love the burst of flavor that comes from freshly ground spices, and the best way to achieve this is with a heavy mortar and pestle and a pinch of…

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    Easy onion soup cleanup

    I love making Molly Stevens's French Onion Soup from issue 47, but I dread the heavy-duty cleaning job required to remove the crusted cheese from my soup crocks. I've started lightly…

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    Spin cycle

    The key to a great salad, in my opinion, is to dry washed salad greens completely before tossing them with your vinaigrette. But my salad spinner rarely does the job…

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    Recycled fruit bowls

    Halved and hollowed-out citrus fruit-like lemons, oranges, and grapefruits-make unusual and colorful individual bowls for serving ice cream, fruit salad, or even a gelatin dessert. To keep the bowls from…

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