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    Best Way to Boil Potatoes

    Q: When boiling potatoes, should they be started in cold water or put in boiling water? Deidre Morrison, Toronto, None A: Cold water is preferable, since it gives the potatoes the…

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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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    Reblending tahini

    Susanna Hoffman's Greek hummus gets its nutty edge from tahini, a paste made from ground sesame seeds. Most commercial tahini is made without added emulsifiers, which means that the oil usually…

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    A safer way to clean your blender

    Cleaning a blender jar can be an annoying and tricky task. Taking it apart is easy, but then suddenly you have four pointy blades in your hand, and then there’s…

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    Better technique for scrubbing pans

    I just got a new pan and am trying to ward off any burned-on stains. In my experience, applying a damp sponge to a cleanser like Bon Ami or Bar…

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