How to use a Bamboo Steamer

Smaller sized bamboo steamers

It is a known fact that steaming is a healthier way to cook many of your favorite meats and vegetables. There are several appliance-based steamers on the market to choose from, but what if you are looking for something more natural and simpler to use? Learning how to use a bamboo steamer is easier than …

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Easy Chopped Steak Recipe with Mushrooms and Onions

Chopped steak served with rice and egg

Chopped steak, hamburg steak, Salisbury steak, or whatever else you may call this German-inspired dish has a well-earned a spot in the annals of American comfort food.  What is a Chopped Steak? The name chopped steak comes from its origins in using hand-chopped beef for the meat. Nowadays, it is far more common to use …

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Simple Pressure Cooker Pork Carnitas Recipe

Pork carnitas enveloped in a taco shell

While probably only the 3rd or 4th most popular taco meat after carne, pollo, and picadillo (ground beef), carnitas is perhaps one of my all-time favorites. To me, carnitas is the first of the rarer and higher-brow taco meats, like the spit-roasted al pastor (adobaba), braised and slow-cooked birria, and breakfast favorite, chorizo sausage.  These …

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Easy Homemade Rustic Tomato Soup Recipe

Close up of tomato soup topped with heavy cream and balsamic

When it comes to my pantry, staple items you’ll find are flour, sugar, dried pasta, rice, beans, and tomatoes. What do these things all have in common? They are cheap and last for years. The challenge with these items is how to turn them into something more appetizing than their humble beginnings in a box, …

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Simple and Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Close up of oven baked chicken breast with asparagus

This oven baked chicken breast recipe, while one of the simplest on our site, is one of the most important ones to me. When it comes to learning how to cook and how to understand food, there is so much we can learn from something as simple as a piece of oven cooked chicken.  Our …

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Simple Sous Vide Lemon Herb Chicken Recipe

Lemon herb chicken served on a white plate

For the longest time, precision cooking had only been available to the top professionals at the fanciest restaurants. Within the past few years, there has been an explosion of precision cooking or “sous vide” technology that has emerged. Why does this matter? Now, you can replicate the most perfectly cooked dishes with minimal effort and …

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Easy Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Recipe

A plate of teriyaki chicken with pineapple slice

Sweet and tangy flavors are a common pairing, especially on meats. When it comes to making chicken, one of my go-to methods for flavoring it is with a pineapple teriyaki sauce. It’s simple to make, adds moisture to the chicken, and allows me to pair quite a few side dishes with it. What is Pineapple …

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How to Make Homemade Red Pepper Pasta Dough

A bowl of cooked pasta

A couple years ago, our best friends gifted us with a pasta maker for Christmas. I had made pasta from scratch before, but until we had our own pasta maker, I didn’t realize how much I actually loved making my own pasta!  After testing all the staple flavors, like roast garlic, spinach, and basil pasta, …

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