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I love to bake, but my electric hand mixer is on a very high shelf, and even once it's down, it's so daunting — the splatters, the cord-wrangling, all the twisty bits to wash. Which is why I am devoted to these two recipes, which require nothing more high-tech than a mixing bowl and spoon.

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Making a hamburger isn't that hard, especially if you just grab a bunch of pre-made ingredients from the supermarket. Unfortunately, home burgers never quite taste the same as the ones from your local fish-and-chip shop. Well, it's a good thing cook John deCaux is here to show us how it's done.

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Dried beans are a truly versatile kitchen staple that everyone should have in their pantry. Not only do they keep pretty much indefinitely, but they're actually extremely easy to cook and customise to create super tasty, inexpensive meals.

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Helping with homework is part of everyday life once your kid hits school age. For the first couple of years it isn't hard stuff, but you know that one day your kid will have an assignment that stumps them and you. Luckily, you have other options besides furtively googling the answer while your kid isn't looking.

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Stocking your freezer with sauces, soups and smoothies makes dinner quick and easy on busy weeknights, but it can be a pain to defrost a whole bag when you only need a couple of ladlefuls of liquid. A pencil helps you portion out your liquid so you can grab what you need.

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Have you ever heard of emotional labour? The concept has been around since the sociologist Arlie Hochschild defined the term in 1983. It's essentially the work that we do, either professionally or personally, to regulate and present our emotions in a socially acceptable way — and to care for the emotional well-being of others. An epic thread on Metafilter about emotional labour touched on the kinds of things that people (often women) are expected to do to maintain relationships: Make nice holidays and meals, shop for appropriate gifts for their families and often their partners' families, and — here's the kicker — send birthday cards.

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Honey, syrups, and bottles of oil tend to get drippy and sticky over time and, if you store them upside down (as I do my honey), they can spill all over your pantry, turning your shelves into a tacky mess. Luckily, The Kitchn has a very elegant solution to this: Just store the bottles and jars in a ramekin.

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Making chicken stock at home is great — you end up with a house that smells like soup and a pot full of savoury broth. Whether you make your stock from fresh ingredients or saved-up scraps, one secret ingredient will help make your chicken stock extra rich and delicious.

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In order to be classified as a "craft beer," The Brewer's Association requires the brewery making it to be small, independent, and traditional. That means that while some breweries owned by companies like Anheuser-Busch might call themselves "craft" they aren't. If you don't pay close attention, it can be hard to tell the "big" beer from the small guys when you're at the bottle shop. Now there's an app for that.

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Today every kitchen would seem “under-equipped” without a microwave, with its efficient ability to cook, defrost and reheat a variety of different foods. The handy appliance uses microwave radiation to do so. This is a type of electromagnetic radiation similar to radio waves and infrared light.

Although generally recognised as safe, the internet is awash with articles about the dangers microwave radiation poses to your food. Some claim using microwaves can cause “cataracts and cancer”. Other posts says it “zaps the nutrients right out of your food”.

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Whether or not you're familiar with yoga, the idea of doing yoga in the air can seem ... odd. But not to worry: "Aerial yoga" doesn't mean you're going to be doing downward dog on a trapeze. Instead, you'll be supported by a soft hammock, which allows your body to let gravity do some of the work.

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In the great game of lunchbox snack trading, few items hold as much clout as a a violently pink or — if you're very lucky — tie-dye fruit roll-up. Though I still have a soft spot for the confection, I would hesitate to include it in my five-a-day count. Luckily, you can get more fruit in your fruit snack by making your own.

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I love baking, but I really hate all the dishes it seems to dirty. There are mixing bowls, spoons, spatulas and measuring cups, and sometimes I just don't want to deal with all of that. Luckily, Food52 has a recipe that lets you leave the measuring cups in the cabinet, and I'm pretty obsessed.