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Knives are some of the most important tools in the kitchen, yet there are people who keep them in drawers, where they clang around, knocking into each other, getting all dinged up and sad. Do not do this. There are much better ways to store your knives, and some of them you can even make yourself.

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I've never been a huge fan of peels, crusts, or any hardened, outer portions of various foods. Though I rarely take the time to do it, I prefer my apples peeled, and I still remove the crusts from my sandwiches if I'm feeling slightly juvenile. As a result, I tend to shy away from recipes that advocate the straight-up chomping of peels and the like.

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I recently read an impassioned, specific description of a sandwich I knew I had to try. Oddly, it wasn't the bread choice that intrigued me, nor the combination of meats. It wasn't the suggestion of pepper jack cheese that drew me in. It was, shockingly, the greenery.

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I hate to sound melodramatic, but lettuce and I are enemies. It's not that I don't like eating salad — I do — it's that I never eat salad fast enough before my lettuce gets "weird", as in "not technically inedible but kind of limp and not-so-fresh looking". This makes me feel like a failure, and I hate failure. Luckily, Jenn Louis has a recipe specifically designed for not-quite-salad-worthy lettuce, and it's called "lettuce jam".

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Add an egg to anything and your life instantly gets better. You can eat it on its own after it's cooked however which way, you can add it to pasta to make a carbonara, you could make dessert with it and heck, even make drinks with it. It’s the perfect food. Here are 12 things you can do with an egg, filmed in such a beautiful away that you'll start craving the whole dozen.

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When I first started cooking for myself and others, I considered a steak dinner to be the epitome of sophisticated adult-ness, especially when served with an aggressively tannic bottle of red wine. I wasn't bad at making the meal, but one element always eluded me: The freaking pan sauce.

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It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of a "smart salt shaker" called "The Smalt". Oddly, the shaking aspect of this shaker is still decidedly unplugged — you still have do all the shaking; Smalt just "tracks" it for you. (And lights up. And plays music.) It is, essentially, the Juicero of seasoning.

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As a tween, I was convinced that I was very busy, and thus in need of constant caffeination. I've never been that into coffee, but I loved Thai iced tea. I don't drink a ton of it any more, but I still have a fondness for the sweet, aromatic tea, and have found it makes an amazing French toast.

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If there is one kitchen tool that can improve the quality and consistency of your cooking, it's the digital scale. Unlike measuring things by volume, weighing out your ingredients eliminates any doubt you may have about whether you're "doing it right."