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As a writer of food-things and lover of breakfast foods (at non-breakfast times), I have eaten many an egg. I don’t know that there is a preparation I don’t enjoy, but a sunny side up egg, fried in olive oil until the edges are crispy ranks very high on my list. I didn’t think there was much improving on the method, until I read about Melissa Clark frying herbs directly in the whites on Food52.

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One can never have too much thyme, but I often find myself with a lot of leftover thyme stems. These woody, inedible, but still fragrant little plant parts may seem unusable, but you can reclaim every bit of your thyme by using them to flavour cocktail syrup.

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Most home cooks are aware that adding a smattering of fresh herbs to their dishes is an easy (and fairly cheap) way to elevate them to new, flavorful heights, but too few of them employ the power of the fried fresh herb.

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If you've watched any appreciable number of cooking shows, you've most likely been instructed by some famous chef to "finish" your dish with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkling of salt, or some freshly chopped herbs. "Finishing" a dish, which is quite different than polishing one off, simply means adding those extra flourishes to help the food shine and become its best self.

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You may not be growing fresh herbs yet, but if you hit the grocery store to pick some up, use a few and have some left over, don't just toss them back in the fridge. Bon Appetit has a ton of uses for them, including herbed simple syrups for cocktails or pastries, supercharged salad dressings and infused oils.

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When it comes to long-term food storage, the freezer is one of the most useful tools in your kitchen, but it's not as simple as throwing food in a container and letting it chill. To make sure your food freezes fast with minimal damage, freeze it flat.

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Because in these days of #instafood and picture-perfect buddha bowls, a sprig of parsley or a tomato shaped like a flower just doesn’t cut the mustard. Nor does mustard, come to think of it. And if your new food goal is ‘eat a lot of vegetables’ (whose isn’t?), you’re going to need ways to make that glut look more exciting.