How to Clean a Cast Iron Skillet

By Sharon MacGregor, Fed Well

Imagine a cast iron pot, pan, or skillet for a moment. It is dense, heavy, timeless, and has been a cooking choice for generations. It is beloved for its ability to hold heat evenly, which can result in beautifully browning and searing foods especially meat, its versatility, and is one of a few items from the kitchen which can truly be passed down through generations with love. Yet, for some reason, using a cast iron skillet seems a bit mysterious and intimidating as questions like how to season a cast iron skillet, how to care for a cast iron pan, and how do you clean a cast iron pan need to be properly understood before even setting a cast iron skillet or pan on the stove, grill, campfire or in the oven. 

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Flour Power: A Guide to Different Flours and Benefits

By Sandra Lee, Coffee in the Middle   

From bread to biscuits, cake to cookies, pancakes to pizza dough, baking flour is that one magic ingredient that makes sweet and savory food taste delicious. With so many types out there, it can be tough figuring out what kind to use for what purpose. Here we break down the different types of baking flour, the protein content (gluten) and the tools needed to become a baking expert. You got this!   

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Creative Ways to Use Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers

Turkey or Chicken Leftover Sandwich with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Freshly made from Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers on crusty wholemeal bread.

By Wanda Lopez, My Sweet Zepol  

The holidays are meant to be spent surrounded by family, friends, laughter, gifts, traditions and lots of food. Whether you are gathering this year or not,  food is always a big part of the holidays. From turkey, to ham, to a vegetarian main dish to pot roast – food is everywhere during this time of the year. Now, what to do with all the Thanksgiving dinner leftovers? Today , we’ll be talking about creative ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers.   

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Steal the Spotlight

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with All the Sides. Homemade Roasted Turkey and all traditional dishes on Festive Thanksgiving table.

By Michelle Stansbury, Eat, Drink, Be San Diego

When it comes to Thanksgiving and steakhouses, the real star for me is the side dishes. I’ve got nothing against turkey (or steak, for that matter), but good side dishes steal the spotlight. Potatoes can be mashed, smashed, baked, or scalloped, without even venturing into the wonderful world of sweet potatoes and yams. Green beans can be roasted, blistered, sautéed, or served in a casserole. While most people opt for traditional, comfort food side dishes, if you want to wow your guests, try a few of these incredible, over-the-top Thanksgiving side dishes.  

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Kitchen Essentials for Indian Cooking

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Diwali known as the “Festival of Lights” is coming up, November 14th, actually. And, this special festival makes me think of my mother, and in particular her cooking. On this special day, our homes are illuminated with little lamps and the kitchen is abuzz with activity. When I was a kid, I would walk into the house, welcomed by the smell of my Mom’s rotis. She quickly rolled the Indian flat bread one after the other, slathering each piping hot wheat sphere with generous amounts of butter quickly pooling on their surface. We used the rotis to scoop up fragrant vegetable curries flavored with a myriad of spices from cumin to turmeric and chili powder. Mom and my Grandmother made cooking look easy. When I started also cooking, I realized there were some kitchen essentials I needed for my Indian cooking.

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