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Modernist Cuisine

The Rational Kitchen’s 2018 Ultimate Gift List for Cooks and Food Lovers

Kitchen items don’t always make the greatest gifts. They can be seen as too practical and unromantic to be gift material. So before you buy a loved one a kitchen-themed gift, make sure it will be appreciated.  Having said that, there are a ton of really wonderful kitchen items that can make fabulous gifts. If you’re going […]

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Thinking of Getting Someone a Coffee Pod? Go Old School Instead (And Love Your Coffee Again!)

If you’re thinking about buying a pod coffee maker for yourself or as a gift for someone, please read this first. There are better ways to go–no matter what your priorities are! Coffee pods have taken over the market. According to this article, coffee pods accounted for 35% of coffee sales in 2017. This translates to […]

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The Secret Shelf Life of Food: What Food Freshness Labels and Expiration Dates Really Mean

Welcome to the complex and confusing world of food freshness labeling. If you think the “expiration” dates on food are there to protect you, think again. They are there for entirely different reasons. Contents Why Is Food Waste a Problem?​What Do Food Labels Mean?The 3 Main Causes of Foodborne IllnessHow Do You Know When to […]

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Can Modernist Cuisine Work for Home Cooking? Absolutely!

Modernist Cuisine, a 5-volume set plus recipe book. When Modernist Cuisine came out in 2011, Michael Ruhlman wrote a mixed review of it for the New York Times. He was daunted by the task, and for good reason. The 5-volume set had more than 2,000 pages and as much science in it as it had recipes. On […]

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23 Things to do With Melted Chocolate (Most Don’t Need a Recipe)

What Is Melting Chocolate?Mmmm….melted chocolate. Are you familiar with melting wafers? It’s the type of chocolate that’s used for candy making, the kind that you dip truffles and other candies into when melted, but which will have a soft, satiny sheen after it’s hardened. You might also hear it called dipping chocolate or candy-making chocolate. […]

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50+ DIY, Super Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts for the Culinarily Challenged

Table of Contents A Few TipsAnd the Categories Are…Drop CookiesHand-rolled CookiesBarsShortbreadQuick BreadsCandySignature Seasoning BlendsInfused SugarsFlavored PopcornsHot Cocoa MixBoozesThese Should Get You Started! Every year, when you get that great bottle of homemade liqueur, fragrant bar soap, or that plate of exquisitely decorated cookies, you think, “I’m gonna do this next year!” And every year, by […]

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Farm-Raised Salmon: Is It Safe to Eat?

The salmon farming industry is a $10 billion-plus dollar industry, and about 70% of the salmon on the U.S. market is farm-raised. You may love salmon, and want to eat more of it, but you’ve heard a lot of bad things about farm-raised salmon and don’t want to pay for wild-caught salmon. Also, you may […]

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