Stock Your Spice Cabinet: The Middle East, North Africa, and India

No matter where we live, when we cook, we’re essentially all doing the same thing: transforming proteins, starches, and produce into our daily meals. How we prepare these core ingredients tells a story about a particular culture’s history, geography, climate, religions, traditions, and tastes. In Ethiopia, chicken and onions might get a long simmer in …

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Melted chocolate, being mixed.

How to Make Chocolate—From Scratch

You can make chocolate from scratch in your own kitchen and become a chocolatier (that’s fancy for chocolate-maker)! Once you’re finished, you can eat your homemade chocolate right away or use it to make something else, like hot cocoa, cookies, brownies—or whatever you can dream up. Click here for the recipe!          …

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Pantry All-Stars: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is the creamy common denominator in lots of our favorite recipes, from tropical smoothies to savory tikka masala. Though it’s sometimes confused with coconut water, coconut milk is actually the liquid that results from shredding coconut meat. It’s incredibly rich, with a high fat content, so a little tends to go a long …

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Pantry All-Stars: Peanut Butter

In our series, “Pantry All-Stars,” we put the spotlight on one of the ingredients we always have on hand for quick, kid-friendly meals. Next up: peanut butter! Peanut butter is a real power player in the kitchen. It can be worked into both sweet and savory recipes, and, as a bonus, it’s relatively inexpensive. With …

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