Don’t like the alcohol-y flavo…

Don’t like the alcohol-y flavor of vanilla extracts? Try vanilla power or vanilla paste. http://tinyurl.com/yh5lm7r

Video: How to Make Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

(first video—more to come!)

How to store chocolate

Got loads of chocolate? Simply wrap it air-tight and store in the pantry, at room temperature. Because of the cocoa butter content, chocolate will pick up off-flavors from the fridge or freezer.

Blooming (the discoloration of chocolate) may look frightening, but it doesn’t affect flavor or melting capability.

Contrary to legend, storing chocolate in the freezer does not extend it’s life. Room temperature is just fine.

Homemade Garam Masala Recipe

An odd spice, but nice to have on hand for last-minute dinners, it can be pricey! So, using the spices you already purchase, you can mix one up!

Quality is important with spices, so get the best.

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Mix well and keep in air-tight container–an empty spice jar works great!

As taken from The Best 30-Minute Recipe

Final word from Trader Joe’s: …

Final word from Trader Joe’s: it is a rule that ALL their privately-labeled dairy products are rbgh-free, even though not all products are labeled as such.

Removing Wax from Supermarket …

Removing Wax from Supermarket Produce: Keep spray bottle of white vinegar in kitchen; spray and rub off. (via @cpkimball)

Baked From Scratch