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Sticking with it: The New Year’s Challenge

Sticking with it: The New Year’s Challenge

The New Year’s resolution is probably one of the hardest promises to keep (a promise made with yourself, that is). Be it taking up a new hobby, being a better coworker or learning to cook, the examples are limitless and often very ambitious and overwhelming. Perhaps the most popular one, as you may know, is getting in shape. However, people rarely follow up on these goals in the long term for many different reasons. Below, you will see the most common obstacles to goal attainment and how to av
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Hosting, It’s What You Do!

Hosting, It’s What You Do!

There are unfortunately no more excuses left to start your Christmas dinner planning... but not to worry, help is on the way! We have rounded a whole bunch of helpful tips for a smooth and painless Christmas dinner party. Not only will your guests be having a great time, so will you! Time is probably the most uncontrollable and crucial element in hosting. Therefore, every good host must leave time for last minute changes. Prepping everything you can in advance is the best way
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Roasting Like a Pro

Roasting Like a Pro

  The process of roasting can sometimes seem like a long and arduous one but it can also be one of the easiest and most rewarding cooking methods when done right. For example we find that there is little to no effort required while the food cooks. It can serve as a family Sunday dinner or a last minute weekday supper and remain an accessible and hearty meal.   The first thing that must be addressed is having the
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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

O'zapft is! (It’s Tapped!) Since the beginning of time, man has always sought out reasons to drink: from Sunday Night Football to the beginning of a semester or to just about any weekend, all occasions are valid. Fortunately for man, a festival almost entirely dedicated to beer has grown more and more popular over the past decade in the US. This fest is Oktoberfest.   What was once the celebration of a royal German wedding in th
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Summertime and the Sandwich Saver is Starfrit!

Summertime and the Sandwich Saver is Starfrit!

  Summertime means a renewed appreciation for chilled snacks, sandwiches and even desserts. Cooler is better and also generally, easier to prepare.     We also tend to think healthier and ‘light’ in summer and the foods we make are often home-made (vs. the food court or drive through) for exactly that reason. Plus with so much great fresh produce around, you want to make your own. Chances are you’ll also be outdoors more often and you’ll make food that ‘trave
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Apple Bread and Apple Tarts are as Easy as Pie…..with a Starfrit Apple Peeler!

Apple Bread and Apple Tarts are as Easy as Pie…..with a Starfrit Apple Peeler!

  With so many apple varieties available these days, both locally and imported, baking with apples is inspiring and extra inviting. Add your own sous chef to the mix, i.e. a Starfrit Apple Peeler, to make the peeling and coring work extra quick and easy, and the ease of preparation only adds to fun and limitless possibilities.   The Starfrit Apple
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Every Apple Has Its Place!

Every Apple Has Its Place!

          As the trees reveal their many colors and temperatures begin to drop, nothing becomes more fitting than wholesome and comforting recipes to prepare and enjoy with close ones. One popular ingredient in said recipes is the apple. However, choosing from the 30+ types of apples can get quite overwhelming: different types fill different roles. Here is a list of America’s most popular apple types and their unique applications. Fir
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5 Back-to-School Meal Prep Tips

5 Back-to-School Meal Prep Tips

With school starting back soon, schedules get hectic and time becomes limited. Meal prepping can help you get a handle on the week ahead so you can spend more time with family and less time in the kitchen. With so many resources available for meal prepping, you don't have to invent your own plan. Start by gathering information, invest in storage containers, and plan to shop with a food list. Here are 5 back-to-school meal prep tips.   Use a
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Summer Preserve Us!

Summer Preserve Us!

  For most folks, the beginning of summer means vacation time is near. But for foodies, it also marks the beginning of weeks after week of preserving and pickling the summer bounty.     Nothing beats your own preserves and pickles!  First there’s the fun of gathering the fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market or wherever you shop for fresh produce or a family oriented U-Pick farm. Naturally you can use your own garden harvest or opt for organic fruit and veg
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Bonus Preserves and Pickling Tip Sheet

Bonus Preserves and Pickling Tip Sheet

  The first item on your canning list should be a good quality preserving pot with an non-reactive heavy bottom. 8 or 12 quarts should do it. The new stainless steel pots with thick aluminum disk bottoms are perfect. A large canning pot for sterilizing and processing jars is a must and should accommodate the Starfrit Canning Rack.   Look for brand name jars - Ball, Kerr and Bernardin. Dollar stor
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Why it Matters: Measuring Precisely in Baking

Why it Matters: Measuring Precisely in Baking

  When cooking your favorite dish, you may add a few extra ingredients, leave something out, or change the measurements a bit without a problem, but when baking, ingredients need to be measured accurately. If you enjoy cooking and want to dabble in baking, you should know that baking is more precise and important to the recipe's outcome than you might expect.   When baking, you will want to measure dry ingredients such as sugar and flour in nested
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Celebrating National Salad Week

Celebrating National Salad Week

A salad is always a winning option for a meal or side dish, but even more so during the last week in July, when foodies celebrate National Salad Week. It is a great time to fill up on nutritious veggies and fruits, lean proteins, nuts and seeds, so you don't feel weighed down during the hot summer days. You can add a punch to your salad by getting creative with different combinations and healthy homemade dressings. Here are a few pointers for making fun and healthy salad dressi
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Gourmet Breakfast Made Easy with The Rock Ceramic

Gourmet Breakfast Made Easy with The Rock Ceramic

Breakfast on the Run or Goumet Brunch Chez Vous Everyone has their favorite meal but it’s widely accepted that a great breakfast packs several hours of nutritional jet fuel, making it a clear winner. No wonder breakfast is now an all-out trend. Restaurants and toney brunch places (or cafes now adding breakfast) are sprouting up everywhere!  What beats starting your day with a great boost of taste and nutrition? Most of us are living in the fast lane (even a home
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Spiralizer – Pasta and Salad

Spiralizer – Pasta and Salad

          Have Guilt Free “Pasta’ and Salads That Turn Heads! Everyone knows vegetables are good for them and few of us get enough of them on a daily basis. But with a Starfrit Spiralizer, vegetables are not only easier to include but also fun to create both nutritious and aesthetic meals of every description. It’s an all-in-one art project/meal-maker! A Starfrit
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Cocktail Season

Cocktail Season

          Ah... we love summer! What a wonderful time that ushers in a glorious season of easy entertaining. And what better sous chef than Starfrit, particularly the ‘hostess with the mostest’ line of Starfrit hospitality items such the Starfrit extensive line of wine/beer and cocktail accessories. The
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Father’s Day BBQ Bonanza

Father’s Day BBQ Bonanza

          June BBQ Season Starts with a Father’s Day BBQ Bonanza Most of us love barbecuing so much that some of us don’t even wait for spring; we barbecue even in the chill of February! But there’s something about school being out, vacation season upon us, and the consistent balmy temperatures of June (compared to the iffy weather of May) to launch the official summer grilling season. And what better occasion that a Father’s Da
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Salad Days

Salad Days

          Starfrit Kitchens Presents Salad Days by Marcy Goldman A great salad is always popular but these days, what with salad places cropping up in so many fast casual restaurants, the interest in ‘lite’ eating along with dense nutrition, has made our appetites for salad skyrocket. Salads are also so much more varied, appetizing and easily put together these days (and anything can be ‘salad’) that the
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Just Starting Out

Just Starting Out

10 Essentials when you are just starting out! If you are just starting out in a new apartment, chances are you will need to pick up some essentials for your kitchen. Even if you don’t plan on doing a lot of cooking, there are some things you will need just to get by. You may not even realize you need certain things until you don’t have them. This list of items is also great for young adults just moving out of the family home or if they are planning to accumulate be
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Why you should use settings other than

Why you should use settings other than "high" on your stovetop

          Since every stove and burner is different, it is difficult to universalize the settings. Some stoves have low, medium and high settings on the dial, and others have numbers. Typically, we estimate the temperature we might need for certain recipes because there aren't exact temperatures that correspond with the settings. Some at-home cooks use high heat often, and in doing so they damage their cookware and/or unevenly cook their f
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It's the quality of the calories that count!

It's the quality of the calories that count!

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How to plan the perfect backyard barbecue

How to plan the perfect backyard barbecue

          Whether you're hosting a fourth of July party or planning a backyard barbecue with friends this summer, here are some tips for pulling off the perfect outdoor get-together. Prepare your grill. Clean the caked-on grease off your grill before guests arrive. This way you can get down to business without the hassle. Plus, your guests will be pleased to see the clean cooking surface! Plan the menu
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5 knives you should add to your collection

5 knives you should add to your collection

          From slicing steak to dicing an apple, every kitchen should be equipped with a good set of knives. Whether you already own a set or plan to purchase a few to add to your collection, you'll want to know which knives are essential in your kitchen. Sharpen your skills when it comes to knives by taking a look at these must-haves.
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What type of cutting board is right for you?

What type of cutting board is right for you?

  A cutting board is a staple to have in your kitchen. When preparing any meal you will find yourself reaching for a cutting board to do the job and protect your counters. You can purchase a wood or polypropylene board to meet your needs. You may even want both in your kitchen!   Although contrary to popular opinion,
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Good Food and Great Containers Go Hand in Hand

Good Food and Great Containers Go Hand in Hand

Starfrit Launches Kilo Solutions with Nutritional Super Star Isabelle Huot Article by Marcy Goldman, BetterBaking.com*     Spring has sprung and with it comes our goals to improve or add to a healthy lifestyle. What better way than to pair those good intentions with the newest from Starfrit, the Kilo Solution new product l
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