The Food Matters Project: Beans ‘n Greens (and Potato) Quesadillas

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This post is part of the Food Matters Project, a cooking collaboration among participating bloggers. Each week, we will cook a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters Cookbook, which places an emphasis on mindful and sustainable eating. Follow along with us!

My room as a child was colored mint green. Before my arrival, my parents had decided not to find out whether I would be a “Peter” or a “Bethany,” so they went with a gender neutral green paint color for my nursery. However, the pink butterfly wallpaper suggests to me that they might have had a strong …

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Five-Ingredient Feast: The Amazing Breakfast Sandwich

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There’s something bonkers magical about breakfast options. It’s kind of like being a five-year-old kid in a candy shop. Only better.

Because bacon, brown sugar, and butter are all invited to the same party. PARTY?!

Yes, you know the little get together in your mouth? That one. Address: 5263 YUM St. City, zip code, and state—irrelevant. Speaking of directions, we’re going on a road trip. And you get to pick the destination.

Maybe you want a bowl ‘o cereal with the “taste you can see” or some hippie, crunchy-granola noms.

Or maybe, you’ve totally had a (cereal)ity check and just …

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Beyond the Cone: Best Ways to Eat Ice Cream

Last week in Washington, DC the temperature peaked at 100 degrees. While that number is high enough as it is, the real temperature was probably closer to 105, considering the stickiness and unpleasantry provided by humidity.

When the sweat on my forehead makes it unbearable to sit outdoors for more than a few minutes and my feet begin to swell up while running errands on my internship, my mind thinks of only one thing: ice cream. I come to crave a crunchy cone with less than perfect packed scoops doused in sprinkles so that when the ice cream begins to drip …

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How to: Freeze Almost Anything


One of the best tips I got from my mother-in-law was to save extra food by freezing it. Not only do you have a last-minute meal or dessert, you cut down on a lot of waste. After a party, I used to keep the leftover food in my refrigerator until it went bad. (How many mini quiches can a girl eat?) I loved leftovers for dinner…the first day. After a while though, you start to wonder if you’ll ever want to eat spaghetti again.

I was blown away when I discovered how many food items you actually could freeze. No …

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The After Life: Five Foodie Tweaks Every 20-Something Should Make

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Maybe you’re a budding Iron Chef, up on all the foodie trends to the point where you can extol the virtues of any ingredient du jour (brown butter, duh). Or maybe you have a tough time knowing which end of the spatula to wield. Regardless of your kitchen confidence level, there are a few things every 20-something chef needs to accomplish in order to earn true culinary bragging rights. Read on, and start checking ‘em off your list!

**SKC’s Five Essential Foodie Adventures for 20-Somethings**

1. Design a dish around a new-to-you ingredient. Have you always wondered what that whiteish, vaguely carrot-shaped vegetable is? Here’s your chance: pick one up and cook with it! (It’s a parsnip, by the way.)  The only way to break out of a culinary rut—whether intentional or accidental—is to proactively choose ingredients that you might not actually know how to use. (And hey, chances are we have a recipe here that’ll help.)

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How To: Know Your Knives

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What is a “knife”? This is the question we’re here to answer today. Or at least, what are different knives called, what do they look like and what are they used for? Being able to match up all three of these pieces of information makes buying a new set of these important kitchen implements vastly easier. This guide is color-coded based on my color-coded knives and is intended to help you Google and/or wander Bed, Bath and Beyond more successfully based on your particular needs. For more advanced terminology, Wikipedia, obviously. Here are the basics:

**Knife knowledge**

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Name:

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The Best Grilled Pizzas

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Quick round of food trivia:

1. Where is the birthplace of pizza?

2. Where is the birthplace of grilled pizza?

While many of you might think the answers are one in the same, it might surprise you to find that they’re not. Although pizza originated in Naples,Italy, its grilled cousin was invented on a completely different continent. In fact, its birthplace is in the capital city of the smallest state in America.

In 1980, Johanna Killeen and George Germon introduced the culinary world to the grilled pizza by accident. At their Providence, Rhode Island restaurant Al Forno, the chefs attempted …

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The Cookie Dough-lympics: Triple Espresso Shot Cookie Dough Brownies

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What do bad boys, Red Bulls and cookie dough all have in common? They all bad for us, but yet irresistible. Despite the risks of heartbreak, elevated heart rate and salmonella, we can’t help but stay away.

Just as we can admit to having fallen for the bad boy or consuming one too many caffeinated energy drinks during finals season, most of us are also guilty of having slipped our hands into a bowl of unbaked cookie dough. Even while aware of the dangers of eating raw eggs, the combination of sugar, butter and other pantry ingredients is difficult …

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Lessons from a Culinary House

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While studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester, I chose to live in the brand new “Culinary House.” I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for the housing option, but I knew I was likely to be in good company. I fantasized about a warm, cozy place with delicious smells constantly wafting out of the kitchen. We would get into meaningful conversations about the true definition of umami and whip up elaborate meals on a daily basis. I would learn a lot from these food people, I figured. There is always more to learn in the kitchen.

Not …

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How To: Pack a Picnic

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Has someone coined TGIS–Thank Goodness it’s Spring–yet? If not, it’s mine because that’s what I say to myself when looking at the 10-day weather forecast (ignoring the April showers). All this sunshine has me scheming for ways to maximize the longer days and escape from the walls of my apartment. Picnics fit the bill perfectly. Surrounded by friends and food, picnics are a delicious way to celebrate the season. These days, parks are my go-to locales for picnics, but think beyond the grass to rooftops and beaches as the temperature steadily increases. Wherever you lay your blanket, here are some …

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