An Ode to Browned Butter

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Ravioli with brown butter and sage. Roasted asparagus with balsamic browned butter. Cocoa brownies with browned butter and walnuts.

Oh you fancy, huh?

Well I’ll let you in on a little secret. As long as you swear not to let it leak. Pinky Promise?

….Brown butter is easy to make. No iron chef skills needed here. Just a little patience. If I can do it, you can do it too.

My favorite food blogger, Joy the Baker, published her first cookbook last month on my birthday. Coincidence? I think not. She loves brown butter. She adds it to her baked goods because it provides a nutty richness. After making the browned butter peanut butter crispy rice treats from her book, I’ve also become hooked on all things browned butter.

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How to: Evolve Your Egg Sandwich

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If you’re like me,  you’re thinking about Pokémon. We’re both thinking about Pokémon. It’s okay. Pokémon evolve, it’s only natural. Well, when Ash was on the road through all those color towns, he, much like yourself I presume, ate a lot of breakfast sandwiches at Dunkin Donuts or the cafe thing at your school. They’re fast, cheap, and they fill some sort of salt craving we all have lurking inside us.

But what he was too busy “catching ‘em all” to realize was that the egg sandwich can be an equally fast, cheap and fulfilling at-home breakfast …

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Best Ways to Eat Cereal, Besides with Milk

Well-known food writer Erma Bombeck once said, “Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It’s too controversial.” How right she is!

Everyone seems to have his or her own cereal preferences for what makes the perfect bowl. I have always eaten my cereal dry (gasp, I know). I’m not lactose-intolerant, but no matter what brand I choose from the shelf, I prefer to eat my cereal sans milk. This habit has made for many awkward mornings waking up at sleepovers and explaining to my friends and their parents that I …

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The Best Vegetarian Meals to Serve to Carnivores

Last spring, I spent the semester living in the birthplace of the Renaissance: the city of Florence, Italy. My host mother was the sweetest, tiniest Italian woman, and, as could be expected, she was an incredible cook. At eight o’clock every evening, she would serve a delicious, two-course dinner beginning with some type of starch or grain, which was followed by a protein with assorted vegetables. Every meal at my host mom’s table reminded me of those Sunday mornings as a child spent with my Italian great grandmothers.

Although there were occasions when my host mother served something I …

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Table for Two: Do-It-Together Sushi

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One of the first things I find out when I date someone is whether or not he shares my love for sushi. It’s a seriously important factor to me! Nothing beats going out for a night on the town with my sweetie and trying exotic concoctions at the local sushi bar. But let’s face it. Going to sushi bars is adventurous for only so long. If you want a real adventure, try making sushi for yourselves at home.

Intimidating? Yes. But, with your significant other at your side, you’ve got nothing to worry about. View this date night idea as a culinary challenge you can conquer together. The sushi-making date my boyfriend and I had recently was a blast: we challenged each other with sushi-rolling competitions and had some good laughs over our epic sushi failures. It was a great way to loosen up and relax after a couple of weeks of midterm-studying hell.

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How To: Get out of a Kitchen Pickle

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We’ve all been there–that moment of panic when $#it hits the fan. In the kitchen, I’ve done everything from burned toast to set an entire pan of oil on fire (watch out when you make falafel). I think that mistakes are as inherent to cooking as messes, and more useful.

Although I haven’t learned how to stop making mistakes, I have learned from experiencing regular chaos in the kitchen that it’s important to stay calm. An intense fear of my parents discovering what havoc I had most recently wrecked perhaps taught me to react quickly, and I have therefore …

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Cooking 101: Classic Holiday Eggnog (Video Tutorial)

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Eggnog is one of those holiday classics that hits stores for one—maybe two— months out of the year. But when you’re craving that uniquely creamy buzz you can only get from a nice glass of eggnog, make it yourself! You can have it on demand, and you can control the alcohol content as an added bonus. Check out Phoebe’s video for the recipe!

If you’re looking for more video tutorials from Phoebe and Cara, check out their YouTube channel here!

— The Small Kitchen College Team

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Cooking 101: Pie Crust Video Tutorial

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Pie crust may intimidate even the most practiced bakers and cooks, but you’ll find that once you make your own, you’ll never go back. Plus, Phoebe and Cara make doing it yourself a no-brainer, by showing you two recipes for at-home pie crust: easy, and even easier. Just in time for all that holiday baking you’re probably starting right about now.

For more of Phoebe and Cara’s video cooking tips and tricks, check out their YouTube channel!

— The Small Kitchen College Team

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Cooking 101: Homemade Pumpkin Bread Video Tutorial

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With the fall season in full swing, there’s no better time to bring pumpkin into your kitchen. And this is one of our favorite ways to use it. Plus, there’s chocolate. With Cara’s video guidance, this pumpkin bread is as easy as 1, 2, 3, simple enough to make in an ill-quipped dorm kitchen but delicious enough to share with the most discerning foodie you know.

To see more video tutorials from Phoebe and Cara, check out their youtube channel!

— The Small Kitchen College Team

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Cooking 101: How to Sharpen Your Knives

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Knives may be the most important tool in your arsenal, no matter what cooking level you’re at. It is inevitable that you will have to cut something at some point, whether you cook, bake, or only eat microwaveable food (hey, you gotta open that package somehow, right?). However, those knives are no good to you if you don’t keep them sharp. Plus, if you know how to sharpen them, you really don’t need that many knives — and you probably won’t ever need to buy new ones.

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