138 Vegan Pasta Recipes from Around the World

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Secret: I could probably eat pasta every night. The reason I don’t, of course, is I’m afraid I’d get sick of it after a while, and that would be a travesty. Although, with IVU’s enormous selection of homemade pasta recipes from around the world, I just might give it a go. We can choose from Vegan Pesto to Black Bean & Key Lime Bow Ties to Sun-Dried Tomato, Garlic and Jalapeno Pasta. For the other 135 recipes, follow this link. Continue Reading

How-To: Edible Utensils.

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This one goes into the why?-because-you-can file : Toasty pâte brisée serving utensils and ramekin. Bread bowls? Ha!

Speak French? Then tell us all what this says, cause I’m sure it sounds savory: “oilà il est à présent temps de voter pour le projet qui vous semble le plus pertinent. Attention, fin des votes le lundi 9 novembre à 12h. Un grand merci à Nathalie pour avoir joué le jeu et pour sa proposition qui donne carrément envie de lécher l’écran !”

Get the instructions (in French) and a template here! Continue Reading

Meat Head.

So, it’s kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it’ll still make you giggle.

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“Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful “glue”. Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions.” From Flickr.

Happy Halloween, hamfaces.

 

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10+ Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven.

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In my very first Curbly post EVER (almost 1,000 ago), I announced my love affair with the magical silver box that is my toaster oven. Way more effecient to run and way quicker to heat, the toaster oven is a great addition to small and large kitchens alike. The Kitchn has assembled 10 great times to opt for the tiny versions over the big dudes, and the comments are full of excellent additional options.

Plus, they’re perfect for Shrinky Dinks. Continue Reading

How To: Pie Pops.

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. “Scoochmaroo says ‘These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

  • 2 fresh peaches
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Fresh nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
  • Two pie crusts
  • Lollipop sticks”

The problem is, it’ll be impossible to eat less than ten!

Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

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Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler and Part II: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream.

With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I’d seen ‘bourbon cherries’ in gourmet shops…fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here’s how to do it at home:

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler.

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So….with more than five pounds of cherries left from syrup making, I realized I was gonna have to get these dudes processable so that, come winter time, I’d be to able use them in a variety of ways. Creating pie filling for freezing was an option, as well as just throwing the cherries whole into the freezer, but I wanted to be able to keep them versatile for whatever strikes my tastebuds’ fancy ’round January. Continue Reading

How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

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So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, “Also, you’re welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they’re super ripe, so they gotta be used today.”

“Really?” I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.

“Yeah. Take the whole box if you want…”

Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk home, that I, indeed, did need to use them all that day. Continue Reading

Nine Alternative Uses for Ketchup.

Ketchup. Catsup. Catchup. Some folks in my family even choose to say ‘tomato ketchup’…you know, to distinguish it from eggplant or fava bean ketchup. Or perhaps to convince themselves that it shouldn’t rather be called “corn syrup ketchup.”

Regardless, it’s sticky sweet and acidic make-up provide from some interesting uses other than dressing your tater tots. Here’s nine from the Daily Green.

1. Shine Your Copper

 

2. Get Those Auto Parts Gleaming

3. Fight Skunk Odors

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How to: Repurpose a Ketchup Bottle for Perfect Pancakes

Ketchup bottle as batter dispenserYou’ve seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use…

But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. “Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring batter from the bowl. Continue Reading