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Answers to your basic cooking questions and things I feel really strongly about.

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3 Secrets for the Best Avocado Toasts

turns out the secret to avocado toast is also the secret to Italian bruschetta

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Winning isn’t everything—but it’s pretty damn awesome.

The votes are read and the decision is final: this month, I was voted as the number one Female Difference Maker in Los Angeles!

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Lemon zest vs lemon juice??

Both have their places in cooking.

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why don’t you need to peel carrots?

Trust me, no one will ever know if the carrots you put in soups, stews or roasted vegetable dishes are peeled or not.

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burrata vs mozzarella, what’s the difference?

Burrata is essentially mozzarella with cream on the inside. Mozzarella has a firmer texture and can be sliced neatly.

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7 secrets to the best latkes?

You don't start cooking school called Meal and a Spiel if you can't make a mean latke.

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What is a convection oven???

A common question from Meal and a Spiel cooking students.

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What are the best winter veggies?

People think that there aren't good veggies in winter. Not true!

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How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

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Why don’t Italians put cheese on top of seafood pasta?

If you're asking for cheese on top of your seafood pasta, I can promise you, your waiter is making fun of you.

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How can I make desserts without cream?

Try coconut milk, or the even thicker coconut cream.

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What kind of salt should I cook with?

Kosher. It has the best taste for cooking.

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Do I really need to measure Ingredients?

Most savory cooking does not require precision.

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Why don’t Italians drink cappuccino after a meal?

Restaurants in Italy that don't cater to tourists won't even serve you a cappuccino after a meal.

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What ingredients should never go in the fridge?

I did not invent these no-­refrigeration principles. The Italians did. I am just the messenger.

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Burnt on the Outside, Raw on the Inside?

If this phenomenon regularly happens to you, it might just be that you are missing one simple cooking hint

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What is the difference between baking and roasting?!

The bottom line is that they are essentially the same thing. They both mean "cooking something in the oven."

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What the F*CK is my Broiler?

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Fortunately the broiler is easier to find than your G-Spot. It's on the ceiling of your oven.

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Your Complete Guide to Tumeric from Health Perch and GHERGICH&Co

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"Turmeric is made from the dried rhizome’s of the turmeric plant. It’s available in many different forms such as tea, powdered spice, and as a capsule. Learn more about the...

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20 Ingredients To Always Have On Hand

"Elana’s approach is simple – with the right ingredients, love, and a little laughter, anyone can make a great meal."

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Persian Food is Very Sexy

I am currently deep in the study of Persian cuisine. This involves: eating at restaurants, eating at Perisan friends' houses, getting my hands on the most authentic cookbooks and simply...

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