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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 22, 2019 at 23:00. 1 comments

Eat Ice Cream Out of an Almost-Empty Peanut Butter Jar

Eat Ice Cream Out of an Almost-Empty Peanut Butter Jar

Removing the last bit of sticky jam from a jar is usually a job for alcohol , but other, spreadable substances—such as Nutella and peanut butter—just don’t go into solution that well. The solution, obviously, is to swap one vice for another, and fill that almost-empty jar with ice cream.

Use Up the Last of Your Nutella in Tasty Hot Cocoa

Nutella is delicious, and useful for lots of desserts,...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 21, 2019 at 23:00.

Put Brown Butter on Summer Produce

Put Brown Butter on Summer Produce

Picking fresh produce and eating fresh produce are two of my favorite summertime activities. I make “salads” that are really just piles of raw corn, eat juicy peaches over the sink, and down bowls of berries swimming in heavy cream . I never had much reason to get anything cooked involved, until the geniuses at Food 52 suggested drizzling brown butter over my summer produce haul.

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 20, 2019 at 23:00. 17 comments

Why You Should Chill Red Wine

Why You Should Chill Red Wine

Few people think of red wine as something that needs to be chilled. Red wine, after all, is usually served at “room temperature,” but that value can vary wildly from room to room, house to house, and climate to climate. But most red wines benefit from at least a little time in the fridge, especially during the hotter months.

Chill Your Beverages Perfectly With This Calculator

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 17, 2019 at 02:00. 3 comments

Peach Liqueur Was Made for Shrubs

Peach Liqueur Was Made for Shrubs
3-Ingredient Happy HourThe weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations.  

Peach liqueur is a tough sell. With a cloying, trite image and candy-like flavor, it requires a delicate hand. (A sense of whimsy doesn’t hurt either.) But if you can press the reset button in your brain and forget any negative Sex on the Beach-related nightmares, you’ll find that it works quite...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 16, 2019.

You Can Make Chick-fil-A-Style Chicken Nuggets at Home

You Can Make Chick-fil-A-Style Chicken Nuggets at Home

Chick-fil-A is known for two things: surprisingly addictive chicken and problematic politics . To enjoy the former and avoid involvement in the latter, a DIY recipe is needed. Most people think the key to making Chick-fil-A’s iconic poultry lies in a pickle juice brine, but if you look at the ingredients list, there’s nothing to support this. You know what you will find in that list? MSG ....

Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 16, 2019. 3 comments

Enjoy These Heirloom Apple Reviews by Author Chuck Wendig

Enjoy These Heirloom Apple Reviews by Author Chuck Wendig

You do not have to be a capital-F Food Writer to write excellently about food; an enthusiasm for the subject and a way with words is enough. Case in point: bestselling author Chuck Wendig’s yearly heirloom apple reviews—a vastly entertaining and thoroughly educational romp through the world of apples.

“This is a marry apple, not a fuck apple.” Honestly, that is the best sentence I’ve ever...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 16, 2019. 4 comments

Chill Your Beverages Perfectly With This Calculator

Chill Your Beverages Perfectly With This Calculator

I will never forget the time I asked for ice at a Patisserie Valerie. It was a particularly hot day in Oxford, and I had grabbed a Coke from something that looked like a fridge, only to discover it was quite tepid. The woman working at the cafe went to the little freezer, took out a cold pack (like the kind you’d find in a lunch box), and reached for the scissors.

It's Okay to Drink Cold...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 15, 2019.

How to Drink Your Way Through Your Summer Berry Haul

How to Drink Your Way Through Your Summer Berry Haul

If you’ve ever gone berry picking, you know how it easy it is to pick an insane amount of berries. Each plump piece of fruit begs to be pulled from the vine, and before you know it you have flats full of fruit and big plans. But then you get home, and you realize you may have been a tad overzealous.

Pour Heavy Cream on Fruit Instead of Whipped Cream

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 14, 2019.

Should You Add Ranch Seasoning to Cacio e Pepe?

Should You Add Ranch Seasoning to Cacio e Pepe?

People being mad about Italian food online (and in my home) is one of my favorite forms of content. It’s a righteous anger, a pure anger, an anger I (usually) have to experience vicariously through my Italian-American boyfriend. But even I, a person who orders pineapple on her pizza, am slightly scandalized by The Kitchn’s Ranch Cacio e Pepe, as written by Megan Splawn.

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 14, 2019.

Make a Giant Jar of Giant Pickles With a Giant Zucchini

Make a Giant Jar of Giant Pickles With a Giant Zucchini

I do not have a garden, but I have many gardener-type friends, and this means I enjoy free produce in the summer months. Some gifts, like two pounds of blackberries or many ripe tomatoes, are welcome, but a recent offering—a single zucchini—had vague troll vibes.

As you can see in the above Instagram post—which I am including to illustrate scale—this thing was quite large. (You can also see...

Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 13, 2019.

How to Keep Your Pencil From Rolling Away

How to Keep Your Pencil From Rolling Away

If you know me, you know that I hate it when things roll away . Things that roll away slow me down, and they force me to pick them up. It’s inconvenient, and I’m accustomed to an easy life.

How to Keep Your Egg From Rolling Away

Eggs love to do two things: roll around and break. This is inconvenient at best and messy at worst, …

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 13, 2019. 14 comments

Shred and Dice Your Burger Toppings

Shred and Dice Your Burger Toppings

I may be a messy bitch, but I am not a messy eater, and I absolutely hate it when toppings—be they on pizza or burgers—slide off prematurely. Forgoing lettuce or pickles simply to avoid a shirt stain is a little too precious, but you can greatly decrease your chances of slippage by dicing and shredding your favorite burger accessories.

Seeding Tomatoes is a Waste of Time (And Flavor)...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Why You Should Keep the Dimensions of Your Kitchen Counters in Your Phone

Why You Should Keep the Dimensions of Your Kitchen Counters in Your Phone

Buying furniture or decor is fueled by need (you need a couch to sit on that doesn’t hurt your back) or want (I want another mounted deer head). You plan ahead to buy stuff you need, whereas wants are often impulsive—you find the perfect headboard when you’re out browsing an antique store. To ensure you don’t impulse-buy a curtain rod too long for your windows or a rug that looks like a...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 10, 2019.

Make the Ultimate Salted Caramel With MSG

Make the Ultimate Salted Caramel With MSG

Caramel is great, but salted caramel, with its contrasting flavors, is even better. Add MSG to that mixture, and you have a sweet and salty, buttery, gooey caramel sauce with just a hint of umami (sorta like a fish sauce caramel, but without the fish, and much more dessert friendly). It is—and I cannot stress this even remotely enough—very delicious. Eat it on a brownie, swirled into some ice...

Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 09, 2019.

Celebrate My Birthday With This Bitter, Herbaceous Beverage

Celebrate My Birthday With This Bitter, Herbaceous Beverage
3-Ingredient Happy HourThe weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations.  

I have been celebrating my birthday since Sunday, and it has involved a not insignificant amount of drinking. I’ve had margaritas in Mississippi, a Viuex Carré at Carousel Bar, and a really dank grasshopper here in Portland. And now—in typical Leo fashion—I’m asking you to continue celebrating with...

Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 09, 2019. 2 comments

Get a Free Iced Drink at Starbucks Today With Purchase

Get a Free Iced Drink at Starbucks Today With Purchase

If you are a person who likes free things and a person who likes iced coffee (or tea), then I have some pretty good news. Starting at 2 pm today (August 8th), Starbucks is running a BOGO deal on icy cold beverages.

As with any deal, there are some caveats. First, you’ll either need to go here to get your coupon, or you’ll need to download the Starbucks app. (You do not, however, have to be a...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 09, 2019. 2 comments

The Case for Savory Whipped Cream

The Case for Savory Whipped Cream

Heavy cream, in its liquid form, is a fairly neutral ingredient that can be added to sweet or savory dishes, to bring luxurious texture, rich mouthfeel, and glorious fat. But for some reason, once you whip it, it gets restricted to dessert applications, even though there is no real reason for it.

Cottage Cheese Is Even Better Whipped

I love cottage cheese with my whole heart, but it does not...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 08, 2019. 7 comments

Make No-Cook Fruit Syrups With Peels, Stems, and Pits

Make No-Cook Fruit Syrups With Peels, Stems, and Pits
Eating Trash With ClaireThe series where Claire Lower convinces you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious  

When it comes to fruit, it’s the flesh people want, but that flesh often clings to stems, pits, and peels, and tossing those bits means you’re tossing out flavor. Lucky for us, Queen of Sweets Stella Parks has a solution: Use these supposed scraps to make...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 07, 2019. 7 comments

Make a Vegan Cream Sauce Out of Roasted Onions

Make a Vegan Cream Sauce Out of Roasted Onions

Onions are not known for being “creamy.” Bright? Yes. Acerbic? Sure. Painful? Sometimes. But not creamy. However, if you roast them in a hot oven for just shy of an hour, they become just that—soft, mellow, and downright creamy.

This vegan cream alternative—which (as far as I can tell) was brought into the world by ChefSteps—isn’t the kind of cream you want in your coffee, but it is quite...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Aug 07, 2019. 19 comments

Add Cottage Cheese to Your Pancake Batter

Add Cottage Cheese to Your Pancake Batter

I am becoming increasingly concerned—alarmed, even—that my favorite food is cottage cheese. It’s an excellent, easy breakfast , makes a wonderful dip when whipped , and—I have just now discovered—is the secret to the fluffiest, sponge-cake-like pancakes.

Cottage Cheese Is Even Better Whipped

I love cottage cheese with my whole heart, but it does not have the sexiest reputation, and it can…

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