How To & DIY

How To & DIY

Your Guide to Homemade Pickles

Without herbs and spices, a pickle would be a bland shadow of the fresh cucumber it started out to be. The myriad nuances and complexities provided by the herbs and spices used in the pickling process are what give pickles their signature flavors.

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Your Guide to Homemade Pickles

DIY Flax Seed and Lavender Neck Pillows

You can make your own DIY flax seed and lavender neck pillow in less than an hour. Flax seed is the ideal filler because it's a good heft—comforting but not too heavy—and it holds heat well (thanks to the oil content in each seed), even after heating and reheating many times.

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DIY Flax Seed and Lavender Neck Pillows

How to make herbal salves

It might look tricky, and — depending on the method you use — it can take some time, but making herbal salves is actually very simple. Here are step-by-step directions, as well as some tips that might come in handy.

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How to make herbal salves

How to Make Your Own Spice-Infused Oils and Vinaigrettes

Dive into a unique culinary experience and bring full-bodied flavor to your salads, pastas and more by making your own spice-infused oils and vinaigrettes. With one basic technique, you can easily make a variety of oils and dressings using your favorite herbs and spices.

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How to Make Your Own Spice-Infused Oils and Vinaigrettes

Cooking with Bay

The noble bay laurel (Laurus nobilis, in fact) harkens back to ancient Greece, when kings were crowned with wreaths of bay and Olympic champions were awarded bay garlands. No less renowned today, bay laurel has been named The International Herb Association’s Herb of the year for 2009.

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Cooking with Bay

How Green is Your Kitchen

Take steps -- such as buying locally and buying in bulk -- to make your food prep more ecological. Locate farmer's markets near you, consider your cookware, and run your appliances more efficiently.

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How Green is Your Kitchen

Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar

The simplest and most delicious way to make a true cup of hot cocoa is from a mix of cocoa powder, sweetener and milk. Every mellow and sweetly rounded sip of this classic drink imparts a magical feeling of comfort during the cold winter months.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar

Types of Salt: Why to add complex flavors and minerals to your food

Yakima™ Applewood Smoked Salt on barbecued meat. Himalayan Pink Salt on roasted chicken.

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Types of Salt: Why to add complex flavors and minerals to your food

Cooking with Cinnamon

What's the difference between cinnamon and cassia? While the names cinnamon and cassia are often used interchangeably—and the plants are related—there are botanical and practical differences. Cassia is reddish-brown and pungently sweet; it's grown primarily in China, the Indonesian islands and Vietnam.

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Cooking with Cinnamon

Cobblers, Crisps & Pies

We take the match for granted now, but whoever first thought of pairing sweetened fruit with delectable pastry was a culinary genius. Whether you enjoy creating fancy piecrusts or prefer to drop dollops of pastry atop your fruit filling, there's a pastry/fruit dessert that's just right for you.

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Cobblers, Crisps & Pies

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