How To: 8 Essential Tips from the Queen of Foolproof Cooking

Cookbook author, celebrity chef, television personality, and former White House nuclear policy analyst Ina Garten is familiar to many as the queen of foolproof cooking. Also known as the Barefoot Contessa, Ina hones in on techniques and tips that make time in the kitchen far less intimidating to folks of all skill sets. We've rounded up 8 of Ina's most useful cooking tips to help you out—from dinner parties to everyday cooking. Her philosophy is that it's always easier than you think!

How To: Essential Minecraft PVP Tips

In Minecraft, a large aspect of the game is PVP (Player vs. Player Combat). A hardcore Minecraft fan will remember that back in Beta 1.8, combat was switched up, and it really changed the game around. Here are some tips on what a two-year Minecraft player has to say.

Ingredients 101: The Essential Homemade Chicken Stock

The first written account of "stock" as a culinary staple goes back to 1653, when La Varenne's Cookery described boiling mushroom stems and table scraps with other ingredients (such as herbs and basic vegetables) in water to use for sauces. But really, the concept of stock has probably been around for as long as people have been using water to boil food.

How To: The Essential Secrets for Amazing Homemade Mac & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that automatically make me feel all is right with the world. I even like the boxed kind in a pinch. However, real macaroni and cheese is pretty easy to make and is worlds better than the boxed kind. It's also pretty easy to make really, really good macaroni and cheese once you know some essential pointers.

How To: Add pages in Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential

Looking for a guide on how to create pages within Flash Catalyst CS5? Whether you're new to Adobe Flash or merely unfamiliar with Creative Suite 5, you're sure to benefit from this free video software tutorial from Lynda, which presents a thorough, step-by-step overview on how to add pages in Adobe Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential.

How To: Make herbal & essential oil bath salts

The main ingredients needed in both herbal and essential oil bath salts your main ingredients needed are Epsom salts, baking soda (not needed if salts will be used immediately), and sea salt. For the essential oil bath salts you will need essential oils, and for the herbal bath salts you need whatever herbs or rinds you like. You will also need some sort of container to put the salts in, and measuring tools. For the essential oil salts, fill a jar about halfway with Epsom salts, then add a ge...

How To: Use essential airport and flight words in Mandarin Chinese when traveling

If you're in China, then getting back home might seem like an impossible task, simply because you don't know the local language. Well, this video will help you learn some very essential words in Mandarin Chinese useful for air travel. Learn the essential words and phrases in Mandarin Chinese for meeting someone at the airport. You'll learn how to ask whether a flight is late, or where your bags are. You'll even learn how to ask one of the most essential questions - where are the toilets?!

How To: Choose essential bar tools

Do you know what tools you need to make your favorite drink at home? On this episode of FoodGear you'll find out the five must have tools for you home bar. The most basic tools for the maximum number of cocktails you can make, you should think about getting a cocktail shaker, a strainer, a jigger (measuring cup), a juicer (with a built in strainer), and a corkscrew. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to pick out essential bar tools.

How To: Say essential words in Tagalog

This video is a language lesson in Tagalog. You will learn how to say that you like something or don't like something, that you know or don't know something, and to ask questions beginning with "Do you like", "Do you know" and "Do you understand". The way to ask someone if they like something is, "Gusto mo ba?" To answer positively, say, "Gusto ko!" To answer negatively, say, "Hindi ko gusto." To ask "Do you know?", say "Alam mo ba?" To answer positively, say, "Alam ko." To answer negatively,...

How To: 18 Amazing Uses for Essential Oils

An essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants. Commonly used for aromatherapy purposes, essential oils can also be used to remove sticker gunk, make your room smell nice while vacuuming, concoct DIY toothpaste, deter rodents from hanging out in your house, and more.

How To: 9 Essential Uses for Clove Oil

Clove oil, an essential oil extracted from the clove plant found in India, is truly an essential addition to your medicine cabinet and home. One of its most popular uses is for relieving a toothache, which can be done by adding a few drops of clove oil to a cotton ball and applying it directly to the affected area.

Getting Started: Essential Tools for Making Pizza

You can make homemade pizza with a minimum of tools, or you can buy the entire yuppie menagerie (and let's face it—if you're a foodie, you probably want the toys). Below is a brief rundown of the different options available. Since I'm a relative beginner to the process, I've also linked out to a few in-depth reviews.

News: Bare essentials for poor-ish filmmakers

Equipment list for the low budget crowd Let's assume you have a script (not just an idea) and have gotten your pre production out of the way. These are both incredibly important and should not be taken lightly, especially when you have no budget. So you have an awesome film and all of your ducks are in a row, what do you bring with you to the shoot... or what is really necessary?

How To: The Essential Newbie's Guide to SQL Injections and Manipulating Data in a MySQL Database

No doubt you've seen some of the hack logs being released. One part that stands out over and over again is the heavy database usage. It used to be early on that virus and hackers would destroy data, usually just for lulz. However, with the explosive commercial growth of the Internet, the real target is turning into data theft. You should learn how this happens so you can protect yourself accordingly. Let's take a look at what makes this possible and dare I say, easy.

How To: Set up pagination in Adobe InDesign

Get your numbering straight with Adobe's InDesign and this helpful tutorial, showing you what you need to know. It's essential when creating a project for yourself or a client, to get your numbering right the first time. There is no second chance. So, check out the steps and see how to turn this sometimes tricky task into a much easier one. InDesign offers a lot of options, and if you're going to master all it's tricks, watch this how-to to learn one of the most simple and essential tricks.

How To: Purify Urine for Drinking with an Emergency Solar Still

It’s called Urophagia—the art of consuming urine. There could be any number of reasons for having the desire to drink your own urine (or somebody else’s). There’s the so-called term “urine therapy,” which uses human urine as an alternative medicine. In urine therapy, or uropathy, it’s used therapeutically for various health, healing, and cosmetic purposes. There’s also those people who drink urine as sexual stimulation, where they want to share every part of each other. And then there’s the o...

How To: Farm for wheat and grass with seeds in Minecraft

Farming in Minecraft isn't the most exciting part of the game, but it's essential for making the high-level food items like cake so you'd better get used to it. This video will walk you through all aspects of Minecraft farming, including getting seeds, using your hoe to til the soil, planting the crops, and then using bonemeal to make them grow fast.

How To: Diagnose the 4 malfunctions of a firearm and clear them

Despite the great variety of guns out there, they all are very similar in that they accomplish four basic things, and that means there are a limited number of things that can go wrong with them. This video will teach you about the four functions of a firearm, the four malfunctions that can befoul those functions, and the two remedial actions that can clear all four of the malfunctions. Essential information for any gun owner.

How To: Use a soldering iron when circuit bending

In a time of ubiquitous electronics, soldering is an essential skill. Fortunately, if you don't already know how it's done, it's an easy skill to pick up and the tools and associated materials can be had for cheap. This video tutorial from MAKE will get you started. For more information, and to get started using a soldering iron yourself, take a look.

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