Knowing how to cut and slice raw meat is a skill all omnivorous cooks need in their arsenal. However, raw meat's limp and gelatinous character can be challenging to work with, especially when you're trying to slice it into symmetrical, attractive sections for a stir-fry or a stew.
Look, I'm no food snob. I once dedicated an entire day to eating only deep-fried things (butter, Twinkies, Oreos, pickles) at the Minnesota State Fair. But even I draw the line at instant mashed potatoes. I mean, why bother? It's not that hard to make perfectly delicious and fluffy mashers yourself.
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!
One of our favorite kitchen items, hands down, is a good old-fashioned wooden spoon. It's practical, versatile, and can last for decades if cared for properly. There are specific ways to nurture wooden utensils in order to keep them from cracking and to help them maintain their glossy sheen.
A slow cooker can be both your culinary companion and your go-to gadget in the kitchen. That's right: the idea of slow cooking is no longer for Southern housewives or purveyors of the Ladies' Home Journal anymore. The times, they are a'changing!
There are many reasons to root Android, but for me, the most important one is to have the Xposed Framework. Xposed gives you access to hundreds of modules, which take away the need to manually modify core system files to add new features and functionality to your Android device.
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.
If you venture out into the wilderness without at least the 10 pieces of gear described in this video, you are unprepared for an emergency situation. This is a great video for beginning outdoorspeople that will teach you about the ten most important survival gear pieces to bring with you on any trip into the wilderness.
With fragrance-filled sprays, scented candles, diffuser sticks, and other air-freshening products, the scent lasts just a few minutes and doesn't always mask what you were hoping to cover up. When it comes to the bathroom, scented toilet paper might sound like a terrible (and silly) idea, but it's best at eliminating stinky smells over a long period of time.
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.
Baking is one of life's greatest joys. There's something truly magical about taking a half a dozen humble ingredients, mixing them until they're an odd-colored sludge, tossing them into an oven, and watching them emerge as something elegant and delicious.
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.
Many of my aspiring hackers have written to me asking the same thing. "What skills do I need to be a good hacker?"
Create transitions in Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential. 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 easily add transitions to your Flash movies.
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.
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...
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?!
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.
Watch this video to learn how to strengthen your body to become a better juggler. Watch to do the shoulder press. In another exercise, put your feet on the couch and do a proper crunch. How? Check it out.
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,...
If you are going to play the blues guitar you better have this turnaround lick in your bag of tricks. If not, it's time to go into the woodshed!
Feeling calmer and happier is at the tip of your nose: It’s just a matter of using your common scents. Check out this Howcast video tutorial on how to use Aromatherapy's Essential Oils to improve your life.
Check out this video to learn a new toothache remedy using clove essential oil. This is an informative video.
Anxiety can take a toll on your body and there are many ways to help ease anxiety in your body. Essential oils can relieve anxiety and relax the body. Get advice on reducing and managing stress in this stress management how-to video.
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.
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.
Besides your car insurance information and a spare tire, what are some other essential items you should always keep inside your vehicle?
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.
So, you just bought Photoshop. It's time to familiarize yourself with the rudimentary tools. Let's start at the very beginning!
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
If you're looking to start a retirement plan for your employees, this how to from the IRS is a great, informative video. Everyone knows that keeping great employees is essential to staying competitive and growing in today's business world. Find out how to start a retirement plan to keep those great workers right there where they are.
Smartphones are becoming pocket computers, jammed full of data essential to our personal and professional lives. With AT&T's 360 Backup app you can protect your important information with the push of a few buttons.
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.
The Ukelele is a great little instrument that is easy to learn, sounds good, and is portable. How much better could it be? If you're learning the Ukelele, watch this video. It will give you tips of chucking, teach you how to read Ukelele tabs, and how to strum properly. This is all essential information for any beginning Ukelele player.
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.