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How to freeze rhubarb for use all year long

Rhubarb. It’s the stuff spring dessert dreams are made of. It’s one of the first veggies to appear in the spring, bringing its bright pink color and wonderfully tart taste to compotes, cakes, pies, and crumbles. But just like that, fresh rhubarb bolts when the summer heat turns up, leaving us longing for more. The solution? Freezing it, of course! If you’re lucky to have extra rhubarb — or just didn’t get around to baking as much as you would have liked this spring — it’s worth noting that rhubarb freezes very well and will stay good for up to a year. The easiest way to freeze rhubarb is to cut cleaned stalks into 1-inch pieces, then lay them flat on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze about 3 to 4 hours or until firm. Then, transfer to freezer bags and label. You can use frozen rhubarb the…

A USDA food safety reminder for summer outings

Don’t let pathogens crash your summer picnic. With summer officially underway, people are gearing up their picnic baskets and grills for a long summer of outdoor dining. But remember that excess heat and humidity combined with outdoor activities make for the perfect environment for bacteria to multiply and spoil your food and your fun. If your idea of summer is indulgent whipped cream fruit salads, deviled eggs, and grilled chicken and burgers, you should take a few steps to make sure your meal won’t make you sick. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a few tips that will help keep summer fun and food handling safe: Lather up. If running water might not be present, bring soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer or moist towelettes. It’s good to wash hands before eating, but it’s extra important if you’re handling raw meat or poultry. Bring plenty of plates and utensils. Don’t place cooked…

7 fruits and vegetables you should never juice

The beauty of juicing is that it can save you from the abundance of fruits and vegetables. (It’s a good problem to have, but a problem that needs a solution none-the-less.)  Juicing means you’ll still get the nutrients, but you won’t have to nosh of raw produce for days, or come up with recipes for obscure ingredients like kohlrabi. Still there are a few fruits and vegetables that are better left whole. If you find you got carried away at the farmer’s market, or your summertime CSA overloaded you on any of these fruit and veggies, you would have a hard time turning them into juice. For this crop, the blender going to be best. Here’s a list of unjuiceables: Avocados Avocados are great in smoothies, salads — and just about anything else. They’re loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, so you definitely don’t want to let them go…

Why you should always ‘rest’ meat after cooking

When the smell of sizzling, charred steak is wafting through the air, it can be hard to delay any further gratification. You want to dive fork first into that juicy piece of meat and feast until you’re full. But before you make this backyard barbecue blunder, you should understand the importance of resting meat. Let’s explore. What happens to cooked meat? Cooking a piece of meat causes the proteins to ‘set’. The more cooked the meat, the more ‘set’ the proteins are, thus creating the variation in firmness between, say, a raw and well-done piece of meat. A meat thermometer can tell you exactly how cooked your piece of meat is, but most cooks pride themselves on being able to tell doneness using only the tong test. (Poke any steak with a pair of tongs and the amount of push-back will tell you its approximate doneness.) Why all meat should rest…

30+ Restaurants where kids can eat for free (or at a discount)

No school, no homework, and no stress, right? Summertime is all about giving kids time to let loose, but unfortunately you’re still working, and kids inevitably end up bored and whiny. When that happens, sometimes all you need to make everyone happy is a trip to their favorite restaurant. You’ll get everyone out of the house, and save yourself some cooking time, too. And of course, free food makes it all possible. Here are 30+ restaurants where you can get free (or seriously discounted) kids meals. Some of these deals make dining out so affordable for the entire family, you might even start a weekly tradition. ***NOTE: Before you head to your nearest location of any of these chains, call ahead to make sure they participate in the promotion. Just in time for busy summer schedules, here are 30+ restaurants, listed by each day of the week, where kids can…

12 easy, healthy snacks for your road trip

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the U.S. summer travel season. Nearly 43 million Americans will use the long weekend to travel — about 37.6 million of those by car, according to automobile association AAA. While you can’t avoid the inevitable dirty gas station bathrooms and frustrating traffic jams, you can pack some snacks to make sure that you don’t get hangry and reach for unhealthy fast food. I know, I know. “Road trip food is half the fun,” you say. But is it? Do you arrive to your destination feeling satisfied and refreshed, or do you skid in sideways with a greasy chicken sandwich upset stomach ready for a 12-hour nap? The food options on the road are quite bad, but without something to satiate us, we’ll tell ourselves, “what other options are there?” Well, there are tons of options! Stop yourself from spiraling down the dark rabbit…

10 foods you didn’t know were actually American

American cuisine, the great melting pot, is known for adopting foods from all over the world as its own. But there are plenty of foods invented in the United States that you might wrongfully assume come from other cultures. No matter where a dish is born, it doesn’t make it any less delicious. So let’s give credit where credit is due. Here are 10 “foreign” foods that are actually American inventions. 1. German Chocolate Cake The name might bring to mind decadent Bavarian pastries, but this coconut-pecan frosted chocolate cake owes its name not to the country of Germany, but to an English-born candy maker named Samuel German. German developed a type of making chocolate for the Massachusetts-based Baker’s Chocolate Company — his employer at the time. The product was marketed as “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.” In 1957, a Dallas housewife, Mrs. George Clay, used the chocolate in a recipe she…

Capri sun swimsuits are here for a splash of ’90s nostalgia

While you were debating whether or not you were going to get a new swimsuit this year or just squeeze back into last year’s faded threads, one L.A. based clothing company made that decision for you. That squeezable, shiny drink pouch you loved to sip as a middle school student is now coming to you as a swimsuit — and you won’t be able to resist. Feast your eyes on the colorful recreations of Capri Sun, Arizona Iced Tea, Fiji water, and Hi-C as swimwear. They’re sure to blast you right back to childhood. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwcG5Iggmmj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Following the success of last year’s La Croix bathing suits, Public Space is back with a new drink-inspired line of spandex suits, continuing to cash in on the Millennial love of all things ’90s. While LaCroix suits won’t be making a comeback, the new designs are just as fun. https://www.instagram.com/p/BiXEq8FlaMe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Each design comes in either…

Where you can find deals and special menus for Mother’s Day 2019

No material thing can repay Mom for all she’s done for you over the years, but the least you can do on Mother’s Day is pick up the check. Mother’s Day is the single most popular day for dining out (followed by Valentine’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day and New Year’s Eve). This year, the National Retail Federation estimates we’ll spend more than $4.6 billion at restaurants for Mom on May 12, 2019. It’s the second largest gift category after jewelry ($5.2 billion). Your relationship with your mom is priceless, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a little coin — after all, she always taught you to be smart with your money. Whether you decide on brunch, lunch, or dinner, here are some restaurants offering discounts or special menus for Mother’s Day this year. (And check back soon! We’ll add more freebies and deals for 2019 as they are revealed. Here were…

How to make corn on the cob perfectly every time

Is it even summer yet if you haven’t had corn on the cob? Biting teeth first into a buttery, bright yellow ear of corn is one of those moments of pure summer joy. It’s a rare vegetable that kids enjoy just as much as adults. The fuss-free summer staple is delicious topped with just a pat of butter and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Peak season for sweet corn is May through September, so pick it up at the grocer or farmers market and enjoy it while you can. 1. pick out the best ears Husks should have a green sheen to them and should be tightly wrapped against the cob. The tassels on top should be moist and tacky to the touch. If they’re black or dry, then you’re looking at an old ear of corn. If you have the rare opportunity to peek a bit deeper, peel…