10 bad kitchen habits you need to break now

We all make mistakes in the kitchen — especially when we’re just starting out. But great cooks learn to be great by learning from their mistakes. Whether you’re a seasoned professional chef or a 20-something try-hard, if you’ve picked up any of these bad habits in the kitchen ditch them right now! Your cooking is suffering and you might not even know it. 1. Your knives are always dull When you’re using a dull knife, you actually increase your risk of getting injured. A sharp knife easily slices through anything, but a dull blade needs some force. This means it’s more likely to slip out of your hand and cut you — possibly seriously. If you don’t know how to properly sharpen a knife, no worries. You can get it done by a professional relatively cheaply. Once sharp, remember to store them with their blades protected in knife guards. Never…

Blueberry bars bring the first taste of summer

Blueberry season in North America runs from April through September, so now is the time to start enjoying those plump, juicy, blueberries in everything from salads and smoothies to muffins and more. These fresh blueberry bars are a quick and easy tasty treat. Every bite is bursting with blueberry flavor and crunchy walnut pieces. So give into those first cravings for fresh summer flavors and try this delicious blueberry bar recipe. Fresh blueberry bars Makes about 16 bars Ingredients 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 stick salted butter (1/2 cup), room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature 1/2 tsp quality vanilla extract 1 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (about 12 ounces) 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped 1/4 cup powdered sugar Lemon zest from 1 large lemon (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9×13 inch pan or line pan with aluminum foil to make bars easy to remove. In…