138 Vegan Pasta Recipes from Around the World

by DIY Maven

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Secret: I could probably eat pasta every night. The reason I don't, of course, is I'm afraid I'd get sick of it after a while, and that would be a travesty. Although, with IVU's enormous selection of homemade pasta recipes from around the world, I just might give it a go. We can choose from Vegan Pesto to Black Bean & Key Lime Bow Ties to Sun-Dried Tomato, Garlic and Jalapeno Pasta. For

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Amazing Spoons.

by Chris Gardner

It's bizarre... All wooden spoons are essentially the same, right? A dish with a stick.

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But then, think of all the variables. Wood species, curves of angles, proportions, sizes. Artist Nick Webb understands theses subtleties, and features them to create unique and beautiful pieces of functional art.

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How-To: Edible Utensils.

by Chris Gardner

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This one goes into the why?-because-you-can file : Toasty pâte brisée serving utensils and ramekin. Bread bowls? Ha!

Speak French? Then tell us all what this says, cause I'm sure it sounds savory: "oilà il est à présent temps de voter pour le projet qui vous semble le plus pertinent. Attention, fin des votes le lundi 9 novembre à 12h. Un grand merci à Nathalie pour avoir joué le jeu et pour sa proposition qui donne carrément envie de lécher l’écran !"

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Meat Head.

by Chris Gardner

So, it's kinda like not being able to look away from a flaming car crash, but it'll still make you giggle.

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"Hubby discovered that whipped cream cheese (whip your own with a mixer) made wonderful "glue". Smear it all over a cheap skull then cover it with thin slices of meat (ham seems to look the best). The eyes are olives stuffed into martini onions." From Flickr.

Happy Halloween, hamfaces.

 

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10+ Best Uses for Your Toaster Oven.

by Chris Gardner

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In my very first Curbly post EVER (almost 1,000 ago), I announced my love affair with the magical silver box that is my toaster oven. Way more effecient to run and way quicker to heat, the toaster oven is a great addition to small and large kitchens alike. The Kitchn has assembled 10 great times to opt for the tiny versions over the big dudes, and the comments are full of excellent additional options.

Plus, they're perfect for Shrinky Dinks. :)

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How To: Pie Pops.

by Chris Gardner

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

by Chris Gardner

created at: 2009-08-16

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler and Part II: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream.

With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I'd seen 'bourbon cherries' in gourmet shops...fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here's...

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream

by Chris Gardner

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler.

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So....with more than five pounds of cherries left from syrup making, I realized I was gonna have to get these dudes processable so that, come winter time, I'd be to able use them in a variety of ways. Creating pie filling for freezing was an option, as well as just throwing the cherries whole into the freezer, but I wanted to be able to keep them versatile for whatever...

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How to Make Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler

by Chris Gardner

created at: 2009-08-15

So, on Saturday, I went to pick up my weekly CSA harvest, and the wonderful young lady pointed to an enormous box of bing cherries, and said, "Also, you're welcome to take as many of those as you want, but they're super ripe, so they gotta be used today."

"Really?" I said, as I grabbed a produce bag.

"Yeah. Take the whole box if you want..."

Well, I DID want, so I took the box, and realized, as I popped my third into my mouth on the walk...

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Nine Alternative Uses for Ketchup.

by Chris Gardner

Ketchup. Catsup. Catchup. Some folks in my family even choose to say 'tomato ketchup'...you know, to distinguish it from eggplant or fava bean ketchup. Or perhaps to convince themselves that it shouldn't rather be called "corn syrup ketchup."

Regardless, it's sticky sweet and acidic make-up provide from some interesting uses other than dressing your tater tots. Here's nine from the Daily Green.

1. Shine Your Copper

 

2. Get Those Auto Parts...

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How to: Repurpose a Ketchup Bottle for Perfect Pancakes

by Chris Gardner

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You've seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use...

But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. "Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring...

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13 Strategies for Shopping Farmer's Markets.

by Chris Gardner

Tis the season for locally grown goodness, sunny Saturday mornings, and actually smiling at those who grow and pick your food.

So, do it well, with these thirteen suggestions from the Chicago Tribune:

1 Make a schedule.

2 Decide on your priorities.

3 Plan your cook-in nights.

4 Bring your own reusable bags.
5 Get up early.
6 Don't expect bargains.

7 Do a walkthrough first.

8 Meet the vendors.

9 Ask for tips on preparation and recipes.

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The Lap Counter.

by Chris Gardner

Dateline: Thanksgiving 1994(ish). Twelve-year-old Chris, in his holiday best, is betasked to peel the potatoes. Not wanting to miss the parade, I sneak the trashcan into the living room, and get with the de-eying. Meanwhile, the sous chefs continue to toss out the unusables into that spot where, you know, the rubbage bin is "supposed" to be.

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How to Make Cold Brewed Iced-Coffee.

by Chris Gardner

Apparently, there's QUITE a flavorful difference between brewing hot coffee and icing it down, and creating iced coffee through cold brewing techniques. From Lifehacker:

"Matthew Yglesias at the Internet Food Association blog writes that it's really a matter of overnight cold-brewing and straining. First gather up 1 cup of coarse-ground coffee and stir it into 4 1/2 cups of water, or strengthen the mix to taste. After that 'stick it in the...

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Make Your Own Colored Sugar.

by Chris Gardner

Price check: 12.3 ounces of colored sugar = $10.00. 16oz of pure, white granulated sugar = $1.00.

Oh, but it's not colored, you say? Well, not yet.

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Instructable-r StarshipMinivan offers an unbearably easy tutorial for creating your own colored sugar. And most likely, you already have everything you need in your pantry.

Supplies:

Sugar
Food coloring
Fork
Bowl
Plate

Just mix the food coloring into the sugar with a fork. Spread it out, allow...

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100 Things to Do with a Meyer Lemon.

by Chris Gardner

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Meyer lemons, a hybrid of a lemon and a mandarin orange, are in season throughout the winter and the early spring. From Julie O'Hara at NPR: "the Meyer lemon has smooth golden skin the color of a fresh egg yolk. It also has a thin edible rind, a high volume of juice and none of the tartness of a regular lemon — yet its potential in the kitchen went unnoticed. Today, the Meyer lemon is a darling of farmers markets and beloved by chefs and...

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