How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

by Capree K

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  

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Print It: Free Summer Fruit Labels!

by Capree K

Print It: Free Summer Fruit Labels!

The other day I ate an entire package of raspberries in one sitting (which I suppose is better than a whole can of Pringles, right?).  If you have a little more patience and, you know, actually plan to can, freeze, or gift your garden's fruit, may I suggest printing out these very cute, very FREE downloadable labels and gift tags?  

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Unspeakable Things People Are Doing to Hot Dogs

by DIY Maven

hot dog with ketchup and mustard

Before you get your grill on this Memorial Day weekend, check out what some people are doing to innocent hot dogs. 

WARNING: If your idea of a tasty-looking hot dog is similar to the one pictured above, you may not want to continue reading.

I won't make you guess as to what's on this one; it's too disgusting. It's a hot dog wrapped

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10 Ways to Combat Escalating Food Prices

by Chris Gardner

10 Ways to Combat Escalating Food Prices

The reports are in, and grocery store prices are on the rise. Produce has skyrocketed, and grain products using wheat and corn have seen sharp increases.

But, as with most things, with a big of planning and creativity, you can do your best to feed your family with nutritious, healthful foods, and still meet your budget.  

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Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

by Chris Gardner

Reader Poll: What are Your Favorite Food Storage Containers

The snow is finally melting this week, but it's always soup season for me. I work at home, so I love spending weekends cooking up all kinds of healthful soups and freezing them, so I can microwave one quickly while in the middle of a project.

I'm aiming to do have one of those very soup marathons this weekend, and it brings up the classic cook ahead questions: once everything has simmered down so wonderfully, in what do you store all of it?

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Curbly Gift Guide: Gifts for Cooks & Foodies

by Bruno Bornsztein

Curbly 2010 Kitchen Gadgets Gift Guide

Curbly's motto is "Love Where You Live", so, naturally, that includes the most important room in the house, the kitchen, and what you do in it, which is COOK! No, we're not a cooking or food site, but we do our fair share of coverage on that topic (see our Food Fridays section to explore), and I like to think we can offer a different perspective than some of the more hardcore foodie sites. 

So, here's my 2010 Holiday Gift Guide For...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: The Vegetarian Edition!

by DIY Maven

Ultimate Thanksgiving: The Vegetarian Edition!
Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving! That might sound like an oxymoron, considering the holiday’s nickname: Turkey Day. “How," meat eaters might ask, "can you possibly have a proper Thanksgiving without turkey?” As a practicing vegetarian for 20 years, let me just say we do just fine, thank you!

Side dishes, like stuffing and mashed potatoes and such are easy: you just leave out the meat and use vegetable-based broths to make ‘em. As for the main...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

by Chris Gardner

Ultimate Thanksgiving: Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Some people refer to it as stuffing, others dressing. Some folks roast it inside the turkey, and many in a dish to get a crisp top (and to avoid any food safety issues). But whatever you call it, and however it makes its way to the table, it has become a quintessential part of the Thanksgiving meal, and it's totally delicious. Here's a collection of tantalizing recipes that can match any menu or palate. We'll keep this post updated with new...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

It's still early, but we wanted to get this one out there early to give serious Thanksgiving aficionados plan-ahead time. What follows is a swift stroll through the thicket of turkey techniques you'll find on the Web. We'll keep this post updated with new ones we find over the next month (send suggestions to tips@curbly.com or leave them in the comments).

Oh, and be sure to check out all of our Ultimate Thanksgiving posts. Nothing will...

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Holiday How To: Make Edible Snowmen from Pantry Staples

by Holidaymagazine
Today, guest blogger and nationally known style expert Matthew Mead shows you how to create these adorable Edible Snowmen (directions after the jump):

Holiday How To: Make Edible Snowmen from Pantry Staples

"Holiday with Matthew Mead" is a "book-azine" offering inspiration and DIY/how-to projects for the Christmas holiday season. It'll be available in early November via online orders only, and in limited quantities (click here to purchase it).

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Pumpkin Bread & Mulling Spices Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole

Welcome to the first installment of Get Nested, my fall series with Curbly. I find myself entertaining much more during the fall and winter seasons, and wanted to offer some helpful tips and recipes to you to help make your entertaining season as seamless as possible.

Mulling spices is a great way to give your home a great aroma.

Aromatic mulling spices make your home smell amazing and give it a warm and welcomeing feel. To make your own, add a teaspoon of cinnamon, cloves, and/or nutmeg to a pot of...

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DIY Back-of-the-Door Spice Rack

by Chris Gardner

DIY spice racks
Finding space in your cabinets to store all your gadgets, cookware, and pantry items is tough enough. But all those cooking staples, oils, vinegars, seasonings, herbs, and spices can totally break your kitchen's proverbial back. There simply isn't enough shelf space to hold it all.

So, don't store everything on the shelves. Vertical storage is the way to go for small rooms, and it works equally well in other small spaces, like your kitchen cabinets.

Joe Provey created these back of the door racks with a few hardwood (cherry?) 1x6"s, and gave them acrylic faces to see the jar labels.  

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Icy Cold Havana Mojito Pops

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

mojitopops

Oh yum! Frozen, fruity, adult popsicles, "Please sir, may I have some more?"  Havana bartender, Felix Parra generously shared his favorite summer adult popsicle recipes in Diablomag.com. It might just be the right weekend to test out his Tangerine Rum Pop, Watermelon Rum Pop or, the Havana Mojito Popsicle. Get the party started with a big, icy tub o' cocktail pops. To get the Mojito Pops started follow his recipe...

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