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If there is one thing I love to do, it is smoking and grilling food out on the Big Green Egg. I have done long, over the night, low and slow cooks and short, high temperature cooks in which once complete I’ve followed it with a side dish like baked beans in a cast iron skillet. There have been times where I have, unfortunately, ran out of fuel to finish the cook. While you may…

In our house, we go through more paper plates than I’d like to admit. While we try to use our washable plates as much as possible, with two small children it’s often much easier to choose the paper option, knowing that we won’t have to clean up after we’re done. Plus, as I mentioned in another article, paper plates can be composted. At least with composting, I know we’re not simply throwing our plates in…

Most people probably think of a paper towel as a simple convenience item that’s used to clean up messes. Like many household items though, paper towels have other uses as well. One such use that you might not have considered is to use paper towels as a cover in the microwave (more on the potential reasons for this later). It might seem counter-intuitive since a microwave gets hot and paper easily catches fire, but people…

Wax paper. Chances are if you’re like most people you have a box of it in a drawer next to the plastic wrap and aluminum foil. You probably bought it because a recipe called for it, but for the life of you, you can’t remember what it was for and haven’t used it again since. Of course, you haven’t tossed it yet, but that’s good news right now because this article is going to not…

While there’s plenty of controversy surrounding whether or not eggs are healthy, there’s no denying that there are a multitude of ways to eat them, either on their own or as part of a meal. In a typical week, we go through about a dozen eggs, but from time to time, we’ll easily go through twice that amount. As we’ve become more conscious of the amount of waste we produce at home, we’ve taken a…

Although somewhat controversial, olive oil is considered to have many health benefits and is part of many healthy diets, such as the Mediterranean Diet. Olive oil has many uses that aren’t related to food, but typically it’s used as part of a dressing or marinade. It’s also commonly used as an alternative for butter in baked goods and can even be used as a dip. With the versatility of olive oil, you might be wondering…

While you’re probably already aware that a casserole dish can safely go in the oven, there might be other scenarios where it might benefit you to put another type of glass container in there. For example, you might have saved your leftovers in a glass storage container (this is becoming very popular). Can you simply take this from the fridge and put it in your oven to warm it up? Even with casserole dishes that…

Apples are one of the two most popular fruits available in the United States. There’s that old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that may have people eating apples more or it may just be the flavor, availability, and convenience.  Fresh apples are one of my favorite parts of my favorite season – fall. While I don’t always look specifically for organic apples, I have wondered what exactly is that waxy…

If you’ve ever needed to quickly chill a warm drink in a glass bottle, you’re probably already aware that the freezer will do the trick. But if you happen to forget that you put your drink in there, you might end up with a shattered bottle. Is this outcome due to the properties of glass itself, or could it be that the liquids freezing in the bottle are causing the glass to break? While this…

So you got your hands on some new utensils. Straying away from metal or wood, you’ve opted for silicone. For some people who have been using silicone for years, they’ve got care down pat. But do you find yourself wondering if you can put those new utensils in the dishwasher? The short answer is yes, and let me tell you why. What is Silicone? First of all, let’s talk about what silicone actually is. Silicone…

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