5 Ways to Steam Vegetables Without a Basket — Tips from The Kitchn

When it comes to cooking, there’s rarely just a single way to do something. In the case of steaming veggies, a steamer basket is certainly handy, but you don’t necessarily need one. Some of these tools and methods are a little … let’s say, creative, but they’ll get you to where you want to go. Now repeat after me: No steamer basket, no problem!

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10 Beautiful Ice Cream Cones That Are Made for Instagram — The Summer Scoop

It could be argued that the Cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery was the first Instagram-forward food. It’s been three years since its inception, and the amount of meals — especially desserts — that have been created in the name of social media has grown. And now that it’s finally hot out, you’ll be seeing these ice cream creations all over your Instagram feed.

From unusual bubble cones, to ice cream that’s truly jet-black, here are the 10 summer cones that are ready for their close-up.

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Recipe: Avocado Pickles — Recipes from The Kitchn

Firm, underripe avocados used to be something I avoided at all costs. I was in it for the instant gratification of a soft, creamy avocado that could be instantly split open and spread on toast. That all changed the day I discovered avocado pickles. While I once scoffed at a bin filled to the brim with hard avocados, these are the very ones I now happily load in my basket to bring home because there’s something just as delectable to do with them.

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Should You Buy a Spiralizer? 3 Reasons to Say Yay. — It’s a Spiralized Life

Space in my kitchen is at a premium. One-trick culinary ponies are fun, but take up precious space — so why did I buy a spiralizer? Like many others who were trying to make the move to more vegetables and fewer carbs, the zucchini noodle poked its head up from the great internet world of health food blogs and said eat me.

If you’re on the fence about buying one, here are three arguments in favor of the trendy tool du jour.

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