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How To Care For Kitchen Knives: 6 Common Mistakes - by Julie R. Thomson

Robert Volodarsky

How To Care For Kitchen Knives: 6 Common Mistakes - by Julie R. Thomson

A nice kitchen knife will cost you a hefty sum, but it’ll reward you with the easiest chopping experience of your cooking life. Not only does it make dicing onions a whole lot more fun, but it’s also way safer — a dull knife is actually dangerous. Before you take the plunge and invest in a sharp blade, there are a few things you should know. A good knife is no ordinary kitchen utensil — it’s your right hand in making meals possible — so you must treat it with the utmost care. No matter how sharp a blade is, it’s a fragile...

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Shopping for Steak? Here Are the 4 Cuts You Should Know - by Christine Gallary of thekitchn.com

Robert Volodarsky

Shopping for Steak? Here Are the 4 Cuts You Should Know - by Christine Gallary of thekitchn.com

Let's talk steak — a big, beautiful slab of beef. I used to only eat steak when my parents treated us to an old-school steakhouse, and while I relished every minute of those meals, the menu always intimidated me. What was the difference between a New York steak and a ribeye? Why was filet mignon so freakin' expensive? Whether you cook steak at home or save it for a special occasion out like we did, it's important to know your high-end steak cuts. Here are the four most popular ones, and we'll cover where they're cut from, what they taste...

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Confused about which cooking oils benefit you most? Here’s help - Siddhi Shroff of kentucky.com

Robert Volodarsky

While eating too much fat can lead to weight gain and health problems, a moderate amount of fat is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Adding a little fat to your food, such as cooking oil, can help fill you up, become the body’s source of energy once carbohydrates are used up, and helps with absorption of several fat-soluble vitamins. Recently, one of the most popular sources of added fat — coconut oil — has come under fire. Though long touted as healthful, recent recommendations from the American Heart Association advise limiting its use. Confused about which oils might benefit you...

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29 Ridiculously Cool Things You Can Get At OpenSky Right Now - by Maitland Quitmeyer of Buzzfeed

Robert Volodarsky

29 Ridiculously Cool Things You Can Get At OpenSky Right Now - by Maitland Quitmeyer of Buzzfeed

In case you didn't know, OpenSky is your next one-stop shop to find the coolest products you need ASAP (and lots you didn't know you needed, but totally want anyway). With over 70,000 independent merchants combined in one website, you can shop a huge variety of goods and products including apparel, beauty, kitchen tools, home goods, jewelry, pet supplies, and so much more. Intrigued? We've rounded up a few of the coolest things available on OpenSky right now — better have your wallet handy. There are TONS of great deals available, so prices are subject to change. 2. A five-piece...

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THE MYSTERY OF DAMASCUS STEEL APPEARS SOLVED - By Walter Sullivan (NY Times Science)

Robert Volodarsky

THE MYSTERY OF DAMASCUS STEEL APPEARS SOLVED - By Walter Sullivan (NY Times Science)

TWO metallurgists at Stanford University, seeking to produce a ''superplastic'' metal, appear to have stumbled on the secret of Damascus steel, the legendary material used by numerous warriors of the past, including the Crusaders. Its formula had been lost for generations. Analyses of steel by Jeffrey Wadsworth and Oleg D. Sherby, in their search for a highly plastic form, revealed properties almost identical to those they then found in Damascus steel, though their own plastic steel had been produced through contemporary methods. The remarkable characteristics of Damascus steel became known to Europe when the Crusaders reached the Middle East, beginning...

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