Tips & Tricks

DIY Cake Stand (Genius Trick!)

DIY Cake Stand

Today, I have the neatest idea ever to share with you: how to turn any dinner plate into a DIY cake stand.

I was at the coffee shop the other day, waiting at the counter to pay for my Ethiopian filter coffee (so good), and I noticed the barista rearranging the baked goods in the display case. He picked up a plate of small cakes, slipped an upturned bowl underneath it, and all of a sudden, before my very eyes, a cake stand appeared!

I stared at him, speechless with wonder. What a genius trick! (He shrugged one shoulder, all “doesn’t everybody do this?”)

I was so excited I couldn’t wait to tell you about it; I even did a video and animated gifs to show you.

DIY Cake Stand

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The Best Cooking Advice You’ll Ever Get

My life-changing extra-large cutting board from Earlywood.

My life-changing extra-large cutting board from Earlywood.

Inspired by a recent episode of the Happier podcast on the most valuable advice listeners had ever been given, I put out a call on Twitter and Facebook for Chocolate & Zucchini readers to share the best cooking advice they have ever received.

Here are the 40 nuggets of wisdom that resonated with me the most. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, and please add your own best advice in the comments!

On Cooking

Your hands are the most important tool in the kitchen. (Mark)

Buy the best ingredients and utensils you can afford.

Always use a bigger bowl/pot/cutting board than you think you need. (Susannah)

Always be tasting.

Clean up as you go.

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Cooking with Young Children: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned

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Oh, hi! A quick heads-up: today, we’re going to be talking about kids in the kitchen! If this is of zero interest to you, I totally get it, and invite you to take a look at this springtime pot-au-feu, this fresh ginger cake, and these really fun food expressions in various languages. How does that sound? Okay then.

On to today’s topic! My eldest son is about to turn four, and for a little while now I’ve been wanting to post a few thoughts on what it’s like to share kitchen space with him. In short? It’s not easy. The good news? It can be done, but it’s good to keep a few guiding principles in mind. Here’s what I’ve learnt.

Photo credit: No Milk Today.

Photo credit: No Milk Today.

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Seasonal Produce Calendar

Seasonal Produce Calendar

Shopping seasonally is the very first step to cook flavorful, healthy meals for your family and your friends, and save money doing so. But since pretty much everything is available year-round these days (hello carbon footprint!), it can be hard to know what’s really in season and what you should be looking for when you shop.

I’ve put together this handy guide to seasonal produce to tell you what fruits and vegetables are in season when, but also how long they will stay fresh, so you can minimize waste. With this information in mind you can compose a smart selection of produce on your weekly market run, with a few fragile items to eat within a couple of days, with sturdier ones that will last until the end of the week or longer.

To download your FREE seasonal produce calendar, fill in the form below!

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10 Kitchen Resolutions for a Happy, Delicious 2016

10 Kitchen Resolutions

Happy new year! I’ve always loved the blank-slate feel of early January: while it’s a great time to reflect on everything you’re already doing right (you rock!), it’s also an invitation to form new and better habits to shape the year ahead and improve our lives.

So I offer you 10 kitchen resolutions, inspiring but approachable, to make you a better cook and eater this year. Please add yours in the comments below, or share on social media with the hashtag #cnzresolutions, and I will retweet and repost my favorites.

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