Did you make that frittata in your cast iron skillet, and now you’re wondering how to clean it without pulling out the soap that you know you shouldn’t use? Skip the soap and give your skillet a facial. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and scrub with a wet paper towel. Repeat until clean. Lightly rub with oil afterwards.

Into a microwave safe bowl, add 1/2 cup of water. Cut a lemon in half, squeezing the juice into the water. Drop the two halves into the water. Place in the microwave, and heat on high for 3 minutes. Let it stand for another 5 minutes. Don’t be tempted to open the door. When the timer goes off, use a dry towel to clean up the mess. (For step-by-step images, click here.)

—Chris, Burnt Macaroni

To create steam in your oven, the recipe usually calls for placing a shallow pan of water on the bottom rack. Next time, skip the shallow pan and fill a muffin tin with water. It’s much easier to take in and out of the oven without burning yourself or spilling water everywhere.

Homemade cranberry sauce from the faux martha

Promise me one thing this Thanksgiving—no cans of cranberry sauce. Deal? Let me return the favor by promising you—this is the easiest recipe. Evah! And people will actually eat it. You won’t miss the untouched cylindrical cranberry “sauce” fresh with indents from the can. I promise. Read more

 
 
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