Easy Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa Dinner Recipe

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My family has recently discovered the joy of slow cooker dinner planning. And, by planning, I mean not really planning. This particular recipe is about as simple as it gets. Combine chicken breasts or tenders with a jar of your favorite salsa in your slow cooker. If you really want to get fancy, you can add some beans or fresh vegetables. Cook for whatever time your cooker recommends (usually 5-ish hours), serve and enjoy! Great served with rice. Pro-tip: adjust the spice level of your salsa according to your tastes.

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Marshmallows to Keep Brown Sugar from Clumping

Brown sugar. It’s a tasty goodness that no baker, eater of grapefruit or oatmeal connoisseur should be without. However, unlike standard sugar, brown sugar can be a bit high maintenance. Clumping and hardening are two woes that seem to come up all too often when you’re ready to partake in a brown sugar treat. According to the folks at Real Simple, all it takes to keep your brown sugar in peak shape is tossing a few marshmallows into whatever you’re storing the sugar in. Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you in the comments below. Sweet!

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How to Open Pistachios That Don’t Cooperate

Pistachios are a treat to eat, but they do take a little work. Most pistachios pop right open, but some can have very stubborn shells. That’s when I discovered it was time to fight fire with fire. Simply take a single half shell from another nut, and insert it in the gap between the stubborn nut’s shells. Then just twist the half shell like a screwdriver and the stubborn nut will easily open up and reward you with a tasty nut for your clever efforts.

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How to Use an Egg Slicer to Efficiently Slice Mushrooms

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My family likes to shop at Trader Joe’s. We also like to buy organic whenever feasible. For whatever reason, our Trader Joe’s never carries pre-sliced organic mushrooms. So, it’s either buy conventionally-grown with no prep time, or buy organic and spend an eternity slicing mushrooms by hand. Then, one day it dawned on me that our old egg slicer might do a brisk job of slicing the ‘shrooms. Sure enough, the egg slicer made quick work of the mushroom slicing, and it made for much more consistent slices than the old-fashioned way by hand.

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Cutting Board Countertop Hack

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So, you’re running a little short on countertop space? Fear not! This handy kitchen hack can multiply your kitchen workspace with ease. While the cutting board shown here is on the small side, this hack works best with a rectangular board that fits fairly evenly over one of your drawers. Just make sure the drawer isn’t over-extended and that the board is stable and well-supported, or the “hack” might wind up being from a knife injury. Once your cutting board is in place, enjoy your newly expanded countertop, whether its for actual cutting, or just additional space to set things on.

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Why You Should Microwave Your Lemons

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Getting juice out of citrus can be hard labor. That’s especially true if you’re juicing dozens of lemons manually for some nice, refreshing lemonade. It turns out that you can coax more juice out of your lemons by nuking them. Try microwaving about a half dozen lemons for around 20 seconds to optimize your lemon juicing efforts!

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