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Food Styling Basics

8 Comments | Written on August 13, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Styling your food to be “picture perfect” is easier than you think!  You don’t need a closet full of dishes, linens and props to prepare a dish to be photographed.

In fact, I have narrowed it down to only 5 essential items needed to photograph just about any recipe!  Many of these you might already have in your kitchen.  Others can be found for pennies on the dollar at any garage sale or re-sale shop.

These tips can help anyone who is eager to enter our weekly and monthly recipe contests and want to take a beautiful photo of your dish.

Keep reading for 5 easy tricks of the trade!  

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Blogger Conferences, Workshops, Retreats and Events 2013-2014

3 Comments | Written on July 30, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Here at Better Recipes, we are trying to assemble a comprehensive list of blogger conferences, workshops, retreats and events for the remainder of 2013 and into 2014.  Please help us by leaving a comment below!

-What should we add to this list?

-What is your “don’t miss” conference of the year?  

-Are you hosting a conference?  Email us – We’d love to chat about it!  Kristina {dot} Vanni {at} Meredith {dot} com

This list will be updated and revised as new conferences, workshop, retreats and events are announced throughout the year.  Check back often, and we hope to see you all at some of these amazing events!

Keep reading for the list!

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How to Win a Recipe Contest

5 Comments | Written on July 26, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Hundreds, thousands, even MILLIONS of dollars are up for grabs through cooking and recipe contests every year.   Not to mention great prizes like kitchen equipment or even luxury vacations!

Recipe contests can also be a great way to get your “foot in the door” in the food world.  If you want to promote your food blog, are itching to write a cookbook, or even have dreams of someday hosting a TV show, you can build an impressive award-winning resume through cooking contests.

Anyone who has a passion for food, a bit of creative inspiration, and loves the trill of competition, you too can be part of the winners circle!  All you need is a few inside tips and advice to get going.

I have assembled my Top 10 Tips for Winning a Recipe Contest.  What are you waiting for?  You can’t win if you don’t enter!

Keep reading to learn how YOU can win!

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Treadmill Desk for Food Bloggers

2 Comments | Written on July 21, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

Life as a food writer can be exciting, creatively inspiring, and can mean hours on my feet each day running around the kitchen testing new recipes.  On the other hand, it can also mean there are times when I am chained to my desk writing recipes, composing blogs and updating social media.

I love the days when I am “out and about” and I have begun to dread the days where I had to just sit in my office for hours at a time.  By the end of the day my knees were stiff and my back was sore from all that sitting.  I knew there had to be a solution to these “desk days.”

So, I started googling and came upon the LifeSpan Fitness Treadmill Desks.  Could a treadmill desk be a tool for food writers and bloggers like myself?  Could it be the solution to anyone who spends a significant portion of their work day behind a computer screen?  I decided to check it out for myself.

Keep reading to learn more…

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Tips for Baking Cookies

13 Comments | Written on June 8, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

We are in the middle of cookie week here at Better Recipes.   The “Best Cookie Ever” contest will close tonight, so get those recipes in right away!

When baking the perfect cookie, it’s not only the recipe that counts, your equipment matters as well!  Some swear by silicone (Silpat) baking sheets, while others believe a great non-stick cookie sheet is just fine.  I decided to do a bit of investigative work to find out which is best for baking cookies!

Keep reading for my tips for baking cookies!

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What is Cilantro? What is Parsley? How to tell the difference…

23 Comments | Written on April 16, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

I grew up in a household where we were always cooking.  Day in and day out for family meals, entertaining at holidays, or, more often than not, testing recipes for cooking contests.  My mom was constantly busy in the kitchen, which meant my dad was often given the task of running to the grocery store for a last minute essential ingredient.

Now, my dad is an excellent food taster and even better dishwasher, but the culinary arts are certainly not his forte.  Inevitably about 20 minutes after he left the house the phone would ring.  Before even picking up the receiver my mom would know, “Daddy has a question…”  This was a much better outcome than the times he would just guess then come home with the wrong ingredient.  I can remember many instances when my mom opened up the grocery bag, ready to finish off a recipe, and sighing, “Bill!  You got cilantro instead of parsley!”

For the novice cook, the difference between Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Cilantro can be confusing at first since they are often located near each other in the produce aisle.  There is one very easy rule of thumb that can help anyone (even my dad) differentiate between the two.

Keep reading for an easy trick to always tell the difference…

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How to Re-Cover Dining Room Chairs

No Comments | Written on April 9, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

If you saw my post here on Friday, you will see that I have been busy giving my kitchen a bit of a facelift.  The only problem?   Once it was all done, I looked over at my dining room and thought, now it’s your turn…

I was tired of my dingy, boring white chairs.  They looked so plain with the sparkling new kitchen looking over from the other side of the room.  I was short on time and budget was a concern, so I decided that re-covering the chairs would be the best way to enjoy a new “look” in a matter of minutes.

Let me show you how I gave my dining room a whole new look in about 30 minutes with only $30.

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What Fruits and Vegetables are in Season? April

2 Comments | Written on April 2, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

In March I created the first “produce buying guide” for finding the best fruits and vegetables in season during the month.  Everyone seemed to like it, so I figured I would make another one for April!

Keep this infographic handy throughout the month of April to buy your favorite produce while it is in season.  I like to print it out and keep it near my grocery list for meal planning and shopping.   You can also “pin it” to your Pinterest account boards or share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Keep reading for seasonal recipe ideas…

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What Fruits and Vegetables are in Season? March

3 Comments | Written on March 5, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

When buying produce in season, you are not only getting fruits and vegetables at their peak of flavor, you are also getting the best price!  I have created this handy info graphic to help you find the best produce in the month of March.

I like to print it out and keep it near my grocery list for meal planning and shopping.   You can also “pin it” to your Pinterest account boards or share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s spread the word about the beautiful fruits and vegetables in season this month!

Keep reading for seasonal recipe ideas…

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How to Make Homemade Breakfast Cereal

5 Comments | Written on January 9, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

If you resolved to eat better, cook more, and save money in the New Year, you have come to the right place.  It seems like every time I go to the grocery store, the price of breakfast cereal goes higher and higher.  It got me wondering, would it be possible to make my own cereal from scratch at home?

 Keep reading to learn how to make homemade breakfast cereal…

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