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Marinating Chicken In Dairy: A Complete Guide

The picture of raw chicken floating away in your fridge for hours in a container filled with yogurt, milk or buttermilk may be sight difficult to imagine for the uninitiated. Some may even find it a bit gross. However, we promise that once you learn a little bit more about this technique and give its tender, juicy results a go, you will too become a full convert who will never grill a dry chicken breast ever again.

Marinating meat in dairy is not a novelty. Humans have been using yogurt and milk to tenderize meat Yogurt Your Meats: It’s Part Science, Part Spiritual | TASTE for hundreds of years and this technique still remains one of the best and easiest ways to infuse it with flavor. Cuisines such as those from Iran, India, Lebanon, Turkey and Italy are rife with dishes in which meats such as chicken, lamb or pork are soaked in yogurt or cooked in milk.

Make the most out of spring produce with these delicious pasta recipes

After months of filling yourself with hearty foods to power through cold winter days, spring brings a welcome respite from subsisting on meat, heavy roots and squashes with lighter fare like peas, leafy greens, crispy asparagus and the most flavorful alliums of any season.

We’re excited for markets filled with fresh fava beans, garlic, spinach, ramps, leeks, watercress, radishes, endives, cherries, strawberries, artichokes, scallions and all the other incredible produce that the Spring season brings. This is the time of year when basil is at its peak flavor, avocados at their creamiest and chives at their most delicious.

There is no better vehicle for all these fresh herbs and veggies than a simple bowlful of pasta where their flavors are free to shine. It’s also the perfect thing to cook once it’s nice outside and you have no appetite for complicated recipes that will keep you inside in your kitchen for hours.  

Check out below our list of yummy pasta recipes that will have even the pickiest of eaters loving all of these nutritious ingredients.

  • Avocado Pasta Salad

Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad - NatashasKitchen.com

  • Pea and Asparagus Pasta

Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta - Cookie and Kate

  • Orzo Salad with Chicken and Radishes

Orzo Salad with Chicken and Radishes Recipe | MyRecipes

  • Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta

Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com

  • Martha’s One Pot Pasta

https://food52.com/recipes/30147-martha-stewart-s-one-pan-pasta

  • Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pea Pesto Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes | Minimalist Baker Recipes


Best Amazon Deals & Best Sellers For Kitchenware, Housewares, Groceries, Cookbooks & More

It is always a good time to start saving money, so we wanted to put together some of our top selections for saving money at the world's largest online retailer...Amazon.com. Amazon did a great job creating an image that it has the lowest prices around, but you need to be careful as as Amazon continues to raise prices to make more money and cover the costs of shipping.

That said, there's no doubt that Amazon has a lot of deals across it's vast product selection. We wanted to sort through some of the website to make it easier for you to search through the top deals of the week for anything related to the kitchen (e.g. housewares deals, kitchenware deals, cookbook bargains, groceries steals and more).

Our amazon picks

**Below, you'll find our more detailed reviews, but you can also click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews.


Top 5 best values for the kitchen from amazon.com

1. Shop Amazon Gold Box - New Deals. Everyday

Amazon Deals For Kitchen


If you haven't heard of Amazon gold box you need to check it out today. Essentially the gold box for Amazon is part of the daily deals that they make available to all of their online shoppers. These include lightening deals as well as daily deals. What's the difference between Amazon lightening deals and daily deals? The main difference is lightening will disappear quicker based either on time or quantity.

Since I was merchant/buyer at Home Depot, I can explain a little bit on how this works. Usually retailers will mark up a product to the "MSRP or List Price" they get from the manufacturer / supplier. They can then discount the price off of this fake price as they will likely not sell many products at this high amount. So what you really need to do is just compare the end price with one other site with similar products (either on Amazon or Google Shopping). The good news is the Amazon Daily and Lightening deals are usually pretty good vs. other products on their site and vs. their competition.

Pros

  • Great deals most of the time
  • Huge selection of offers
  • Easy to shop
  • Fast delivery

Cons

  • Actual % savings is likely not exactly that amount
  • Sometimes freight cost is put into the cost of the product

2. Shop Amazon Deals - Deep Discounts on Open-box and Used Kitchen Gadgets

open box deals kitchen gadgets amazon


Some of the best deals you can get would be from used or open box products. Just because someone else returned a product doesn't mean the product isn't good...a lot of times they just end up returning it for a wide variety of reasons, but because they opened the box it means the Amazon can't sell the item as new. 

Pros

  • Getting a almost as good as new product for less
  • Product usually performs as described (if not return it)

Cons

  • Some products may not work, so returning them is a pain (worth the savings)

3. Shop Amazon Outlet - Clearance, Markdowns and Overstock Deals

amazon outlet deals


Sometimes retailers and buyer/merchants end up buying too much of the wrong thing (e.g. generally 20% of products generate 80% of the sales). What this means for you is that you win because at some point in time the buyer will want to get rid of the products that don't sell as well to replace it with an item they think will do better. In order to make room for these new products either in the warehouse, or in prime spots on the website the buyer will discount these items to get them out of the warehouse (sometimes below cost). This doesn't mean they are bad products...just that not enough people were interested. This is your win if you want the product...only you get it at a reduce cost..congrats!

Pros

  • Usually brand new product just discounted to sell quickly
  • Great deals, especially if you can time it right

Cons

  • Not having exactly what you want when you want it
  • Usually restrictions on return the item

4. Introducing Prime Pantry - Everyday Essentials Delivered to You

It is a really good time to think about how much time you are spending going to shop at the grocery store...skip the time, hassle, crowds and germs and have Amazon deliver it to you instead.

What is Amazon Prime Pantry? According to Amazon: "Amazon Pantry is an online store where Customers can shop for groceries and household products in everyday package sizes (for example, a single box of cereal).

Amazon Pantry allows Amazon to expand its selection and offer thousands of items that are normally cost prohibitive to ship individually (for example a $3 body wash that then costs $5 to ship).

Amazon Pantry orders have a flat shipping fee of $5.99 and Prime members can get free delivery by placing Amazon Pantry orders of $35 and above.

You can shop Amazon Pantry’s selection online or using the Amazon shopping app. Amazon Pantry also provides great value with weekly deals and coupons on many popular items.

Customers using a valid EBT card in a participating state receive the same shipping benefits as Prime members on Amazon Pantry without a membership fee. Orders under $35 before tax using an EBT card incur a $5.99 shipping fee.

Pros

  • Save time not going to grocery store
  • Great option for family with kids (less hassle)
  • Great saving options
  • Huge selection

Cons

  • Need to order over $35 in goods to get free shipping

5. Shop Amazon - New Coupons in Grocery - Save Up to 30% on Select Food Items

Amazon Grocery Coupons

Amazon Coupons are real easy to use, and are great because you can't use manufacturing coupons you get in your "Sunday paper". Because Amazon has been marketing itself as the “smartest choice” for shopping, entertainment, and many other needs, they knew that at some point they would need to adhere to the desires of more traditional shoppers. This meant introducing coupons.

Amazon Coupons are way better than more traditional cut-out-of-the-newspaper coupons though. The best part of Amazon Coupons is that you get new savings every day and the coupons are catered to your shopping patterns. For instance, if you shop on Amazon for cleaning supplies you will get coupons for cleaning supplies. Note you can't stack coupons.

Pros

  • Save up to 30% on top brands and private label goods
  • Simple to clip coupons
  • A lot coupons to choose from

Cons

  • Time required to search coupons
  • Can't stack coupons
  • Can't use manufacturer coupons

Conclusion

There are a lot of ways to save money on by reviewing deals and top sellers from Amazon's wide selection of deals within kitchware, housewares, cookbooks, and other categories.