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People share their coveted recipes all of the time. Your colleague might have a great casserole recipe that they found in Cooking Light magazine years ago, and your next door neighbor will tell you that she swears by her mother-in-law’s tomato sauce. One of the greatest things about cooking is how it not only brings you pleasure because of the food you eat and the people you feed, but it can also be satisfying when you share some of your best cooking secrets, too.

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Two food writers and home cooks know of this satisfaction, but also felt like something was missing in that community of cooks exchanging advice and recipes. After parting ways as colleagues at Saveur magazine in New York City and moving to the suburbs, Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion found that there was a huge disconnect between the buzzy culinary culture that was a part of their daily lives and deskside conversations and the real world.

"It became more apparent how few people are cooking," said Brennan after they moved from an urban area to their current hometowns, and they wondered why there wasn’t more of a connection between the cooking cultures they came from and the one they moved to.

Keepers, released late last month, is their solution to the problem, where they give "deceptively simple [pieces of advice]," says Campion, to encourage more people to get into the kitchen and start cooking home-cooked meals. The recipes and tips that they share aren’t just their best secrets, but they’re ones that put the end user’s life in context, too. Kids’ busy schedules, husbands coming home late from work, or a practically never stocked pantry stand in the way of getting people to turn on the stove, and Campion and Brennan hope that this book changes all of that.

Along with pantry-stocking tips, weekly meal-planning guides, and essential tool checklists, they share recipes, which are, with no surprise because of the title of the book, keepers. These recipes are trusted family and personal recipes, infused with years of experience working in the culinary industry — and later the motherhood industry, too. They’re not just delicious, but they’re also tested and proved to be easy and indispensable dishes for you to add to your recipe box, making them perfect for a weeknight meal. From "a-ha recipes," which Campion uses to describe the fish fingers because it got her kids to finally eat seafood, to ones that demonstrate how easy international cuisine can be, like Brennan’s mother’s Japanese Meat and Potatoes, these recipes give you confidence when stepping into the kitchen.

The best part of their collection of recipes became apparent when talking to Campion and Brennan about how they went about creating the book. They’re not just telling you that they’re mothers and cooks so you can trust their practical advice — they actually did the leg work. They crowd-sourced close friends and family about what kinds of recipes they’d like to see, and exchanged each other’s recipes to test, ensuring that this book comes without all of the fluff that many cookbooks can have. "You don’t put pepper in your pesto?" was something Brennan asked Campion during testing, which only demonstrates that just because your neighbor is willing to give you her mother-in-law’s tomato sauce recipe, doesn’t mean it’s a keeper, because simple steps like seasoning pesto with pepper come as second nature to that cook, and they might not think to include it in the recipe (Campion's pesto recipe does have pepper in it, and it can be found in the book).

This collection of recipes and fruitful cooking advice is a keeper, and you’ll be happy that Brennan and Campion shared some of their coveted secrets with you.

Three recipes from Cherie Metcalfe's new cookbook Keepers

Tauranga-based trained chef Cherie Metcalfe is the creator of the successful food brand Pepper & Me.

She has just released a cookbook, Keepers, which features a delicious range of accessible recipes, from breakfasts, to light delights, main courses, sides, condiments and baking.

Thanks to Metcalfe, Stuff has been given the opportunity to share a trio of terrific recipes from the book for readers to try.


Serves 4, as lunch or light dinner

This is a great side dish when making American barbecue-style food. It’s also a great breakfast option with a couple of poached eggs on top, or as a hot lunch with some crusty bread and butter.

Simply leave the bacon out for a vegetarian option, or, in an ideal world, replace the bacon with leftover brisket, or pulled pork


Serves 4 as a lunch, or light dinner

These bad boys are really easy to make and always a hit, whether at the dinner table, or handed around as bite-sized delights at a party.

The dipping sauce is key to bringing the fish cakes to life, but a store-bought sweet chilli works just fine as well. It’s the perfect way to use cheaper cuts of fish.


The pulled chicken makes double what you need for this recipe – and it freezes well, so make a full batch and freeze half to use in another dish at a later date.

Reproduced with permission from Cherie Metcalfe’s Keepers, published by Allen & Unwin NZ (RRP $45).

The dish that introduced us to this show’s approach to food, this dish was made by Soma when an arrogant urban life planner threatened Yukihira Diner and challenged him to make a meat dish knowing that all that’s left at the end of the day were scraps and leftovers. He utilized mashed potatoes and bacon to create a dish that tasted like a full pork roast and was so delicious that it stripped the urban planner and her colleagues. Seeing that it is made of things that would probably be available in most fridges and pantries, recreating this in your kitchen is possible too.

This was the dish that Soma made in the breakfast challenge of their training camp. Like a lot of the dishes on this list, this isn’t a dish that is unappetizing by any means, but rather one that is lackluster when compared to other things.

I’m not sure exactly how this particular dish would translate to the real world with it being so delicate and time-bound. It seems like a pretty simple dish too for Yukihira Soma, especially when you think about his last egg dish was the Transforming Furikake Gohan.

Cooking up a price

As mentioned earlier, pricing is the weak point of Recipe Keeper Pro. Most apps in the Windows Store let you purchase an app once and then access it on all your devices. This is up to the makers of the app, of course, and they're allowed to have each version priced separately but it's still a disappointing difference when compared to other apps.

If you read through the reviews of the app in the Windows Store you will see that the developer claims you can purchase the app once and have it work across the devices. This appears to be incorrect, as we purchased the app on a PC and were still asked to upgrade to premium and to pay again for the phone version. This was the case even after registering for an account. If there is a way to have a purchase work on all versions of the app, it's unclear how to do so.

5-a-day recipes

Get all five of your 5-a-day in one dish with these nutritious and delicious recipes. Try healthy ideas from veg-packed stews and salads to hearty pasta dishes and curries.

Spicy vegetable stew with coconut

This tasty veggie dinner truly has it all – five of your 5-a-day, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron. Serve with coconut yogurt and brown basmati rice.

Rosemary balsamic lamb with vegetable mash

Enjoy all five of your 5-a-day in this healthy Sunday roast. It's a good source of energising vitamin C and iron, needed for healthy nails and hair

Aubergine dhal with tomato & onion raita

This comforting chickpea and lentil curry provides all five of your 5-a-day. It’s spiced with turmeric and ginger and topped with a calcium-rich raita

Cumin roast veg with tahini dressing

Get all five of your 5-a-day in one super-healthy packed lunch, bursting with nutrients including calcium, folate, fibre, vitamin C and iron

Vegetarian bean pot with herby breadcrumbs

Get five of your 5-a-day in one hit with this vegetarian bean pot topped with breadcrumbs. It's bursting with nutrients, low in calories and packed with flavour

Curried chicken & baked dhal

Serve this curried chicken with cauliflower, spinach, lentils and tomatoes for a healthy supper. It delivers five of your 5-a-day and is full of flavour

Sesame prawn & smacked cucumber rice noodles

Get five of your 5-a-day with this colourful sesame prawn and cucumber rice noodles, with edamame and chilli. Super-healthy, plus it only takes 25 minutes

Griddled vegetables with melting aubergines

Pack all five of your 5-a-day into one healthy vegan dish. Flavoured with garlic, lemon and herbs, it's delicious griddled on the hob or cooked on the barbecue

Roast asparagus bowls with tahini lemon dressing

Enjoy five of your 5-a-day with this dish, a tasty mix of asparagus, quinoa, aduki beans, onion and cherry tomatoes. It's packed with nutrients, and vegan too

Avocado hummus & crudités

Get all five of your 5-a-day with this healthy, low-calorie, vegan recipe that works as lunch or a starter. Enjoy deliciously creamy hummus made with avocado

Roast aubergine with goulash sauce & sweet potato fries

Try aubergine for a filling veggie meal worthy of Sunday lunch. Teamed with a goulash sauce and sweet potato chips, you can pack in all five of your 5-a-day

Tomato penne with avocado

Get all five of your 5-a-day in this mildly spiced, healthy pasta dish. It's rich in iron, fibre and vitamin C as well as being low-fat and low-calorie

Slow-cooker vegetable lasagne

Make this low-calorie veggie lasagne as a lighter alternative to the traditional bake. It's layered with pasta, ratatouille and sliced aubergine, and packs in all of your five-a-day

600 Five Ingredients or Less Recipes

When you cut right to the chase, the best way to save time in the kitchen is to reduce the number of ingredients in each recipe. That automatically limits the time you spend measuring, washing, chopping, stirring, and grating for any recipe. This collection of more than 550 five ingredient recipes proves the point—and they're all delicious.

Many of these recipes use convenience foods such as spaghetti sauce or Alfredo sauce, or a frozen vegetable combination. Those ingredients save even more time, since you don't have to prepare them before you start cooking.

Of course, you can certainly add more ingredients to any recipe, as your tastes, budget, and time allows. In fact, that's an excellent way to expand your repertoire - look through your favorite five ingredient recipes and see how many you can make your own with the judicious addition of an ingredient or two. When you do make a change, be sure to write down what you added so you can reproduce the recipe the next time.

We would add more veggies to the main dish and salad recipes, more fruits when appropriate, and more seasonings of the types you like. You can also change the vegetables, cheeses, and pasta used in these recipes. Don't be afraid to experiment with cooking recipes, since they can handle changes and still turn out. Baking recipes are different don't change those or you may risk a disaster.

Enjoy these recipes and spend less time in the kitchen this week and forever!

Best Card Protectors: Better Kitchen Products Recipe Card Page Protectors

For avid recipe card collectors, the pocket page refills by Better Kitchen Products are a solid, inexpensive choice that will provide protection against spills and splatter in the kitchen. These non-glare transparent pages are meant to hold two double-sided 4 x 6-inch recipe cards and can be stored in any standard three-ring binder for easy access and storage.

Simply slide your cards into the sheet at the inner margin—they’ll stay put no matter how quickly you flip through your recipe pages. And since they come in a pack of 50, you can easily expand your collection without running out of pages too quickly.

Recipe: Grains of Wrath Crypt Keeper IPA

Here is a homebrew-scale recipe for Grains of Wrath’s Citra-hopped West Coast–style IPA, which scored a 99 with our blind panel earlier this year, delighted our editors, and became one of our Best 20 Beers of 2020.

According to Mike Hunsaker, cofounder and brewer, the beer “brings bright citrus and tropical notes balanced with a smooth, easy malt back.”

Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 60
ABV: 6.9%

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According to Mike Hunsaker, cofounder and brewer, the beer “brings bright citrus and tropical notes balanced with a smooth, easy malt back.”

Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.060
FG: 1.010
IBUs: 60
ABV: 6.9%
7.9 lb (3.6 kg) Rahr Premium Pilsner
1.44 lb (653 g) Weyermann pale wheat malt
11.4 oz (323 g) Weyermann Munich I
2 oz (57 g) Weyermann acidulated

10.4 oz (295 g) dextrose at 90 minutes
0.68 oz (19 g) Citra [12% AA] at 80 minutes
0.17 oz (5 g) Citra [12% AA] at 60 minutes
0.68 oz (19 g) Citra [12% AA] at 5 minutes
2.4 oz (68 g) Citra [12% AA] at whirlpool (see below)
8.5 oz (241 g) Citra at dry hop (see below)

Brewing Science BSI-1 American Ale or other clean-fermenting American ale strain

Five Best Recipe Managers

Traditionally recipes were stored in a recipe box tucked in the cupboard, but times change and technology accelerates the process. Check out the interesting ways your fellow readers store their recipes. Photo by deby roby .

Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite recipe organization tools . We're back with the votes tallied to share the top five tools Lifehacker readers use to organize, share, and get the most out of their recipes.

Best Recipe Organizer?

In honor of Food Week and the overwhelming number of requests we've received on this topic, we want

Paper (Binders, Notebooks, 3x5 Cards)

Traditionalists rejoice! Despite the creep of technology into all realms of our lives, many of you have eschewed search-friendly text, embeddable images, and virtual recipe sharing for storing your recipes traditionally on paper. Not all of you hand wrote your recipes—some printed and stored them—but there is a certain intimacy that comes with keeping handwritten recipes that some of you haven't abandoned. The votes for paper-based systems were scattered among 3-ring binders, bound notebooks, and 3x5 cards. Paper is an excellent and timeless choice for those wanting to avoid whisking an egg all over your laptop screen. Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography .

AllRecipes (Web-Based, Basic Membership: Free/Supporting Membership: $17.50/year)

Where SousChef and BigOven shine with their powerful software, AllRecipes astounds with a huge and diverse web site containing recipes, how-to videos, and more. You don't need to register to browse the recipes, featured recipe collections, and informational videos and articles, but signing up for an account does enable quite a few features if youɽ like to use AllRecipes as your virtual recipe box. With the basic membership you can submit recipes, upload photos of your tasty dishes, rate and review recipes, save recipes to a virtual recipe box, and create shopping lists based on the recipes you want to whip up. Upgrading to the rather reasonably priced supporting membership enables you to further customize and edit your recipes as well as create a personal food blog with a vanity URL. AllrRecipes is a frequent destination for people when they first start searching the web for new recipes, and many folks sign up to take advantage of the abundant recipes and start adding their own.

SousChef (Mac, $30)

If index cards sprinkled with powdered sugar is the way great grandparents across the land kept their recipes organized, SousChef is the way their techno-savvy grandchildren do it. All the recipes you enter into this app are stored in an enormous 90,000+ SousChef recipe cloud—you can opt out of sharing recipes on a global or individual basis to protect family secrets. If you're willing to take the time to input what you have in your fridge and pantry, SousChef will rank recipes based on what you can make with what you have, followed by recipes that require the least ingredients. Astounded that someone would put their MacBook on the same counter cooking oil and flour were being slopped around? SousChef has has a ten-foot mode that combines an enlarged and easy to read display with remote control either by voice commands or by using an Apple or Keyspan Front Row remote. SousChef also maintains a database of substitutions to help you squeeze some mileage out of your current pantry contents without a trip to the store. It also sports easy importing of web-based recipes.

Evernote (Windows/Mac/Mobile Platforms, Basic: Free / Premium: $45/year)

What don't Lifehacker readers use Evernote for? It crops up in the most interesting places and apparently lives up to its promise to help you remember everything—even cookie recipes. Many of you already use Evernote for all your note-taking and capture needs, so it's only natural youɽ leverage familiarity coupled with Evernote's excellent text recognition and note tagging to turn it into a take anywhere, use anywhere recipe book. While Evernote offers a premium account, if you're experimenting with it as a flexible recipe book only, you likely won't need more upload allowance than the free account provides. Evernote's desktop client is available for Windows and Mac, and its mobile client is available for iPhone, Palm-Pre, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile.

Big Oven (Web-Based/Windows/Mobile Platforms, $30)

BigOven is an enormous, 170,000+ recipe database that plugs directly into the BigOven Windows and mobile software. If you read over the features of SousChef and muttered about how Mac folks always have the flashy toys, don't despair: BigOven is a recipe tool for Windows that stands quite strongly on its own. Even if you don't use the software, you can still search and browse the BigOven website for free. If you're serious about recipe organization, BigOven offers a host of features, including nutritional calculations, an integrated meal planning calendar, and easy capture for importing recipes you find on the web. Big Oven can also import recipes from other outside sources, including popular cookbook database formats. Its drag-and-drop shopping list generator will also save you time on your way to the grocery store. Apart from the online database and the Windows software, Big Oven also offers free companion applications that enable syncing with Windows Mobile, Palm OS, and the iPhone. It even features a cookbook publishing tool for generating cookbooks to give to friends and family.

Now that you've had a chance to look over the contenders for King of the Recipe Castle, it's time to cast your vote in the poll below:

The key to this gratin's great flavor? Infusing the cream with garlic.

Recipes you want to make. Cooking advice that works. Restaurant recommendations you trust.

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