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Category Archives: Cheat Codes

Cheat Codes: Turn Stale Bread Into Breadcrumbs

So it’s Sunday dinner with your entire family. Your aunt and uncle bring over two loaves of the most delicious, crusty loaf of bread from the fancy-pants bakery near their house. You and your bad self devour that loaf of bread. Olive oil… butter… sauce… it doesn’t matter. It’s a goner. You say good night to your family that night and all is well.

BUT OH GOD NO, IT’S TWO WEEKS LATER AND YOU TOTALLY FORGOT THERE WAS A SECOND LOAF OF BREAD.

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Pictured: Bread

But relax, guys. You can totally still eat that bread… for you see, you’ve just entered the first phase of breadcrumb-making.

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Cheat Codes: How To Make Cracked Black Pepper

A couple months back, we went over the qualities and a general overview of the tiny, hard berries of the peppercorn bush, also known as just “pepper”. As a quick refresher, you can typically use it ground, cracked, or whole. Grinding it is easy enough since pretty much everyone owns a pepper mill of some sort, or you can buy it pre-ground. Using it whole may be pretty intense if you don’t like the flavor, but it’s a welcome addition to many dishes. What about cracking it though? Do you need some sort of fancy, complicated device, or have to spend big bucks to get something as fancy-sounding as “cracked black pepper”?!

Nah, you just need a glass or a bowl.

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Cheat Code: Egg-less Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies

I realize this is now our third chocolate chip cookie recipe on the blog, but well, we really like chocolate chip cookies.  While the chocolate chip cookie recipe using cream cheese instead of eggs came about out of necessity, this recipe was developed strictly out of curiosity.  I remembered from an old episode of Good Eats that Alton Brown said that avocados are actually kind of similar to eggs in terms of fat content so that got me to wondering if avocado could also replace eggs in cookies.  And I was right!  The cookies ended up with a slightly different flavor than regular chocolate chip cookies, but nothing that can really be pin-pointed to avocado.  Even skeptics will enjoy these cookies.  They’re also some of the most cakey chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, so if that’s your favorite type of cookie, then these are for you.

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Cheat Codes: Make Your Own Bruschetta in Minutes

We’ve discussed bruschetta before, when talking about the tomato salad that typically gets served on or alongside it. And yes, said tomato salad is amazing, but let’s not all forget about the base of this: the actual bruschetta. These tasty, little toast slices are incredibly useful for all sorts of applications, and even better is how insanely easy they are to make.

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Cheat Code: Seasoning Ramen Yourself

There’s an interesting dynamic when it comes to ramen in the United States.  On the one hand there’s the packaged ramen you can buy at any grocery store for like, 25 cents and that’s been stereotyped as a poor college kid food staple.  On the other hand you have ramen houses/restaurants where you can get more authentic ramen dishes, but they tend to range from a bit pricey to way too expensive.  I’m not entirely sure what it means, I’m just interested by the fact that there isn’t much of an in between.

That is, of course, unless you make your own in between.  This post will look at some ways you can upgrade your cheap grocery store ramen to something a bit more personalized.  Ramen comes with its own flavor packets, which are tasty, but a lot of times people don’t want to use them because of the massive amounts of sodium in them.  Here at PCFG if we’re using the flavor packet we usually only use about half of it, and it’s fine.  But here’s some ways to give flavor to your ramen without using the flavor packet at all.

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