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12 Amazing Substitutes For Goat Cheese You Should Try Right Now


I really love goat cheese to the point of marrying it...yes ladies, sorry. Whenever a recipe calls for cheese, I make it a priority to go out and get some. Even if a certain recipe tells you that the “best” for this dish is mozzarella, cheddar, or blue cheese (yuck!), I simply go for goat cheese because I'm a sucker for it.

However, goat cheese is not always available in supermarkets which is why I have to let go of my obsession with it and use other substitute for goats cheese if it’s not on grocery shelves.

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Whether you’re like me, a goat cheese fanatic who simply refuses to use other cheeses, or you simply aren’t a fan of its taste hence the quest for substitutes, this list I’ve created will give you 12 amazing substitutes for goats cheese.

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11 Amazing Substitutes For Smoked Paprika You Have No Idea About

substitute for smoked paprika

Spices are an important part of cooking mainly because they add flavor and aroma. A combination of spices can turn something boring and bland to the most delicious meal you have ever tasted.

Smoked paprika is a very popular spice which adds a characteristic bright color and richness to any food. It is made by grinding dried pods of pepper plants like bell or chili peppers.

substitute for smoked paprika

Does your recipe tell you to use smoked paprika but there’s none left in your pantry? Or are you simply looking for a hotter alternative to spice things up a bit? Finding a substitute for smoked paprika is easy -- actually, you may not need to look further than your pantry for great paprika substitutes.

Note: The substitutes below come in many heat levels. You should consider your options according to your personal and those you wish to serve the dish to’s preferences.

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How To Thicken BBQ Sauce In 5 Easy Steps

How To Thicken BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauce is commonly used in various dishes because it elevates the dish to a higher level. It's tangy, sour, sweet, and salty flavor adds a “wow factor” in soups, meats, appetizers, vegetables, sandwiches, and so on.

I really hate it when restaurants serve a slab of ribs with a runny barbecue sauce that’s like water and doesn’t stick to the meat.

Anyway, If you’re one of those BBQ fanatics like me, and you can’t get enough of this sauce, this post will show you how to thicken your BBQ sauce in 5 easy steps.

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    Note: All of the mentioned thickening methods aren’t exclusively for barbecue sauce, it can also be used in other sauces.
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How To Store Meringues? The Best Way To Keep It Crisp For Months

How To Store Meringues

Ever had that craving for something sweet and crispy? I sometimes look for something different from the usual cakes, brownies, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, etc.

One afternoon, my mom went home with these colorful candies that look like flowers. I tried one and its heavenly taste instantly hit me! It’s sweet, crispy and a little chewy on the inside. “What are these mom?” She said, “son those are meringues”.

I told my mom to buy more so that we can stock up on these glorious sweets. Instead, my mom made a batch from scratch. Months later, it’s still crispy and chewy! I did a little research on how to store meringues and let me share it with you.

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How To Reheat Risotto? The Fastest Way Possible

How To Reheat Risotto

Did you prepare risotto last night for your party, but didn’t factor in how many batches you should cook? You’re left with a lot of leftover risotto and have no idea how to reheat it? Please don’t throw it in the bin! We have a remedy for that.

Reheating risotto is not easy because it’s difficult to bring the flavor back when it was first cooked and storing it in the refrigerator makes it dry. Don’t fret my friend! I’ve found helpful methods on how to reheat risotto efficiently and bring its flavor back.

But first…

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How To Clean A Sharpening Stone In 5 Simple Steps

How To Clean A Sharpening Stone

Having trouble sharpening your knife because of that old sharpening stone? Don’t throw it away just yet! There are effective ways to bring back its old form.

Sharpening stones or whetstones are essential in keeping your knives sharp for cutting and slicing meat, vegetables, fruits, fish, etc. A dull blade is a BIG no-no in a kitchen because it tends to slip; it might cut you instead of the food (yikes!).  

I have experienced handling dull sharpening stones many times, but instead of throwing it away, I have come up with ways on how to clean a sharpening stone in 5 simple steps.

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The Heat is On! Know How To Reheat Tamales In Five Effective Ways

How To Reheat Tamales

How do you reheat the Tamales? How do you cook the tamales? What are the step-by-step processes on how to effectively reheat the tamales? What are the things you need to have in order to do this? Will it cost you a lot of money just to do this?

Most of you might be asking these same questions when you wanted to cook or order Tamales for the family. We also had the same questions when we was in your position. Believe us; it is really difficult to do something through trial and error basis.

Tamale is a typical Mexican dish. Like any other dishes, it is very delicate and should be reheated carefully to preserve its pristine and fresh quality. The tamale is known for its adequate taste and flavours particularly in its filling.

Reheating Tamale is not really that complicated. We checked every website for guides and tips on how to do this effectively so we can assure you that after reading this article, you will be able to do it like a pro.

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