LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ludacris can rap, write songs, and act. He just can’t cook, and no, opening cans and slapping together bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count.

Back in his days of, as he says, not having “two nickels to rub together,” Ludacris would throw together whatever he could find, chow down and get back to his music.

“When men like myself are hungry, we just want to eat,” he said Thursday on a video call. “We don’t want to take 30 minutes to an hour to cook.”

He’s finally upping his skills in the kitchen in “Luda

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Unlike common tools like spatulas, pans and baking sheets, food scales probably aren’t high on your list of must-have kitchen gadgets. But according to experts, they can make cooking at home a whole lot easier.

“People should think of a scale as a basic kitchen tool, not just something for professional cooks,” said chef Meredith Laurence of Blue Jean Chef.

The gadget can help you perfect recipes, minimize kitchen messes and even lose weight. That’s why Shop TODAY consulted a handful of pros to get their insights on how you should be using a food scale in your own

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Are those extra boxes of noodles or cans of tomatoes that you bought early in the pandemic still sitting in your cupboard? Could you use a little more color and spice in your life? A raft of recent cookbooks brings out your inner chef with recipes that click here make use of pantry items, take your baking to a new level, and introduce you to flavors from many regions. Get ready to roll up your sleeves.

It’s an open secret that many people would rather read a cookbook and order takeout than actually try new recipes. But lockdowns have provided

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OLYMPIA, WA – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. For this reason, this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”

The Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) supports this campaign and reminds residents to never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling. If you have to leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.  If you are baking or roasting, check it regularly and stay home

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Whether you’re following a new recipe, preparing multiple dishes at once or simply desire to cook in a clean, stress-free environment, organization is key.

With so many of us in the kitchen more than ever — baking banana bread, tending to sourdough starters, cooking one-pot dishes — it’s time to make your kitchen space work for you and suit your needs. To help get you started, we asked professional chefs (who routinely work in compact, shared spaces where being organized is a necessity) to share organizational tips that they employ in their home kitchens.

1. Keep leftovers in

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Equipping your kitchen with the right gadgets can open the doors to experimenting with new techniques, and save you time on prepping your meals. Counter and cabinet space are premium real estate, so getting the right tools means thinking strategically. You’ll want gadgets that can do double duty if possible but also want something that looks decent in your space.

I’ve been an avid home cook for several years, and learned the hard way which appliances are worth your time, and which will end up gathering dust. Learn from my failures, and build

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