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Now's about the time we've eaten our weight in pie and cookies and start dreaming about roasted vegetables, soups, and grains.

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8 Soups and Toddies that Will Save Your Sick Day by Taylor Rondestvedt

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16 Ways to Roast Your Winter Vegetables

16 Ways to Roast Your Winter Vegetables by Ali Slagle

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And then we ask ourselves a lot of questions (again): Do I soak? Do I have to? How much quinoa for a cup of water? Why am I eating quinoa again?

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Luckily, there are resources to help us (not the answer to that last question, though)—and now they're all in one place. Here are your answers to all your grain-cooking questions (click the images to see which article you're getting):

Let's start with the chicken of grains—rice:

How to Make Great (Fluffy, Stress-Free) Rice

How to Make Great (Fluffy, Stress-Free) Rice by Rémy Robert

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How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice

How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice by Marian Bull

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Make it perfect and fluffy and stress-free—brown rice, too.

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How to Make Tahdig (Persian Stuck-Pot Rice)

How to Make Tahdig (Persian Stuck-Pot Rice) by Mei Chin

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The Best Way to Make Thai Sticky Rice (No Fancy Basket Required)

The Best Way to Make Thai Sticky Rice (No Fancy Basket Re... by Leela Punyaratabandhu

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Then graduate to rice 2.0: Make Persian tahdig or Thai sticky rice.

And then there's the best of the rest:

A Range of Grains -- and What to Do with Them

A Range of Grains -- and What to Do with Them by Marian Bull

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An Unsung Gluten-Free Grain: Sorghum

An Unsung Gluten-Free Grain: Sorghum by MariaSpeck

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If you feel like you need a glossary to know your kasha from your kamut, head here. And then read up on one of the most unsung grains: sorghum.

Why You Should Be Toasting Your Grains

Why You Should Be Toasting Your Grains by Marian Bull

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Which Grains to Rinse and Why

Which Grains to Rinse and Why by Sarah Jampel

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Before you put the grains in water, you're supposed to do something—rinse them—but do you have to? Or skip the whole boiling thing entirely and toast your grains.

More: Yes, there's a lot to say about how to cook quinoa.

How to Sprout Your Own Grains, Beans & Seeds (No Sunshine Required)

How to Sprout Your Own Grains, Beans & Seeds (No Sunshine... by Ali Slagle

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Spent But Not Worthless: How to Cook with Spent Grain

Spent But Not Worthless: How to Cook with Spent Grain by Catherine Lamb

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If you're ready for something else besides a pot of quinoa, sprout them—and other grains, too. And learn about how the heck to cook with spent grain.

Then, make a good recipe or 50:

9 Great Winter Grains

9 Great Winter Grains by Brette Warshaw

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Sqirl's Genius Crispy Rice Salad is Rice Living Its Best Life

Sqirl's Genius Crispy Rice Salad is Rice Living Its Best ... by Kristen Miglore

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How to Make Biryani Without a Recipe

How to Make Biryani Without a Recipe by Sumayya Usmani

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How to Make Quinoa Salad Without A Recipe

How to Make Quinoa Salad Without A Recipe by AntoniaJames

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How to Make Any Grain Salad in 4 Steps

How to Make Any Grain Salad in 4 Steps by Emily Horton

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Wild Foxtail Millet ( + How to Make Wild Seed Granola)

Wild Foxtail Millet ( + How to Make Wild Seed Granola) by tama matsuoka wong

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Still have more to eat up? Here's how to turn leftover grains to riches:

How to Make the Most of Leftover Grains
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How to Make the Most of Leftover Grains

Tell us: What grain questions still trip you up?

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