The Top How-To Searches of 2012

What were people most curious to learn how to do in 2012? From making cake pops to buying Facebook stock, we've got your answers right here!
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2012 How-tos

How to make salsa. “Salsa” just means “sauce” in Spanish, and the recipe possibilities are endless. “To define a salsa in the most general terms, I would say it’s a mixture in which each of the ingredients retains a degree of integrity,” cookbook author James Peterson tells Epicurious. “They are usually served cold or at room temperature; they’re often spicy; and typically they’re a combination of chopped raw ingredients, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, avocados, mangoes, and cucumbers, often mixed with some kind of liquid, like olive oil, yogurt, or cream.” Check out more of his tips and recipes here.

How to get rid of bags under the eyes. Lying around with cucumber slices over your eyes seems like a popular idea, but you’ll get better results by using cooled, moist black-tea bags. Why? “Caffeine draws water away from the skin for a tighter appearance,” says Laura Hittleman, director of Corporate Beauty Services for Canyon Ranch. Other tips: Apply a caffeinated eye cream, swab your skin with witch hazel, or gently massage the area around your eyes.

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How to cook pumpkin seeds. Also known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a super-healthy snack that’s easy to prepare (once you’ve gutted your pumpkin, of course). Once you’ve roasted them, you can sugar them and use them in candies and baked goods, or make them spicy and salty and eat them by the handful.

How to make cake pops. We kind of like the idea of spearing doughnut holes with lollipop sticks and calling it good, but if you want a more authentic cake pop, this how-to video can help:

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