Kitchen Tips & Tricks

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Using your grill like an oven in the summer

Posted on Jun 30th, 2017

Who likes to turn on their oven in the summer? Anybody? Anyone? Bueller?  Nobody does! It is so hard to push that preheat button knowing that…

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Tip for Halving Foods Quickly

Posted on May 18th, 2017

This is really not a new tip. But, just to be on the safe side I wanted to share it. In case you've been in a cave or something.   If you've…

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How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash- Using a Pressure Cooker

Posted on Jan 9th, 2017

I started writing a recipe for spaghetti squash, but decided first I should help you out so you actually know how to prepare spaghetti squash. These…

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popcorn tip

A popcorn tip you need before making caramel corn

Posted on Nov 14th, 2016

  Yumm! This big bowl of white chocolate coated popcorn looks  innocent and delicious, but lurking within is an unspeakable danger. We…

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The Great Apple Taste Test

Posted on Sep 12th, 2016

Fall is around the corner.  Some people think fall is exclusively for pumpkin spice.  I like a little pumpkin spice (mostly in pumpkin…

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Froached Eggs

Froached Eggs- Foolproof Way to Cook Sunny Side Up Eggs

Posted on Jun 28th, 2016

Are you in the over easy or sunny side up egg lovers club? I am. I love soaking up the yolk with heavily buttered toast. I think I could eat it every…

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Tips for Shaping Pizza Dough

Posted on Jan 25th, 2016

Over the Christmas break my daughter took a pizza cooking class. I watched the kids in her class trying to shape their pizza dough. It was a little…

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How to cut bell peppers

How to Cut Bell Peppers

Posted on Sep 28th, 2015

Bell peppers. I find that they are quite a polarizing force in the world. You either love them or hate them. I happen to love them. I like the…

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Grilling Tomatoes- The Smart Way to Prepare for Canning

Posted on Sep 21st, 2015

If you are anything like me, then this is the time of year where you are frantically trying to save the tomatoes from your garden or the farmer's…

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Grilling Corn- My favorite way to cook corn on the cob + Chile Lime Butter

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2015

It's the 4th of July weekend. And we can't have the 4th of July without a barbecue can we? One of my favorite BBQ staples is corn on the…

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asparagus 101

Asparagus 101

Posted on May 4th, 2015

When I was a kid, I hated asparagus. My grandma would make it for special occasions. She would boil it for a long time. A long time. It would turn an…

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Baking Bacon- Less Messy Method

Posted on Apr 20th, 2015

Who doesn't love bacon? Not me. I don't not like bacon (that was probably too much for a Monday.) Who doesn't like cleaning up after frying bacon?…

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Grater 101- Types of Graters and What to Use Them For

Posted on Apr 6th, 2015

This weekend I watched as somebody used a box grater in a most improper fashion. I will name no names, to protect the innocent. But as I watched I…

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How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2015

This weekend there's gonna be a lot of eggs sacrificed in the name of Easter. But just because you are doing to dye the eggs, doesn't mean you have…

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how to cut an avocado

How to Cut an Avocado

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

Avocados. Some people love them, some people hate them. I think they are divine! Creamy and delicious. Not only do they taste good, but they are…

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Sourdough Starter

How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Posted on Mar 9th, 2015

A few months ago, my sourdough starter met a tragic end. It was accidentally thrown away. I had cultivated that starter from scratch and had been…

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How to Fill a Pastry Bag

Posted on Feb 20th, 2015

Ever tried to fill a pastry bag without help? Trying to scoop the frosting or peanut butter out of the container while holding a half full bag can be…

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Tempering Chocolate- Seeding Method

Posted on Feb 9th, 2015

It's chocolate season. Chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's anyone? Chocolate truffles? Chocolate covered cinnamon bears? Chocolate…

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Homemade Almond Milk

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2015

Everybody recovered from the Superbowl? It was a fun game. Mostly because of the food. But today, I'm feeling like I may have eaten just a teensy bit…

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Cutting Pineapple

How to Cut a Pineapple

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2015

The Pineapple. One of the most delicious gifts from nature. Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. Yum. Yum. Yum. Before we get to cutting it up, let's talke about…

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How to Chop an Onion

Posted on Jan 2nd, 2015

Welcome to the New Year! 2015 is sure to be an exciting year. To kick off the year, I thought I'd start with the most requested "How to cut stuff"…

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How to open a pomegranate

How to Open a Pomegranate

Posted on Dec 19th, 2014

The pomegranate. Whoever invented that fruit was on his own program. It's like no other fruit, there is no rhyme or reason to it. It's delicious, but…

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Apple Varieties for Pie

Countdown to Thanksgiving- The Best Apple Varieties for Pie – A Taste Test

Posted on Nov 14th, 2014

  I don't know if I've ever been so excited about a post! The biggest pie holiday of the year is just around the corner. You must have…

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How To Cut A Butternut Squash

Posted on Nov 7th, 2014

It's winter squash season. Ever wondered why they are called winter squash? It's because they ripen just at the end of the growing season. And…

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Holding a Knife Properly

The Basics of Cutting-Knife Skills Series Part 3

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2014

  Welcome back to our knife skill series. In the first part series we learned the anatomy of knives. In the second we learned about…

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How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Garlic

Posted on Oct 13th, 2014

Garlic is a superhero of the kitchen. You know the superhero, but do you know his alter ego? He happens to be mild mannered every day kind of…

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Caramel Apple Tips

10 Tips For Perfect Caramel Apples

Posted on Oct 10th, 2014

Caramel apples are one of the yummiest fall treats there can possibly be. But making them sometimes leaves you feeling disappointed. What you end up…

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Fruit Fly Remedy

Fruit Fly Remedy

Posted on Sep 19th, 2014

*Warning* This post contains graphic material not suitable to people who are opposed to harming fruit flies. Can I get an"amen" from all those…

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Taking Care of Your Knives- Knife Skill Series 2

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014

Welcome to Part 2 of our Knife Skill Series. In the first part of our knife skill series we learned the anatomy of knives. Today we will follow up…

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Removing Mildew Smell from Your Washcloths

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2014

Washcloths have their very own funk. No matter how vigilant you are about laying them flat to dry, instead of  in a ball at the bottom of the sink,…

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Knife Anatomy

Anatomy of a Knife- Knife Skills Part 1

Posted on Jul 21st, 2014

Ask anybody in the culinary arena what the most important kitchen tool is and they will all have the same answer. It won't be the blender, food…

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Reusing Frying Oil

Posted on Jul 14th, 2014

I tell myself that I don't fry foods very often. But I really don't know what "often" means.  I've never seen any national statistics on the average…

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All-In-One Kitchen Resource Guide

Posted on May 26th, 2014

Do you hate it when you are cooking dinner and you realize that you need bread flour and you don't have bread flour? Or when you need to triple a…

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The Coolest Way to Separate Eggs

The Coolest Way to Separate Eggs

Posted on Apr 30th, 2014

There are so many recipes that call for egg whites or egg yolks separately. And there are a lot of ways to separate eggs. But this is officially the…

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How to Split and Seed a Vanilla Bean

Posted on Apr 16th, 2014

A few weeks ago I shared my Crème Brûlée recipe with you. After posting it, I got this response from my Mom, "Hold everything! All that stuff…

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Flaky Pie Crust

THE trick to flaky pie crust

Posted on Mar 19th, 2014

Pie crust, also known as pâte brisée. It is the nemesis of many cooks. I would guess that it accounts for many feelings of inadequacy and failure…

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How to Temper Chocolate

How to Temper Chocolate

Posted on Mar 15th, 2014

How to temper chocolate, the easy(ier) way Ever melted chocolate to coat something and when it hardened again it had gross white spots all over…

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How to Revive a Dry Vanilla Bean

Posted on Feb 21st, 2014

Welcome to part 2 of the vanilla bean tutorials. In the first tutorial you learned how to split and seed a vanilla bean. Vanilla beans are pricey!…

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Anita’s Kitchen Code of Ethics

Posted on Feb 11th, 2014

What basic ingredients are worth the extra cost and effort. I'm an actual human being. I have a husband, kids, a job, all that kind of good stuff.…

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