Cooking Basics

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner – Step One

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner – Step One

No last minute cooking rush - start planning your Thanksgiving celebration now. Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Does the thought bring excitement, tinged with a little bit of panic? Don't worry - some planning will erase all of that anxiety. Well, most...

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How to Choose the Best Cookbook

How to Choose the Best Cookbook

October is National Cookbook Month, making now the perfect time to add to your collection. But with more than 24,000 new cookbooks published each year, how do you choose the absolutely best cookbook for you? 1. Does the cookbook meet your needs? New or busy cooks...

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It’s National Ice Cream Month

It’s National Ice Cream Month

So what is the difference between ice cream, gelato, and other frozen treats? July is National Ice Cream Month, and not a moment too soon. Here in the west we are suffering through a heat wave. Frequent ice cream is one of the only perks of this weather. Which led me...

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Have a Food Safe Memorial Day Picnic

Have a Food Safe Memorial Day Picnic

The unofficial start of summer will be here soon. Make sure your picnic is safe and enjoyable. Summer is a good time to refresh our memory about food safety. Follow these simple tips for an enjoyable season, free from food poisoning.   Keep cold food cold: Cold...

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Kitchen Math Magic

Kitchen Math Magic

Does the thought of converting measurements and scaling recipes send you running for cover? Do you avoid canning your favorite jam because the recipe makes more than you want, and you don't know how to adjust it safely? Kitchen math isn't some sort of magic available...

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Soup

How to Make Your Own Homemade Soup

Sometimes nothing but a big bowl of belly-warming, sinus-clearing, mouth-watering soup will do. But most of the stuff available at the grocery store has too much salt, too much fat, and not enough flavor. So I often make soup from scratch at home – using whatever is...

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