Salt and hot water are key components to blanching green beans or other vegetables. It starts with a big pot, a lot of water and a lot of salt until they are thoroughly cooked. The right amount of each is critical to the finished product and resulting color. You want green beans, or any green…

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how to use a convection oven

If you’re a first time buyer you’ll want to know how to use a convection oven because you’re undoubtedly anxious to put this new investment to work. You probably have a few general questions about how a convection oven performs and I’m here help by providing answers plus a several tips you won’t find in an…

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Make Steel Cut Oatmeal

If texture is as important as taste when eating oatmeal, then when you make steel cut oats, you’ll get plenty. Because steel cut oats are minimally processed and take longer to cook they can be similarly compared to popular dried bean varieties. Not only strong in nutritional value, steel cut oats come with a host…

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There’s a reason when serving wine that it generally doesn’t come in single-serve containers. Wine is a drink that is meant to be shared. While you may considering eating without wine, entertaining without wine might just be a different story. Let’s face it, wine can make food at any dinner party or gathering taste better…

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Making Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

For many of us making fluffy scrambled eggs was cracking two or more into a bowl, adding a little milk and whipping them with a fork before pouring them into a hot buttered pan. I for one didn’t know that scrambling the eggs in a bowl beforehand affected the texture. I also didn’t know that…

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freezing casseroles is easy

Freezing casseroles is a time saver. Your freezer can become your friend when planning and preparing meals. This is especially true if your window of opportunity for cooking large is limited by your busy schedule. Your freezer lets you take advantage of bargain priced seasonal vegetables at the market and gives you make ahead options…

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how to make gravy

How to make gravy is an art. A really good gravy makes use of cooking juices and bits of meat from the pot it’s cooked in. This especially holds true if you are making a pot roast or oven roasting a chicken or turkey. With a fork tender pot roast or a slow roasting poultry…

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herbed vinegar

When cooking, I rarely use vinegar in my recipes. The vinegar I use the most is white vinegar and that’s only when I need to clean the inside of my coffee pot. But there are some little known benefits to vinegar and herbed vinegars do add a little extra something to salad dressings and some…

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