Category: Kitchen Tips


This is Why You Sort Dry Beans

Bad beans, rocks and mud clots don’t belong in a good meal. No matter where you buy dry beans, no matter how much you pay for them, never take for granted they are free of debris. Always, always sort through dry beans of any kind. A dry bean qualifies as bad when it has any […]

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DIY Ground Bay Leaves

Ever wonder what to do with all those little bits of broken Bay leaves in the spice jar? Well, don’t throw them out! Do you have an old school coffee grinder? Put all the broken Bay Leaves in it then give it a go. You’ll have to shake that grinder as it’s whirling those bits […]

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30 Ways to Eat Sweet Potatoes

Don’t feel like reading this whole list?  I read it for you in this goofy video. I belong to several closed groups on Facebook. Now I understand and respect the reasons why there are closed groups. However, every now and then, a great topic comes up that doesn’t deserve to be hidden under a bush.  Someone asked their online […]

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Easy Way to Freeze Mango

My dearest friend, For years, I’ve been foolishly buying one or two mangos at a time. Living only in the moment, I have passed up mango sale after mango sale thinking I can only eat so many fresh mangos in a week.  Well a few weeks back, I was shopping the frozen food aisle at […]

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Tip for Roasting Purple & Green Cauliflower Tender

Tip for Roasting Purple & Green Cauliflower Tender

My Dearest Friend, Here’s a great tip for roasting cauliflower. I figured out a way to get it it tender without drying it out.

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What are comfort foods that won’t make me feel bad?

During times of stress, we often turn to traditional “comfort” foods such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Ironically, these high-fat foods are usually the worst possible choices because they can make us feel lethargic and less able to deal with stress. Not only that, but stress can drive up our blood pressure […]

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12 Ways to Lower Sodium Without Losing Flavor

It’s really not hard to lower the amount of sodium in your diet and still enjoy the taste of your food. Here’s 12 Ways to Lower Sodium Without Losing Flavor 1.  Taste food before seasoning it with salt. 2.  Reduce the amount of sodium you take in each day over the span of a few […]

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Freezing Bananas For Quick Cold Smoothies – Simple Daily Recipes

A few months back, I started the habit of drinking smoothies before breakfast.  It’s now an addiction.  I can’t go forward in my day without a creamy cold smoothie.  At first, it took some planning and stumbling to get the routine down and make sure I always had a variety of ingredients on hand.  One […]

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How to Peel and Freeze A Whole Head of Garlic

Watch how I like to peel and freeze several bulbs of garlic at one time. Whenever garlic is on sale at the grocery store, I stock up. Then, I make a point to sit down for a bit and peel away. It’s all worth it when it comes cooking time. I like being able to […]

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How Many Garlic Cloves Are in a Head of Garlic?

Have you ever come across a recipe that called for a head of garlic and you only had individual cloves on hand?  This happens to me every time.  I typically have garlic already busted up, peeled and stored in the freezer.  In the past when I’ve busted up garlic bulbs, I’ve forgotten to count the cloves. […]

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What to do When Your Martha Stewart Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven is Chipped.

What do you do when your favorite Martha Stewart Enamel Cast Iron Dutch Oven gets a chip? Contact Macy’s. Customer Service Dept. P.O.Box 8215 Mason, Ohio 45040 Attention: Small Ticket Department – Warranty I found this number within their return policy section. Toll-free number: 1-800-BUY-MACY (1-800-289-6229) Monday – Saturday 9am – 12am ET and […]

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Substitutions for Cooking Ingredients

Allspice (1 tsp.) = 1/2 tsp. cinnamon + 1/4 tsp. nutmeg + 1/4 tsp. ground clove Baking Powder (1 tsp.) = 1/4 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar Baking Soda (1 tsp.) = 2 tsp double-acting baking powder + replace acidic liquid ingredient in recipe with non-acidic liquid Balsamic Vinegar = Equal […]

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Deep Frying, Temperatures and Re-using Cooking Oil

In deep frying the objective is to produce foods that have a crispy golden brown crust and a thoroughly cooked interior without letting them absorb too much oil.  The kind, quantity and temperature of cooking oil are important in accomplishing this result. Kitchen Equipment deep straight-sided pan with a small diameter frying thermometer (very helpful […]

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You Can Eat Garlic Sprouts

How many times have you reached into your pantry and pulled out a bulb of garlic that’s sprouting? Have you ever heard or read where we’re not suppose to eat the green shoot inside our garlic cloves?  Well, it’s true what they say, that premature green shoot produces a bitter flavor when it’s cooked.  Now […]

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How to Freeze Broccoli and Cauliflower

  George N. sent an email asking me about freezing broccoli and cauliflower. Can I put them in the freezer after blanching? The Answer: Yes!  I use freezer bags with all the air pushed out. When it’s time to use the frozen veggies, I’ve learned the best and fastest way to reheat is by dipping […]

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