Category Archive: Kitchen Tools and Tips

Oyster a Hot Color in Kitchen Accessories

Oyster Grey from Le Creuset is one of my new faves. The salt crock/cellar keeps a good amount of salt handy plus it won’t clump in the crock. The butter dish is large enough for European type butters, which are wider than our regular butter sticks. Check out the kaleidoscope of colors Le Creuset has …

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Classic Cheese Souffle Easy to Make: Just follow directions!

Caroline, a Cincinnati reader, wanted a recipe for “a real cheese soufflé for my boyfriend.” She has never made one, is a little nervous but is undaunted in her quest to make the soufflé. I told her if she has time test it out first before serving to company. Just to build confidence. Do think …

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Using and Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

OK, so how many of you received a cast iron pan for Christmas? I love my cast iron, heirloom pans and wanted to share this timely information from Countryside Magazine. Making the Most of your Cast Iron Cookware Countryside Magazine Contributor • November 23, 2017     By Paul Wheaton & Suzy Bean – Cooking with cast …

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How to Prepare Dry Cured Country Ham: It’s All About Soaking!

Baked Country Ham studded with Cloves Beverly C. lost  her instructions from me about preparing a salt cured ham. Here’s how I do it – I follow Smithfield’s instructions for any salt cured ham, and here they are, with my notes added in parentheses and italics: When preparing an uncooked country ham, it must be …

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How to “Unstick” Frosting on Brownies and Cakes

It happened to me today and I’ll be it’s happened to you. I covered my frosted brownies with plastic wrap and made sure the wrap did not touch the frosted brownies. Well sometime during the day the wrap fell onto the frosting and when I tried to gently pull if off – the frosting stuck …

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How to Choose the Best Cookware and the Most Useful Pan in the Kitchen

  Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch oven/Stockpot   We’re going into the busy holiday season and I get more questions about cookware and cutlery than you’d believe.  Here’s a primer of sorts on cookware – in a future column we’ll chat about cutlery. Cut this column out and arm yourself with it when you …

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Vegan for Everybody – and Secrets to Optimizing a Vegan Diet

I just got this book – oh my gosh – America’s Test Kitchen did it again! The recipes are delicious and doable. I’m already putting the Mushroom Bolognese, Whole Wheat Pancakes (no eggs!)  and Roasted Chili Rubbed Butternut Squash with Ranch Dressing on my to do list for next week. This book has something for …

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Countdown to Thanksgiving: How long to Thaw? To Stuff or Not?

A good rule of thumb for thawing turkey in the refrigerator is to allow 1 day for every 4 pounds. And I will tell you now I always stuff my turkey. I only baste once, when I put it in the oven at 325. If you keep opening the oven to baste, you’re losing temperature …

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“Snappies” possibly from Pogues – can you help?

From a reader: I’m looking for a recipe for something called “Snappies”. My husband remembers having them at his Grandmother’s. He describes it as a “very light cracker-like snack”. He says they purchased them downtown at possibly at Shillito’s but most likely Pogues”. I’ve never heard of them but he carries a fond memory for …

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Homemade Laundry Soap: Fun to Make Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Soap Homemade Laundry Soap I purchased a tub of this at an herbal convention and read the ingredients. Heck, those are available at my local store, so I found a recipe for homemade laundry soap online and here it is. I’ve been making this for a couple of years, and really love it. …

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