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Baking Pies

Baking Pies

Whether you’re baking summer pies or getting ready for holiday baking it’s important to have some key information about pie dough. Blind Baking Blind baking is prebaking a crust before you add an unbaked or especially wet filling. To ensure that your crust turns out crisp while blind baking, you can either dock it or […]

Melting Cheeses

Melting Cheeses

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t love the taste of melted cheese. Not every cheese oozes the same way. Some just melt better than others. When it comes to classic cheesy dishes, you want a cheese that’s going to melt into something creamy and smooth with a strong flavor. Basically, the more moisture […]

Cooking Pasta

Cooking Pasta

Cooking Pasta There is no salt in pasta dough, so make sure to put enough salt in the cooking water. Use plenty of water, which should be about 4 quarts per 1 pound of pasta. Because salt actually slows down the rate at which water comes to a boil, add salt after the water is […]

Dried Beans

Dried Beans

Dried Beans Purchase dried beans from a source with good turnover. When I’m travel to Tucson I love to stock up on dried beans from Native Seeds, who have a nice selection of beautiful beans (http://shop.nativeseeds.org/collections/beans) The longer the beans are on the shelf, the drier they become, and the longer they will take to […]

5 Ways To Use A Vegetable Peeler

5 Ways To Use A Vegetable Peeler

5 Ways To Use A Vegetable Peeler The humble vegetable peeler has hidden talents. Easily Peel Fruit: To peel soft fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes and peaches, you usually have to briefly dunk them into boiling water. Using a good vegetable peeler is so much easier and faster. Look for peelers with serrated blades for […]

How To Roast A Duck

How To Roast A Duck

How To Roast A Duck Roasting a whole duck can seem daunting, but once you’re armed with a little knowledge, a perfectly cooked duck is easily within reach. Choose the right bird. A Pekin (Long Island) duck is best for roasting whole. It’s ideal to slice, has a sweet flavor, has good fat content, and […]

Ways To Use Your Roasted Chicken

Ways To Use Your Roasted Chicken

Ways To Use Your Roasted Chicken Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and it’s back to busy life as usual. Already cooked chicken is a perfect way to save time in the kitchen. Here are some great ways to use roasted chicken for easy weeknight dinners. Salads: Add to mixed greens, chopped […]

Nebraska Corn

Nebraska Corn

Nebraska Corn Growing up in Nebraska corn was a nightly summer menu item. The corn plant is Native American in origin and Nebraska is corn country. Driving through the state, one will see endless fields of sweet corn, feed corn, and pop corn. Small plot gardeners know that corn takes up a lot of space […]

Making Coffee Ice Cream

Making Coffee Ice Cream

For those of you who prefer an electric model ice cream machine, there are machines that can be had for under $50 that make a quart. The drum will need to be frozen before starting a batch. Larger machines range from $125 to $300. Cuisinart makes a model that produces two quarts in about 30 […]

Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit

5 Ways to Make the Most of Seasonal Stone Fruit Ripen: Ripen peaches, nectarines and apricots at room temperature. Once ripe, they can be refrigerated for just a few days to help keep them at their best. Speed Up: Speed up the ripening process by placing fruit in a brown paper bag on the counter, […]