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Burgers 101

Burgers 101

Burgers 101 Whether you’re cooking on a gas or charcoal grill or in a fry pan on the stovetop, here are tips on making the perfect burger that is meaty and satisfying, yet never dense and bricklike. To make the best burgers, use a light touch with the meat. DON’T FEAR THE FAT For the […]

Certain Produce Shouldn’t Be Stored In The Refrigerator

Certain Produce Shouldn’t Be Stored In The Refrigerator

Certain Produce Shouldn’t Be Stored In The Refrigerator With some fruits and vegetables cold temperatures can lead to unsavory textures and flavors. Let tomatoes sit on the counter at room temperature, and store onions, garlic, and potatoes separately in a cool, dark place in perforated baskets or bins to allow for good airflow. Make sure […]

Cooking Fish

Cooking Fish

Cooking Fish Here is the simple secret to cooking fish successfully: Just don’t overcook it. Cook it until the flesh is just opaque throughout, as it will continue to cook after it has been removed from the heat. Before cooking fillets, especially thick ones, run your fingers over the flesh to feel for any stray […]

Basic Seafood Cooking Rules

Basic Seafood Cooking Rules

Basic Seafood Cooking Rules Keep your fish or shellfish in the refrigerator until right before you cook it to keep it as fresh as possible. Don’t leave it siting on the counter while you prepare the rest of the meal. Don’t work in the same area with raw seafood and cooked seafood. There is too […]

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-Boiled Eggs Banish the greenish ring! This harmless, but unsightly discoloration that sometimes forms around hard-boiled yolks results from a reaction between sulfur in the egg white and iron in the yolk. It occurs when eggs have been cooked for too long or at too high a temperature. The method of cooking eggs in hot, […]

Fresh Spinach

Fresh Spinach

Fresh Spinach Spinach is available year round, but is especially sweet and tender in the late spring, when growing conditions are perfect. Spinach is so versatile; you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! In Tuscany, the leaves are baked into a pie with almonds, sugar, and candied lemon peel called torta co’bischeri […]

Storing Candy

Storing Candy

Storing Candy One of the nice things about homemade candy is that it can be eaten when it is at its freshest. In addition, it contains no chemicals, artificial flavoring, or preservatives, although the lack of preservatives does limit its storage capabilities. Most homemade candy, however, will keep well for several weeks if it is […]

Old Fashioned Food Coloring

Old Fashioned Food Coloring

Old Fashioned Food Coloring Next time you have a need to use food-coloring trying using natural dyes the old fashioned way. Just do what grandma did, and use fresh beet juice for red; turmeric for yellow, and blueberry juice for blue. You’ll save money and have peace of mind that you used truly natural dyes. […]

Don't Forget The Seeds

Don’t Forget The Seeds

Don’t Forget The Seeds! Just like pumpkins, the seeds of butternut and other hard winter squashes can be tossed with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt, then toasted for a crunchy every occasion snack.