Category Archives: Tips and Recommendations

Stainless Steel Dripless Baster

I’ve had numerous plastic turkey basters over the years and they have all gotten yellow and cracked.  I tried this one from Tovolo and because of the stainless steel it has lasted for years now.  The bulb on the top … Continue reading

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Stewpots and French Ovens

Making a stew that slowly cooks in the oven for hours is the quintessential fall comfort food.  Just the smell of the slowly roasting meats and vegetables makes even a rainy day enjoyable.  I have some favorite recipes that I … Continue reading

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Saving Recipes

I have friends who’ve lost all their saved recipes and some who’ve lost all their digital photos that they had been collecting for years.  It’s too easy to do, whether from a computer glitch or from someone stealing your computer.  That’s why … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

These measuring spoons made by Tovolo are my favorites.  They have two measurements on each spoon and they fit inside all the herb jars and especially the baking soda box.  They have survived years of being run through the dishwasher … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

A friend gave these Tovolo measuring cups to me a few years ago and they quickly became my favorite.  I like how they nest and fit easily in the drawer.  On each handle there is also a measuring spoon.  They … Continue reading

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Stainless Steel Scoops

I find that using stainless steel scoops to measure out muffin batter, cookie dough and truffles makes the task less messy and produces a uniform, professional result.  They have a spring loaded release that pops the batter out so none is left … Continue reading

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Basil

Cooking with fresh herbs is always a good choice.  It looks better and it tastes better.  But it’s also more expensive and you typically have to buy way more than you need and the rest goes to waste.  I try … Continue reading

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Roasting a Pumpkin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Cut the whole pumpkin in half, discard seeds or reserve to toast later.  Cut pumpkin into several smaller pieces and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt … Continue reading

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Microplane

This tool, the microplane,  is essential in all kitchens.  It allows you to zest citrus fruits easily and without getting the pith.  You can buy it at most kitchen stores and even hardware stores.  

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Zesting a Lemon

To zest a lemon or any other citrus you need the right tool for the job.  That tool is a microplane.  You can buy them anyplace that sells kitchen items or even at the hardware store. Start zesting the lemon, … Continue reading

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