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How a Slow Cooker Works

An authentic slow cooker is a simple, uncomplicated appliance with no moving parts. Even though you most likely know what a slow cooker looks like, this list breaks down the parts of every slow cooker: [more…]

Vegetarian Substitutions for Meat

Replacing meat with vegetarian alternatives in even the most traditional meat-based recipes has become surprisingly easy. A wide range of meat-substitute vegetarian products are now available at natural [more…]

Vegetarian Specialty Food Products

When you’re setting up a vegetarian kitchen, you can find vegetarian products that have nutritional advantages and/or are especially convenient. Not all of these vegetarian food products may appeal to [more…]

Brown Sauces

Basic brown sauce derives from the 19th-century espagnolesauce, whose major ingredient was Spanish ham. Most brown sauces are based on a reduced stock of beef or veal. So, brown sauce is usually a meat-based [more…]

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

You can do a lot to prevent kitchen fires. Although you can’t remove every possible source of a kitchen fire, you can minimize fire risks by removing hazards and maintaining your kitchen. Follow these [more…]

Getting to Know Spices

When you want to add extra flavor to a dish, turn to spices. Spices can come from a plant’s roots, seeds, bark, buds, or berries. (Herbs are produced from the stems and leaves of a plant). [more…]

Challah (Egg Bread)

Challah, or hallah, is a delicious bread with a deep brown crust and soft white crumb. Challah has become the best-loved egg bread in much of the United States. Baking challah at home is a joy because [more…]


Hummus is a smooth, creamy, and garlicky dip or spread that’s made primarily from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Hummus is enjoyed throughout the Middle East and typically is served in a shallow [more…]

Sweet Tuna and Snow Peas Pressed Sushi

Sweet Tuna and Snow Peas Pressed Sushi offers contrasting texture: crunchy snow peas; soft, slightly sweet tuna; and chewy vinegared sushi rice. Make this appealing pressed sushi an hour or two ahead and [more…]

Spring Vegetable Rice Soup

After a long winter, this especially fresh-tasting vegetable rice soup puts you in the mood for spring. In this recipe for spring vegetable rice soup, you don’t have to use all the vegetables listed in [more…]

Devil’s Food Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

This devil’s food cake with vanilla buttercream takes a bit of work, but it’s worth the effort. To give this cake the best devil’s food chocolate flavor, be sure to use natural, not Dutch-processed or [more…]

What Is Brining?

The brining process is part of the pickling process. The brining solution extracts juice and sugar from your food, forming lactic acid, which is the preservative in your pickled food. Your brine solution [more…]

Bottled and Canned Goods for the Pantry

Stock your panty with bottled and canned goods, which have a long shelf life (until you open that bottle or can, of course). In addition to the standards like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, you can [more…]

Garden Pasta Salad with Beets and Goat Cheese

Although beets’ red color tends to run, the beets add a wonderful sweetness to this pasta salad — so what if your pasta salad is a little red? You can use whatever kind of pasta you prefer, but this recipe [more…]

Miso Soup with Manila Clams

Miso soup with Manila clams is a big hit in Japan, and for good reason. The nutty flavor of miso finds a perfect partner in the sweet flavor of clams. If you can’t find Manila clams, choose another type [more…]

Beating Egg Whites

Beaten egg whites make soufflés rise and lighten up batters. Before beating egg whites, make sure that your mixing bowl and beaters are clean and dry. The whites won’t beat stiff if there’s even a speck [more…]

Brussels Sprouts and Mushrooms with Rosemary

This combination of Brussels sprouts and fresh mushrooms with the aroma and flavor of fresh rosemary makes a delightful side dish. Brussels sprouts and mushrooms with rosemary is high on the healthy side [more…]

Summer Berry Smoothie

Smoothies use the whole fruit, not just the juice, so you get all the benefits of the fiber and the vitamins. These berry smoothies use frozen fruit, which keep the smoothie thick and creamy. [more…]

Essential Baking Ingredients

If you already have all the baking ingredients you need, you’re in business for baking! Having essential baking ingredients on hand creates almost-instant gratification when you get a sudden urge to bake [more…]

Double-Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova is a dessert that was created in Australia by a pastry chef to honor the famed Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. This double-chocolate version of the dessert is an airy, crisp, light meringue bowl [more…]

Cajun Stuffed Mushrooms

These gluten-free Cajun stuffed mushrooms are tangy and will tantalize the tip of your tongue. But if you want your Cajun stuffed mushrooms to be five-alarm, then use gluten-free hot sausage and add more [more…]

Cooking Hard-Cooked Eggs

Eggs really should never be hard-boiled (in their shells), but rather hard-cooked; rigorous boiling causes eggs to jostle and crack, leaving the whites tough. To hard-cook eggs, place the eggs in cold [more…]

Freezing Fresh Herbs

The flavors that fresh herbs add to just about any dish are truly tasty. Frozen herbs are a great compromise when fresh herbs aren’t available. Frozen herbs are great in cooked dishes, but they aren’t [more…]

How to Keep Kosher with Meat and Seafood

Keeping kosher is the guiding principle behind Jewish food traditions. The rules of keeping kosher involve how you select food, how you cook it, and how you plan your menus. To keep kosher, you have many [more…]

Broccoli Beef

Even the most committed broccoli-phobe will have a hard time resisting this broccoli beef dish. And because broccoli beef is so easy to prepare, it makes a great quick and nutritious lunch when served [more…]

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