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How to Pit and Peel an Avocado

You can easily peel and pit an avocado without making a mushy mess. To peel and pit an avocado, you need a sharp chef’s knife and a spoon. Use the silky, subtle, edible part for salads, appetizers, in [more…]

How Long to Cook Foods in a Pressure Cooker

You can’t test foods for doneness while pressure cooking, so here’s a handy table that shows how long to cooks foods in a pressure cooker. The cooking times in the table begin when the pressure cooker [more…]

How to Make Fried Chicken in a Cast Iron Pan

Fried chicken is delicious and easy to make in a cast-iron skillet. Cast-irons skillets are especially good for frying chicken (you can even find some cast-iron skillets called “chicken fryers”). Get your [more…]

Getting to Know Australian Wine

Make no mistake about it: Australia is one of the world powers of wine. It is famous for its fresh, fruity red and white table wines that manage to be extremely consistent in quality. The country has about [more…]

How to Use the BRAT Diet When Your Toddler Is Sick

Doctors have recommended the BRAT diet for years, which helps when a toddler has an upset stomach. With the BRAT diet, you increase your child’s fluid intake and offer foods that naturally help with the [more…]

Debunking Italian Wine Myths

Sometimes ideas or stories take on lives of their own, and innocent Italian-wine lovers become unwitting believers in what are the wine equivalent of urban legends. Here are some examples of those myths [more…]

Cooking Beans in Your Pressure Cooker

Your pressure cooker is an ideal place to cook dried beans and legumes. Always start with the shortest pressure cooker cooking time in this table for a particular bean; you can always continue cooking [more…]

Classic Chinese Sauces and Condiments

Chinese cooking encompasses thousands of sauces and condiments, and thanks to your supermarket’s Asian food aisle, many classic Chinese sauces and condiments are readily available. Some of these flavors [more…]

Dutch-Oven Thyme Pork Roast

What’s a pork roast? Just about any unsliced cut from the hog. For this recipe made in a Dutch oven, get a loin-end pork roast. If you prefer a boneless cut, use center-cut pork roast. [more…]

Setting Up Your Home Bar for Entertaining

When doing any sort of entertaining, one of the biggest hassles is trying to figure how to set up your bar. Here are a few tips for setting up your home bar. [more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken Provençal

This chicken provençal recipe uses the slow cooker. Unlike traditional chicken provençal, a slow cooker simmers slowly, so the food stays moist, eliminating the need for basting. Serve the chicken with [more…]

Chicken Cutlets with Balsamic Vinegar

This sautéed chicken cutlet recipe is especially quick to prepare. Because the balsamic vinegar is so central to this chicken cutlet recipe, use balsamic vinegar that’s the best you can buy. [more…]

Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Gumbos are a Creole specialty. Thick like stew, gumbos traditionally include seafood, okra, as well as other vegetables, such as tomato and onion, and meat, chicken, sausage, and ham — or any combination [more…]

Chinese Herbs and Spices

The Chinese have a long tradition of using herbs and spices to boost a dish’s flavor (and provide nutritional benefits). You can now find many Chinese herbs and spices at supermarkets and specialty food [more…]

Nacho Cheese Sauce

This cheesy nacho cheese sauce can have as much zip as you want. Spoon some of the nacho cheese sauce over tortilla chips on a plate, and then top it with sliced scallions, sliced black olives, or pickled [more…]

Dealing with Metric Measurements

If you only know Imperial measurements (like cups and quarts), but your recipe is in metric, don’t panic. These tables show you a variety of metric conversations: volume, weight, size, and temperature. [more…]

Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust

This cheesecake recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, which is an American twist on the European pastry crust. The recipe tops this cheesecake with sour cream frosting, which makes a tart contrast to [more…]

Freezing Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are quick and easy to freeze. And if you blanch your vegetables before freezing them, they retain their fresh qualities after you freeze them. Follow these steps for freezing vegetables [more…]

How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough

Making the dough for fresh pasta used to take about 20 minutes. With the food processor, you can make fresh pasta dough in about one minute. For history buffs, here’s how to make fresh pasta dough the [more…]

What Lean Really Means for Lean Meat

How lean is lean meat? And what’s the difference between lean and extra lean meats? Guidelines have been established so that these terms have clear definitions. Meat, poultry, or seafood must meet certain [more…]

How to Season Your Cast-Iron Pan

Cast-iron pans that aren’t preseasoned come from the factory with a protective coating. To season your cast iron, you need to wash the coating off and then get to seasoning. The cast-iron seasoning process [more…]

Basic Types of Rice

Although you don’t need to memorize every type of rice on the planet (there are thousands), get acquainted with the five basic types of rice common to cooking today: [more…]

Seafood Chowder

Chowders are thick, chunky soups. Traditionally, all chowders included seafood — and this seafood chowder recipe holds true to the original chowders: Seafood is its main ingredient. In addition to clams [more…]

New England Boiled Dinner

Although this New England boiled dinner recipe is very similar to corned beef and cabbage, a smoked pork butt in the New England boiled dinner gives delicious results in less time than corned beef. Available [more…]

How to Deglaze a Pan to Make a Sauce

Deglaze a pan by moistening and then scraping up the browned bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan. These deglazed browned bits are loaded with flavor. By deglazing the brown bits, you can transform [more…]

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