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Easy Ways to Lower Your Fat Intake

You can do a few things right now to reduce the amount of fat you consume. Train yourself to think lowfat when you eat, shop, and order in restaurants. Lowering your fat intake doesn’t have to be a chore [more…]

How to Buy Beef

When buying beef, consider its grading and cut. Also, buy beef with good marbling (flecks of fat) — the more marbling there is, the more moist and tender the beef will be. Beef is graded according to the [more…]

Gluten-Free Grain Alternatives

Even if you weren’t cooking gluten-free, you’d want to give these gluten-free ingredients a go. Not only are these gluten-free grains acceptable substitutes for the traditional grains like wheat, rye, [more…]

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

When a fire starts in the kitchen, you need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. But how you act depends on what kind of fire you have and where it is. Follow these instructions for [more…]

Traditional Savory Mushroom Quiche

This traditional, egg-based quiche is packed with flavor. Serve this mushroom quiche for a special brunch to really impress your guests. Accompaniments include fresh fruit or steamed vegetables, and whole-grain [more…]

Smoked Salmon Fillet

If you love grilled salmon or smoked fish, you’ll enjoy making (and eating!) this recipe on your covered charcoal grill. You cook this salmon fillet by using a cloud of steady smoke, made by throwing handfuls [more…]

Candy Making Essential: Thermometers

Thermometers are extremely important in the candy-making process because slight variances in temperature can make the difference between a successful batch of candy and one that's inedible. Two essential [more…]

Russian Borscht

Borscht is a rich Eastern European soup that contains beets or cabbage. Other borscht ingredients may include potatoes, beans, meat, or sausage. According to old cooking folklore, a wooden spoon will stand [more…]

How to Break an Egg

Breaking an egg with one hand takes finesse, but using two hands to crack eggs works just fine. Knowing how to break eggs the right way will prevent “crunchy” omelets [more…]

Bourbon — an American Whiskey

Several different terms are used to classify the types of American whiskeys known as Bourbon and Tennessee whiskey. The following list cuts through the jargon: [more…]

Signs of Spoiled Canned Food

Whether you can food yourself or buy it canned, canned food has the potential to spoil. To avoid making yourself sick with canned foods that have spoiled, watch out for these signs of a spoiled product [more…]

Hidden Animal Ingredients in Foods

There are many hidden animal products in foods. Many animal ingredients are present in very small amounts. Some animal products, such as casein and whey — both derived from dairy products — are acceptable [more…]

Folding In Egg Whites

When you fold in egg whites, you incorporate beaten whites into other ingredients without compromising the airiness of the beaten whites. Folding egg whites properly ensures success with dishes like soufflé [more…]

How to Use Kitchen Knives Safely

Knives can cut you, whether they’re super sharp or very dull. Very sharp knives can easily cut skin, and dull knives can slip, putting you at risk for losing control and getting cut. You can prevent kitchen [more…]

Grilled Bananas with Caramel Sauce

Bananas on the grill make wonderful desserts. Because of their natural oils and sweetness, bananas need surprisingly little adornment — this recipe includes a simple caramel sauce. [more…]

Classic White Sauces

Most white sauces, in all their incarnations, are based on a roux (a flour-based paste). White sauces vary in what you add to the roux. The most common type of white sauce is a béchamel sauce [more…]

Chinese Appetizer Wrappers

Egg rolls, spring rolls, and wontons consist of thin wrappers containing bits of deliciousness. You can find premade Chinese wrappers with the right shape and size to accommodate any Chinese appetizer [more…]

Smoked Salmon Sushi Rice Balls

These quick-as-a-wink-to-make, four-ingredient smoked salmon sushi rice balls are 2- or 3-bite sushi. Because these rice balls use smoked salmon, you can serve them to friends who are squeamish about raw [more…]

Preparing Fresh Garlic

You can chop garlic, you can smash garlic, you can even put it through a garlic press, but using fresh garlic really is worth a couple extra minutes of prep time. The flavor of fresh garlic is superior [more…]

Chocolate Custard

Creamier than traditional chocolate pudding, this chocolate custard is smooth on the tongue and rich in taste! Making chocolate custard in your slow cooker makes for a rich pudding experience. [more…]

Crab Dip

This cold crab dip is quick and easy to prepare. Get out those gluten-free crackers and dive into this crabmeat dip at your next party! [more…]

Measuring and Sifting Basics for Cookie-Making

In regular cooking, you can get away with adding a pinch of this and some of that. But in cookie baking, it's important to pay attention to the quantities of ingredients that each recipe calls for. If [more…]

Meat-Stuffed Peppers with Tomatoes, Garlic, and Dill

Jewish cuisine features countless ways to stuff peppers — many with meat mixtures, as in this recipe. Stuffed peppers are simple to make, and adding tomatoes and tomato sauce to the stuffing keeps it exceptionally [more…]

How to Store Fresh Fruits

Most fresh fruits are quite perishable and require refrigeration. You can leave some fruits out to ripen, but when they’re ripe, they last longer in the fridge. Here are some suggestions on storing fresh [more…]

Cheesy Hot Steak Wraps

The original cheese-steak sandwich is believed to have its roots in 1930s Philadelphia. This low-carb version, the cheesy hot steak wrap, substitutes a tortilla wrap for the bun — but it still has all [more…]

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