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Getting to Know London Dry Gins

London dry gin, the world's most popular gin type, is rarely made in London (only one distiller remains in the city) and is dry only in the sense that it lacks sugar to make it sweet. London dry gins tend [more…]

Pressure Canning Low-Acid Foods

To can low-acid foods, you use a pressure canner. Pressure canning is the only safe way to can low-acid foods. Each step of the pressure-canning process is important to produce safe, home-canned foods: [more…]

How to Buy Chicken

Knowing how to buy chicken will result in quality meals. When buying chicken, look for Grade A poultry. It’s economical because it has the most meat in proportion to bone. The packages should be well-sealed [more…]

Thick and Rich Tomato Paste

This tomato paste recipe uses a lot of ripe tomatoes and produces a thick, rich paste. Roma tomatoes give the paste a wonderful flavor, but you can use any variety of tomato that you want. [more…]

Rigatoni with Eggplant

This rigatoni with eggplant recipe hails from Sicily. Traditionally, the eggplant is fried. This version sautés the eggplant with the other vegetables to make the dish lighter. [more…]

How to Cook Dried Beans on the Stovetop

Cooking dried beans takes some preparation and time, but many people find the texture, flavor, and lack of added sodium in cooked dried beans are worth the effort. Follow these steps to cook dried beans [more…]

Jewish Pastries

Pastry appetizers are special treats for Jewish holidays and other festive occasions. These Jewish pastries can be either sweet or savory, depending on the pastry filling. Each Jewish community has developed [more…]

Pairing Foods with Wines

Depending on the food you’re serving, you may find one wine suits better than another. Pairing foods with wines the right way can make a meal wonderful or a waste. [more…]

Understanding Water Cooking Terms

Cooking with water is simple, but not understanding water cooking terms can ruin a dish. It helps to know water cooking terms so you can do exactly what a recipe calls for. [more…]

Freezing Fresh Fruit

You can freeze fresh fruit for all kinds of uses, from pies to jams, and they last for quite awhile in your freezer. When you freeze fresh fruit, follow these steps: [more…]

Chicken Tikka

In chicken tikka, a South Asian recipe, you marinate cubes of chicken in yogurt along with spices common to curries — turmeric, cumin, and cayenne pepper. The turmeric gives these kebabs a yellow glow. [more…]

Safely Storing Fresh Seafood

To store fresh seafood that you've bought for sushi, you must follow some storage guidelines. All fresh seafood needs to be stored chilled — either in a refrigerator, freezer, or container of ice — to [more…]

How to Make Basic Vegetable and Fruit Purees for Baby

You can make baby food from just about any fresh vegetable or fruit by pureeing them. Homemade baby food purees from fruits and vegetables are easy to make and nutritious. Before you begin cooking, be [more…]

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Sweet and sour sauce, a favorite at restaurants, has finally come to your own kitchen. And when you make the sweet and sour sauce yourself, you can control the sweet and sour flavors to the proportion [more…]

Peeling, Seeding, and Chopping Fresh Tomatoes

You can use tomatoes in all kinds of different forms to make tasty meals. When you need a tomato peeled, seeded, and chopped (maybe as part of that great tomato sauce recipe), here’s the process: [more…]

Cheese Blintzes

Blintz wrappers resemble crepes or very thin pancakes. Enjoy these cheese blintzes with their time-honored partners: sour cream and fruit preserves. Or top your cheese blintzes with a fresh blueberry or [more…]

Peeling Hard-Cooked Eggs

Peeling hard-cooked eggs can be super simple or super frustrating. The easiest hard-boiled eggs to peel are ones that were in the fridge for a while. The fresher the egg, the more difficult it is to peel [more…]

Lowfat Dairy Product Substitutions

You can still enjoy dairy products while cooking the lowfat way. All kinds of lowfat dairy substitutions exist, and even if those lowfat substitutions don’t taste quite like the fatty versions, they work [more…]

Tuna Steaks with Ginger-Chili Glaze

This easy tuna recipe, which has a faintly sweet and heartily spicy glaze, keeps the tuna moist and infuses it with some of the sauce flavors. If you don’t have a pan big enough to cook all the tuna steaks [more…]

Key Lime Cheesecake

Key limes are native to the Florida Keys (hence the name). Although it’s called Key lime cheesecake, you can make this cheesecake with regular green limes, with equally delicious results! [more…]

Garlic Roast Lamb with Potatoes

On some tables, roast lamb is the entree of choice for Passover. For this recipe, the lamb is flavored with garlic. Garlic flavors the potatoes, too. To simplify the preparation, buy a boneless roast. [more…]

Peach-Glazed Pork Chops

Fruit and pork are a delightful duet. When fresh peaches are in season, peel and slice two large fresh peaches for this pork chop recipe. Otherwise, use frozen peach slices. [more…]

Twice-Cooked Pork

This twice-cooked pork recipe first simmers the pork in a fragrant mixture of rice wine, ginger, and green onions tenderizes it and keeps it moist, then finishes the dish by stir-frying the sliced, simmered [more…]

Foil-Wrapped Baked Apples

This easy baked-apple dessert lets you complete most of the work before you get to the grill. You just wrap the cored, nut-and-raisin-stuffed apples in sheets of foil and set them on the back of the grill [more…]

Drying Fresh Herbs

Air-drying herbs is easy and the perfect solution for saving your fresh herbs. Herbs that you dry yourself often have a superior taste to the dried herbs you can buy in the store. [more…]

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