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Cooking Basics – How to Make a Basic Roux

A combination of flour and fat is already a roux. What is really a roux and what is it used for? Roux is the French word for “brown” and is a base used to thicken, bind or add flavor in toffee, sauces, soups, and stews for a gravyish consistency.

Spices for Vegetables – How to Spice Up What’s Good for You

Whether you are dieting or not, sometimes eating vegetables seems boring. Here are some ways to perk up those vegetables with fewer calories and more flavor. The fact that spices contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients is just a side benefit.

Cast Iron Cookware – When You Need to Get the Rust Off

There are times when you head out to the shed to grab your Dutch oven, only to find that you have left it there far too long and it has begun to rust. Please take note: you should not use any cast-iron cookware that has rusted as the rust will get into your food and possibly poison those who eat it. Now this might be good if you’re having your mother-in-law over, but I would probably take the time and effort to go through the following steps to see that the rust is properly removed from your piece of cast-iron…

7 Great Reasons to Cook With Olive Oil

Grocery shelves are stocked with peanut, vegetable, canola, walnut and a variety of other oils. This article discusses 7 great reasons to include olive oil in your meals and which types to consider.

Cooking With Frozen Meat – How Long to Defrost Different Meats

The most ideal way to defrost frozen food is by leaving it inside the refrigerator. This is measured safe because the cold temperature prevents growth of harmful organisms as the meat thaws. From the freezer, place the bag of frozen food into a tray to prevent juices from dripping, and put it inside the refrigerator that’s set between 35 to 40°F.

Use Of Sugar In Baking

One thing all bakers should understand is the use of sugar in baking. The purpose of sugar in baking is important and, when understood, can help improve any bakers skills.

Make Homemade Smoothies With A Smoothies Maker

Gone were the days when sodas and liquors were the main drinks opted by most people. In this age of healthy living, more and more people are trying to keep their bodies in shape and healthy by doing workout exercises and eating and drinking nutritious foods. One of the trends now is keeping yourself healthy by taking in nutrients through the beverages that you drink.

The Close Relationship Between Culinary Herbs And Cooking

Even if you do not know much about herbs or have never given much thought to the cultivation of them, this article will reveal some interesting facts about herbs used for cooking. Almost everyone is aware of how culinary herbs elevate even the simplest meal to another level.

Use Your Toaster Oven To Preserve Your Garden’s Bounty

I plant a big garden every year and I always try to utilize as much of the produce as I can. Part of that involves preserving things for use throughout the winter. I love looking at my dinner table in the middle of January and still seeing food from my garden. Here are a few ways I use my toaster oven to help.

Use Your Toaster Oven To Roast Coffee

A few years back I was reading a cookbook that is roughly 100 years old. It stated quite plainly “tea comes to use ready to brew; coffee must first be roasted.” I was surprised to learn that coffee was regularly roasted in the home without any special equipment so recently. With all the expensive, technologically advanced home coffee roasters available today, it seems we have forgotten how easy coffee roasting can be.

6 Useful Saving Tips for Stretching Your Budget

Tips and ideas on stretching your budget, that work, will add a smile to any one’s face. Helping each other live better is a best gift we can give without costing us anything.

Stir It Up! Fast and Easy Stir-Fry Cooking

On busy days, it’s often more than a little tempting to get an expensive drive-thru dinner just because the ingredients you have at home will take too long to make into a meal. But I’ve found that if I keep ingredients handy in the pantry and refrigerator for simple meal prep, I can have dinner on the table in a flash – and protect my pocketbook from that ravenous Fast Food Monster at the same time! One of my favorite quick fix meal preparation methods is stir-frying. Including the prep time of chopping up meats and veggies, I can usually have a stir-fry meal on the table from start to finish in about 15-20 minutes.

Acquire a Taste for Black and White Truffles

Prices and pigs do not count in this discussion. And, no, you cannot quote Marie Antoinette’s favourite caterer who compared truffles with diamonds, claiming the underground “fruiting” part of the fungus rivals a diamond’s rarity and is immensely more satisfying.

Truffles in Cooking

Truffles have been considered a delicacy by gourmets for many years. As such, these highly sought after and hugely expensive items need to be used properly in order to get as much flavour as possible, without damaging the flavour of the entire dish or making the truffle taste too light for the dish.

Taking the Mystery Out of Outdoor Cooking

When you think of outdoor cooking the mind wanders to images of leather skinned cowboys squatting around a tin can of beans. While real outdoor cooking is much different from cooking in a regular kitchen, it can be much better than a can of smoky beans. Backpackers, campers, and barbeque enthusiasts have revolutionized outdoor cooking with techniques and equipment that make it a lot of fun.

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