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Can You Reuse Cooking Oil?

Since posting the breaded cauliflower recipe, I had a friend ask “Can you reuse cooking oil?” The answer is YES, but it needs to be filtered first to remove the brown bits of food – if you reuse the oil without removing the browned bits, they’ll burn the next time ...

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Keep Your Cooking Utensils Handy

Utensils are the tools of your kitchen and are usually needed at a moments notice to stir, whisk, grate, pound, and open.  You don’t want to waste time searching through a messy drawer trying to find a tool you know you have. Helpful Hint: Keep your cooking utensils handy and ...

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Tired of Bringing Wine as a Hostess Gift?

Love this idea. Instead of bringing the usual bottle of wine as a hostess gift, fill a small basket with some of your favourite ingredients from the grocery store. You could even theme your basket. For a BBQ party, fill the basket with sauces, marinades, spice blends, pretty napkins and ...

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Separating turkey juice from fat drippings

Use a Turkey Baster to Separate the Pan Drippings from the Fat

If you don’t have a gravy fat separator, use a turkey baster. Pour all the juices from the roasting pan into a measuring cup, and allow the juices and fat to separate (the fat will rise to the top). Then suck up the turkey drippings from the bottom of the ...

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Peeling Cauliflower

Rescuing Cauliflower

Just because a head of cauliflower has a few brown spots on it, doesn’t mean it has to be thrown out. Just cut off the imperfections.  Using a vegetable peeler to do this works best. Rescuing Cauliflower is published on 2012-11-21T20:41:44-05:00 and last modified: 2014-02-13T17:38:03-05:00 by Kary Osmond

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Top 5 Vinegars You Should Have In Your Pantry

Which Vinegars Should You Have In Your Pantry? There are so many types of vinegar to choose from, but if you could only choose 5, choose these vinegars to stock your pantry with.  They are the most popular, used in most recipes, and don’t worry about them spoiling – they last forever! ...

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Can You Freeze Your Holiday Cookies?

Making sure you have enough cookies for everyone around the holidays can be tough, but having some extras on hand can be a lifesaver for last-minute or hostess gifts. How do you store those extras until you’re ready for them? Cookies will last longest if they’re stored in an airtight ...

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Should you rinse pasta?

Should You Rinse Pasta?

The Answer: it depends.   Freshly cooked pasta that’s going to be used right away in a sauce SHOULD NOT be rinsed (e.g. spaghetti in a meat sauce).  Rinsing the pasta removes the starchy coating that helps the sauce stick to pasta. The purpose of rinsing pasta is to stop it ...

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Where do you Stick the Thermometer in a Turkey?

Around this time of year, this is one of the most common questions I’m asked!  For the most accurate reading, put the thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh (not the drumstick). How Do I Find the Thigh? The thigh is under the drumstick. To insert the thermometer, you ...

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