Category: Kitchen Tips

Spiced Fruit Chutney

I make this chutney in the fall & winter. Nicely spiced and chock full of fruit!  It is really fabulous served with Tourtiere, roast pork, lamb or roast turkey. It’s pretty darned good with a grilled ham & cheese sandwich

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Barbequing and Grilling

Marinade For Lamb

My go to marinade for lamb chops, racks & butterflied leg of lamb.  Recipe can be doubled or tripled, depending on the amount of lamb you have. The lamb is delicious cooked on the barbecue or you can use the oven

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How To Make Croutons

Boy, do I ever hate those bought croutons.  For some reason, I had never bothered making any because I thought they would be like the bought ones. Whenever I came across them in a restaurant, I always picked them off, stale

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Pre-Cooking Spareribs

I have seen many recipes that ask for the ribs to be pre-cooked before finishing on the barbecue. The recipe asks that the ribs be separated and then boiled for some time. Oops…I think this method not only toughens the meat but a

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Chart For Cooking Meats And Poultry

BEEF (Rib, rolled rib,   ribeye, tenderloin) 120 – 125 F Rare 125 – 135 F Medium Rare 135 – 145 F Medium 155 – 160 Well Done, If You Must But… VEAL (Leg, Loin Rack,   Boneless Shoulder) 155

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How To Hardboil Eggs

I know, I know, everyone has their method.  This is the way my  Mother always did them.   Place “large” fresh eggs in a pot of cold water; cover & bring to the boil. Remove pot from the heat and

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Pre-Soaking Beans

Using this method means no soaking overnight. There’s a theory that if you do soak overnight; fermentation begins to take place, hence stomach issues can arise.  Since finding this method, I never soak overnight.  Sometimes you just don’t know “what’s

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Homemade Biscuits

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. I think everyone should know how to make biscuits and quick breads. They should be slightly moist, tender, light and flaky, satisfying and delicious.  Biscuits are wonderful with soups, main course salads and

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How To Boil Potatoes

My Mom had a real thing about covering veggies with water to boil them. It drove her around the bend when she would see someone doing it. Her view was that unless you drank the water or used it in

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Cooking Bacon In The Microwave

Because I really hate the mess that frying bacon on top of the stove makes, I use this method when I need cooked bacon.   On a dinner plate, place a piece of paper towel. Lay the bacon slices on

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