Category: Kitchen Tips

Melting Butter In the Microwave

I would guess that everybody knows this method but  just in case you don’t or are new to the microwave world (you never know, perhaps you previously lived in a log cabin with no electricity!) Being a baker, when we

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How To Trim Asparagus

Wash the asparagus.  Snap off the bottoms of the asparagus where they seem to want to break. This will be an inch or more from the bottom. Discard the trimmings as they are fibrous. Good for the compost though. Or, you

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Trimming and Cleaning Wild and Domestic Leeks

    To Clean Domestic Leeks: Trim root end, remove outside layer of leek, trim leek keeping only the white and light green parts.. Save the dark green parts for making stock. They can be frozen. Cut down the length of

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Blanching Vegetables

Fill a large pot with cold water; bring to a boil. Add 1 – 2 Tbsp. salt. Place the cut, trimmed veggies into the boiling water for 2 – 5 minutes, depending on the veggie. You want them to remain

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Baking and Sweet Endings

Making Pie Dough

Mom’s Pastry For Pie’s – For 2 or 3 Double Crust Pies, depending on the size of the pie pan.  I love using this crust for fruit pies. She didn’t have a food processor so made her crust using a hand held pastry blender.  My

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Seasoned Butters

Simple to make but adds a lot to a piece of grilled fish, meats or poultry. Citrus & Mint Compound Butter for Fish 8 oz. unsalted butter, room temperature 1-2 tsp. each finely grated lemon (Meyer lemon if you can

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Toasting Nuts

For a printer friendly version of this, click here. Hazelnuts:  Preheat oven to 275 F. Spread shelled nuts in a shallow baking pan and roast for 20 – 30 minutes, until the skins crack & the meat turns light gold.

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How To Make Stock

Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Veal, Lamb & Vegetarian The principles for making a stock are pretty much the same. If you want a dark stock, roast the bones or veggies before continuing to make the stock. Otherwise just begin!  All these

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How To Make Sale Aromatico (Aromatic Salt)

You can reduce the recipe by half but it stores well in an airtight container in the fridge or you might want to share some with a friend or friends!   Of course, you can adjust the amount of chilies to suit

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