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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a pastry chef’s basic. It is equal parts water and sugar. You simmer both to a syrup (5-10 minutes) and then add in a bit of flavor if you like (such as vanilla) or not. This syrup is brushed on the cake surface BEFORE icing [ ... ]

Cake Flour

cake flour is easy to make and makes cakes much lighter and less dense. For every 2 cups of cake flour the recipe calls for, add 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) cornstarch. 2 cups cake flour = 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 [ ... ]

Healthy Tip

Did you know that you can reuse the leftover juice from your pickle jars? Save the salty, flavorful liquid to add in your own vegetables to pickle. You can add slices of cucumber, carrots, cauliflower, peppers, radishes – you name it! It only takes a couple of days for [ ... ]

Lemon-Brine for Chicken

Lemon-Brine for Chicken “To make juicy and delectably chicken soak it in a lemony brine 8 cups cold water 1/2 cup kosher salt 1/8 cup honey 1/2 head of garlic, smashed but not peeled 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 3 large rosemary sprigs 1 small bunch of oregano 1 small bunch of parsley Finely grated zest and juice of [ ... ]

How To Soften Hard Brown Sugar

It happens to the best of us: rock hard brown sugar. How to soften it? Place the brown sugar in an airtight container with a slice of fresh bread placed on top. Seal and leave overnight. It should be soft and fresh again in the morning, if not just [ ... ]

Add Smoky Flavor To Food Without A Smoker

Here are a few tips and tricks for adding a smoky flavor to grilled foods No Smoker? No Problem! Try These Tips To Add A Smoky Flavor To Your Grilled Food #1.Soak wood chips in water for 30 to 60 minutes then drain (suggested woods to try: apple, cherry, [ ... ]

DIY Microwave Popcorn

Do-it-yourself microwave popcorn. The DIY version has none of the artificial flavors, colors or chemicals present in store-bought varieties. It’s also cheaper . Here’s how it works: Into a standard brown paper lunch bag put ¼ cup popcorn kernels. Add 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and a big pinch [ ... ]

Lower-Fat Turkey Feast

Tips and Tricks for a Lower-Fat Turkey Feast Roast your turkey on a rack. Try roasting several turkey breasts instead of a whole turkey — you’ll have only the lower-fat white meat. Baste turkey with apple juice instead of its own juices. Use cranberry sauce instead of making higher-fat gravy. If you make [ ... ]

Replace the Fat with Fruit

Replace shortening or oils in baking with an equal volume of pureed fruit and 1/3 of the oil called for. For example, if your recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, try replacing it with 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of oil. [ ... ]

Fruit and vegetable Tips and Tricks

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing. To ripen avocados and bananas, enclose them in a brown [ ... ]

Tips & Tricks for Desserts & Sweet Stuff

Tips & Tricks for Desserts & Sweet Stuff Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. An M&M will work, too! (*Submitted by FrogLady) Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispie Treats in the pan — the marshmallow won’t [ ... ]

A Little Bit of Humor

A Little Bit of Humor… For a REAL sponge cake, BORROW all the ingredients

Tips and Tricks

Freezing Roasted Red Peppers Use your outdoor grill or broil in your oven red peppers, turning until all sides are blackened and blisters. Immediately put them in a brown bag and close tightly. After 20 minutes peel the skin off, remove the seeds, freeze on a cookie sheet [ ... ]

10 Superfoods for Heart Disease

10 Superfoods for Heart Disease Nutritious foods for lower cholesterol and a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and men in the United States. We all know a healthy diet can help reduce your risk, especially when coupled with regular exercise and maintaining a [ ... ]

11 Superfoods for Weight Loss

11 Superfoods for Weight Loss These nutritious foods will satisfy your appetite and help you get to your ideal weight. Those Extra Pounds So many of us carry around an extra five or 10 pounds that we’d really rather not have. Though fad diets may help us lose weight quickly, they [ ... ]

8 Superfoods for Your Brain

8 Superfoods for Your Brain Rev up your family’s brain power with these protein-heavy meals. You can maximize brain function by eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates, which are a primary fuel source for the brain. “Low carb diets may be in, but people must have complex [ ... ]

10 Superfoods for Stress Relief

10 Superfoods for Stress Relief Which foods to eat for your busy life, and which foods to avoid when you’re overwhelmed. You’re overwhelmed, overtired, and in desperate need of some mental and physical nourishment. You’re stressed. What can you do beyond throwing in the towel and hiding under the covers? [ ... ]

10 Foods for a Healthy Immune System

All-Star Lineup For a healthy immune system, be sure to regularly include these star defence players in your diet. • Citrus fruits, tomatoes and sweet potatoes are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C. • Chicken soup helps flush out cold and flu viruses (by getting the mucus moving out [ ... ]

Milk Products

Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are not the same, so don’t be tempted to substitute one for the other after accidentally picking up the wrong can at the grocery store. Sweetened condensed milk is mixed with a sweetener. If you find your self in a pinch this mix [ ... ]

How to Clean Silver

How to clean Silver utensils etc. Using a sheet of aluminum foil, hot water, baking soda, table salt and a pan to do this in. Place a sheet of Aluminum foil on the bottom of any baking pan. Put your tarnished silver on the sheet. The silver must be [ ... ]

Good Night’s Sleep

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones – serotonin and melatonin – flowing. Yawning yet? Bananas. They’re [ ... ]

Best Vanilla To Use

Saw this in the Spring Edition of my LCBO magazine. Anna Olson only uses Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. She talked about them in the article, I looked it up and these are the kinds and what to use them for… Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla is especially suited to rich foods such [ ... ]

Using Herbs and Spices

Most meats may be seasoned before, during or after cooking. Steaks and chops can be marinated and seasoned either before or after cooking. To get the most flavor from roasted meat or poultry, rub its surface with seasoning before cooking. Poultry absorbs flavors better if the seasoning is [ ... ]

Linen Spray

The linen spray is really an ironing spray. It makes for crisp fabric — I guess it’s the vodka! Oh! Its not too Jappy.. get someone to make it for you:) ::wink:: 1/4 c. 80 proof vodka (I bought the cheapest possible last time — SKOL) 1 3/4 c. distilled water [ ... ]