Cooking 101


How To Poach An Egg - Video

How To Poach An Egg

Poaching eggs is a very easy way to prepare eggs, but -- for some reason -- many people get nervous about how to poach an egg. So, I would like to show you just how easy poach [...]

Stick Blender Giveaway

Stick Blender Giveaway Winners!

First, the three winners of the Cuisinart Stick Blender are: (1) Vicky McNelis, (2) Astrid J. Gomez Escobar, and (3) Ermalynn McRae. Congratulations to each of you! Please contact me at [...]

Stick Blender Giveaway

7 Reasons Why Stick Blenders Rock

It's getting to be that time of year when we start thinking about soups and stews and lattes and warm, filling holiday goodness in our tummies. That is, before we step outside and get hit in the face with 100 degree weather. In September. Awesome. [...]

What's the Difference Between Onions?

Cooking 101:
What’s the Difference Between Onions?

If you're not familiar with the different types of onions and when to use them, it can get confusing when a recipe simply calls for an "onion." Do you use a red onion, a white onion, scallions or some other type of onion entirely? This Cooking 101 post will [...]


Cooking 101: Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures

We all know the rule: Cook meat to the appropriate minimum temperature so you don't get yourself or others sick. But, even though we all know it, why is it so darn hard to remember the minimum temperatures each type of meat is supposed to be cooked to? You'd think, after cooking so many meats [...]


Handy Printable Kitchen Charts

Hello there! I hope this post finds you well. I would like to share some helpful cooking tips and tricks . As a cook, it is pretty much inevitable that you will, at some point, find yourself without certain necessary ingredients. When this happens, it's necessary to improvise. Here’s a table of common herb and [...]


How to Grill Corn

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm very thankful to say ours went very well.  This was our first chance to host Thanksgiving Dinner in our new home so we have been looking forward to it for quite some time.  Plus -- you know...all the tasty food is nothing short of greatness! was [...]

Cooking 101: Healthy Recipe Substitutions

Probably the most common type of question I get in my email and comments involves asking for healthy recipe substitutions. While I do enjoy eating healthy, I'll be the first to admit that several of my recipes aren't the healthiest they can be. What can I say? I like my butter and bacon. That being [...]


Cooking 101: Decoding Meat and Dairy Product Labels

Hi guys! I wanted to share some very helpful information my mother-in-law, Jody, gave me a while ago about decoding meat and dairy product labels. I don't know about you, but I get confused easily sometimes.  I mean...with food labels.  I mean...what? Exactly. Anyways, Jody found this very helpful list at the Environmental Working Group's [...]

How To Make Pumpkin Puree From A Fresh Pumpkin

How To Make Pumpkin Puree From A Fresh Pumpkin

This post was updated on October 22, 2014 to include new images. Ever tried making your own pumpkin puree? It's like the easiest thing EVER to make. All you gotta do is slice open the pumpkin, clean out the seeds and then pop it in the oven. Homemade pumpkin puree is really quite simple to [...]

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