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The Art of Cooking for One

Sometimes the thought of cooking an entire meal for just one person can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. After all, wouldn’t it be faster and easier to order takeout, or pop a frozen dinner into the microwave? Well, there are…

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Cake Basics: 9 Cakes Making Tips and Tricks

Do you love to bake cakes? If so, the sky is the limit. There’s a recipe out there for just about any kind of cake you can dream of. However, while there are plenty of cake recipes to choose from, these recipes…

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What do you Really Know about Chocolate

While the majority of people know about the most common chocolates such as milk chocolate, semi-sweet and dark chocolate, did you know there are actually many different types of chocolate? All chocolates are made from the cacao bean but that is where…

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Falling in Love with Flan

For those who tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen baking, most do it not only for the goodies they create, but because they honestly see baking as something fun to do. The best recipes however, are those that…

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Tips for Making the Perfect Meringue

Meringue is the perfect topping for many spring pies, but a lot of cooks are afraid of this topping. In truth meringue is fussy, but once you know a few simple does and don’ts, you will find it easy to make and…

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10 Must-Have Herbs That Should Be In Every Kitchen

Are your dishes starting to taste a little bland and predictable? If so, why not try livening things up with herbs. Herbs can give any dish, even an old favorite, a delicious new taste. And whether you opt for the ease and…

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All about Herbs: What Every Home Cook Should Know

Herbs can help you to perform cooking miracles, but only if you know how to get the most out of them. For example, something as simple as how your herbs are stored can make the difference between food that tastes pretty good,…

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How to Make a Dry Rub to Enhance Your BBQ

We all know that when we are grilling we need to use some type of sauce to baste our meat. But not many of us know how to make or use a basic dry rub. Dry rubs have a few different tasks…

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Caramelizing Onions

Caramelizing onions is a common process but one that many cooks do not understand or get quite right. The biggest problem with caramelizing onions is that they take time and patience to do right. Properly caramelized onions take on a deep flavor…

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Top Places to Buy Dried Herbs and Spices

Most people tend to pick up their favorite dried herbs and spices at the local supermarket as a matter of convenience. However, there are two very important problems with this idea. First, you never really know how fresh they are since most…

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3 Common Chicken Cooking Methods

Chicken. It’s affordable, readily available, and easy to prepare. Even cooking beginners can learn to make great chicken dishes. Chicken is also extremely versatile. There seem to be dozens of different way you can cook chicken. But three chicken methods stand head…

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Add Flavor to Chicken with Marinades and Rubs

Chicken is one of the most popular foods around. It’s affordable, it can be prepared quickly and easily, and it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, many people eat chicken several times a week, which is okay because…

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Roasting the Perfect Chicken

Whether your tastes run to dark or white meat, there is one thing we can all agree on, there is nothing better than a nice golden brown crackly skin to make the perfect roast chicken. That is as long as the meat…

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Making the Perfect Crispy Bacon Every Time

If cooking perfectly crisp and tasty bacon seems hit and miss, you are not alone. Bacon can be tough to cook at the best of times, when you add variables such as humidity, cooking methods, and the brand of bacon, you never…

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Grilling a Better Boneless Chicken Breast

There is a reason why people tend to avoid grilling chicken breasts on the BBQ. More often than not without some special care chicken breasts turn out dry, tasteless, and just unappealing. The lack of skin and bone leaves no barrier for…

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Choosing Fresh Fish at Your Local Market

Fish is a great accompaniment to a wide range of fresh seasonal vegetables. Not only is it healthy for you, but fresh fish is delicious. Many people unfortunately get turned off when they unwittingly get a piece of fish that is not…

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The Return of Rabbit at the Dinner Table

Over the past few years there has been a significant renaissance with regard to a wide variety of game meats. This can be seen in many restaurants around the country as well as in hundreds of local butcher shops. One such meat,…

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Building a Better Burger

With summer just around the corner, the time has finally come to break out the grill and start cooking up a few of your favorite dishes. What could be better than the sound of burgers sizzling on the grill? The sounds of…

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Grilling the Perfect Burger – These are Grilling Techniques You Don’t Want to Miss

Grilling the perfect burger is another skill that can be hit or miss depending on the conditions you face. How much fat there is in the burger you are cooking, and how hot the grill is are two of the most important…

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Ways to Make Your Dishes Beautiful

Adding a simple garnish to your dishes can turn an ordinary meal into something spectacular and memorable. While there is nothing wrong with serving your meals straight on the plate, learning to dress them up with a few simple garnishes can be…

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5 Must Have Appliances for the True Foodie

For the true foodie the kitchen is the ultimate playground and there always seems to be at least one more appliance they need or one that should be replaced with a better model. There are of course a number of vital appliances…

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How to Create a Visually Appealing Plate

There is far more to serving your family or guests a good meal than simply placing the food on a plate and calling it good. When you go out to one of the more expensive restaurants, one of the first things you…

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How to Create and Use the Perfect White Sauce

The basic white sauce or “béchamel” is a staple for many of the more well-known sauces in the world. It can be used to create a Hollandaise or Fettuccini sauce, used as the basis for a wide variety of cheese sauces and…

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How the Rest of the World Eats Breakfast

As any nutritionist worth their salt will tell you, breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. The right nutritious breakfast sets the stage for how the rest of your day is likely to go. Most people are fairly well…

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Need to Organize Your Recipes – There’s an App for That

In the past few years it seems as though there has become an app for just about anything you can imagine. Today there are even a number of apps designed to help you create order out of the chaos your collection of…

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Celebrate Spring with Soup

Most people tend to think of cool autumn or cold winter nights when it comes to eating soup. But spring is the perfect time to start the year off right with a good healthy diet, one that can and should include a…

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The Perfectly Boiled Egg for Easter

Boiling an egg seems like a simple task but in truth it is one that confounds a number of experienced cooks. The perfect boiled egg is one that is not cracked, peels easily, and is perfectly cooked inside. To accomplish this is…

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Paying Homage to Early Spring Asparagus

Spring is slowly arriving all across the country and with it the first crop of early spring asparagus. This member of the lily family has been revered for its many values around the world for centuries. Many believe asparagus with its phallic…

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Make a Big Taste Difference with Homemade Butter

Your grandmother or perhaps great grandmother could probably tell you a thing or two about making butter. Chances are that they learned how to work a butter churn as part of their daily chores if they lived on a farm. Today we…

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Be Adventurous with Spring Greens

Spring has to be the best possible time of the year to be a cook. After a long cold winter filled with root vegetables and endless bowls of stew, spring rolls in with a mass of amazing tender greens. You can find…

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Using Lemon in Your Cooking

With spring officially here, it is time for lighter flavors. Lemon figures heavily in many spring and summer dishes, but can quickly become overwhelming if you are not careful. Lemon is a common ingredient because of its distinctive flavor, but it is…

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Making Early Vegetable Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are so names because they are traditionally made in the early spring when the first vegetables are ready for harvest. Most spring rolls are made with early cabbage, bean sprouts, and other early vegetables. They great to go with an…

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Get Your Grill Ready for the Upcoming Grilling Season

Grilling season has already arrived for a large part of the country and it is just around the corner for the rest. Before you pull your grill out and start using it to concoct your latest outdoor creations your grill needs a…

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Its Outdoor Market Time, Kick Your Cooking Up a Notch with Fresh Ingredients

Take a quick peek at the news and you may find the news that local produce markets are up and running again for the season. If you love to cook with fresh flavors this announcement will be welcome news. No longer must…

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Making Grilled Pizza on the Patio

If the barbeque is calling your name but you are hesitant to toss the typical and fat laden burgers and hotdogs on the grill, why not think out of the box a bit this year and try making pizza on the grill.…

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Making Quiche Step By Step

Quiche is a great way to use early spring vegetables such as asparagus, artichokes, and more. Quiche is a versatile food that can be made for breakfast with bacon, ham, and a wide assortment of cheeses and vegetables or you can make…

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Thinking Outside the Bun – Taking Your Hotdog to the Next Level

Summer in the U.S. means serving up tons of hotdogs fresh of the grill. However, at some point this summer you, your family, and your guests are likely to become bored with the continuous stream of identical dogs being served up. There…

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Pan Searing

Pan searing can greatly enhance the flavors of your meat if you do it right, if you don’t it can dry meat out and overcook it. The tricks to pan searing are not overly difficult, but like so many other things in…

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