Substitutes & Tips

Care and Use of Nonstick Pans

Before first use, hand wash thoroughly with warm water and soap.  Some manufacturers recommend lightly seasoning the pan by using soft towel or paper towel to rub light coating of oil or shortening over the pan and then wiping clean. Avoid high heat.  Nonstick cookware should not be used at temperatures higher than 450 degrees Fahrenheit, as higher heat can damage the finish.  Also using a slightly lower temperature than called for when baking can prevent browning too quickly. Generally
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Choosing the Best Knife for the Job

A chef’s knife has a uniquely shaped blade making it easy to use for chopping or dicing by simply rocking the blade back and forth from the tip point.  While great for chopping and dicing, the blade is also large and sharp enough to work well at cutting thick pieces of meat or vegetable, making it a terrific all-around kitchen knife. The santoku knife, with its thinner blade, is best-suited for precise cuts and slicing.  Slicing vegetables, cheese, fish or
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Cooking Lobster at Home

Do you love to eat lobster when eating out, but not sure about cooking it at home?  Seem a little too complicated?  Here are the tips you need to know about how to cook lobster at home and enjoy! Basic Supplies Needed: a very large pot with a lid, lobster crackers or a large pair of kitchen shears, and small forks or picks for removing the meat from the shell after cooking. Purchase about 1 pound of live lobster for
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Crispy Tortilla Strips

Make your own crispy tortilla strip garnishes for soup or salad. Slice a stack of corn tortillas in half, then into 1/2-inch slices cross-wise. Heat some oil in a nonstick skillet (about 1/4-inch deep) until hot enough that a drop of water dropped in will make the oil sizzle. Drop a few strips of tortilla in at a time and cook 2-4 minutes until lightly browned; remove from skillet with slotted spoon or spatula and place on paper towel to
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Handy Honey Tips for the Kitchen

  Honey …. Mmmm, sweet, gooey, delectable honey!  Besides having such a wonderfully satisfying taste, it is beneficial to our health.  With its anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, it is helpful in maintaining good digestion and aids our bodies in fighting disease.  Honey also has small amounts of several minerals and vitamins including vitamin C, calcium, and iron.  Here are a few handy honey tips for incorporating honey into your regular eating habits: 1.  Mix a tablespoon of honey with the
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