Cast Iron Pans and Cookware

The Irreplaceable Cast Iron Pans

Seasoning, Cleaning, and Cooking with Cast Iron Pans Please do not throw away that old cast iron frying pan that was your mother’s or grandmother’s!  Clean it – as long … Continued

Troubleshooting Bubbles in Fondant Icing

  Bubbles in Fondant Icing   Here are a few thoughts about the Bubbles in Fondant Icing that form in the fondant.  I find that there are at least three … Continued

White Truffle Oil vs Black Truffle Oil

Truffle Oil

White Truffle Oil vs Black Truffle Oil  Truffle oil is top-quality olive oil that has been infused with either white or black truffles.  Both types of truffles have an earthy, … Continued

Oregon Truffles

Truffles – Oregon Truffles

  Truffles – The allure of truffles – It’s all about the smell!   Did You Know? You smell truffles and you become willing to do whatever you have to … Continued

uncooked Thanksgiving turkey

Turkey Roasting Guidelines & Tips

 How To Roast Thanksgiving or Christmas Turkey   What type of whole turkey should you buy – Fresh or Frozen?   Do you know that a “frozen” turkey is fresher … Continued

Turkey Terminology

Turkey Terminology – Types of Turkeys in the Marketplace The package label of the turkey you purchase contains terms regulated by the USDA.  The following list of types of turkeys … Continued

Types of Cocoa

  Questions and Answers – Types of Cocoa   Question: I’m confused!  Can you tell me the difference between Dutch-Process Cocoa and Unsweetened Cocoa?  Are they interchangeable in a recipe? … Continued

Types of Molasses

Types of Molasses

Questions and Answers – Types of Molasses     Question: Could you tell me the difference from fancy molasses and cooking and unsulphered molasses? – Jen (12/11/00)   Answer: The … Continued

Vegetable Buying Guide, Winter Squash

Types of Squash – Summer and Winter Squash

  How To Purchase and Prepare Perfect Squash       Check out my large collection of Squash Recipes.   The Definition of Squash:  The fruits of various members of the … Continued

Dinner Etiquette

United States Dining Etiquette Guide

Restaurant Dining – Dinner Etiquette – How To Eat Different Foods The point of Dinner Etiquette rules is to make you feel comfortable – not uncomfortable.  Table manners play an … Continued

Broken Raw Egg

Using Raw Eggs In Cooking

  Following is what the American Egg Board says on using raw eggs in cooking:   There have been warnings against consuming raw or lightly cooked eggs on the grounds … Continued

Vegetable Buying Guide

Vegetable Buying Guide First Rule – Demand Freshness! Hints and tips on choosing the freshest produce at the market.  Learn how to get the most for your money and how … Continued

Walnut Oil Uses

Questions and Answers – Walnut Oil Uses   Question: Can you tell me the uses of Walnut oil?  A friend gave me a bottle and it has been in the … Continued

What is a Recipe – What is Mise en Place

What is a Recipe?   A recipe is a set of instruction used for preparing and producing a certain food, dish, or drink.  The purpose of a recipe is to … Continued

Difference between confectioners sugar and powdered sugar

What is The Difference between confectioners sugar and powdered sugar?

Question: What is the difference between confectioners sugar and powdered sugar.  Why do all recipes call it the first and not the second?   Answers: Commercial confectioners’ sugar and powdered … Continued