Everyday Eating Tips

Everyday Eating

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  • Homemade Salad Dressing

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    The difference between home-made salad dressing and store bought salad dressing is like night and day. Simple vinaigrettes can be made in a couple of minutes and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks – many can be … Continue reading

  • Marvelous Marinades

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    Homemade marinades are quick and easy; they pack powerful vibrant flavor without the preservatives and fillers that many off-the-shelf marinades have. Marinades are also forgiving, so modify a recipe to your taste and create your own “house” marinade(s).

  • Pesto Perfection

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    Homemade pesto beats the pants off anything you’ll find on the average grocery store shelf and, in the food processor, it’s a snap. Homemade pesto can be frozen for several months, so make a few batches – one for tonight … Continue reading

  • Crazy for Crusts

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    Homemade pie crusts and tart crusts can’t be beat. Make a few crusts at a time, shape them into 6-inch disks, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for later use. Defrost them in the refrigerator or on the counter when … Continue reading

  • Room Temperature for Best Results

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    Remove meat and poultry from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you cook it. This will help it to cook more evenly.

  • Fresh Herbs

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    To store fresh herbs, roll up the clean dry herbs in a paper towel, seal them in a plastic bag and keep them in the refrigerator.

  • To Salt or Not to Salt?

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    Properly salted water makes a big difference to the taste of pasta. To cook one pound of pasta, add 2 tablespoons of salt to 4 – 5 quarts of boiling water. The water will froth a bit when the salt … Continue reading

  • Stir to Unstick

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    Always stir pasta as it’s added into boiling water to cook. Stirring a couple of times during the first minute or so of cooking will keep the pasta from clumping together as it cooks.

  • Al Dente

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    Pasta will continue to cook after it’s removed from boiling water. To avoid bloated, mushy pasta: cook the pasta just before it will be served, and cook it until it is just tender (“al dente”) to the bite. As pasta … Continue reading

  • Be Sharp and Be Safe

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    To keep knives in good condition for everyday use, “true” them up on a sharpening steel before each use. A sharpening steel is often included with the purchase of a knife set. Technically, a steel does not actually sharpen a … Continue reading

  • Searing Perfection

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    For the perfect thick cut steak, seared on the outside and cooked to perfection on the inside: pat the meat dry, coat with a thin layer of your favorite cooking oil, and season one side with salt and freshly ground … Continue reading

  • Savvy Selections

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    When selecting stone fruits like peaches and nectarines, look for the end opposite the stem to be slightly flattened out rather than fully heart-shaped. Farmers pick these fruits when the heart-shaped end has begun to flatten out, because it’s their … Continue reading

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