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Lighter Appetizers for Super Bowl

by Elizabeth Skipper January 27th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I am sure I will be at some sort of gathering for the Super Bowl. While I do like indulging, it can be overwhelming to have so many heavy snacks. I try to bring a healthier appetizer, but I also am bored with a veggie tray. Do you have
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Using Up Candy Canes

by Elizabeth Skipper January 20th, 2015| Ask the Chef
Candy canes! I have too many of them left. Is there anything I can do with them besides trying to pawn them off on every person that visits our house?  I am open to a creative recipe or idea.

Ha – once Christmas is over, things like candy canes are
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“Oiling” a Frying Pan

by Elizabeth Skipper January 14th, 2015| Ask the Chef
What is the best ingredient to “oil” a frying pan? I put oil in quotation marks, as I realize that oil may not be the best choice.

You’re asking the wrong question. The pan doesn’t care what kind of oil or fat you put in it; the dish you’re making
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Freezing Soup

by Elizabeth Skipper January 7th, 2015| Ask the Chef
I have frozen leftover homemade soup, such as chicken noodle and vegetable beef. When I reheat it, the veggies always seem mushy. Is there any way to freeze and reheat soup and avoid this, or do I just need to make the right amount to be eaten without freezing?

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Home Cook Resolution for 2015

by Elizabeth Skipper December 30th, 2014| Ask the Chef
If a home cook wanted to make one cooking resolution for the New Year, what would you recommend? We understand that this is a broad question, but is there one thing that most people should be doing but aren’t?

Wow, that’s a very broad question. So much depends on the
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Impromptu Snacks & Appetizers

by Elizabeth Skipper December 24th, 2014| Ask the Chef
During the holiday season, there seem to be more impromptu get-togethers, whether at my house or someone else’s. I try to keep a block of good cheese and box of nice crackers on hand for occasions such as this. Are there other easy to make snacks, which have slow
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Knife Sharpening

by Elizabeth Skipper December 17th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I was thinking about buying this handheld knife sharpener. You put the blade of the knife in the device and simply pull it through to sharpen it.  Is a device like this useful, or should I just stick with having my knives professionally sharpened?

You ask as if getting your
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Make-ahead Christmas Breakfast

by Elizabeth Skipper December 10th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I like serving a hearty breakfast on Christmas morning, but I don’t like having to take time out of presents to get some food ready. I was thinking about making an overnight egg dish. We have a few picky eaters, so I don’t want a lot of veggies in
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All About Self-Rising Flour

by Elizabeth Skipper December 3rd, 2014| Ask the Chef
I’ve seen a handful of recipes that call for self-rising flour. Is there any real purpose to buying this type of flour?  I am pretty sure that I’ve seen shortcuts for making your own at home.

I’m sure you have seen shortcuts; making your own self-rising flour is pretty straightforward. 
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Cooking Wheat Berries

by Elizabeth Skipper November 26th, 2014| Ask the Chef
I just cooked with wheat berries for the first time. Following the recipe, I cooked the wheat berries for almost 2 hours (simmering in broth).  They were excellent!  I was wondering if there is a quicker way to cook them or if I could put them in a crock
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Making the Best Mashed Potatoes

by Elizabeth Skipper November 19th, 2014| Ask the Chef
We keep skim milk at home, so whenever I make mashed potatoes I use that. However, I was wondering if whole milk or cream might make them better. Or would cream be too rich? I also use butter. I want to make the tastiest mashed potatoes possible; any help
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French Toast – It’s About the Bread

by Elizabeth Skipper November 12th, 2014| Ask the Chef
When I make French toast, I usually just dip it into the egg batter quickly and then cook it. However, I have been told that the bread should soak in the egg batter to absorb as much as possible. My question is: How do you make sure that the
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