Archives for January 2014


Five Things You Can Do With Potatoes

by Editorial Team January 29th, 2014| Techniques, Tools, and Tips
Over the past few decades, the humble potato has gained an unfair reputation as a bland and unappetising vegetable, forever boiled to death in our Mums' kitchens, a symbol for everything that was wrong with British food. And yet the potato remains one of favourite vegetables. Nutritious, versatile and with

Supersports Cupcakes!

by James Maynard January 24th, 2014| Video
Looking for Super Bowl Day snack ideas? Everyone loves cupcakes! When your house is filled with sports fans, you can delight the whole crowd with these sporty cupcakes. Watch this video, and you can learn how to quickly and easily make football-themed cupcakes, perfect for the Super Bowl! Best

Herbs and Spices

by Jane Wangersky January 23rd, 2014| Cooking Basics
If you've never cooked much with herbs and spices, they can be bewildering. You know what flavors you like, but what herbs do they come from? Which herbs go with which other ingredients, and just as importantly,  which don't go with which? Ingredient lists on packaged foods don't help

Kitchen Scales for Better Baking

by Elizabeth Skipper January 22nd, 2014| Ask the Chef
I’ve read a decent amount of articles that encourage the use of a kitchen scale when baking.  Is it a necessary purchase, or can I just be sure to measure carefully with my current set of cups?

How much baking have you been doing, how successfully, and how much baking

3 Cheese Tomato Basil Quiche

by BnB Finder January 21st, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Main Dishes, Recipes
Have you ever made quiche at home? If you haven't because you think it would be too complicated, this recipe will surprise and maybe inspire you. All it takes is your own favorite kind of pie crust and a few items you can get at any supermarket. And the
Mayo Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dipping Sauce- Mayo Version

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2014| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
I love cooking and baking and do both fairly well, so I'm used to receiving food requests from friends and family.  On weekend mornings there is clamoring for cinnamon rolls or scones.  During tv-based events there are requests for espinaca or homemade potato skins.  However, the other week I

Taking the Tears Out of Dicing Onions

by James Maynard January 17th, 2014| Video
Dicing onions correctly can save you a lot of tears in the kitchen. And we are not just talking about the tears that come from the release of irritating gas. Cooks who attempt to chop or dice onions too quickly, or without proper technique, can also injure themselves. In
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Marinades and Marinating

by Jane Wangersky January 16th, 2014| Cooking Basics
First things first: "Marinade" is a noun. You make a marinade. "Marinate" is a verb. You marinate food in a marinade.

Okay, so what is a marinade? It's a liquid in which you soak food, usually meat, to tenderize it, flavor it, or both. To tenderize, the liquid has to

Creamy Soups Without Cream

by Elizabeth Skipper January 15th, 2014| Ask the Chef
During the winter I try to make soup as a meal once a week.  While my husband and I both enjoy creamy soups, we are trying to eat in a more healthful manner.  How can I reduce or eliminate the cream in these soups but still give it a

Zucchini Muffins

by BnB Finder January 14th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Still got some zucchini from last summer in the freezer? Or maybe you just want to bake something extra healthy after all those Christmas cookies, without giving up sweetness. If either is true, try this muffin recipe that features zucchini and carrots shredded into the batter. Walnuts give the
Choose Your Own Chicken Nachos

Make Your Own Chicken Nachos

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2014| Appetizers, Recipes
Friday night as the parent of teens- it typically consists of an evening at home, either with extra teens here or awaiting the return of our own.  If it's a busy Friday, we typically order some sort of takeout.  However, this past Friday was quieter, so there was time
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Using Pastry Bags and Cones

by James Maynard January 10th, 2014| Video
Using pastry bags and cones can turn your home baking into works of art, worthy of any bakery. These simple tools will help you get the most out of any sweet treat you make for your family. There is no reason you can't make fancy designs on cookies, cakes,