Category: tricks & techniques

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Bay Leaf Seasoning

Penzey’s Spices used to put out an herb mix that was great for roasting  chicken. Apparently, I was the only…

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How to pack okra for pickles

After you’ve trimmed off a bit of the stem end, and a bit of the pointy end, pack your one…

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Best Damn Smoked Chicken Recipe, period

This may be the best thing that could ever happen to a chicken. I get a whole lot of compliments…

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Bolognese Ragu

I ended up getting a bumper crop of red plum tomatoes from my garden this week, so I made this…

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Better Roast Chicken

So it seems pretty straight-forward, but I never actually tried it until last week. A better way to roast a…

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Eleven Herbs and Spices Revealed?

Ron Douglas, author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, claims he has discovered the secret recipe after lots of chicken, and…

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Julia’s Method for Cheeseburgers

I watched an old episode of Cooking with Jacques and Julia, on the topic of beef, and they demonstrated their…

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Pan-roasting the Best Steak

My wife and I have pretty much stopped ordering steak when we go out, since I seem to be able…

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Portion Control and Plate Size

I’ve never been much on the importance of plate presentation, and I’ve got no scientific proof to back it up,…

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Why are people afraid of pressure cookers?

Don’t let your grandma’s tale of kitchen terror dissuade you from using this great time-saving device.