Defining the 10 Essential Tools for Beginner Cooks

What you need to know about the top 10 essential tools for your kitchen. A client of mine just bought…

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There is a better way to cook bacon that doesn't involve a frying pan.

Bake, Don’t Fry Your Bacon!

You’ll be blown away how much easier it is to BAKE your bacon. I may be stating the obvious but…

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How to dress your salad AND make sure it doesn’t wilt

A little “insider” trick that keeps your salad from wilting. The fact is, a slightly wilted salad isn’t bad for…

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Essential 5 kitchen knives

The Essential 5: Must-Haves Knives for your Kitchen

Make your kitchen functional and safe with sharp knives that can get the job done! Maybe you’re thinking it’s time…

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parmesan crisps

5 Minute Recipe for Parmesan Crisps – for salad or snacking

A quick recipe for Parmesan Crisps that will also introduce you to the Silpat non-stick baking mat. Here’s a recipe…

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Fran Berger chopping jalapenos

How to deseed and chop a jalapeño

If you love cooking, then technique matters: the right way to prepare jalapeños for your recipe. One of the things…

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The Well-stocked Pantry

7 “Must-Have” items for a well-stocked pantry

You’ll be ready for just about anything if you keep these items in stock at home at all times. I…

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Marinated Olives and Feta

4th of July Party? How about a tasty recipe for marinated olives and feta?

Sophisticated but incredibly easy: smash some olives, crush a bit of garlic, shred some bread, and you’re good to go!…

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fresh herbs

Food Tip – Keep your herbs fresh for up to a week!

A quick and easy way to save your refrigerated herbs – they’ll keep for a week! We depend on the…

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home-made croutons

Food Tip – The best croutons for your summer salads!

Add a kick to your salads with home-made croutons – and it’s so easy. I love crunchy carbs, don’t you?…

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Clean your kitchen sponge

Kitchen Safety Tip – avoid food borne bacteria and clean that sponge!

Kitchen sponges can be as dirty as your toilet! So clean or replace them regularly. I like smart people, but…

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Fran preps leafy vegetables

Kitchen hack: Save your leafy herbs, chop them the right way

How to chop leafy herbs AND keep all that wonderful flavor for your recipe. Open a recipe and you’ll find…

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