Category Archives: Cooking Basics

The basics of cooking – handy online measurement conversion table, pantry items, converting recipes to low fat, egg substitutes and more.

Is Your Olive Oil Real? Discover How to Find Out

Is the Olive Oil in your Cabinet Real?

There was a study done at UC Davis Olive Center in 2010 that discovered that 69% of the olive oils tested were not exactly what they said they were and did not meet legal standards in the United States. Read more

Summer Menu Plan

Need some dinner suggestions? Here is a summer menu plan for a week.  This menu is based on pork, beef, chicken, fish and a vegetarian meal. (more…)...
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The Humble Onion: A Guide for Creative Cooks

A good cook knows what ingredients to combine into a delicious meal. This short article in the "Ingredients" series focuses on the humble and ubiquitous onion. Virtually every cuisine uses the onion or onion variant as a basic flavoring. In fact, Julia Child once said, "It is hard to imagine a civilization without onions." Read more

Time Saver: Coffee Stash

I love my coffee, especially first thing in the morning to get my day started, but sometimes I am short on time so just want to get that coffee brewing as quickly as possible or when company drops in and you are deep in conversation it take a few minutes to get the coffee filers...
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10 Smart Swaps to Make Baking and Cooking Healthier

Creamy sauces, cookies, casseroles and cakes - as temperatures drop, it's natural to crave favorite comfort foods. However, it's easy to overindulge on rich dishes and decadent desserts, especially if you're hosting a gathering of friends and family. How can you enjoy amazing foods while bumping up the health quotient? Read more

Food Facts & Tips

♦ An herb is from the leaf of a plant. A spice is from the seed, bark, root, berry, or bulb. (source: 1) ♦ There are over 20,000 species of edible plants in the world. However, just 20 species provide 90% of human food. (source: 2) ♦ Watermelons are actually vegetables and are related to squash, cucumbers,...
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