Category Archives: Cooking

How to Brew Green Tea

When you hear folks mention Japanese tea it invariably means that they are talking about green tea. That is just scratching the surface because there are many types of green tea out there; gyokuro, sencha, macha, genmaicha, bancha, and more! (more…)...
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Old-Fashioned Taffy Pull Party – How to Host Your Own

Want a unique party idea for your child’s birthday—or even her next weekend sleepover with friends? Try hosting your own taffy pull. It can get pretty messy, but kids absolutely love it. Just follow these steps to minimize the mess . . . and maximize the fun! Read more

The Protective Power of Garlic

Garlic provides more than a warm, rich taste in pastas and pizzas. Mounting evidence consistently links this plant to lower cancer risk. In one of the latest studies, men who ate less than a clove of garlic a day cut their risk of prostate cancer in half compared to men who ate none. Read more

Emergency Kitchen Substitutions

Do you ever find yourself all geared up and ready to make a favorite recipe but then discover you're staring at an empty container of a needed ingredient? Ugh. You don't want to run out to the store right now. So what do you do? (more…)...
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How to Freeze Mushrooms

Choose mushrooms free from spots and decay. Sort according to size. Wash thoroughly in cold water. Trim off ends of stems. If mushrooms are larger than 1 inch across, slice them or cut them into quarters. (more…)...
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Mushroom Meets Grill: Herbed Polenta with Grilled Portobello Mushroom

Mushrooms are frequently described as meaty. Firm-textured portobellos even look like lean meat, especially when they are grilled. Experts disagree on the spelling of this saucer-size mushroom. The Mushroom Council says portabella, while The Mushroom Cookbook, by Amy Forges (Workman Publishing, 2000) uses portobello. They do, however, agree that it is the meatiest of them all....
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