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Watermelon Cranberry Sauce

Watermelon Cranberry Sauce

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Just when you though cranberry sauce could not learn a few new tricks...it surprises you. Adding watermelon to this holiday dish will put a new twist on an old favorite! Watermelon Cranberry Sauce Ingredients 4 cups...
Herbal Extracts are Easy to Make in Your Kitchen

Herbal Extracts are Easy to Make in Your Kitchen

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Herbal extracts are made from herbs and alcohol. Alcohol has the effect of removing essential oils from the plant material and releasing them into a liquid solution. Essential oils are the substances that give...

What is Proofing the Yeast?

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Some recipes, usually from older sources, call for a proofing step in the process of making bread. Before the modern ways of commercially producing yeast were figured out, it was necessary to check the...
Bay Leaf

The Noble Bay Leaf from Kitchen to Craft

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The bay tree has been sacred since ancient times. Even its name suggests greatness. Nobilis means renowned, and the bay branches were woven into wreaths of victory. Apollo's temple was said to have its...
Preserving Basil

Preserving Basil – Harvest Basil Now for Year Round Enjoyment

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Preserving basil is an easy process that can be achieved in a number of ways; by drying, freezing, salting or in an oil base. Of course, nothing can really replace the fragrance, taste and...

How to Cook with a Charcoal Barbeque

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While gas and electric grills have their advantages, cooking with a charcoal grill can deliver the best classic flame-broiled flavor. It can take a bit more effort though, so use these helpful tips from...

Watermelon Pineapple Salsa

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Give your typical salsa a delightful upgrade by adding watermelon and pineapple, which are both good sources of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help boost immunity. Watermelon Pineapple Salsa 2 cups watermelon (cut in 1/3-inch...

DIY – Infused Olive Oils

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DIY – Infused olive oils at a fraction of the price of gourmet shops Herb-infused olive oil is a simple and tasty way to add flavour to any dish. Extremely versatile, it can be used...

List of Kitchen Essentials: How to Stock Your First Kitchen!

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In our home the Kitchen is the "heartbeat" of our home. It is the room in the house that is most used and loved. We cook healthy meals for our family, have fun trying...

Wood Fired Cooking – How to Use Different Temperatures to Prepare Your Food

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Wood fired cooking is becoming more popular as chefs and home cooks are increasingly using this ancient method of cooking to add some spices to their dishes. This "old-fashioned" cooking method certainly helps to...