Kitchen Tips & Techniques

Canning / Preserving Tips
Just as it does in baking, higher altitude affects home canning recipes. As elevation - or altitude above sea level - increases, water boils at lower temperatures that are less effective for killing harmful spoilage microorganisms.      Heat processing directions in the Ball/... More »
Easy Ways to Add More Fruits & Vegetables Into Your Diet
 Camilla Saulsbury,  fitness expert and author of 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking, offers easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet and busy schedule: Step 2: Eat Mostly Vegetable- and Fruit-Based Foods  • Keep ready-to-eat raw vegetables handy in a clear container... More »
Ice Pops: Wonderful Frozen Treats on a Stick
 What joy, what freedom, what fun and adventure! During my first school summer break, between kindergarten and first grade, my two sisters and I (ages six and a half, four and five and a half, respectively) were finally allowed to cross busy streets together without the supervision of adults.... More »
Beach Party Gravity Cake
Celebrate summer by creating a beach ball and towel out of fondant with this fun and easy design!Simply click on the links below to view full-color, detailed, step-by-step photographs and instructions on how to make your very own Beach Party Gravity Cake... Find more fabulous cake ideas in... More »
Gluten-Free Strawberry Basil Hand Pies
The combination of strawberries and fresh basil in a pie might strike you as odd, but basil is a member of the mint family, which often pairs beautifully with fresh fruit in desserts. In these pies basil plays two roles: the chopped herb is tossed with juicy strawberries for the filling, while... More »
Ten Key Points for Making Desserts in a Jar
 Though I’ve developed virtually all of the recipes in this book with readily available Mason-type jars in mind, when I make my own desserts, I love to serve them in some of the old jars I have saved for many years...Ten Key Points for Making Desserts in a Jar: 1.    ... More »
How to Homebrew your Own California Blonde
Seeking something new to do this summer? How about setting up your very own home-brewing system! May we suggest trying a:California Blonde Hoppy blonde ales are favorite summertime quaffs in West Coast brewpubs. There's something about that bite of the hop that makes you want to take another sip.... More »
Easy BBQ Napkin Fold
"Some meals are beyond messy. Use an actual barbecue bib or a checkered kitchen towel instead of a napkin for this fold, which suits Southern-style barbecue or seafood boils especially well.The finished fold will look best with medium- to heavyweight fabric, such as the red and white checked bib I... More »
Everything You Need to Know About Marinades, Spice Pastes & Sauces
Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh, author of 100 Best Grilling Recipes, says all you really need to know about marinades, spice pastes and sauces is:They are designed to add flavor, pizzazz and, in some cases, to tenderize certain cuts of meat.A marinade can be as simple as a one-ingredient preparation such... More »
Long Weekend Entertaining
 Make it a party to remember... Fun-in-the-Sun Gifts If you are having a beach party or luau - or just hosting a cookout in your sunny backyard ~ send your guests home with a fun-in-the-sun gift. Roll a travel-size tube of sunscreen, protective lip balm and a small bottle of water in a... More »
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