Kitchen Tips & Techniques

Handling Gluten-Free Flours and Starches
• Purchase flours and starches from reliable sources for consistent quality and to ensure that there is no risk from cross-contamination. Once you succeed with a particular product, either brand or quality, stick with it. • Store flours and starches in plastic containers rather than the bags... More »
Chinese Cooking Tips
Stephen Wong and Bill Jones, through their books and other writings, have championed a fusion style of cooking. Their book, 125 Best Chinese Recipes, is filled with imaginative and creative recipes that reflect honest cooking — simple, quick, healthy and easy to prepare. Their mouth-watering... More »
Easter Egg Nest Gravity Cake
 Put all your eggs in a delicious chocolate basket this Easter with this amazing mini egg creation.This cake will help make the holiday extra special for kids of all ages! Simply click the links below to reveal full color, detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own... More »
Easy Easter Decorating!
 What could be more fitting for Easter dinner or a springtime brunch than this cute fellow placed atop each plate? Add candy or button eyes to the finished Bunny fold to make it even more recognizable.Any color or pattern will do; for springtime parties, think white or solid pastels, such as... More »
How to Decorate: Spring Umbrella and Raindrops Cookies
Spring showers and plump raindrops require a large and preferably fashionable umbrella to keep you dry. This chic design is perfect for beginners, requiring only some basic piping and flodding skills, but the impressive results will yield a downpour of compliments! Click on the below link to... More »
Airplane Napkin Fold (kid-fav)
Knowing how to execute a perfect napkin fold is not a skill everyone has, but it’s one you can easily and quickly teach yourself — with Denise’s help, of course! Napkin folds immediately bring a touch of elegance, whimsy or retro style to your table. And they take your table setting to the next... More »
Fun with Food this March Break!
 Seeking some fun ‘kids stuff’ ideas this March Break? Author of 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets, Susan Sampson has some fabulously fun ideas:    Fill a cash register with M&Ms or Smarties and jelly beans; the kids will have fun ringing in sales to pop open the drawer. They... More »
Bake Something Great!
 Kid-friendly ingredients - such as cereal, graham wafers, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter and caramels - dominate, making the recipes favorites for the young as well as the young at heart. These bars are also relatively easy to make, which means that kids can help out in the... 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 »
Candy Waterfall from Gravity Cakes
Don’t be fooled by how masterful this cake looks — it is one of the easiest Gravity Cakes to make! Prepare to see facial expressions on your family and friends that you’ve never seen before. If you start charging a penny for every time you hear “How did you do that?” or “That’s amazing!” you’... More »
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