Kitchen Tips & Techniques

How to Stuff and Secure a Turkey
Susan Sampson, author of 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets, offers some helpful tips on how to stuff and secure your turkey: Stuffing Estimates• Allow about 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) of stuffing per pound (500 g) of bird for the cavity, plus extra for stuffing under the skin of the breast.• Stuffing... More »
Need a Hand Carving the Turkey?
Cooking at home saves me money and allows me to eat healthier (as I always know exactly what is going into the food I’m preparing). The one thing I’m not sure of is how to figure out which knife I’m supposed to use to chop, which to dice, which to julienne, and of course, just how to hold it... More »
Download Your Free Turkey-Carving Guide
It's holiday time! Time for entertaining and hosting dinner parties. And, for carving turkeys.  Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time, carving a turkey is something people like myself do so rarely that I never seem to get it right. Lucky for me, Jeffrey Elliot and Jim DeWan... More »
Shrimp Moilee
'My first trip to India was with Mum and Dad when they were leading one of their Spice Discovery tours. I was enthralled by the amount of fresh seafood available in Cochin, in the southwestern state of Kerala. This recipe from that region is easy to make and tastes amazing. The flavors are fresh,... More »
What is Quinoa?
 Quinoa - an ancient nutritious grain, a staple of the Incas, who called it quinoa, meaning “the mother grain.”   Quinoa must be rinsed before cooking, because its outer hull contains saponin, a bitter resin that would otherwise impart a disagreeable taste.   Quinoa is the Spanish... More »
What Can I Substitute for Quinoa?
 Quinoa   If You Don't Have It Substitute 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa with: •         1 cup (250 mL) millet •         1 cup (250 mL) couscous, especially whole wheat (cooks more quickly) •    ... More »
Easy Tips for Successful Bread Machine Baking
Looking for some help with your bread machine baking? Experts Donna Washburn and Heather Butt can help, with a few tips from their book, 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes:   Measure all the ingredients accurately.    Remove the baking pan from the bread machine when... More »
'Paper' Football Napkin Fold
Do you remember those paper footballs that bored kids in school like to fold - and then throw at each other? This wonderful fold is a grown-up version of that, rendered in cloth! It works in any color in any medium-weight fabric. Click on the link below to find step-by-step instructions and... More »
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 »
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