Kitchen Tips & Techniques

How to Decorate a Valentine's Day Cake
These fat pink rosettes make for a perfect Valentine's Day cake, and the subtle shift in hue adds to its beauty.Want to see how to make the rosettes plus the decorated cake? Click the link below for full color, step-by-step photos and instructions...  More »
Tips for a Special Valentine's Day Dinner
Looking to add a special touch to you Valentine's Day dinner? How about trying your hand at at a pretty tomato rose, which can look remarkably like the real thing... Just click on the attachment below for full-color, detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to create one! More »
The Science of Candy Making
Candy making is based upon sugar chemistry, with different ingredients and different methods producing different candies. Some fundamental knowledge of how the different ingredients interact with the sugar is very useful if we want to improve a candy’s texture or compare one recipe to another.... More »
Panini Maker Sandwich Ideas
'WHEN I WAS ASKED to write 200 Best Panini Recipes, my initial reaction was, You better know I will! Then I thought, Are there really 200 panini recipes?    But just as my mom was, I am the master of sandwiches. I have been told I make the best sandwiches, and I think this is because... 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 »
Tips on Purchasing a Food Processor
Are you one of the many people with a food processor tucked in the back of your cupboard? If so, dig it out. Seriously. I guarantee that your food processor will soon become the most versatile and useful appliance you’ve ever had in your kitchen.If you don’t have one – buy one. But, not until you’... More »
Cleaning Tips for Bread Machine Users
When the first automatic bread machine was released in Japan in 1986 by Matsushita Electric Industrial (now Panasonic), it slowly began to revolutionize the way bread was made in kitchens all over the world. By the late 1980s, Sanyo and Zojirushi were also producing bread machines. By the early... More »
What Can I Make in a Stand Mixer?
As food professionals, we’ve had stand mixers in our kitchens for longer than we can remember. Because of their versatility, they are perhaps the most integral piece of culinary equipment we own. Certainly our cupboards are filled with all kinds of machines, tools and gadgets, but we can turn to no... 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 »
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 »
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