Kitchen Tips & Techniques

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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
'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 »
Beach Party Gravity Cake
Celebrate the last long weekend of 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... 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 »
Easy Picnic Ideas
"A pocket filled with flatware is the perfect presentation for picnics and casual parties. After placing utensils in each pocket, you can even tie it with twine or ribbon and stack the filled napkins in a basket for picking up at the end of a buffet line.To play up the casual country feel of this... 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 »
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