Aren’t They Just Pots and Pans: Is Expensive Cookware Worth the Price?

There’s an old adage that “You get what you pay for.” This couldn’t be any truer when it comes to cookware. If you wander into any “big box” store you can probably find a slew of pots and pans, including complete sets, for … [Read more...]

Got the Winter Blues? 7 Options for Cooking Indoors

Who doesn’t love a good grilled steak or even veggie kabob?  It’s something about a grill that makes even the most hesitant cook step up and want to give it a try.  But right now, 2016 is off to a very frigid start with an epic … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Carving!

Forty years ago, pumpkin carving was a little simpler.  Take a pumpkin, empty out the “guts” that are inside of it, and then carve a crooked smile, nose, and eyes.  But in the past decade, pumpkin carving has become an art form … [Read more...]

Cooking Vegetables with Herbs – Confused?

Pairing vegetables with the right herbs can take some practice and using a non-complementary herb with a vegetable can really ruin an otherwise delicious dinner.  When you go through the trouble of cooking a delicious meal you … [Read more...]

Delicious Summer Soups

Usually you think of soup as an autumn or winter food, but truthfully, nothing beats a great summer soup. Tomatoes, eggplants, summer squash, onions, and basil are all natural classic combinations that are hard to get wrong. But … [Read more...]

The Dirt on Potatoes

Potatoes come in a huge assortment of colors, flavors, and textures; and like apples, certain varieties are better suited for certain recipes. It’s important to choose the right potato for the recipe. The quantity and differences … [Read more...]

Deep Fryers – Are They Worth the Money?

Some small kitchen appliances are worth the space they take up in the kitchen and that’s true with deep fryers. We all know we should avoid fried foods and too much fried food is not a good thing. But sometimes, nothing quite … [Read more...]

Recipes Using Homemade Yogurt

So now that you’ve starting making your own yogurt at home, what other uses are there besides topping with fruit and granola or making delicious smoothies in the blender? There’s a lot of ways you can use yogurt in … [Read more...]

Making Your Own Yogurt

Making your own yogurt not only saves you money, but is seriously delicious and healthy for you. When you make it from scratch, you’ll find yourself eating more yogurt than ever before. While there are many automatic yogurt … [Read more...]

FDA bans trans fat

The Food and Drug Administration announced that the food industry has three years in which to totally eliminate all artificial trans fats from food products. This comes as a big win for consumer groups who have worked diligently … [Read more...]

Common Cooking Mistakes Made By The Impatient Cook

Overcrowd the pans Since as food cooks it releases moisture you need to leave plenty of room for the steam to escape. When you’re impatient or in a hurry, it’s tempting to overcrowd a pan, especially when you have a large … [Read more...]

Electric Hand Mixer vs. Stand Mixer: Which Is Best?

When it comes to choosing between a hand mixer and a stand mixer, both are very practical kitchen appliances. Basically, it comes down to price, versatility and function. Each type of mixer has its own pros and cons. Here's a list … [Read more...]

All Star Kebab Party

Summer is the time for outdoor parties, but who wants to stand over a hot grill and do all the cooking while your guests are having all the fun? How about putting your guests to work and they won’t even know it? If that sounds … [Read more...]

Outdoor Grill Essentials

It’s summer and you’re ready for some outdoor entertaining. Do you have all the essentials ready and at hand to make your party a success? Here’s a checklist for everything you need to make sure you’re ready and raring to go … [Read more...]

Steak Buying Tips for the Home Cook

With summer right around the corner that more means steaks on the grill. Do you know how to choose the best steak? Get Chummy with your Butcher Don’t be afraid to ask the butcher for help. Even if you buy your steak at the … [Read more...]

Decorating Outdoor Spaces for Summer Parties

Summer’s here and that means you’ll be spending a lot more time outside. When the weather is nice, nothing beats outdoor entertaining. Here are simple ways to create a wonderful and inviting outdoor space for summer … [Read more...]

Summer Squash Recipes and Health Benefits

Have you started your summer garden yet? If not, make sure to plant summer’s most prolific producers – the squash plant. Squash has been around for years. In fact, scientists found a variety of summer squash seeds that were … [Read more...]

The Big Difference Between Ice cream and Gelato

Is gelato just the Italian name for ice cream? Or is there more of a difference than just the name? There actually is a difference in both how they taste and how they’re made. If you’ve ever eaten gelato, it’s got a denser, … [Read more...]

Clever Kitchen Gadgets

A really clever kitchen gadget is not only ingenious but helps you do a job in the kitchen that is annoying and time consuming. These clever gadgets get the job done and look awfully cute in the process. These are perfect gifts … [Read more...]

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

In France they’re called Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame if there’s a fried egg on top. In Puerto Rico it’s a jibarito and in Mexico a quesadilla. The English call them cheese toasties or simply toasties. Australians call them … [Read more...]