Cooking Basics

Sprouting Seeds & Beans – How to Grow Sprouts

soaking seeds for sprouting

In my time off, I’ve been experimenting more with sprouting. I know. It’s a wild life I lead. I’ve had this seed sprouting jar in my pantry for well over a decade now and had yet to use it. In a flurry of cleaning panic one day, I vowed to “sprout or get off the…

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Trifle Recipe — Christmas in England

trifle recipe

English Trifle recipe Video (scroll down for printable recipe) Part seven in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in England, focus on: TRIFLE! The Trifle was one of my grandmother’s signature desserts. For as much as she loved to eat, she really did not enjoy cooking and rarely did it that I recall, except…

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Learn to Cook: How to Boil Eggs

How to Boil Eggs This is the fourth in a series of answer posts to reader-submitted questions. Some of these posts may be incorporated into the revised edition of the Learn to Cook book. Hard boiled eggs might be one of the trickiest things to get just right. You want the yolks firm and centered…

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Basic Risotto Recipe

Before we get to the risotto recipe (which is good, scout’s honor) I really should tell you something. Something embarrassing. I have no idea how to pronounce “risotto” correctly. I flip-flop between riz-O-to and riz-Ah-to┬áconstantly, trying to read the reactions of the people around me, to see if one or the other makes people nod…

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Italian Dressing Recipe

Who among us didn’t love the everloving crap out of some Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing when we were young? Truly, who among us doesn’t still love it? Ain’t no shame in that game! But it is easy and fast to make your own with higher quality (healthier) oil and honest-to-god fresh garlic to keep vampires…

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How to Cut Peppers

Using a bell pepper as an example, this quick video shows how to cut peppers, how to seed them, slice, and dice. Remember, when cutting hot peppers, be sure to wash your hands with soap after handling them to remove irritating oils before you accidentally rub your eyeball… or something else.

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