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Easy Weekend Entertaining

Weekends, especially the relaxed ones of summer, are perfect for entertaining friends and family members. A little planning makes them easy.


 

8 Ways to Make Your Freezer Work for You
Think of your freezer as one of the most useful and convenient appliances in the house. With a little common sense, it will make your culinary life easy, save you time, and probably save you money.

 

15 Kitchen Essentials

There are so many kitchen tools and gadgets it’s hard for a beginner cook — or even a more seasoned one — to decide what’s going to do the most good in the long run. We have a list of the top 15 essential tools.


 

Four Questions You Never Thought to Ask about Buying Meat
Buying meat confounds even the best cook. In the good old days we had only to ask our butcher for "a nice roast" or "some juicy lamb chops," but nowadays we're on our own at the supermarket meat counter. Help!

 

All About Rice
If cooking rice is an afterthought in your house, you are missing out on one of the most versatile foodstuffs on the grocery shelves. It's perfect with savory foods from seafood to chicken and pork. It's spectacular mixed with vegetables, hot or cold for warm dishes or cool salads. And it's tasty when sweetened and served as dessert.

 

The Difference Between Herbs and Spices
What’s the difference between an herb and a spice? Some people think they mean the same thing, but technically, they don’t.

 

10 Kitchen Tips From One Mom to All Others
We have gathered 10 family-friendly tips for maintaining your sanity in the kitchen. We agree it’s an eclectic grouping, but raising a family rarely follows a linear, logical path, either.

 

Cooking with Dried Herbs and Spices
Dried herbs and spices add zest and zing to dishes, provide great depth of flavor, and have the ability to turn a humdrum meal into a remarkable one.

 

Herbs on the Windowsill: Thyme
This is part of our occasional series on growing herbs indoors. If you have a south- or east-facing window, you will have good luck growing a number of herbs all year long.

 

The How and Why of Making a Good Stock
Soon, or now, American households have a turkey carcass in the refrigerator. Before you toss it, consider making turkey stock. If there is some skin and sinews still clinging to the bones, all the better.

 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Food Safety and the Holidays
We tend to prepare more food with greater frequency during the holidays, and consequently may be at increased risk for spoilage. Regardless of the time of year, the same basic rules for keeping food safe apply. Don’t let cooler outdoor temperatures lull you into complacency.

 

A Short Guide to Mushrooms
The good news is that more and more varieties of edible mushrooms show up every year in our supermarkets and farmer's markets.  All provide glorious, deep, earthy flavor.

 

A Glossary of Culinary Herbs

Cooking with fresh herbs is romantic. For many of us, the idea of tearing up a fresh, aromatic leaf and letting it drift over a pan of simmering food, flavoring the food with subtle accents, doesn't get much better. Even in the fall and winter, fresh herbs bring glorious flavor to all manner of dishes.


 

Our Top Ten Kitchen Time Savers
We’ve collected ten of our best, tried-and-true ideas for saving time in the kitchen. Putting a hot, wholesome meal on the table at the end of a long day won't be a chore.

 

Cooking Under Pressure
Today's pressure cookers are safe and easy to use. For the busy home cook who loves the flavor and goodness of homemade meals, they are truly marvelous. 

 

Chicken Pot Pie!
Most kids have only eaten frozen, pre-made pot pies -- and have never thought to make their own. But once they try, they'll be hooked.


 

All About Rice
If cooking rice is an afterthought in your house, you are missing out on one of the most versatile foodstuffs on the grocery shelves. It's perfect with savory foods from seafood to chicken and pork. It's spectacular mixed with vegetables, hot or cold for warm dishes or cool salads. And it's tasty when sweetened and served as dessert.

 

15 Kitchen Essentials

There are so many kitchen tools and gadgets it’s hard for a beginner cook — or even a more seasoned one — to decide what’s going to do the most good in the long run. We have a list of the top 15 essential tools.


 

How To Can Tomatoes

To can tomatoes, all you need is time, a large, deep pot, clean canning jars, new lids for the jars, and screwtop rings for the jars. You can reuse the jars and rings as long as they are not damaged. You cannot reuse the lids. Oh yes. You also need tomatoes.


 

Glorious Garlic
It's the flavor that so many of us adore in Italian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Thai, Mexican, and so many other cuisines. It's touted as a health benefit and, if you dabble in the supernatural, believed to ward off vampires! Nearly everyone loves garli

 

Summer Seafood

There's something about summertime's balmy weather that makes it just right for chilled seafood salads. The cool, refreshing, slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor of shrimp, scallops, lobster, salmon, and crabmeat are hard to beat.


 

Easy Weekend Entertaining

Weekends, especially the relaxed ones of summer, are perfect for entertaining friends and family members. A little planning makes them easy.


 

Summer Seafood

There's something about summertime's balmy weather that makes it just right for chilled seafood salads. The cool, refreshing, slightly sweet, slightly salty flavor of shrimp, scallops, lobster, salmon, and crabmeat are hard to beat.


 

Pancakes with Syrup and Maybe Some Fruit
Whether your kids want to “help Mommy cook” or they are eager to learn how to make something they love to eat, pancakes are good place to start.

 

Food Safety for Summer Entertaining

When the weather is warm, dining outside is just about irresistible. Whether you picnic in the park or at the beach, or fire up the grill in your own backyard, there’s something about a meal taken in the fresh air that makes everything more delicious and more fun. To keep it fun, observe food safety precautions.


 

Get Cooking with the Kids
Children love to cook and they love to spend time with you in the kitchen. Teaching them to cook is a win-win.

 

A Short Guide to Mushrooms
The good news is that more and more varieties of edible mushrooms show up every year in our supermarkets and farmer's markets.  All provide glorious, deep, earthy flavor.

 

A Glossary of Culinary Herbs

Cooking with fresh herbs is romantic. For many of us, the idea of tearing up a fresh, aromatic leaf and letting it drift over a pan of simmering food, flavoring the food with subtle accents, doesn't get much better. Even in the fall and winter, fresh herbs bring glorious flavor to all manner of dishes.


 

Make Mother's Day Special
This year, plan an activity that you and your mom can do together. She'll love the idea! This doesn't have to be a big deal. It doesn't even have to involve leaving home. Plan to join her doing something she really loves, and then make time for you and

 

Mother's Day Sunday Supper
A simple roast chicken menu that includes grilled veggies and steamed rice is easy enough for kids to fix for Mom. Step-by-step instructions guide young cooks through the process -- although Dad may have to pitch in, too.

 

Sweet Onions
Which ever way you like them, sweet onions are a real treat, and are at their best in the spring.


 

Organize the Pantry
A well organized pantry will make your life easier, save you money in the long run, and always save you time.

 

Our Top Ten Kitchen Time Savers
We’ve collected ten of our best, tried-and-true ideas for saving time in the kitchen. Putting a hot, wholesome meal on the table at the end of a long day won't be a chore.

 

Cooking with Dried Herbs and Spices
Dried herbs and spices add zest and zing to dishes, provide great depth of flavor, and have the ability to turn a humdrum meal into a remarkable one.

 

8 Ways to Make Your Freezer Work for You
Think of your freezer as one of the most useful and convenient appliances in the house. With a little common sense, it will make your culinary life easy, save you time, and probably save you money.

 

Food Safety for Summer Entertaining

When the weather is warm, dining outside is just about irresistible. Whether you picnic in the park or at the beach, or fire up the grill in your own backyard, there’s something about a meal taken in the fresh air that makes everything more delicious and more fun. To keep it fun, observe food safety precautions.


 

Get Cooking with the Kids
Children love to cook and they love to spend time with you in the kitchen. Teaching them to cook is a win-win.

 

How To Can Tomatoes

To can tomatoes, all you need is time, a large, deep pot, clean canning jars, new lids for the jars, and screwtop rings for the jars. You can reuse the jars and rings as long as they are not damaged. You cannot reuse the lids. Oh yes. You also need tomatoes.


 

A Glossary of Culinary Herbs

Cooking with fresh herbs is romantic. For many of us, the idea of tearing up a fresh, aromatic leaf and letting it drift over a pan of simmering food, flavoring the food with subtle accents, doesn't get much better. Even in the fall and winter, fresh herbs bring glorious flavor to all manner of dishes.


 

Sweet Onions
Which ever way you like them, sweet onions are a real treat, and are at their best in the spring.


 

Organizing a Cookbook Collection
For many of us, stacks of shiny new cookbooks at the local bookstore are as enticing as dark, rich chocolate truffles or crisp fall apples. We have to have them! When we see new cookbooks splashed across our computer screen, we have to order them. And wh

 

The How and Why of Making a Good Stock
Soon, or now, American households have a turkey carcass in the refrigerator. Before you toss it, consider making turkey stock. If there is some skin and sinews still clinging to the bones, all the better.

 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Easy Weekend Entertaining

Weekends, especially the relaxed ones of summer, are perfect for entertaining friends and family members. A little planning makes them easy.


 

The Difference Between Herbs and Spices
What’s the difference between an herb and a spice? Some people think they mean the same thing, but technically, they don’t.

 










 
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