Pantry & Supermarket Tips

green beans canned

Challenge: Green Beans canned vs. fresh

Green beans are a classic side dish for any holiday. I debated an update on green bean casserole, but decided instead to serve fresh green beans and canned green beans, each were lightly sauteed in … [Read More...]

Blueberry jam

Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’

"Who are you?" Mike asked me last week.  "What are you talking about?" I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars of canned jams, jellies and preserves. "Have you become your … [Read More...]

mashed potatoes

Challenge: Real mashed potatoes vs. Instant

I can understand the lure of instant mashed potatoes. You want comfort, you want it now. According to Wisegeek.com, a Canadian scientist developed instant mashed back in 1962. Nutritionally … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Recipes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksigiving

Recipe: Kate McDermott’s Pumpkin Pie [video lesson]

Introduction by Kathleen Flinn, Recipe by Kate McDermott from The Art of Pie At its essence, pie dough is simple. It's flour, salt, fat and water. I chose pie maven's Kate McDermott's recipe for this … [Read More...]

Homemade Delicious Cranberry Bread

Recipe: Mom’s Cranberry Nut Bread

Gently warmed and slathered with butter, this bread tastes like Christmas morning to me. My mother has made this bread every Christmas for the past several years. She doesn't remember where the recipe … [Read More...]

HappyCook2

Fearless Thanksgiving: Tips from the Pros

                       Holiday meals can cause even confident cooks anxiety. I asked some of my food writer friends for their best … [Read More...]

Cooking fundamentals

roasted green beans

Recipe: Rosemary-Thyme-Lemon Oil

Adapted from a story by editor Jennifer Armentrout from Fine Cooking, this infused oil can be added to roasted vegetables before cooking or to steamed vegetables afterward. It provides a lovely complement to roasted beets, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Yields enough for about one to two pounds of roasted vegetables.  […]

veg stock after cooking

Recipe: How to Make Vegetable Stock

Despite the name of this recipe, there’s actually not such a thing as vegetable stock. By definition, stock is made from simmering bones in water. No bones? Then it’s broth. So, let us commence with vegetable broth. In my own kitchen, I collect and save the trimmings from the likes of carrots, celery, onions, the […]

knife anatomy

Knife Skills – The Basics [video lesson]

I’ve interviewed dozens of home cooks and hands down (pun intended), the most valuable thing a home cook can do is to get a decent chef’s knife and learn how to use it. Below, you’ll find a quick video lesson. After that, you’ll find basics on buying and caring for a chef’s knife. A good […]

Chopped onion

How to Cut an Onion [video lesson]

My book club read The Sharper Your Knife and we all loved it. So I got a copy of The Kitchen Counter Cooking School and I was so inspired, I went ahead and got the chef’s knife from block set we received as a wedding gift 11 years ago sharpened for the first time! I’ve read through your description on […]