Category Archives: Kitchen Tips

Christmas (festive) aroma in the house

How to make your house smell like Christmas. Great idea for Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year, or any fall/winter chilly evening. 8 cups of water 1 orange (skin) 1 lemon (skin) 1 apple cut into 4-8 pieces 2 cinnamon sticks 1 branch of a Christmas tree or a small bunch of rosemary 3 star anise 1 tbsp vanilla 5-10 cloves caramel and nut syrup (almond) Add all the ingredients into a...
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Poached eggs

Crack the egg and place it on the strainer to get rid of any thin egg whites (It will make the egg look a lot nicer). Use a separate bowl for each egg. Add water to the pot, For around each liter add 1/4 oz vinegar and 1/2 oz (15g) of salt. Water should be at a simmer, but not...
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Fresh herbs in your fridge

Here is a great tip for keeping herbs fresh for weeks in your fridge and they look like they were just picked from the garden. All that you need to do is wash your herbs under cold water, dry them with a kitchen or paper towel slightly, add the herbs to clean and dry jars, close with the...
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Tips for Buying and Storing Pumpkin

Because they store well, pumpkins are available all through the fall and winter. The peel of pumpkins should be smooth, firm, but not too hard, with no damage. If the skin is easily dented or is easy to pierce with a fingernail it's considered unripe. The ripe pumpkin has a rich bright shade and the seeds are large. They can...
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Vegetable grilling chart

Artichokes, cut in half lengthwise: 15–20 min. per side, or until base is tender, medium heat. Asparagus: 2-3 min. per side, medium heat. Fresh baby carrots: 3-5 min., turning occasionally, medium heat. Corn on the cob: 20 min., turning occasionally, medium heat. Eggplant, cut eggplant crosswise into 1-inch-thick slices: 8 min., medium heat. Fennel: 8-10 min., medium heat. Leeks: 5 min., medium heat. Mushrooms, such as...
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