Archives: Handy Hints

Handy Hint: Welcome guests with a fragrant house

December 3, 2011 by andrea | Comments Off on Handy Hint: Welcome guests with a fragrant house | Filed in Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints

During the Fall and winter months, I like to have cookies baking or a small pan of spiced cider simmering on the stove when I’m expecting company. The moment I open my front door, my guests are greeted with the wonderful fragrance of warm spices. I think it’s a great way of saying, “Welcome to my home”. What do you […]

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Holiday Helpers Hotlines

November 22, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Christmas, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Thanksgiving

While searching for recipes the other day, I came across a Holiday Helpers Hotline list (say that 3 times fast) from the fine folks at Saveur Magazine. So if you find yourself in a pickle while making the holiday meal, don’t panic…just call one of the hotlines or visit one of the websites. Also, for […]

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Tips on Freezing Soups

October 29, 2011 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Handy Hints, Soup/Stew

Tips on Freezing Soups -from The Foster’s Market Cookbook by Sara Foster with Sarah Belk King  Since soup usually is made in large quantities, some, or all, of it is likely to be frozen for later use. Here are some tips for freezing soup: Before putting soup into the freezer, let the mixture cool to room […]

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Visit a Farmers’ Market

July 22, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, In Season, Morsels & Musings, Summer

It’s the middle of July and we’re full-swing into summer…and, yes, it’s still raining here in Portland. Regardless of the weird weather, our local farmers’ markets are brimming with great produce, artisan foods and handmade products. These people work hard, rain or shine, so let’s get out there and support them! Check out one of these […]

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How to select the best steak

June 29, 2011 by andrea | Comments Off on How to select the best steak | Filed in Beef, Fun Food Facts, Grilling/BBQ, Handy Hints

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a Prime, Choice or Select steak was? Here’s an explanation of this USDA grading system and what you should look for when buying steaks. How to Select the Best Steak http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/tip/how-to-select-the-best-steak.html   No matter what the cooking method, the same criteria apply to choosing steaks. Look for meat […]

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Glass vs. Metal Baking Pans

April 13, 2011 by andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in Baking, Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints

I’m always interested in learning more about what makes baking work. Sure, there’s the chemistry behind a recipe that can render a moist cake or one that is as dry as toast. But there are other things besides ingredients that can make a big difference in your baking. I found some handy baking information in one […]

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Tips for using a slow cooker

January 21, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Cookware & Cooking Gadgets, Handy Hints

If you’re someone who uses a slow cooker (whether frequently or infrequently), here’s some handy hints for getting the most out of this popular appliance: Eleven Tips for Slow Cooker Meals -from foodnetwork.com Slow cookers are a wonderful way to make a meal. The key to creating a delicious slow-cooked meal? Knowing the rules. Follow these 11 tips, and […]

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Get-happy foods

January 5, 2011 by andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Snack

I found a list of get-happy foods in Woman’s Day Magazine recently. Unfortunately, chocolate didn’t make the list. WHATEVER! All I know is Husband will be in BIG trouble if he ever offers me a can of sardines when I’m PMSing! Anyway, here it is…snacks to boost your mood: The Best Get-Happy Foods -from Woman’s […]

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Crazy for Candy Canes

December 22, 2010 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Chocolate, Christmas, Dessert, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Kid-friendly, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sauce

  If you’ve got lots of candy canes and you’re wondering what to do with them, here’s a few ideas I found at MarthaStewart.com.  The Candy Cane Can -tips from Martha Stewart Everyday Food and MarthaStewart.com  More than 1.8 billion of these holiday hooks are made each year. Luckily, candy canes are tasty additions to lots […]

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Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres

December 6, 2010 by andrea | Comments Off on Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres | Filed in Appetizer, Entertaining Tip, Handy Hints, Holidays, Morsels & Musings

Figuring out how much food to have at a party is tricky business. I’d much rather have too much food available than not enough. Here’s a few guidelines for getting a party started, whether it’s a cocktail party or a full dinner: Estimating Quantities of Hors d’Oeuvres -Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Hors d’Oeuvre, by […]

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