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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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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 • Read More »

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