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Easy Open Oysters!

December 31st, 2010

An easy way to serve fresh oysters. Grill, don’t shuck!

Tools For Making Mashed Potatoes

December 30th, 2010

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.
Rich and creamy, they act as a base and a foil for so many wonderful cold weather dishes. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to mash spuds. Over the years, I’ve tried many methods.
The Potato Masher:
These days, I generally precook peeled and quartered organic Yukon Gold potatoes [...]

Hand Held Mixers and KitchenAids

December 29th, 2010

Which do you prefer–the KitchenAid stand mixer or a hand held mixer?

I like a lot of things about our travel trailer, but the thing I like the most is my kitchen.
Obviously, it isn’t fancy. It certainly isn’t large. Nontheless, as a food writer, I cherish having my mobile kitchen with me as we travel the highways, byways, and bumpy roads of the Pacific Northwest. [...]

Sushi Solution

December 24th, 2010

Do you ever crave something, but avoid the indulgence due to cost?
I sometimes do, but last week I decided to take charge. My teenage son had a cold and was craving some California rolls and wasabi. I was heading to Seattle’s Central Market. Will asked me to buy “two or three of [...]

The New KitchenAid Pasta Press

December 23rd, 2010

I hadn’t made homemade pasta in years, but when I was offered a KitchenAid Pasta Press as a sample, I was anxious to test drive the accessory. Made in Italy, the heavy duty pasta press fits on all KitchenAid stand mixers and allows home cooks to crank out tubular pastas such as rigatoni, bucatini, macaroni, [...]

How Do You Clean Burnt Pots?

December 21st, 2010

Oy.  Who wants to deal with a burnt pot at this time of year?
I readily admit that I’ve burnt many things over the years.  One incident that stands out as one of the worst was when I was making a large pot of split pea soup in my pricey Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker. As I [...]

I am a big fan of Nordic Ware products. I have a large array of bundt pans, baking pans, and specialty items. I recently tested the Nordic Ware tartlet baking pan and was very impressed with the results. I received the pan as a sample from my editor at Amazon.
When I got the pan home, [...]

Do you have an awesome fish taco recipe that you’ve created yourself and wins rave reviews from family, friends, and coworkers?
If so, then seriously consider entering it in the First Ever Wild Alaska Fish Taco Recipe contest, which runs from now until January 31, 2011. The requirements, of course, specify that you must use at [...]

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