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Gluten Free – My Story

Last year I was asked to make foods for a Princess Party at the local museum. It was to be for young girls from tiny tots to teens (with an accompanying Queen) to learn about what it meant to be a princess in real life. Things they were shown were pictures of real princesses from past and present, and talks presented on the rigors of growing up a princess. The little budding princesses were taught how to curtsey and wave. Any little girl hears the word Princess and goes dreamy-eyed. There are so many princesses in fairy-tales, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, to name just a small handful. All the little girls wanted to dress up and come to a Princess Party. My task – making the princess treats – took me to making some delicious, as well as beautiful little foods. At the last minute, I found a recipe for Chocolate Mice.

Gluten Free, Just the Facts Ma’am

Gluten Free – This is a popular term these days. What does it mean? Why is it so popular? A gluten free diet is used to treat celiac disease (an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten), along with wheat allergies, and non celiac gluten sensitivity. What is gluten, you may ask? What does it mean to be “gluten free”

Pepper: The “Cinderella” of the Cupboard

Pepper is an unappreciated spice. It is always there. It is called for in nearly every savory recipe, and some sweets. “Freshly ground pepper” is called for everywhere in recipes, rather like “Cinderella, Cinderella!” It is expected to be in its place, doing what it does best, but completely under appreciated. How many of you really taste pepper? Can you identify the different types and varieties? How many kinds of pepper can you name? Are they all pepper? Pre-ground pepper, the ugly step-sister, bears no resemblance to good peppercorns. As with all spices, peppercorns should be kept whole until needed, and ground just for the recipe. I have not had pre-ground pepper in my kitchen for more than 25 years. Once I discovered the difference in flavor, I could never go back.

Top Things to Do With a Lazy Sunday

Everyone loves Sundays. While both Saturdays and Sundays alike count as the weekend and give you free reign to spend them as you wish (rather than in a stuffy office), only Sunday has the benefit of being classed as a ‘day of rest’ and of having all the shops closed.

Try Cooking For Kids With Crock Pots

When you’re cooking for kids it can be difficult getting them involved in the process at times. Sometimes I just want them out of the kitchen because the stove is hot and/or the water is boiling. But with all the things your children could be doing – it’s truly best when you can teach and share dinnertime with them during this special time of the day.

How to Cook an Omelet

So it’s back to eggs. An omelet is a bit more challenging than boiling eggs, but most say the end result is much tastier altogether, so I’d say it’s energy well spent.

How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg

I wasn’t really interested in writing this until I saw how many millions of millions of people are searching the internet for instructions over how to boil eggs. Really?!? It’s eggs, not developing a nuclear plant! This is among the treasuries passed from one generation to another through matriarchal or patriarchal supremacy, doesn’t really matter. It’s like learning to ride a bike, which I neglected to do as of yet.

How to Make the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the greatest times of the year. With family gathered together and everyone having a great time, nothing can make or break a perfect evening more than the turkey. When the bird comes out, dinner is served and everyone grabs for the best parts. To make a meal worth remembering start by making the perfect holiday turkey.

What To Look For In A Good Chef Knife

A chef knife can be the most helpful tool you would have in your kitchen. Although the chef knife is extremely popular among professional cooks and even among families there are still a good number of homemakers and households do not have a chef knife in their kitchen. It is much more common for someone to buy one those cheaply made and sold 10 knife sets from a supermarket shelf than to take the plunge with a proper set of chef knives.

Baking 101: Baking Tools and Equipment

One of the basic things you should know about baking pertains to the different types of baking tools. Determine what they are, by learning what they look like and how you can use them.

Cinnamon in the Cupboard – Real or Imposter?

I have a bone to pick about cinnamon. How many of you really know what spice you have in your cupboards? Are you sure it really is cinnamon? We in the U.S. are having the wool pulled over our eyes about cinnamon. What we commonly know in the U.S. as “cinnamon” is actually Cassia (cinnamomum aromaticum). It is a relative of true cinnamon, but not the real thing. The rest of the world uses true cinnamon (cinnamomum verum), in their cooking or baking, yet here we are sold something completely different. Cassia cinnamon is a very good spice, of course. I do not for a second propose we do away with it! What would our apple pies taste like without it? It is a wonderful spice, worthy of the space in our cupboards. However, I propose that true cinnamon have an equal place.

Bake Bread – Five Great Bread Baking Books That Every Home Baker Should Own

Are you eager to learn how to make bread? Maybe you’ve been making homemade bread for awhile and want to learn more advanced recipes. Why not learn the old fashioned way? Many bakers still prefer to use good old fashioned cook books when learning something new.

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