Archive for the ‘Alphabet Soup’ Category

Alphabet Soup: BBQ: Charcoal or Gas?

Most dedicated barbeque cooks believe in hot charcoal, not gas-heated grills. They claim the flavor of the grilled food is better. Unless you taste-test grilled foods side by side prepared on both, it’s impossible to know for certain. I have grilled food on charcoal for many decades. […]

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Largest Is Not Necessarily the Best Choice

When we have a choice between large and small, most of us pick the first: largest strawberries, apples, pumpkins, tomatoes. In fact, growers, knowing this obsession, concentrate on growing the biggest produce they can using lots of fertilizers and watering heavily. Yet small is often the more […]

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Alphabet Soup: Roasting Our Own Coffee Beans?

Coffee roasting is like sausage making — to get the best result, leave the task to professionals having both knowhow and equipment. Lately home-roasting of coffee beans in a popcorn popper has become a fad; the final result, surprisingly, is not bad. But it’s not great either. […]

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Alphabet Soup: Foolproof Cheese: Fluffy Ricotta

Ricotta has never been one of my favorite cheeses – dry, crumbly curds, sometimes floating in milky whey. But when I was flipping through The America’s Test Kitchen DIY Cookbook and saw how easy it was to make ricotta at home, I thought, Whey not! Literally three […]

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Breakfast Pastries

At one time in my life, I was fortunate to have a bakery within a few minutes of my home. It opened before the sun came up, and I was delighted at the tremendous choice of fresh-baked goodies to take home for our breakfasts. Unless you are […]

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Whole Grain Goodness

Quick! Name some whole grains. Brown Rice: An obvious choice, the whole grain golden child of anyone who is into healthy food. Whole Wheat: Not a favorite of the gluten-free crowd, but certainly a staple in the diet of many. Oats: Not instant, of course; old-fashioned are […]

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Baking Cookies: An Indulgence of Time and Taste

Having a small child doesn’t leave me much time for doing kitchen-type things. I consider it a good day when I get to eat a dinner that is hot (or at least warm) and freshly-made. Getting a chance to wash the dishes afterward is an added bonus. […]

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Too Much Egg White?

What can you do with extra egg whites? Baking recipes using just the yolks outnumber those calling for just the whites. But don’t throw those extra egg whites away. You can use them for meringue toppings, macaroons, fruit whips, bishop’s bread, butter cake, white and angel food […]

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Lighter-Than-Air Pound Cake: Chiffon Cake

I have a particular fondness for chiffon cake. Not only does it look impressive under a glass cake cover, it is also the perfect way to show off a jar of home-canned berries or a favorite fruit syrup in the dead of winter, when a little splash […]

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Fresh From the Farm

The first time I joined a CSA, I was so excited. It was a concept I had first heard about years before. Community Supported Agriculture. Basically, you pay the farmer upfront—a month, a season, a year, depending on the farm—to help them cover the costs of farming, […]

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