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Kitchen Tools You Will Need
Posted by Waltrip Mark on May 5, 2012.

You don´t need to spend a lot of money on kitchen tools and equipment, but you should invest wisely on a few select products that will enhance your kitchen experience. This is not intended to be a complete list, but it will give you some ideas on some of the more important items you should have on hand:

Good set of knives: You are more likely to cut yourself using dull or cheap knives. Make sure you find a set of knives that are comfortable to hold and well balanced. I believe you are better off having two or three really good knives, instead of a cheap set. The most used knife is an 8ó to 10ó chef knife. You will also need a smaller paring knife.

A good set of pots and pans: Good pans with a heavy bottom are a must for anyone who really likes to cook. You want to find something that can evenly displace the heat. While non- stick pans are easy to clean, they are not good for ...


Basic Cooking Techniques
Posted by Waltrip Mark on May 5, 2012.

Probably the most daunting aspect of cooking for most people is learning basic techniques. I have tried to keep my recipes very simple and easy to read, but there are several techniques referenced in these recipes designed to create the right texture and flavor for each dish. The key thing to remember is that food can be very forgiving, so it is not necessary to measure or chop everything perfectly. It is more important to use fresh ingredients in the proper order for the right amount of tim...

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Become A Foodie - Add Your Favorites!
Posted by Waltrip Mark on May 4, 2012.

Become one of our Certified Foodies to add you favorite restaurants to our list. Our list of Foodie Approved restaurants is one you can trust when looking for a new place to try.

5 Easy Steps to Food Storage
Posted by Waltrip Mark on January 3, 2012.

1. Determine what you like to eat. Make a list of what you are eating now. Start with your grocery list or grocery receipts. Look in your pantry. These foods are what you want to store. Storing foods that your family likes to eat--not trying to persuade your family to like what you store--is the key to practical food storage. Fundamentally changing what your family likes to eat is not a realistic expectation. While it may be true that "if our kids get hungry enough, they´ll eat anything," wh...

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Preserving Your Herbs
Posted by Waltrip Mark on January 3, 2012.

Harvesting Herbs:

  • Harvest in the morning of a hot and dry day--wait until the dew is off the plants.
  • Snip off the top growth--about 6 inches of stem below the flower buds.

Drying Herbs:

  • If the leaves are clean, don´t wash them--oils are lost in the washing process. If they are dusty, wash briefly under cold water.
  • Shake off excess water and hang the herbs, tied in small bunches, in the sun until ...

Test Old Month Article
Posted by Waltrip Mark on December 27, 2011.

This is a test of the new month article to make sure the ´next´ button works properly.