Cooking Tips

26 Things to Make with Leftover Cheese

Whether you purchased packaged shredded cheese or shredded it yourself, sometimes you don’t use it all up, and there is no way this is going to waste.  In fact it’s one of the best “leftovers” ever – I actually buy cheese and shredded cheese all the time without the slightest notion of what I will make with it, because I know when I have shredded cheese in the house, only good things will happen. Cheese Choices While some of these recipes might stipulate a particular kind of cheese, almost always it’s up to you which one you’d like to use.  …

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How to Prepare Avocados

Avocados are one of the greatest fruits out there (you knew that avocados were a fruit right? Sure are….more on that later). Hardly a chore in terms of those daily servings of produce though – most of us love avocado and think of them as more of a luxurious treat than some to fill the Daily Recommended Allowance of healthy foods.   The Two Main Kinds of Avocados There are actually hundreds of varieties of avocados, but there are two that we see most often in American supermarkets.   At local farmers markets you may get more choices – when you …

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How to Cut Avocados

You order a Cobb Salad in a restaurant and the stripe of avocado comes in gorgeous little cubes. Versus the mushy little blobs you usually end up with. How to get to that? Not as hard as you would think.   How to Cut an Avocado in Half Hold the avocado in your non-dominant hand. Use your dominant hand and a very sharp knife to cut the avocado in half. Usually one does this lengthwise, across the stem and bottom. Twist the avocado to separate the two halves.   How to Remove an Avocado Pit There are two ways to …

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How to Brown Ground Beef on the Stove

Q: How many recipes start by saying “brown the ground beef”?  A: A lot! Browning beef is very simple and if just takes about 5 minutes for a pound of ground beef.  If your pan is nonstick, you’re all set; if not you may want to give a spray of nonstick cooking spray.   Start with a Hot Pan Heat a large skillet or pan over medium high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the beef.  Season with salt and pepper.  If you are preparing ground beef for a recipe, the recipe may direct you to add other seasonings, or other ingredients, …

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6 Fresh Ingredients to Have on Hand

When we think of the word “pantry” we usually think of a closet or cabinet filled with dry goods.  The fridge doesn’t come to mind.  But even though items stored in the refrigerator are perishable, it’s true, some are less perishable than others, and can be considered part of a pantry arsenal of fresh ingredients that you want to keep on hand.  Here are some of my all-time go-to favorite fresh foods — add the ones you like best to your list for next time you hit the grocery store.  1. The onion family The onion family includes garlic, leeks, …

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How to Cook Zucchini and Summer Squash

So, these vegetables aren’t necessarily unfamiliar, like kohlrabi or rutabegas….but when zucchinis come into season they hit like a vegetal tsunami, bursting from the garden by the dozen (“wait, there were only about 6 of those when I went to bed last night!”), piled at the farmers’ market, practically free at the supermarket, omnipresent in your CSA at the end of the summer. How to use it all, and not feel like zucchini bread is coming out of your ears (not that there’s anything wrong with a plentitude of zucchini bread—and you probably have neighbors!). What Are Summer Squash and …

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