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Bill Penzey–Cooking as Art

Posted in Announcements
on September 28, 2019

"So much of what we are comes from our hands. Every time we cook and work with our hands to create something of (more...)

Bill Penzey–The Humanity of Cooking

Posted in Announcements
on February 23, 2020

"Cooking is where our humanity comes from, and in times when humanity seems in short supply, nothing restores our humanity quicker than time (more...)

Choosing the Best Melon in Two Easy Steps! (Watermelon/Cantaloupe/Honeydew)

Posted in Food
on April 22, 2019

Don’t think you can pick a good melon? Remember these 2 easy “tells” about whether the melon type of your choice is ripe. (more...)

Got Milk(s)? Here’s My Nutritional Comparison Chart

Posted in Food
on September 6, 2019

I've been a cow's milk fan my whole life, drinking it with all three meals a day as a kid and into adulthood. (more...)

Handy Cooking Oil Smoke-Point Chart

Posted in Fixes & Tips, Food
on March 29, 2022

These days, I find myself choosing my cooking oil not only by flavor profile, but also by smoke point. The smoke point is, (more...)

How Do I Get That Stuff Off the Bottom of My Favorite Pan??

Posted in Fixes & Tips, New Methods
on February 19, 2020

As my son was preparing to move out on his own, I of course reminded him that lots of his favorite recipes were (more...)

How to Know What Tastes Good With What/Cooking by Smell

Posted in Fixes & Tips, Food, New Methods
on November 28, 2018

A couple of days ago, a young lady about eight years old showed me a spice jar and asked me how I know (more...)

Imitation Vanilla: Surprise!

Posted in Food
on February 11, 2019

Many of us highbrow snobby cooks will only use real vanilla extract. We wouldn’t sully our cooking or our reputations by using the (more...)