How to Make a Flax Egg

Have you seen plant-based or vegan recipes calling for a ‘flax egg’ in the ingredients and wondered what it is? Well, a ‘flax egg’ is a substitute for a hen’s egg that can be used in various recipes, including many baking recipes. It is very simple as it only requires two ingredients and takes less…

Steamers: How To Make Your Own Or Choose One

If you are looking for a food steamer, you will find many different food steamer options available in the marketplace. The options range from multi-compartment steamer machines, multi-tiered steamer pots, simple stand inserts, collapsible steamers and steamer baskets. Steamers can be bought from nearly any place, from sources like Asian supermarkets, online commerce stores, kitchen…

Cooking 101: How To Prepare & Use Dry Beans

Cooking with dried beans is easy and more economical than buying canned beans (which often contain salt as part of the ingredients). It just takes a little time. You can often buy a big bag of dried beans that will make double or triple the amount of cooked beans. In practice when I work with…

Fast Kitchen: Steam Cook – Here’s Why

When you hear the word ‘steamed’, does a picture of bland and unappetizing vegetables pop your head? If so, I am sure you are not alone. Actually, the absolute KEY to steaming is to steam just long enough for a food to be cooked through and tender (think ‘al dente’). Don’t over-steam. If you do, the…

Are There Differences Between Blenders & Food Processors?

To those who are relatively new to the world of kitchen appliances, there IS a difference between blenders and food processors. According to a 2012 Consumer Reports news article, “A blender is better at mixing drinks and whipping up smoothies, while a food processor is ideal for chopping, slicing and shredding. You can puree foods…

Tips on Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Based on personal experience, here are some tips for cooking and using spaghetti squash. While you can microwave or bake the spaghetti squash, I’ve found that it is easiest to boil it before removing its strand-like interior. Here is how I would recommend boiling spaghetti squash: Use a knife to make a few small holes…

Just How Does a Citrus Peeler Work?

When I recently attended an educational presentation, we were given each a citrus peeler as a ‘take-home’ gift. It looked like a strange green plastic contraption to me and I wasn’t sure how to use it. The presentation facilitator stressed that it was not a toy. Up to now, I had been simply using a…

How Can I Open the Tight-Fitting Lid on a Jar?

I recently had a craving for good ‘ol spaghetti sauce and got the glass jar of pasta sauce from the cupboard. But after I boiled the spaghetti noodles, I tried and tried but couldn’t get the jar open! Of course, the timing was perfect because my husband was on an overseas trip so wasn’t home…

Top 10 Ways (I’ve Found) To Eat Chili

  Chili has got to be one of the easiest, yet tastiest meals to make for the family. Throw it in the crockpot and it’ll be done by dinnertime. It’s also super versatile, because instead of just beans, tomatoes and onions, there are plenty of ways to make it even more nutrient dense. Try making chili…