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Cooking With Wine: One of My Favorites…

One of the simplest ways to add flavor to a dish is to use wine. While not every food benefits, there are many items you cook that can see their flavor enhanced with a bit of the “fruit of the vine.” It’s low-fat, gluten free, and high flavor.

Some recipes call specifically for wine, in detail: […]

When There’s Trouble in the Kitchen, These Books Can Help

This past Holiday season I received two interesting books about cooking: “How to Break an Egg” by the Editors, Contributors and Readers of Fine Cooking Magazine, and “12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets” by Susan Sampson. The first volume has over 1,400 tips, fixes, substitutions and techniques. The latter is a huge trade paperback with over […]

Two Cookbooks for Christmas: A First Look

Because of varied and incompatible schedules the Elves of the Underground held an early gift exchange (by invitation only; sorry if yours got lost in the Christmas mail rush) for select portions of the Clan. I was the winner (of course), as I got a couple of very fine cookbooks from Deniz, Paula Jo’s […]

Cooking With Booze (and Even Putting Some in the Food)

I love cooking with alcoholic beverages. I sometimes put some in the food too. Beer, wine, brandy, whiskey and more, they’re all fair game for the cookpot. Especially if you’re trying to impress your date or significant other with something spectacular, like a flambé of a fancy dish. Take it from an expert, though: […]

Lemony-Hot Jam, a Hybrid Spread With a Slow Burn

This entry is part of a series, Pepper Jelly Chronicles»

Here’s a nice spread for your toast, or to cover a block of cream cheese. After I made the lemon-ginger marmalade I canned only a bit more than half of it, leaving about three cups in the pot. I simply covered it and pushed […]

Overpaying in This Economy’s a Crime; Are You Guilty?

Forbes recently published an article about household items you may be paying too much for these days. Common items like aspirin (it’s pretty much all made by the same process), fancy cleaners (vinegar and baking soda get a lot of things out, and Bar Keepers Friend isn’t costly), shampoo and other beauty products (most of […]