8 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Farmers Market

Summer is in full swing and market tables around the country are starting to groan under the weight of the fresh veggies &  fruits, local meats & cheeses, small batch baking & canning. Big or small there is likely a local farmers market near you These 8 tips can help you get the most out of the …

Toasted Crunchy Taco Shells

Necessity breeds invention. A low fat, crunchy taco without poor service eluded me until I had a magic moment that led me to perfect stand-alone crunchy taco shells. Since I discovered this new trick, I eat tacos every single day.  Seriously, I have not been pleased with gluten free sandwich options and this makes me smile. …

Tasting Size Tart Shells

A few of you admired my tartlet shells from the tasting at the Woodstock Farmers Market over the weekend.  Perfectly bite-sized, each one is just larger than the size of a quarter.  Fill the shells with just about anything and you have the cutest little appetizer or dessert. After many years of passing appetizers at …

Tip: How to test meat for doneness without cutting into it

This technique was taught to me by my momma. Make a fist.  Your hand should be comfortable, not tightly squeezed.  Press on the fleshy part between your thumb and pointer finger.  There should be plenty of give.  This represents what rare meat feels like if you poke it with your finger. By squeezing a little …

Baking Soda, part I: Sodium Bicarbonate

Sometimes the more mundane things in the kitchen can be overlooked, when really there is so much to say about them.  There is as much information on baking soda as there are uses for it.  I thought I might break it down for you….. Baking Soda, part I: Sodium Bicarbonate Baking soda, aka; sodium bicarbonate, …

Kitchen Tip: Bagel Chips

In the refrigerator the other day I found myself face to face with a beautiful bag of bagels that were, unfortunately, not tender to the touch.  I had but one thing in mind. Slice those babies thin and bake ‘em into crispy submission! When confronted with old and hard bagels, I make Bagel Chips! Slice …

Kitchen Tip: Cookie Dough Logs

Store extra cookie dough in log form for easy slicing and saving. I like to make a batch of cookie dough and bake it over the course of a week (or more).  Sometimes I just want two cookies, sometimes I want two types of cookies. Cookie dough logs allow me easy clean up, space saving storage and are …

Kitchen Tip: Homegrown Sprouts

  Grow Your Own Sprouts Sprouting is easy to do and produces tasty, nutritious, and cheap results using very little space.  Most beans and seeds can be sprouted in a simple sprouting jar. Example: A large jar with a wide mouth covered with screen or fabric. The sprouting jar seems to be the easiest to …