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It has been documented that there are more than 350 different kinds of pasta. Each one has its own unique shape, texture, and cooking instructions. In many cases, pasta may be known by several different names even though they represent the same kind. One easy example is the fact that angel hair, a very thin type of spaghetti, is also referred to in restaurants as capellini. That being said, even though pasta is pretty much…

While some fruits do best out on the counter, others are best refrigerated. Where do bananas do best? Will they keep longer in the fridge?  What is the best way to store bananas? The best way to store bananas is to keep them at room temperature and hang them from a banana tree or hanger to maximize airflow to the fruit until they ripen. This assumes that you are waiting for your bananas to ripen…

There is nothing like the smell of bacon cooking to make you want breakfast…or just bacon, really! You can use bacon in a number of foods all day long. From bacon and eggs for breakfast to a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich for lunch, to bacon-wrapped scallops for dinner. Yum, yum, yum! Many people do wonder if there is anything they can do with bacon grease other than carefully throw it out so it doesn’t…

The way we cook and heat our food isn’t always as straightforward as it might first seem. For example, many people would expect paper to catch fire in a microwave, but due to the way a microwave works, that’s unlikely to happen. However, just because paper towel can go in the microwave doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe in the oven. An oven heats your food in a completely different way, and as expected, leads to…

Y’know those roasted chickens you can buy at the store? The ones with all the delicious seasonings, just hanging out in a warmer in the deli area or by the checkouts? The ones that have all the juices still in the bottom of the plastic container, and when you take the lid off, the smells assault your senses in a clear cut, close second to heaven? Yeah, those ones. They’re so versatile. There are so…

So you’re cooking up the “Perfect Pot Roast”, courtesy of Ree Drummond and the Food Network. The recipe calls for some searing time on the stovetop, and then you’re supposed to throw the whole thing in the oven to cook. Queue the groaning at having to wash another pot or pan. You really can’t just throw the original pot you used into the oven to cook the rest of the way. Or can you? Well,…

We go through quite a bit of coffee in our house, so as you can imagine, we go through plenty of paper filters as well. Because so many filters come in a box, it can be really easy to forget to purchase more when you run out. Aside from running out of filters at home, coffee filters are an easy item to forget to purchase when you’re on vacation. You won’t forget to buy coffee,…

Picture this. Your microwave is on the fritz. You have a plate of yummy leftovers from your cook-a-thon the previous night, but they’re cold. You’re starving, but cold food just does not sound appetizing. At all. What do you do? It’s already on the plate. DEFCON 1 EMERGENCY! Maybe that’s a little dramatic… But really, you start to wonder if maybe you can just heat up the oven quick and throw your plate in there…

So I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. This implies that women clearly only care about the pretty things. I call bunk on that. I mean, I love me some pretty things. Don’t get me wrong. My engagement and wedding rings were and are a thing of beauty. My husband picked them out all by himself. It was quite impressive. But, I digress. Back to the things that are…

Slower cookers are great for making large amounts of food with minimal effort. We have a Crock Pot at home, and we tend to use it for every birthday party or large gathering that we have (which happens a lot due to the size of my wife’s side of the family). As I mentioned in another article, we use aluminum foil in the oven from time to time and have always had good results with…

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