Yes, there is in fact a wrong way to hard-boil eggs. And the wrong way results in rubbery whites and yolks with that signature grey/brown coloring on the outside. Follow these simple steps to a perfectly cooked egg every time! 1. Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer. 2. Fill pan with cold water,…

How To: The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg
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I have to start out by saying something very important:  I don’t like blue cheese.  So if any of you are reading this title and thinking you need to run now because you don’t like it either, stop!  Stay!  I promise I’m not crazy guys, just trust me on this one.  This is my Mom’s…

Stuffed Bleu Cheese Potatoes
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Can I share a secret with you guys? Just because something is labor-intenseive or 100% homemade doesn’t mean it’s the best. Making great food doesn’t have to be hard. Let’s stop being martyrs here. I used to think the same way you did. I used to make everything absolutely from scratch. And there are a…

Banana Cream Pie
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Have you tried and tried to replicate fresh sweetened whipped cream but can’t do it? Yeah, I did that for a long time, too. When I worked at Kneaders, I even offered to make the whipped cream for the waffles one morning so I could learn the secret, but they wouldn’t let me because it…

Everyone should know how to make homemade sweetened whipped cream! What's pie without the whipped cream, anyway?
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I promised you a wicked burger and I will deliver! It’s kind of like a giant bbq’d meatball sandwich and it’s a nice change of pace from the every day bbq’d burger.   This is a family favorite of ours as both kiddos and adults love them!   Ready to cook? Your first step is to…

Italian Burger
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Okay. I’m being a board hog today. I’m also craving Mexican food. One of the major disadvantages to living in the South is that there is very little in the way of good Mexican food, so I have to make it myself. I’ll be posting a recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup on Friday, but I…

A fantastic taco chicken recipe!
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Ever wondered how to get those crispy, salty strips of fried crunchiness that they give you at your favorite Mexican restaurant? Look no further! It’s your lucky day – I’m going to show you how to fry corn tortilla strips! All you need are some corn tortillas (it doesn’t matter if they’re white or yellow…

A great tutorial on how to fry corn tortilla chips!
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Let me tell you all about how to work with jalapenos…terrifying, I know. I actually have a picture of a pair of rubber gloves, a knife, and a couple of jalapenos, but I decided that that was probably just too scary for my family-friendly blog, so I’ll try and keep this PG-rated.   Jalapenos get…

A great (and hilarious) tutorial on how to work with jalapenos.
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When I was in high school, my dad informed me that I needed a job and that it would be good for my character. Turns out pretty much the only jobs for high school students are in the food industry and, between the ages of 16 and 22, I put in WAY more than my…

A fantastic tutorial on how to cut an avocado. So easy!
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A lot of people are scared of making things that have yeast in them. They CAN be scary, but they’re also lots of fun and very rewarding. Here are some great yeast dough tips that everyone needs to know: Use bread machine yeast (like Red Star brand) rather than regular yeast, even if you’re not…

Great tips on working with yeast doughs
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Peeling garlic is fun. Not only do you get to take out any pent-up aggression on the poor, unassuming garlic cloves, you can pretend you’re on a cooking show. This is how to peel garlic; lay it on its most stable side on a flat surface. Place the broad side of a knife on top…

This is a great tutorial on how to cut garlic!
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Here’s a great tip on how to juice lemons or limes – without a juicer! Slice limes or lemons in half. Take one half in your hand and stick a spoon in it. Now twist the spoon over a small bowl or cup. If you want, you can pretend that you’re gouging out the eyes…

A great tutorial on how to juice limes and lemons without a juicer!
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