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Surprising uses for cornmeal

Most home cooks have at least a small amount of cornmeal in their pantry at all times. However, many of those home cooks only think to use it when they are craving cornbread. Cornmeal is much more than just an ingredient in cornbread and corn muffins. Cornmeal is wonderfully versatile and can be used in […]

Some simple uses for leftover chicken

Some meals lend themselves to leftovers either by mistake or by design. If you have leftover chicken, there are a number of dishes that can be created. Some of what will determine what to make with leftover chicken will depend on how the original dish was cooked and how much is leftover.  Here are a […]

Slow cooker tips and benefits

Over the years, the culinary world has seen many cooking gadgets. And one handy one that came on the scene in the early 70s is the slow cooker which is also commonly known as the crock pot. Let’s face it, consumers often get very excited when a particular gadget hits the market, and the slow […]

Strange Facts about Cupcakes

Elaborate, sweet, and often decadent, cupcakes are delightful desserts that spark the inner child within us. The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in “American Cookery” by Amelia Simms. The earliest documentation of […]

Simple Tips for Healthier Baking

There’s nothing like a homemade treat to spell love and comfort to a brood of growing kids. Mothers might also be concerned for their children’s health. Luckily, there are a few simple substitutions one can make to baked goods to ensure they provide nutrition as well as taste. The key word here is simple. Often […]

Sticky Pie Crust

On Thanksgiving Day, through tears and sobbing, a young cook calls Mother for advice. What’s the problem?  “The pie dough is sticking to the rolling pin!” If the novice baker can’t correct it, this situation can create a severe setback to the perpetual motion of the holiday dinner. Don’t despair – there may be an easy […]