TIP OF THE DAY: Use More EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

[1] Our mother and grandmother always served olive oil and vinegar in cruets, so people could serve themselves at the table. They’re becoming a thing of the past, as salads come pre-dressed from the kitchen—or as more people use commercial dressings (photo courtesy Flavor For Life). [2] The easiest switch is to serve EVOO with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Parchment Paper Vs. Waxed Paper

Cookies on parchment paper. Photo courtesy King Arthur.   We’ve gotten a few inquiries about waxed paper versus parchment paper. The easiest way to remember which to use is that wax melts when it’s near heat. So: Parchment paper can take the heat. It’s thinly coated with silicone, which is nonstick and heat-resistant. It’s nonstick,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Adjust Your Oven Racks

Ever wonder why recipes specify that you bake your item on the top, bottom or middle rack? Most items bake evenly in the middle of the oven. When it’s important to brown the bottom of the food—like a fruit pie where the crust can get soggy—the lower rack is required. It puts the pan or…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Baking With Parchment Paper

If you have trouble removing cakes from pans, no matter how much butter and flour you use to grease them, try the parchment paper technique. Parchment paper, also called baking parchment or baking paper, is a grease-resistant, moisture-resistant, heavy duty kitchen paper. It is available in rolls, rounds and sheets. You can find parchment paper…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Non-Stick Bundt Cake

Originally made in fluted molds, bundt cakes have, joyously, evolved beyond the simple “turban” design. There are dozens of fanciful shapes: a flower, a Christmas tree, a football stadium, a beehive and even a sand castle. Given the ornate designs, the last thing you want is for cake to stick to the pan. Instead of…
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