Do you have a shopping list of what the essentials are when stocking a pantry? I’m exactly the kind of person you wrote for: not a terribly bad cook, but unsure and insecure in the kitchen. I loved The Kitchen Counter School and am inspired to try on my own, but I’m not sure what … [Read more...] about Reader Q&A: What do you consider essential pantry items?
Pantry & Supermarket Tips
Reader question: “I have bought far more meat and cheese than usual and now I am worried about it going bad. What can I freeze and how long will it last?” – Rebecca, Orlando FL Answer: I have been teaching people cooking in their homes for years. One of the first things I do … [Read more...] about Tips on Freezing Cheese, Meat, Milk and Fish
"Who are you?" Mike asked me last week. "What are you talking about?" I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars of canned jams, jellies and preserves. "Have you become your grandmother? You're canning like a maniac." "No, I am not becoming my … [Read more...] about Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’
For years, a relative of mine served boxed stuffing at her holiday gatherings, spiced up with cut-up pre-cooked turkey sausage. When I offered to make some homemade stuffing one year, she waved me off. “No one can the tell the difference, anyway.” This made me wonder. How do … [Read more...] about The Firehouse Challenge: Packaged vs. Homemade Holiday Dinner Classics
For The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, my friend Lisa and I spent a lot of time with other people's kitchens. There's something deeply intimate about what's lurks in the fridges, freezers and cupboards of strangers. As the site TrendCentral.com notes, the interiors of fridges … [Read more...] about What’s in your fridge?