"Who are you?" Mike asked. "What are you talking about?" I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars. "Have you become your grandmother? You're canning like a maniac." "No, I am not becoming my grandmother," I sniffed indignantly. "You read the book. This is … [Read more...] about Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’
Pantry & Supermarket Tips
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?
Reader question: “I have bought far more meat and cheese than usual due to the pandemic and now I am worried about it going bad. Is freezing meat OK? What about butter and cheese? How long will it last?” – Rebecca, Orlando FL Answer: I have been teaching people cooking in … [Read more...] about Tips on Freezing Meat, Cheese, Milk, Butter and Fish
I understand the lure of instant mashed potatoes. You want comfort and you want it now. According to Wisegeek.com, a Canadian scientist developed instant mashed back in 1962. Nutritionally speaking, instant mashed potatoes offer roughly the same vitamins and minerals as the … [Read more...] about Real Mashed Potatoes vs. Instant
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