Crock pot apple butter is easy to make, tastes great on toast, and makes the whole kitchen smell delicious. Plus a few other recipe ideas for fall apples.
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Do you squeeze bread on the store shelves in order to determine its freshness? Well, you don’t really have to do that anymore for 3 reasons — listed here. Plus, the facts behind those color-coded bread tags.
Not all cuts of beef come out good on the grill. Some are better suited for the crock pot or pressure cooker. All cuts can be tasty and tender if cooked properly.
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive. And being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat from a drive-up window. It’s sometimes even cheaper if you don’t!
Both a pressure cooker and a crockpot can make your meat super tender and delicious. One takes more time but can be left unattended while cooking. The other needs vigilant supervision throughout the cooking process.
Make your own nutritional labels to better watch your calorie and fat intake when eating homemade foods.
While there are 37,500,000 chef blogs online – give or take a million. There are 4 in particular that I find myself going back to read frequently.
Homemade bread using whole grains and healthy seed is a real treat. Here are some recipes and tips for using whole grains.
Considering the season, and the games I’m watching, I thought I’d write about my favorite way to cook brats at a tailgate. I use a brat bath since it helps with a couple of tailgate challenges.
Stocking up on in-season produce is only smart if you don’t let it go to waste.
Back when I was a kid, my dad used to make Spam (along with his fried eggs with ketchup), but only on special occasions. I like it really crispy, so the edges almost curl up. I don’t put anything on my Spam sandwich — just Spam.
Grilling has 2 seasons:summer and football. Now is the time of year where backyard grillers become parking lot chefs at tailgate parties coast to coast. Before you buy a grill for this tailgate season, here are some things to consider…
See how Michael Pollen, author of In Defense of Food. An Eater’s Manifesto turned my philosophy upside down by explaining how the all these celebrity food shows on TV have actually helped turn cooking from a participation activity into a spectator sport! People aren’t cooking anymore? Hmmm…
Want to be the grill master at home? Here are some of the best tips for getting the most from your grilling experience. Lots of little-known secrets from the pros!
A collection of tips to help you get the most out of your next shopping trip at the local Farmer’s Market.
As part of seafood marketing, they’re renaming fish populations to increase sales! Will more interesting sounding names entice you to order it more? Personally, I’m trying to eat more sustainable fish. More about that here.
The $2-$3 you pay for a bag of processed hash brown potatoes can be replaced with this more satisfying, better tasting, homemade potato dish. It only costs pennies to make — especially when you buy your potatoes in bulk 20-lb bags! Here’s how we make our own breakfast potatoes from scratch.
There are a number of take-and-bake options available these days. Each provides fast, healthy, meals to go. We will explore 5 of these meal delivery systems in depth, and mention a number of others worth considering. Each offers prepared meals — whether you’re just too busy to cook meals yourself or you’re seeking a weightloss alternative.
Should you use a pressure cooker? Or should you use a crock pot? A crockpot is also known as a slow cooker. The pressure cooker claims speed similar to a high power microwave, the crockpot insists low and slow but ready by supper time is the better way.
I’m so glad I found this amazing step-by-step guide to bread making on Epicurious! You CANNOT make bread wrong when you follow these thorough instructions
Here are the top 10 food websites people are searching to find something to put on the table.
Did you know that most weeds that grow in your yard are actually edible? Here are some of the foods that will grow themselves in your yard.
Do you really need to wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them? If so, what is the BEST method of washing produce? What about those commercial vegetable washes and produce washers you can buy… are they worth it? Here’s what you need to know about washing produce — what works and what doesn’t.
The Scribd site is very well done. After signing up for my free account, I browsed for cookbooks and found a page with a slew of them. Many of the titles are small publications from Scribd community members, but as I scrolled down I found cookbooks by Jamie Oliver, Wei Chuan, and other popular chefs.
What do you do when you look at your bookshelves and you see more than 100 cookbooks there? If you’re Heidi Swanson, you break out the pans. And the computer.
Heidi is an award-winning photographer and author who one day in 2003 decided it was time to stop buying books and start cooking what’s in them.
I personally love my crockpot and use it at least 2 or 3 times per week. As a freelance writer who works from home, using my crockpot makes it possible for me to be able to stay at home and eat healthy, rather than eat all those convenience foods which aren’t so good for you. Here are the best reasons for using a crockpot over other methods of cooking, or eating out…
The founder of GlobalGormet.com, which is one of the first cooking sites on the Internet, and more recently NewGreenBasics.com, Kate Heyhoe has written several cookbooks. But it’s her latest book, Cooking Green: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint in the Kitchen — the New Green Basics Way, that tackles HOW you cook. Which, she says, is just as important as WHAT you cook.
Big Oven was the first recipe software program I downloaded that was completely new to me, and yet I knew right away that it was the best one for meeting my recipe organization needs. Here’s my review of Big Oven, Mastercook, Mealmaster, Cookn, Living Cookbook, and Now You’re Cooking.
On Shameless Chefs, Shameless Dave and Shameless John show up at a house where only the person who invited them knows they’re coming. They surprise the other guests and then get to work in the kitchen — sometimes pulling the guests in with them. Don’t miss their videos… and recipes!
The best part: everything from meats and vegetables to desserts can be made in a pressure cooker. In the end, your food is cooked in one-third the time, and it’s much frsher tasting than microwaved food.
The Guy Grub Guy has a kitchen that looks more like a hardware store. He cooks in a shop apron and wears a hard hat. And he uses the tools you have in your garage in his kitchen when preparing recipes. That’s what most of his videos are about too: how to use things like pliers, saws and hammers as cooking utensils. Don’t miss this!
A collection of the best ways to organize recipes, including recipes you’ve found online, in magazines, and on recipe cards. Lots of do-it-yourself ideas, plus links to the most popular recipe software programs.
Check out all 4,000 food inventions that were submitted for the Dining in 2015 contest and let me know what you think! Judges were looking for the most interesting designs in cutlery, tableware, cookware, and cooking tools.
Fix My Recipe is where regular, everyday home cooks can submit to the website recipes they may have once had right, or recipes that might have been handed down from a relative, but when they cook them now they come out all wrong. You know you have a few of those. Chef Billy Parisi then turns your recipe into a cooking video!
Cook Yourself Thin is a British favorite that Lifetime Television is bringing to our shores this spring.
The first season is 20 episodes and will show viewers how to eat foods they like, that taste good, and that will help them lose weight.
Chances are you’re not going to find a cooking video that will have you laughing like Average Betty’s will. Average Betty does for cooking what Saturday Night Live does for the nightly news. The meat of the recipe is there, but the video is really more of a comedy sketch. The result has made Average Betty an Internet celebrity of sorts.
I will be interested to see how this works for Bravo. Top Chef has grown into the top-rated cooking show on cable, but I think it’s harder for viewers to connect with celebrity chefs than it is for us to connect with average foodies, like you and me.
The iPhone can now help you make dinner. Or lunch. Or a snack! Kraft has released iFood Assistant. It cost 99 cents and has quickly become one of the top 100 apps for the iPhone!
Casting calls are now underway across the country for the 6th season of Top Chef on Bravo TV. Here are the dates and information for the following cities: Seattle WA, Atlanta GA, New York NY, Philadelphia PA, Los Angeles CA, and Chicago IL.
Homemade egg drop soup is one meal that is both satisfying and tasty. At the same time, it will help keep your blood glucose monitor reading well within the safe range if you are diabetic. Here’s how I made my own egg drop soup recipe.
Being a simple girl, not to mention frugal, I like serving dishes that are simple in design and serve more than one function — like serving as food storage containers as well! Here are my favorites, including some unique options for lids.
I like to get creative with recipes and ham is such a great meat, you can add it to just about anything and have it taste good. Here are some fun things you can do with leftover ham, including lots of great and tasty ham recipes.
Here are LOTS of ways to improve on the traditional Campbell’s green bean casserole recipe. More variations and modifications than you can imagine — to make this year’s green bean casserole even better!
Regardless of the reason your food is left to thaw to room temperature, the following tips will help you decide what to keep, what to cook, and what to throw away.
Here are some ways to use leftover turkey in creative, fun, and appetizing ways… Lots of turkey recipes that will put your leftover holiday turkey to good use!
The answer is more complicated than you might think. It depends on where you live, and the kind of power you use for your home, believe it or not. For example, if you use gas to cook with, then cooking with a crockpot may not make much of a difference, since in many cases gas is quite inexpensive.
Here are some fun ways to flavor plain popcorn and keep it healthy, plus lots of flavored popcorn recipes that are also healthy.
Making really good pancakes from scratch is very easy, takes only a matter of a few extra minutes and creates no more of a mess to clean up than making them from a mix.
The latest new artificial sweetener goes by the name of Splenda. According to all the hype, it is made from sugar and because of that it is safer. But is it? The following information will make you think twice about using Splenda and other artificial sweeteners!
We go to Sonic drive-in at least once every week. Tonight at Sonic I noticed a few unique things I’d never seen before. These 4 things are just SOME of the reasons that Sonic is our all-time favorite fast-food restaurant.