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Easy Cubed or Shredded Chicken

There are so many recipes that call for shredded or cubed chicken and this is such an easy way to always have some on hand.  It’s so easy and convenient to cook up some chicken and portion it out to 1 cup, 2 cup, or whatever and then freeze it in freezer bags so it’s […]

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Freezing Fresh Ginger

Ginger is one of those spices that’s nice to have on hand, and fresh is so much better than the dried and ground stuff in a jar.  It will keep fresh in the freezer for a long, long time so don’t be nervous about buying a full root. My preferred way to prepare the ginger for […]

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How to Make Toasted Coconut

I mentioned here that I’m fairly in love with toasted coconut.  I really like plain coconut but I love it toasted to use as a topping for ice cream (with or without hot fudge sauce), oatmeal, coconut cream pie, and other desserts.  I love the crunchy texture and rich depth of flavor that browning gives it. […]

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Freezing Corn for Year Round Eating

    Isn’t shucked corn a beautiful site? From mid August until mid September we always buy a lot of corn on the cob and eat it until we don’t think we can eat any more because it’s such a treat for that one month we can buy it from local farmers.  And from that […]

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How to Make Cake Flour

Once upon a time I used to bake my cakes with all-purpose flour because I didn’t ever know that cake flour in a recipe was something I should REALLY be using.  Then one day I saw packaged cake flour next to the all-purpose flour at the grocery store and bought a bag for the next […]

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Homemade Baking Powder

You may ask, “why make your own baking powder?”  I would have asked the same question a year or two ago. One day, back then, while I was baking I happened to look at the ingredients on my container of baking powder and noticed that it contained aluminum sulfate in addition to cornstarch and baking soda. […]

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A Good 2 Weeks of Fresh Cilantro

I know that giving instructions about how to store fresh cilantro seems like a silly thing to blog about.  And it might be common knowledge and maybe I just re-invented the wheel, but in the last several months I have “discovered” a great way to store cilantro so that it will last in the refrigerator […]

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