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All About Bread Making, My Beginning

12/26/2012 16:08:29 PM

I started making bread at age 21 because I had married and moved to Guatemala and it was next to impossible to find sandwich bread worth eating. Even without an oven I made bread, using an electric fry pan with a small cake cooling rack set inside. I baked one loaf at a time, so baking was a 2 hour ..

How Cookbook Favorites Change With Time

12/26/2012 16:01:30 PM

I have changed favored cookbooks as my life has changed. Long ago as a new wife and mother, I had two all purpose cookbooks. I used the Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, given to me by a dear friend, and The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, given me by my mother. The..

Pepper, an Underappreciated Workhouse

12/26/2012 15:51:38 PM

I feel pepper is the workhorse, plodding along, doing its job, dependably. But is it really doing its job? If you are using pre ground pepper, you truly do not know what you are missing. It tastes nothing like freshly ground pepper, even if using low quality peppercorns. Freshly ground pepper has a ..

Poppy Seeds. Part of My Ethnic Background

12/26/2012 15:46:49 PM

Everyone knows that poppy seeds come from the opium poppy, papaver somniferum. Opium comes from milking the unripe seed pods. These seeds come from fully ripened pods, and while all parts of the plant can carry the opium alkaloids, the seeds contain an extremely low level of opiates and are safe for..

Saffron, the Costliest Spice in the World

12/26/2012 14:43:31 PM

Saffron is the costliest spice in the world, due to the labor intensive process of picking the three tiny stigma of each crocus flower. Only 5 to 7 pounds of saffron can be harvested from one acre of land. Fortunately, little is needed for most recipes. Amazon recently was selling a 16 ounce tin of ..

Chayote and Goat Cheese Casserole, a Low Carb Holiday Party Recipe

12/26/2012 14:36:33 PM

If you want to liven up your holiday party try one of my favorite casseroles. While most of your guests may never heard of Chayote before they will never forget how great it tastes. A common theme at all holiday parties is to bring a new and unique dish that will amaze and please your guests. Once y..

The Savory Curry Leaf in Indian Cuisine

12/26/2012 14:31:53 PM

Not to be confused with the European Curry Plant, Helichrysum italicum, Curry Leaves comes from the Curry Tree, Murraya koenigii. It is a tender, evergreen shrub reaching up to 20 feet tall in its native southwest Asian habitat. It grows in the foothills of the Himalayas, southern India and Sri Lank..

Decorate Holiday Party Tables With Squash Serving Bowls

12/26/2012 14:23:19 PM

Beautiful, easy to make squash bowls will be the highlight of your holiday table this season. Use plastic inserts and simple carving to amaze all your guests. Use these bowls for serving nuts or candy, crackers or dip, and even seasonal arrangements.   Here is an easy and innovative idea using ..

Thyme. A Useful Perennial for Kitchen and Garden

12/26/2012 14:11:42 PM

Native to the western Mediterranean, thyme is also widely cultivated. The most commonly encountered variety, Thymus vulgaris, is now found fresh on most cold produce shelves. Thyme comes in multitudes of varieties, many of which are wonderfully suited for use in the kitchen. It is a perennial, and w..

The Noble Bay Leaf From Kitchen to Craft

12/26/2012 14:07:09 PM

The bay tree has been sacred since ancient times. Even its name suggests greatness. Nobilis means renowned, and the bay branches were woven into wreaths of victory. Apollos temple was said to have its roof made entirely of bay leaves for protection, and bay leaf garlands were later used in architect..

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