• How to Make Homemade Sun-Dried (Oven Dried) Tomatoes

    July 11, 2013DishinandDishes

    Do you love sun-dried tomatoes like I do, but not the price?  I am a huge fan of sun-dried tomatoes and last night I decided to make them at home. I experimented with both cherry tomatoes and plum or Roma tomatoes and let me tell you, homemade are absolutely wonderful. While these are technically “oven-roasted”,…

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  • How to Cut Corn off the Cob Easily

    July 1, 2013DishinandDishes

    The trick to cutting corn easily off the cob is to use a bundt pan.  I almost never use my bundt pan, so it makes me feel like there is a reason I let it take up so much space in my cupboard. Stand the ear of corn on end and poke one end into…

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  • How to Butterfly a Chicken Breast

    January 31, 2013DishinandDishes

    This is the second in a series I’m adding to my Blog – titled Tips & Tricks. Enter the chicken breast.  Boneless, skinless and … THICK. Cooking takes awhile, unless you’re going to make chicken paillards or cutlets which are thinly pounded chicken breasts.  The cooking time is greatly reduced when chicken is prepared this…

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  • Sweet Potato Greens -the new Southern Green?

    October 19, 2012DishinandDishes

    While wandering my local farmer’s market a few weeks back, I saw something that looked vaguely familiar, but seemed out of place tucked into a basket at a stand. It was sweet potato greens, or plain ol’ leaves of the sweet potato plant. Wondering why they were selling these leafy greens that have taken over…

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  • Homemade Chicken Stock

    September 5, 2012DishinandDishes

    Several months ago I embarked on a quest to make all five Mother Sauces. Life and writing a book got in the way, but I am back on track! The first sauce I attempted  was Bechamel Sauce and then I moved on to make Clarified Butter, which was not a Mother Sauce, but will be used…

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  • Making Your Own Herbed Oils

    August 11, 2012DishinandDishes

    At our house, we have almost thrown out butter. We keep some around for baking, but for the most part, we all love to dip our breads in olive oil. It’s heart healthier and once your palette adjusts, you’ll find yourself loving it. We particularly love herbed oils.  Sometimes we shake dried herbs into dipping dishes…

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  • How to Make Spaghetti Squash

    August 10, 2012DishinandDishes

    Spaghetti squash was once a foreign oddity to me. I usually tend to associate “stringy” things with textures I don’t like when it comes to vegetables. I detest strings in green beans and asparagus and therefore never really cared to try them in squash. I am all about texture. I hate pulp or floaties in…

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  • Easy Spice Rub

    July 25, 2012DishinandDishes

    Recently my Mom-in-law gifted us with a smoker she had hanging around in her shed, and wasn’t using. I must confess, I (we) have had no experience whatsover with a smoker, so this weekend, we gave it our first go. This is how we made our first BBQ rub ..ever. And I thought it was…

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  • A Whipped Cream Trick

    July 11, 2012DishinandDishes

    To make your homemade whipped cream last longer, and be incredibly fluffy and yummy, add in one box of instant vanilla pudding into a quart of heavy whipping cream along with 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. The pudding thickens up the whipped cream and stabilizes it for days along with making it yummy and vanilla…

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  • How to Make a California Roll

    June 29, 2012DishinandDishes

      Mr. Wonderful and I still try to keep our once a week date nights. This has been challenging in the past year, due to his job change and hours, but we know how important it is to the health of our marriage, so we keep trying! This is one of our favorite things to…

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  • Date Night Sushi Making

    June 27, 2012DishinandDishes

      Mr. Wonderful and I still try to keep our once a week date nights. This has been challenging in the past year, due to his job change and hours, but we know how important it is to the health of our marriage, so we keep trying! This is one of our favorite things to…

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  • How to Make French Press Coffee at Home

    April 19, 2012DishinandDishes

    Every Sunday morning, I get up before the rest of the household. I tiptoe out to the kitchen, past the sleeping dogs and husband, fill my tea kettle halfway and set it to boil on the stove. It’s a day for special coffee. The rest of the week, I don’t really have time for this,…

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