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7 Tips for Making Smoothies Part of Your Daily Routine

by Pat Crocker

According to Pat Crocker, author of The Smoothies Bible, 2nd Ed., a nutritious diet includes protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytochemicals, fiber and water in proportions that promote growth and maintain healthy cells. It also includes ample quantities of vegetables and fr...

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In books >>

150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes ~ 10th Anniversary Edition!

by Judith Finlayson

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, it’s extremely gratifying to be writing an introduction to this revised edition of my first book The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. The book has been extraordinarily successful, selling about 400,000 copies and garnering many favorable comments from reviewers...

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In bread machine >>

Extending the Life of an Older Model Bread Machine

by Judith Fertig

In older model bread machines, one of the first parts to go is the seal at the bottom of the bread pan. You'll know this is happening if the bottom of the bread pan has liquid around it when you remove the bread pan from the machine. If you have a very old model, you probably won't be able to get pa...

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In convection oven >>

Tips for Cooking Complete Meals in the Convection Oven

by Linda Stephen

To make the most of your convection oven, you can cook more than one item at a time. This saves time and energy (yours as well as the oven’s). The multiple racks allow several dishes to be cooked simultaneously, and the constant circulation of air produces even heat throughout the oven.Throughout th...

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In fondue >>

It's Hip to Dip!

by Ilana Simon

There's something unique about sharing a fondue with family and friends around your table. Everyone is relaxed — including the host — and the pace of the intimate meal is as leisurely as you want.For anyone old enough to remember the 1970s, the fondue also carries with it a certain nostalgia. Rememb...

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In food processor >>

Tips on Purchasing a Food Processor

by Judith Finlayson

Tips on Purchasing a Food Processor

Are you one of the many people with a food processor tucked in the back of your cupboard? If so, dig it out. Seriously. I guarantee that your food processor will soon become the most versatile and useful appliance you’ve ever had in your kitchen.If you don’t have one – buy one. But, not until you’re...

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In indoor grill >>

It's Grilling and Smoking Season ~ What Utensils Do You Need?

by Ilana Simon

The right tool can make all the difference when you’re grilling and smoking. You can find these tools in kitchen shops, hardware stores or barbecue and grill stores. Because they’ll be used outdoors and in contact with heat and smoke, choose utensils that are heavy, of superior quality, and very dur...

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In knives >>

Download Your Free Turkey-Carving Guide (Knives)

It’s the holiday season. Time for entertaining and hosting dinner parties. And, for carving turkeys.  Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time, carving a turkey is something people like myself do so rarely that I never seem to get it right.Lucky for me, Jeffrey Elliot has created a book...

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In microwave oven >>

Reheating Food in Your Microwave

by Johanna Burkhard

Reheating Food in Your Microwave

A microwave is a cook’s best friend and has become the most-beloved appliance in the kitchen. More than 90 per cent of North American households now have one. Preparing healthy delicious meals in a flash is also far easier than you think. Tips on Reheating Food in Your Microwave:• Store leftovers in...

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In mixer >>

The Stand Mixer = A Culinary Work Center

by Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder

Because of their versatility, the stand mixer is perhaps the most integral piece of culinary equipment I own.If you already own a stand mixer, congratulations! If you are thinking about buying a stand mixer or upgrading to a more powerful model, there are some important issues to consider: What are...

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In news >>

The Art and Science of Food Dehydration

By Jennifer MacKenzie, Jay Nutt, Don Mercer

The Art and Science of Food Dehydration

 Long before there was a refrigerator (or two) in every home, a deep-freezer in the basement and supermarkets full of pretty much anything in a box, package or jar, making food last between harvest seasons required a great deal of ingenuity. Early civilizations discovered that food left out in the s...

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In panini maker >>

Features to Look for in a Panini Maker

by Tiffany Collins

Features to Look for in a Panini Maker

Features to look for in a panini maker:· Many panini makers offer a retro look, with stainless-steel housing. These look nice on countertops, and as I always say, if it’s stored away in a box, chances are you won’t use it.· A floating top plate can be adjusted so that it is level, rather than at an...

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In pressure cooker >>

Chicken Stew with New Potatoes and Baby Carrots (Pressure Cooker)

By Cinda Chavich

Chicken Stew with New Potatoes and Baby Carrots (Pressure Cooker)

The dark meat of boneless chicken thighs is perfect in the pressure cooker and makes a classic, homestyle stew, says the author of 225 Best Pressure Cooker Recipes, Cinda Chavich.1 tbsp       vegetable oil       15 mL3 lbs       boneless skinless chicken thighs,  cut into 2-inch (5 cm) chunks      1...

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In recipes >>

Spanish Salsa Verde

by Robin Asbell

 Spanish Salsa Verdefrom 300 Best Blender Recipes Using Your Vitamix by Robin Asbell   This fresh green sauce is perfect over fish or chicken, tossed with rice or pasta, or even as a topping for eggs. There are just a few anchovies in the mix, adding umami and a salty richness. It’s entirely possibl...

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In rice cooker >>

Need some easy, no-fuss recipes right now?

by Chef Katie Chin

When I first heard about this book that my friend/colleague Katie Chin was writing, I became intrigued.  I thought "Really, 300 Rice Cooker Recipes?"  However, when I received the book for review, I was amazed at how much you could actually cook in a rice cooker. I have included a couple recipes bel...

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In rotisserie oven >>

The Convenience of the Rotisserie Oven

by Judith Finlayson

Unexpected guests and no time to fuss? Defrost a chicken, season and brush with oil, truss and load it onto the spit rods, and your work is virtually done. With a rotisserie oven, you just set the timer and check what’s cooking from time to time, in the unlikely event that something has gone amiss....

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In slow cooker >>

Original San Antonio Chili

by Judith Finlayson

Original San Antonio Chili

Original San Antonio ChiliIf you are looking for the ground beef chili your mother made for Friday night dinner, this isn’t it. If instead you want to taste what amounts to a fabulous, highly spiced beef stew, then I highly recommend this chili. Leftovers reheat well. From The Chile Pepper Bible by...

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In toaster oven >>

Advantages of a Toaster Oven

by Linda Stephen

The toaster oven has come a long way from being a glorified toaster that simply toasts bagels and open-face cheese sandwiches to an appliance that cooks everything from a roast chicken to muffins and casseroles — dishes that have traditionally been prepared only in a standard-sized oven. Many toaste...

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