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11 Food and Drink Substitutes for Weight Loss and Health

Are you thinking more about your overall health and fitness? These 11 food and drink substitutes help me with my weight loss, and also have other beneficial effects for my general health. I had a scare late last year that had me in the hospital for a few weeks worrying about my heart and my …

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Easy Holiday Party Ideas – Planning Festive Parties

Setting up a pretty festive table does not have to be stressful. Just follow these 15 easy holiday party ideas to make entertaining a joy. Entertaining this time of the year is so much fun.  It is the time for trimming the tree and decorating the house (don’t forget to use Christmas plants!) It’s also …

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How to Season Cast Iron Cookware to Keep it Rust-Free

Learn how to season cast iron cookware in just minutes with these easy tips! Cast iron cookware is my new best friend.  My daughter has raved about the benefits of cooking with it for years and I only started using it recently. It is important to season cast iron cookware before using it, though.  It’s …

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Cooking in Parchment Paper to make Fish en Papillote

Cooking in parchment paper is a method of cooking fish, chicken or other proteins in their own cooking bags. It is also called “en papillote” (French for “in parchment”) or “al cartoccio” (Italian for baked in foil or aluminum.)  Typically, folded parchment paper is used but al foil, paper bags or other materials can also …

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Girls’ Night In – 6 Tips for a Fun-Filled Evening at Home

I have to admit it.  I love a girls’ night in. It gives me a chance to have a few of my gal friends over, watch some chick flicks without the guys complaining about it, and enjoy some of our favorite foods. It is a no stress night that is filled with laughter and fun, …

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Paleo Hazelnut Butter – AKA Nutella – 12 Ways to Use it.

Following a paleo diet is easy if you have the right products on hand. I’ve found 12 delicious ways to use hazelnut butter. Did you know that February 5 is considered Nutella day?  If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, you have likely tried Nutella. But what happens in you wish to follow a Paleo diet? …

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Today’s Kitchen Tip – How to Hull Strawberries with a Straw

Today’s kitchen tip shows how to hull your strawberries with a drinking straw to save the waste that comes with cutting the top off, or the time that it takes to use a knife to hull each one properly. Hull Strawberries with a Straw to save waste. Our family eats strawberries year round.  They are …

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20 Surprising Uses for A Cheese Grater

Cheese graters are so versatile too. I’ve put together a list of 20 surprising uses for a cheese grater or microplane. I have about 10 graters in my kitchen. All of them are useful in some ways, and can be used for much more than just grating cheese.  A cheese grater is not just for cheese. See …

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Cooking with Silicone Kitchen Products

One of the more recent developments in the world of kitchen gadgets are silicone kitchen products. I first heard about them when I tried a silicone baking mat, but since then have heard of many other products. Some popular silicone products are oven mitts, pastry brushes, barbeque brushes, cupcake liners, spatulas,  and a host of …

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Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide – 9 Super Kitchen Gift Ideas

Kitchen Gift Guide. Anyone who cooks normally also loves kitchen products and food gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Kitchen Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this gift guide should give you lots of …

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How To Roast your Own Garlic for Spreads or Recipes

Roast your own Garlic – Easy Cooking Tip I love the taste of fresh garlic. But sometimes it is too tart for a particular recipe.  In those cases, I roast a whole head of it.  You can use much more garlic in your dish if it is roasted and roasting garlic brings out the natural …

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DIY Tip for Perfectly Drizzled Chocolate

Anyone can dunk strawberries and other fruit into melted chocolate. It is easy and fast to do and makes a great looking party appetizer. But perfectly drizzled chocolate looks so much more professional. These cooking tips will make sure that your drizzled chocolate will rival those on any dessert tray. Growing strawberries is much easier than …

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