Cooking Tips

Top 25 Grilling Tips For an Amazing BBQ

25 tips for a perfect grill. thegardeningcook.com/

It’s that time of the year again.  One only has to be outside around 6 pm to smell the aromas of someone in the neighborhood having a grill out.  But just putting something on the grill does not mean that your BBQ will be a success. Here are my top 25 Grilling Tips to make…

20 Surprising Uses for A Cheese Grater

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. Graters are so versatile too. I’ve put together a list of 20 surprising uses for a cheese grater or microplane. A Cheese Grater is not just for Cheese. See my…

20 Creative Uses for Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays

20 creative uses for extra large silicone ice cube trays

Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays.  Not Just for Ice! If you eat and drink out much, you may have noticed a new trend that has taken over the food and drink industry.   The ice cubes are getting larger and larger.  Large ice cubes are perfect for any drinks because the ice melts more slowly,…

8 Health Benefits of Turmeric

8 health benefits of turmeric and 10 ways to add it to your diet.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric Date Back Thousands of Years. Turmeric is an often used spice in curry recipes and is a healthy way to add flavor and color to an Indian inspired home cooked meal like Tikka Masala. But Turmeric is not just used for making Asian and Indian foods.  There are also many…

Cooking with Silicone Kitchen Products

The pros and cons of silicone kitchen products

Why cook 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, such as oven mitts, pastry brushes, barbeque brushes, cupcake liners, spatulas,  and…

35 Tips to Save Money on Food

35 creative ways to save money on food.

It is Easy to Save Money on Food if You Follow these Household and Shopping Tips. Most people know that living on a budget means that some things have to be skimped on or left out all together. But this does not have to be the case with food.  There are so many ways that…

20 Foods you Should Not Keep in the Fridge

20 Foods you Should not store in the fridge

My List of Foods You Should Not Keep in the Fridge. We all know that most foods last longer if they are kept in the refrigerator. But did you know that there is quite a list of foods you should not keep in the fridge, as well?   The list is not as long, but some…

How to Slice Onions without Crying

How to peel an onion without crying

So many recipes that we prepare, almost on a daily basis require onions.  And so many of us end up in tears the minute we try to slice one.  But it is very easy to slice onions without crying if you follow just a few easy steps. It is easy to Slice Onions without Crying.…

Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide – 9 Super Kitchen Gift Ideas

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Kitchen - thegardeningcook.com/

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…

25+ Surprising Foods You Can Freeze

25 surprising foods you can freeze

25+ Foods You didn’t Know you Could Freeze. We have all heard about foods that you should not freeze, (salad greens, I am looking at you!), but the list of foods that you can freeze is very long and some may well surprise you.  Freezing food can be a great money saver and doing so…

My Favorite Cooking Tips

A collection of my favorite cooking tips

Cooking Tips to Make your Life Easier There are so many things to take up my time in the day.  So finding ideas that will save me some time is always something I enjoy.  I love to browse on the internet to see what other busy people pin for cooking tips to make your life…

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

Baked bacon has all of the flavor and so much less fat. It's easy to do too.

Use Your Oven to make Crispy and Delicious Bacon I had friends over for brunch the other morning and, instead of frying the bacon to go with the eggs, I baked it.  I don’t think I have ever had so many postive comments on something that I served.  Ahhh…bacon.    It seems that almost everyone just…

Roasting Fresh Tomatoes

How to Roast Fresh Tomatoes

This is the time of the year when tomatoes are in abundance if you have a garden or visit your local farmer’s market.  Don’t waste the left over tomatoes from your garden.  Roasting Fresh tomatoes gives a great taste to any marinara sauce recipe. Roasting Fresh Tomatoes Make Sauces Taste so Much Better I love…

Collection of the Best Cheat Sheets.

Round up of the best household cheat sheets.

Cheat Sheets for all Sorts of Tips Sometimes, I just wish there was an easy way to have all the great information that you find online handy in one place, don’t you?  Cheat sheets are the way to go. These helpful graphics and charts make it easy to do so many household tasks and chores.…

Creative Uses for Your Potato Masher

15+ Creative uses for your potato masher

What else can I do with My Potato Masher? We all know that making mashed potatoes needs the use of a common kitchen item – the Potato masher.  (affiliate link) The term “potato masher” seems to imply that this kitchen tool has only one function.  In fact, a potato masher can be used for a…

Cooking Tips from my Readers

My collection of reader tested frugal cooking tips

Reader Tested Cooking  and Household Tips I recently asked my readers on my Facebook Gardening Cook page to give me some frugal cooking tips.  These are some of the ideas they came up with! This page is a work in progress.  I’ll be adding to it as ideas appeal to me. Kim says: “While shopping…

How To Roast your Own Garlic for Spreads or Recipes

How to roast a head of garlic. You won't believe how sweet it becomes.

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…

Keep Flies Away with Pine sol

Flies hate Pine sol! Sometimes, common household cleaners can be used in unusual ways to treat insects.  I wish I had known this trick this past summer.  We had a huge graduation party for my daughter and the flies were a problem for us. I did not realize that a way to keep flies away…

DIY Tip for Perfectly Drizzled Chocolate

tips 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…

Household Tips to Make your Life Easier

Time saving household and kitchen tips

My favorite Household tips I thought it would be fun to compile a page of some of my favorite household tips that will save you time and money.   All of these are easy to do and most re-purpose commonly found household items. Time is money as they say and no one seems to have…

Growing Oregano – From The Planter to Italian Dishes

Growing oregano is very easy. It's also a perennial so it will come back next year.

If you love the flavor of garden fresh taste in your recipes, be sure to try growing herbs. Oregano is a herb used in many international dishes, but is best known for use in Italian recipes.   Most people who cook will have used the dried version of oregano, but growing oregano is easy.  Oregano is…

Grating Soft Cheese – Today easy Kitchen Tip

How to easily grate soft cheese

Grating Soft Cheese is easy if you follow this tip Have you ever tried to grate Mozzarella or other soft cheeses and found it difficult to do?  I have and the cheese seems to sort of “wobble” and this makes it hard to grate it.  Well this does not have to be a problem at…

Cooking Tip – Easy Diced Garlic – Tenderized!

How to mince garlic the easy way.

Easy Diced Garlic Cooking tip uses a Meat Tenderizer. Garlic…ahhhh, who doesn’t love its flavor. If a recipe call for some of it, I usually double it. But the cloves are often small and it can be kind of tricky to cut and dice with a knife. This easy diced garlic is a great cooking tip…

How to Keep An avocado From Turning Brown

How to keep an avocado from turning brown

Helpful tips to keep an Avocado from turning brown. I love avocados.  I eat them most days for lunch and love them on salads. But because they are high in calories, I do try to limit the amount of one that I use.  Invariably they seem to turn brown.   I did a bit of…

Left Over Lemons – Freezing and Grating is the Trick

Instead of throwing away left over lemons, freeze and grate them later. NO WASTE! Find out how I do it.

What can you do with left over lemons? Often times a recipe will call for just a tablespoon or two of lemon juice.  I hate to waste the left over lemons.   (I even use the peels and used flesh on my compost heap.)  I always grate the skin, but then I am left with the…