Ratatouille, Why Knife Skills Matter, and How to Get Them

Ratatouille, Why Knife Skills Matter, and How to Get Them from foodiewithfamily.com

I’ve teamed up with Craftsy to bring you a free Knife Skills video course that can be watched online as many times as you’d like, forever and ever. Craftsy sponsored this promotion, but all opinions and narrative remain my own. Knife Skills. They’re crucial to success in the kitchen. Taking the time to develop them…

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How to Poach an Egg Perfectly

How to perfectly poach an egg from foodiewithfamily.com

It may seem daunting if you haven’t tried it before, but the truth is once you know How to Poach an Egg Perfectly, brunch is your world to conquer. Poached Egg on toast, on salads, in Eggs Benedict… There are so many possibilities for eating high on the hog once you know how to poach…

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Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Layer Cake with Ganache

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It’s birthday season around here, as I may have already mentioned once (or twice)… With the exception of the one child who requested shepherd’s pie for his birthday dessert until I informed him he could have it for dinner AND have a proper cake or pie, everyone has asked for something spectacular. Last week was…

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Raclette Dinner and Doctor Who Sleepover

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If I could tell you one thing about hosting a sleepover for twelve boys, it’s that “sleepover” is a highly inaccurate way to describe the event. You’d do better to call it a Zombie Apocalypse-over or maybe a Nerf gun war-over, or even a Doctor Who over, but sleepover? Most definitely not. But I’m getting…

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Chicken and Pork Potstickers

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Tradition;  that inexplicable tie that binds across generations. It’s the only reasonable way to explain an entire nation of people roasting turkeys on the fourth Thursday of November and grilling on the fourth day of  July.  Without it we would be hard-pressed to justify hundreds of people gathering annually in a tiny town in Pennsylvania…

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A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

Ah wonderful beans.  We all love them for their taste.  I love them for their nutrition.  My boys love them for their, er, musical properties.

UPDATE (12/10) :Since first writing this post almost two years ago, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook beans.  While I still use the crockpot method most often, I have changed on something.  I use salt at the beginning of the cooking time.  Really!  It doesn’t slow down the cooking of the beans…

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