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Four Easy Kitchen How-Tos

Four Easy Kitchen How-Tos

| January 11, 2006 | 5 Comments

Soften a stick of butter or two – place on a microwave safe plate in a microwave and cook on high for 20 seconds for 2 sticks, 15 seconds for one. Defrost a ice cube of baby food – plate in microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 25 seconds. Immediately remove from microwave […]

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Tip: Why Not to Cool a Hot Pan in Cold Water

Tip: Why Not to Cool a Hot Pan in Cold Water

| January 11, 2006 | 0 Comments

I learned something new and very important today at Williams-Sonoma: Never cool a hot pan in cold water or on a cold surface. Why? It causes thermal shock. Because rapidly lowering the temperature of a pan like that causes it to warp. Warping makes it so that the pan won’t sit flat and can “pop” […]

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No Shortcuts Anymore

No Shortcuts Anymore

| December 21, 2005 | 1 Comment

I confess. I bought a bag of that granulated brown sugar (Domino’s calls it Brownulated, or something like that). Anyway, I used that instead of packed light brown sugar in a few recipes with varying degrees of success. But yesterday, as I blended, stirred, dropped and baked double chocolate chip cookies, I realized that the […]

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