How to Plate Food

chicken vegetable plate

Studies prove that plating food right makes people want to pay for it. While not all of us are trained, it’s not very difficult to learn to plate well enough to make our meals more appetizing. In this post, you will learn how to plate food like a chef. How to Plate Food Plating food …

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How to Dredge Fish

Fried fish

The perfect dredging can produce a delicious payoff – fried fish that is crisp on the outside and tender and flavorful on the inside. To dredge a fish means to coat it with a dry ingredient lightly. How to Dredge Fish Fish is usually dredged in flour before being dipped in egg wash and finished …

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How to Make Fish Taste Good

Fresh fish about to be cooked

The strong taste and the pungent smell of fish can be off-putting. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about if you’re reading this. Luckily, there are many ways to mellow down the flavor and aroma of fish. In this short guide, I’ve outlined how to make fish taste good, whether you’re cooking it for …

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How To Use A Sharpening Stone

Used knife on top of a sharpening stone

This likely isn’t the first time you’ll be hearing of this: a dull knife is far more dangerous to use than a sharp one. You will need to apply more pressure to use a dull knife, increasing the risk of it slipping and cutting you.  How To Use A Sharpening Stone Here’s a quick guide …

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How Long to Cook a T-Bone Steak on the Grill

Trying to test how long to cook a T-bone steak on the grill

T-Bone steaks are a classic cut and perfect for those of us who want a little variety in their meat experience. The T-Bone steak is a best of both worlds steak, containing a piece of the tender Filet and meaty flavorful New York Strip all in one.  While giving diners an amazing variety of flavors …

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How to Pick a Papaya

Opened ripe papaya with the seeds out

My parents grew up in Hawaii, so even when they moved to California, tropical fruits were still fairly common around the house. One that I always underappreciated was the papaya. I remember we’d always do simple preparations like papaya cut with lime juice or with cottage cheese or yogurt.  When I got older, I learned …

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What Identifies a Cranberry as Ripe?

Ripe red cranberries in a blue bowl

When the holiday season comes around, we see the shelves of our local supermarkets flushed with fresh cranberries. For most of us though, we don’t regularly buy, keep, or cook with cranberries so it can be very hard to tell if they are ripe, or worse off, spoiled. We’ll be going what identifies a cranberry …

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How to Clean a Salt Block

Seafood appetizer on a clean salt block

There has recently been a growing trend in the move from plain old table salt to its fancier cousin Himalayan salt. I’m sure you’ve seen it before, the light pink color is pretty unmistakable.  Himalayan salt is often touted for its health benefits and distinct mineral flavor. But what is really impressive is its ability …

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How Long Is Cranberry Sauce Good For?

Cranberry sauce on a spoon

Cranberry sauce is a true holiday season staple. But whether you get your cranberry sauce from a can or make it yourself on the stove, many people will be wondering, how long does it last? How Long Is Cranberry Sauce Good For? A simple store-bought or homemade jam-style cranberry sauce with water, sugar, and cranberries …

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How to Clean Silicone Baking Mats

Christmas sugar cookies on a baking mat

Silicone bakeware has been a fantastic addition to the home cooks tool kit. From spatulas and spoons to molds, tins, and mats these heat resistant non-stick wonders are quickly replacing their metal, plastic, and wooden counterparts.  While buying silicone cookware is easy (just don’t go over 450°F / 230°C with them), cleaning silicone cookware can …

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How to Cook Asparagus Quickly

Macro shot of asparagus on a cutting board

I love asparagus, and it is one of my go-to vegetables to pair with chicken or beef. I think there’s just something about asparagus that makes it a little fancier than your everyday vegetable like green beans or peas.  Growing up though, I hated them; however, it wasn’t until much later in life that I …

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How to Cook Baked Beans From a Can

A side of baked beans with garlic bread

Baked beans are a childhood classic. Few things spark memories of nostalgia like cooking baked beans over a fire with some hotdogs on a stick. A true staple of the pantry, we always try to have a can or two on hand for a quick side with barbecue and grilled meats.  While the most common …

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