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I would like to see a designated page for cooking questions. If there is one already please direct me. I have a question right now.

When a recipe calls for grated parmesean (?) cheese, is it grated in the can like for Pizza, or is it grated like say, cheddar cheese?


By Sharon Colyer
Nov 17, 2015
Garlic from China may be contaminated

By Linda Kauppinen
Oct 12, 2015

Believe it or not, the garlic you buy from the grocery store or is in the food you get at a restaurant is probably from China.
This is a very bad thing!

According to Epoch Times, “64,876 tons of... dried, fresh, or chilled garlic, were imported from China in 2014… About a third of the garlic in the United States comes from China.”

Our garlic isn’t coming from California anymore, it is being imported from China. Quality control is a big issue, but it pales in comparison to how and where this garlic is grown.

Many Chinese farmers use pesticides that are illegal to use for farming purposes in China. “An undercover magazine reporter investigating in the area found that many vegetable farmers used phorate and parathion, two pesticides banned by the government, to irrigate the crops to save time and effort.” (Epoch Times) Both phorate and parathion have been labeled HIGHLY TOXIC POISONS.

China’s pollution problem and soil is also a cause for concern. “An official government report in 2014 showed that nearly a fifth of China’s soil is contaminated by heavy metals like cadmium and arsenic as well as unhealthy amounts of pesticides and fertilizers. Severe pollution has tainted all of China’s major rivers with large amounts of industrial chemicals and household waste.” (Epoch Times)
How to Spot Chinese Garlic

Everyone should be worried about consuming garlic from China. It just is not safe. So when buying garlic at a grocery store, look for these things:

If it has roots and a stem, it is safe. China will cut these off before they ship them to save weight.
Safe garlic is heavier and more bulbous. Imported garlic from China is lighter.
Garlic with a richer taste is more likely from California and not imported from China. According to Food Reference, California-grown garlic measured a 40 out of 40 in brix flavor measurement while Chinese garlic only measured 28 out of 40.


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Cake mix cookies ?

By Barb K.
Nov 17, 2015
Okay for the third time this week ( and it is only Tuesday!) I have been told that you can make cookies from a cake mix. Has anyone tired this? Sometimes cake mixes can be under .99 when on sale and with all the cooking I have done I never knew you could do this. But hey when I heard it I had a Oh duh! moment. Of course. Anyone have a quick and easy recipe for me to follow.

Apple Pie Freezing

By Rose Rauhauser
Nov 12, 2015
I usually make my pies the day before Thanksgiving but I'd like to try freezing them.
So make them as usual, do not bake them, just wrap in freezer proof wrap and freeze. My question is: Do I thaw them out and then bake or do I put them from freezer directly in the oven and what temperature if so?
Thank you all for your input it's very much appreciated.

homemade pancake mix w/o wet ingredients

By Jacqueline Bibbs
Nov 5, 2015
I want to make my own pancake mix to save money. I'm wanting to use a 5lb bag of flour (all purpose) but I am having a difficult time with measurements for sugar, baking powder, salt and the dried buttermilk blend. PLEASE HELP

Ready Made Frosting on Sugar Cookies

By Julia Ferguson
Oct 29, 2015
I'm making frosted sugar cookies for Halloween, using a ready made frosting. Will the frosting dry and harden on it's own or can I add a bit of meringue powder to the frosting to get it to harden? I usually do not frost sugar cookies, so I'm not familiar with this process or the use of ready made frosting on cookies. YIKES!

Cream Cheese Frosting

By Bennie Shaw
Oct 29, 2015
We are having a bake sale to support out Baptist Children's Home and I would like to bake a carrot cake w/cream cheese frosting. Can it be frozen or will the frosting separate when thawed. Thanks everyone...

As Seen on Tv...

By Barb K.
Oct 27, 2015
A post here gave me an idea for another post. Since I am cleaning out the kitchen pitching old stuff and broken stuff and looking for ways to make my cooking life a bit easier I thought others must have the same questions when they stand in the isle of Target and look at all those gadgets or sit on the couch and wonder hmmm will that really work. So what have you purchased from the As seen on TV or in the isle of a store? Was it a stinker or the best thing since sliced bread. I'm not limiting this to kitchen either or infomercials (QVC- HSN are in my cross hairs) Let the sharing and caring begin....

Need Help

By Melanie B
Oct 26, 2015
I need lunch box suggestions for my great nephew, David. He has a new classmate that has severe peanut allergies. My niece is going to find out if that includes other nuts or just peanuts. What are some nutritious lunch box suggestions that don’t include process food (deli lunch meats) or nuts? David is in 1st grade.