Food Articles & Tips



Kids Make Kitchen a Warmer Place
February 23, 2010

Janet’s Notebook
Kids Make Kitchen a Warmer Place

As many of you know, my daughter-in-law Krissi is my right-hand gal in the Test Kitchen. We enjoy spending hours together whipping up your recipes and discovering new techniques and...

Squash Your Pasta Cravings!
February 16, 2010

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Squash Your Pasta Cravings!

Sure, I like winter squash - and I've certainly never turned down a plate of spaghetti and meatballs - but never in my wildest cooking dreams did I ever think...

Chocolate = Love
February 9, 2010

Janet’s Notebook
Chocolate = Love

As we look to celebrate the ones we love this Valentine's Day, let us not forget that old adage that says the quickest way to the heart is through the...

Are You Ready for Some Football.... Food?!
February 2, 2010

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Are You Ready for Some Football.... Food?!

If your house is anything like mine then there is a special energy brewing in the air this time of year. No, not just because we're trying to avoid frostbite,...

Planning Tools of the Kitchen Trade
January 26, 2010

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Planning Tools of the Kitchen Trade

Planning is not something that comes easily to everyone. Believe me, I speak from experience! As many of you know, though, having children can whip even the most disorganized mama...

A Variety of Peppercorns Can Spice Up Your Kitchen
January 19, 2010

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A Variety of Peppercorns Can Spice Up Your Kitchen

I recently had a good friend ask me about the difference between cooking with black and white pepper. After thinking for a minute, I realized the only thing I could...

Keep on the Shiny Side... and Other Kitchen Hints!
January 12, 2010

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Keep on the Shiny Side... and Other Kitchen Hints!

Have you checked out the great groups that are popping up in the Town Square? I'm absolutely blown away by the smarts you members have! One fun group called "Kitchen...

Flour Power in 2010!
January 5, 2010

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Flour Power in 2010!

When I was a kid, we had a small glass canister that sat on the kitchen counter. On it was printed, "FLOUR". We never questioned the type of flour we...

Members Reinvent Holiday Leftovers
December 29, 2009

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Members Reinvent Holiday Leftovers

Who says leftovers have to be boring?! In fact, I'm taking a stand and ringing in my New Year by giving a few Christmas leftovers a tasty makeover. I've been...

Christmas Bark Sparks Holiday Memories
December 22, 2009

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Christmas Bark Sparks Holiday Memories

Mention Christmas Bark to a friend and it's quite likely their faces will turn to question marks. Give a friend a piece of Christmas Bark, on the other hand, and...

Family Recipes Add Special Flavor to Dinner Table
December 15, 2009

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Family Recipes Add Special Flavor to Dinner Table

The cornerstone of good cooking often goes far beyond the four corners of the recipe page. Time and again I've heard friends declare that family recipes are the only ones...

Soup is Thicker Than Water
December 8, 2009

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Soup is Thicker Than Water

Wintry weather is made for soup. Each year when that first frost settles around our house, you can bet I’ll be standing at the ready with soup pot in hand!...

Two's Company in the Kitchen
December 1, 2009

Janet’s Notebook
Two's Company in the Kitchen

In the last few weeks I have come to realize just how special time in the kitchen can be. My daughter-in-law, Krissi, has joined me in preparing some simply amazing...

The History of the Apron
November 24, 2009

Janet’s Notebook
The History of the Apron

A dear friend sent this to me and the words ring so true that I wanted to share it with you all... There's not a day goes by that I...