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Food Processing With Kitchenaid Or Cuisinart? 

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 Dan Reese (March 08, 2011)  Which one do you buy? a Cuisinart food processor or a Kitchenaidfood processor? At times, people are faced with embarrassingdilemmas and they have no one to turn to for answers. Nothing is truer if you happen to be a bachelor staying in the bigcity and you have to do yourown laundry, bake your own food, clean your apartment and all other things you'd rather not do buthave no choice but . (Cooking Tips)

Keep the Line Steady with Vital Ingredients

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 Charuka Abhayawickrama (March 04, 2011)  When waging war, victory can never be assured without having steady supply lines to keep your troops well fed and in fighting shape. This old adage is true even when considering the running of a restaurant. How exactly does supply line affect the performance of a food based business? A steady food supply line is absolutely imperative in keeping a supply of fresh materials to ensure .. (Cooking Tips)

Poaching is the Path to More Quick Dishes

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 Chef Todd Mohr (March 03, 2011)  I’m so happy to share more quick dishes for everyday cooking with you. Earlier this week, I caught a Taco Fish and helped you discover the simplicity of a basic breading procedure you can use on any ingredient in your pantry. In the time it takes most people to just FIND the right recipe, I can apply a basic cooking method to the ingredients already found in my kitchen. In the .. (Cooking Tips)

Catch a Taco Fish, One of the Quick Dishes for Everyday Cooking

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 Chef Todd Mohr (March 03, 2011)  If you could cook like me and create quick dishes every night of the week, you’d never need a recipe book. Without a recipe book, you’d never need to stress about dinner. It’s the written recipe that causes so much anxiety about preparing family dinners. Are you always trying to figure out “what’s for dinner”? Is it a constant battle of finding .. (Cooking Tips)

Easy Family Dinners Are Closer Than Thailand

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 24, 2011)  Easy family dinners can come from your own kitchen but have the flavors of far away. I mean that you don’t need to cook like the greatest Italian Chef to make an Italian inspired meal. You don’t need to study in Thailand to use the characteristic flavors in a simple cooking method. Basically, if it’s good to you, it’s good. I’ve had some commenters on the .. (Cooking Tips)

Fast Dinner Ideas From Your Kitchen Cabinet

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 24, 2011)  Fast dinner ideas come from the combination of quick cooking methods and the ingredients you have on hand. Planning and cooking meals for your family can be frustrating when you depend on written recipes that command specific ingredients. Sometimes you have the items, sometimes you don’t. A quick dinner recipe frees you from the kitchen faster, but a mastery of just a few basic .. (Cooking Tips)

Secrets to a Perfect Fried Chicken

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 Trent Vaughn (February 21, 2011)  A basket or a bucket of fried chicken is ideal for picnics and kiddie parties. It tastes good and so easy to eat with your hands, so using utensils is just an option. We are fond of buying a bunch at our favorite fastfood stores and we often wonder how these pieces become so crunchy. We have tried a few attempts in the kitchen but to no avail. It still comes out so different from the .. (Cooking Tips)

A Quick Dinner Recipe Frees You From the Kitchen Faster

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 16, 2011)  Stir Fry is the best way to create your own quick dinner recipe using ingredients you have on hand. It’s also a great way to create healthy meals using fresh ingredients and free yourself from the kitchen faster than following a written recipe would ever allow. In the video that accompanies this recipe, you’re able to look directly over my shoulder as I create .. (Cooking Tips)

10 Romantic Dinner Ideas From a Chef Who Loves His Wife

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 10, 2011)  It’s easy for me to share 10 romantic dinner ideas with you, because I cook this way almost every night. I only cook what I’m inspired to create, and my wife, Heather has always been the muse behind my creativity, from culinary college until today. The most romantic meals have three elements; they are visually appealing, they are pleasing to the palate, and they include .. (Cooking Tips)

Ethnic Profiling Is The Key to Cooking With Spices

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 09, 2011)  Cooking with spices is an aspect of cooking that frustrates many people. The questions I receive all highlight a confusion over which spices to buy, how to use them, and how much of them to use. All of those questions can be answered with a simple change in thinking. Use ethnic profiling. First, don’t over-think it. Herbs and spices are best used to accent the natural flavor of a . (Cooking Tips)

Cooking Up A Storm With Your Kids

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 George Roy (February 08, 2011)  Kids are some of the pickiest eaters around, making it really difficult to feed them hearty meals. As a mom, it is of paramount concern that you feed your children nourishing and sustaining foods but it can be difficult when they refuse most things that you put in front of them. In addition to the duties and responsibilities associated with being a mother, many also work full time which . (Cooking Tips)

Temper Yourself – Homemade Chocolate Candy f

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 Chef Todd Mohr (February 03, 2011)  Homemade chocolate candy for Valentines Day is even more thoughtful and special than the waxy, store bought heart shaped box. Creating your own treats is easy, quick and fun. It’s something the children love to do, and adults become children when working with chocolate. It’s not as simple as just melting chocolate. To make your own candies or chocolate coated sweets, the .. (Cooking Tips)

Fruit and Vegetable Storing

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 Awang Sabir Awang Omar (January 31, 2011)  A little fruit and fruit-type vegetables gain sugar or soften when stored at room temperature. For example, Bartlett pear and yellows turn become more soft and sweet on the table. Once they mature they can be stored for 1 to 3 days in the refrigerator without losing taste. Cooling of fruits and vegetables should be stored in perforated plastic bags in the drawer the refrigerator .. (Cooking Tips)

The Methods of Preserving Food

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 Trent Vaughn (January 31, 2011)  Food preservation is a method of slowing down spoilage and extending the shelf life of food. This has been used way back a few centuries ago by the earlier inhabitants. There a number of ways to preserve food. Some of these are in ancient ways, and still being used until today. Some of the most common preservation techniques are freezing and refrigeration, canning, salting, pickling, .. (Cooking Tips)

Tom Yum Gai

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 Mirjan Stojanovic (January 29, 2011)  Tom yum gai is the tasty version of the Thai soup, tom yum, made using chicken. There are variety of ways to make tom yum soup. For instance, tom yum soup made using shrimp is called tom yum goong, while in tom yum nam khon, broth is made using coconut milk. However, if you think that just by adding chicken in place of shrimp, you can turn tom yum goong into tom yum gai, you are .. (Cooking Tips)

Tom Yum Paste

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 Mirjan Stojanovic (January 29, 2011)  Tom yum paste is the key ingredient of the ever tasty tom yum soup. However because of its yummy taste, the paste can be used as a marinade too and even as a sauce. Fish, chicken and pork turn wonderful, when marinated with this paste before baking, frying or grilling. Many readymade pastes are available in the market claiming to make delicious tom yum soup. But it is always wise to .. (Cooking Tips)

7 Tips for Healthy Eating at Home

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 Chef Todd Mohr (January 26, 2011)  I’ve devised my 7 Tips for Healthy Eating at Home because I feel like crap. What the heck is going on? I’m a healthy guy, I’m not overweight. I exercise more than most people. I was the Executive Chef at a large hospital, so I know about nutrition and I can cook. Why do I feel lousy? Why am I exhausted by the television at 9:00 pm? Why do I sleep 8 full hours and wake . (Cooking Tips)

Seafood Paella is a Quick Easy Dinner Made in One Pan

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 Chef Todd Mohr (January 26, 2011)  What is a quick easy dinner I can make in one pan? is a question most often asked of me. While I know the expected answer is a recipe, they’d be asking the wrong person for a recipe. I’ve been urging people to “Burn Your Recipes” through my online cooking classes and DVDs for years now, motivating them to cook with basic cooking methods over written instructions, . (Cooking Tips)

Tea Types Scandal Uncovered!

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 Chef Todd Mohr (January 25, 2011)  I had never heard of “Tea-M-Z”, but they believe they’ve uncovered a tea types scandal. Their cameras followed me around all week and finally confronted me with their accusation. “Did you say you liked black better than white”? they probed. These celebrity tabloid TV shows are always looking for the next big scoop, even if they have to create one .. (Cooking Tips)

The Complete Gas Grill Meal

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 Dan Naoimi (January 23, 2011)  You can take a lot of pride if you can call yourself a barbecue expert. You might only have a few months out of the year to operate, but when the summer sun comes up it is time to do your thing. Chances are your family will drool with anticipation just at the thought of you lighting up the coals. Being able to pull off the perfect barbecue takes incredible skill, but you don’t .. (Cooking Tips)

Winter Grilling and BBQ Tips

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 Dan Naoimi (January 23, 2011)  One of the most unique experiences that you can ever have is a winter barbecue. Most people would not equate barbecue food with cold and snow, and that is perfectly reasonable since it’s usually done in the summertime. In fact, having a good old fashioned barbecue during the summer is one of the most popular American traditions of around. But if you wait a few months to cook .. (Cooking Tips)

Poaching Salmon Two Ways with Green Day

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 Chef Todd Mohr (January 21, 2011)  Even an American Idiot can learn there’s more than one method to poaching salmon. I’ve come to the realization that neither MTV nor Food TV are doing their jobs these days. MTV doesn’t play much music, and Food TV doesn’t teach anyone to cook. I’ll accept the challenge that’s been ignored by both media outlets. I’ll use their leftovers, their .. (Cooking Tips)

Cooking With Steam and Gin Blossoms

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 Chef Todd Mohr (January 21, 2011)  I’ve said it before, “the Food Network is the MTV of cooking. ” MTV used to play music, now they’re entertainment about music. Food Network is entertainment about food. They don’t teach anyone to cook. Last week, I was listening to my favorite band, The Gin Blossoms on my iPod while cooking with steam when someone reminded me of my cynical quote about MTV .. (Cooking Tips)

Common Mistakes When Baking And What To Do

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 Carrie Westengate (January 06, 2011)  Baking is a rewarding experience, but can be a challenge for the newbie. But what joy when it all goes right! Here are some of the mistakes that commonly end up in a bad cake. It's all very well for those who always seem to ‘know’ what to add, but for some of us, measuring things is absolutely imperative. For example, adding to much baking soda will produce a coarse cake. .. (Cooking Tips)

A Different Kind of Travel: Italy Cooking Vacations

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 Marco Pogetti (January 06, 2011)  Many tourists nowadays have become more and more sophisticated when it comes to world travel. The typical sightseeing tour to European cities no longer cuts it for many, as they are looking for more of a unique experience. With this new demand, many companies have popped up, offering adventure vacations, cultural immersion vacations, and possibly one of the most up and coming of them .. (Cooking Tips)

Fruit Smoothies For A Healthier You

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 Laura Vryhof (December 27, 2010)  Every year most people make a resolution to become healthier. It probably has something to do with overindulgence during the holiday season. Hundreds of television ads for weight loss products start airing around the first of the year to remind us that we need to eat better. If you are saying to yourself that food should not come with guilt attached, take heart, there is good news for .. (Cooking Tips)

Basic Cooking Skills

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 Laura Vryhof (December 27, 2010)  Cooking can be as simple as tossing a frozen dinner into the microwave but it can also be so much more. In order to improve your cooking skills, there are a few techniques to learn. Take heart though, it can be a lot of fun to learn the proper ways to prepare good food, even if you have to do the dishes afterward. Truthfully, cooking is simple but not always easy. But, this is no .. (Cooking Tips)

Cake Mixing Like the Pros with the Two-Stage Method

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 23, 2010)  Cake mixing techniques are always more important than cake baking temperatures. I demonstrated this in an earlier blog by using a butter cake recipe to demonstrate the creaming method. This method combines butter and sugar to trap air, then uses egg yolks to form an emulsification. The limiting factor of the creaming method is that butter is not 100 percent fat. Butter is composed of .. (Cooking Tips)

Choosing Cooking and Kitchen Equipment

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 Brian Pelton (December 23, 2010)  The kitchen is one of the places in a house or a food establishment that must be free of any germs, thus when one is choosing equipment to use in the kitchen one must have this in mind. Kitchen equipment needs to be chosen with great care and consideration. The first thing that one should look into in buying cooking and kitchen equipment is ease of cleaning. When one is buying machines . (Cooking Tips)

Your Butter Cake Recipes Will Fail Without The Creaming Method

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 21, 2010)  Butter cake recipes will always be disappointing if you don’t use the correct mixing method. While most people blame the oven for cake faults, the problem is not in the baking. The most common cake faults stem from mistakes made during mixing. Mixing methods are the most important step in creating a great cake, no matter what the recipe. The “Creaming Method” is used . (Cooking Tips)

It’s Angel Food Cake Hell If You Mix It Wrong!

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 16, 2010)  No, you’re not. You’re not looking for another Angel Food Cake recipe. The recipe really doesn’t matter as much as the procedure. So, rather than look for a new written set of instructions, how about scrutinizing the steps that professionals take in creating this fat free dessert? When you perfect the procedure for mixing cakes, all your recipes will come out better. .. (Cooking Tips)

How to Restore an Authentic Old Jambalaya Pot

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 Ardy Reed (December 11, 2010)  Have you ever wondered how you could restore that old jambalaya pot your Grandpa gave you? What about an old Dutch oven or cast iron skillet you found at the hunting camp or in Grandma’s kitchen. Have you wondered why you should even restore either of these classic pieces of history? If you have ever wondered how to “bring back” any piece of cast iron cookware from an .. (Cooking Tips)

Spritz Cookies – It’s All In The Bagging!

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 09, 2010)  Spritz cookies are my favorite cookie at the holidays. I don’t make them any other time of the year, just as I don’t watch “A Christmas Carol” or “The Grinch” in July. These cookies bring back strong childhood memories for me, mostly of my Mom’s frustration with her antique cookie press. If I had only known how to use a pastry bag when I was 5, . (Cooking Tips)

Roll Out Cookies For Santa The Right Way!

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 08, 2010)  I’d be worried if I made cookies for Santa and he didn’t eat them. What would that mean? Was I too naughty this year for him to even take a bite? Or, is Santa expecting more from me than stale cookies from the store? Santa expects cookies from scratch and I’ve let him down in past years. That would probably explain the amount of coal I’ve been receiving. I now .. (Cooking Tips)

The Number 1 Method for Great Cookies From Scratch

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 07, 2010)  The idea of great cookies from scratch is what brings people back to their kitchens this time of year. Even people that don’t bake for the other eleven months of the year, somehow find themselves back in the kitchen for holiday cookie time. Whether you have fond childhood memories of baking with Mom or Grandma, want to be sure of the ingredients that go into your cookies, or .. (Cooking Tips)

Flaky Pie Crust or Mealy Pie Crust? Avoid Soggy Bottom Pies With The Right Choice.

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 Chef Todd Mohr (December 02, 2010)  Choosing a flaky pie crust or a mealy pie crust for you pie can mean the difference between pie pride and pie purgatory. It’s not that you need different recipes for the two types of pie crust, you just need to employ two different methods. Flaky pie crust will absorb more moisture than a mealy pie crust. Thus, they’re best used for a top crust or lattice design. The flaky .. (Cooking Tips)

A Chef’s Potluck Party Tips to Make Them Jealous.

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 25, 2010)  A potluck party can be a food nightmare. As a professional Chef and caterer, few things offend my culinary senses more than the holiday potluck party. With hot items going cold, badly portioned and picked-through platters, nacho dip next to brownies, and unidentifiable entrees all sharing the same table, it’s no wonder that this random buffet will impugn all the work you’ve .. (Cooking Tips)

Depression Fighting Warriors - Superfoods

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 Laura Vryhof (November 23, 2010)  Everyone gets the blues now and then. When they come around and it feels like they will never leave, then you might have a problem. One thing to try is adjusting your diet, this can help your mood to become stable How? Well firstly keeping your seratonin levels balanced is a good idea. One way to do this is to eat your meals at regular times and intervals. Seratonin is the chemical that . (Cooking Tips)

These Uses for Leftover Turkey Will Un-Clog Your Refrigerator

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 23, 2010)  Do you start thinking about uses for leftover turkey as soon as the meal begins or does all that food just get loaded into your refrigerator? Since thanksgiving cooking planning starts at your desk and not your stove, you may not have any food remaining after the meal. To reduce wasted time, money, and food, this is the best approach. However, if you’ve planned to create .. (Cooking Tips)

Salmon Gravlax Roses Make an Attractive Holiday Appetizer

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 17, 2010)  Gravlax Roses can make a simple and attractive holiday appetizer from dry-cured salmon. Whether you cure the salmon yourself, or just purchase it, my simple procedure can be the focus of a fancy appetizer selection that only you know was quite simple. To me, the definition of cooking is coagulating proteins in a food product. Most often, this is accomplished by applying heat. .. (Cooking Tips)

The Turkey Gravy Thickener that Grandma Ignored

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 15, 2010)  My Grandmother used cornstarch to make turkey gravy. My Mother inherited this procedure of dissolving cornstarch in water to thicken the drippings. Well, this generational laziness stops here! If your family is like mine, your elders will be sliding the roasting pan from the oven in a few weeks. The bird is brown and fragrant with simmering and sputtering fats in the bottom of the pan. . (Cooking Tips)

Cook Green Beans in Advance and Keep Their Vitamins Intact

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 11, 2010)  When you cook green beans this holiday season, will you open a can of condensed soup and let the beans bake for hours? Most people do. Baking vegetables over a long period of time reduces their nutrient value. Plus, if you are trying to have a stress-free holiday cooking experience, you’re probably preparing the casserole a day in advance. That large casserole dish takes up a lot . (Cooking Tips)

Christmas Dinner Ideas Start with Appetizers Too Fancy For You.

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 10, 2010)  Christmas dinner ideas come easy. Turkey, Ham, or Beef with potatoes and vegetables. However, how you START your meal can be a more perplexing problem. There are infinite choices of holiday appetizers to choose from. How do you find the right recipe? You don’t FIND the right recipe, you create one. And you can create any holiday appetizer you’d like once you discover the .. (Cooking Tips)

Bakeware Accessories that You Need in the Kitchen

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 Al Eli (November 09, 2010)  Cooking and baking are skills that everyone can achieve with proper cookware and baking tools. Bakeware is not just about an oven and a baking pan. If you are planning to pursue baking either as an experiment or to try out some new recipes for the weekend parties, you will need quite a few items before your bakeware set is complete. The first purchase after the oven and the baking pan .. (Cooking Tips)

A Great Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe by Burning Peppers? How?

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 Chef Todd Mohr (November 09, 2010)  A great Thanksgiving appetizer recipe can be the start of any reason to celebrate. Whether a holiday dinner, birthday, or weekend party, offering attractive and delicious yet simple appetizers can get any gathering off to a great start. Appetizers, or “hors d Oeuvres” are small bites of food to stimulate the eye and palate. “Hors d’ Oeuvres” in French .. (Cooking Tips)

A Guide to the Best BBQ

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 Dan Naoimi (November 01, 2010)  Barbecuing gives people who don’t normally cook a chance to prepare a great meal. And even more than that, it’s an opportunity to share an event with friends and family in your own backyard. Sometimes a barbecue is just more than having dinner, and it can comprise a whole afternoon of various activities. Planning the best barbecue takes a little bit of patience and .. (Cooking Tips)

Best Dishes with your Nuwave Oven

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 Dan Naoimi (October 31, 2010)  Halogen ovens first started appearing on the airwaves of infomercials several years ago. People often wondered if products like these actually worked as advertised. Then after a few years, the technology was adapted into what we see today, and one of the most popular products is the Nuwave oven. The Nuwave oven has proven itself to be a valuable addition to any home kitchen. With its .. (Cooking Tips)

How to solve the problem of the tight kitchen space to make your life more easier?

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 Mark Jason (October 30, 2010)  As a fact a mass of people haven't those large blank space kitchens in their home, so they commonly have to get several estimates and hints to make their kitchens very practical, these points usually concentrate on the relationship between the kitchen available space and all the things or stuffs they want to use in it. For the storage functions of your pots, plates, or utensils, you .. (Cooking Tips)

The Many Benefits Of Learning How To Cook

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 Bento Loyd Rellen (October 09, 2010)  The numerous benefits of learning how to cook seem obvious to those who do. Aside from not ever having to rely on anyone else, there are so many reasons why this is the answer. To begin with, you can create healthy dishes at the snap of a finger, making them fabulously delicious, regardless of the ingredients. Saving money is yet another good reason why you should learn how to cook for .. (Cooking Tips)

Food Preparation Without H2O Is Becoming A Contemporary Trend In The Cooking Industry

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 Peter Cerrato (October 05, 2010)  The beneficial design of surgical steel pots make it simple to begin cooking utilizing the ply waterless system. Waterless stainless steel food preparation follows the thought process that foods are ideally cooked in their own juices. Moisture retentivity and heat conduction are maximized due to the water less pots multi layer construction. This leads to people eliminating oil and water . (Cooking Tips)




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