Kitchen Hack: What To Do With All Those Fresh Jalapeno Peppers you Grew

When I was younger I use to grow a fairly large garden for a suburbanite. Tomatoes, squash, beans, a fig tree and other goodies. Nowadays I tend to do more container gardening and I’m hoping to expand that in the future. My main “crop” is fresh herbs. Right now I have basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme,

Kitchen Hack: Microwaved Toasted Coconut

Toasting certain ingredients is used in cooking to heightened flavor. It’s a special flavor. It can be a time consuming venture as your “toast” these ingredients in the oven every so slowly. Often it’s tempting to avoid that toasting step. Then, years ago I had read you could “toast” nuts in the microwave. You just

How to Chiffonade Herbs and Vegetables

You may have seen me use the direction – “chiffonade basil”. Well, what is chiffonade? Chiffonade is a French term for a technique used in cutting leafy green herbs and vegetables into thin ribbon like strips. The result is lovely green strips you can use for garnish or in a dish you’re cooking. I thought

Christmas Eve Kitchen Hack: How to Make Crushed Pineapple, by Beverly Hicks Burch

This year we did something a little different for Christmas in the Hicks-Burch family. Most of us were the walking wounded this year or really pressed for time (those of you with pre-schoolers will understand that one!) This was the year the family would gather on Christmas Eve and Tall & Handsome and I would