Oct 272011

Keeping Basil or Others Herbs Fresh

Do you know how to keep fresh herbs fresh? The key to making herbs last and stay fragrant for days (and even weeks) after purchase is to treat them like the living plants they are. That means you do NOT store fresh herbs in the refrigerator. Fresh basil leaves quickly turn black and slimy, and lose their signature spicy sweet flavor when refrigerated. The best method of basil storage is to keep the fresh herbs in a jar of water on your kitchen counter

Oct 272011
Liquid Measure Conversion
  1/2 fl oz = 1 tbsp = 3 tsp
  1/8 cup 1 fl oz 2 tbsp 6 tsp
  1/4 cup 2 fl oz 4 tbsp 12 tsp
  1/2 cup 4 fl oz 8 tbsp 24 tsp
  1/4 qt 1/2 pt 1 cup 8 fl oz  
  1/2 qt 1 pt 2 cups 16 fl oz  
1/4 gal 1 qt 2 pt 4 cups 32 fl oz  
1/2 gal 2 qt 4 pt 8 cups 64 fl oz  
1 gal 4 qt 8 pt 16 cups 128 fl oz
Oct 252011

by Jean Smith Lanoue on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 1:17pm

by Jean Smith Lanoue on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 1:17pm




Baking powder 1 tsp ¼ tsp baking soda plus ½ tsp cream of tartar

Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 tbsp vinegar plus milk to
equal 1 cup, or 1 tbsp lemon juice plus milk to equal 1 cup

Cake Flour 1 cup 1 cup minus 2 tbsp sifted all purpose flour

Chocolate 1 ounce 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tbsp butter or margarine

Cornstarch 1 tbsp 2 tbsp all purpose flour

Corn syrup 2 cups 1 cup granulated sugar

Cream, light 1 cup 1 ½ tbsp butter plus whole milk to equal 1 cup

Cream, whipping or heavy 1 cup ½ cup butter plus whole milk to equal 1 cup

Egg, yolk 2 yolks 1 whole egg (can be used for baking but not for
piecrust or a sauce)

Egg, whole 1 egg 2 egg yolks (for baking, 2 egg yolks plus 1 tbsp
water) OR if just one egg short for a recipe substitute 1 tsp of

Garlic 1 clove 1 tsp chopped garlic, ½ tsp minced garlic, 1/8 tsp
garlic powder, ½ tsp garlic flakes = ¼ tsp granulated garlic, ½ tsp
garlic juice

Herbs, fresh 1 tbsp 1 tsp dried herbs

Honey 1 cup 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar plus ¼ cup liquid

Lemon juice 1 tbsp 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar

Milk, skim 1 cup 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk plus ¾ cup water

Milk, whole 1 cup ½ cup evaporated milk plus ½ cup water

Molasses 1 cup ¾ cup granulated sugar

Molasses 1 cup 1 cup light corn syrup (makes light coloring)

Mushrooms, fresh 1 lb. 12 ounces canned mushrooms, drained

Mustard, dry 1 tsp 1 tbsp prepared mustard

Sour cream 1 cup 3 tbsp butter plus buttermilk or yogurt to equal 1 cup

Sugar, brown 1 cup 1 cup granulated sugar

Sugar, granulated 1 cup 1 ¾ cup confectioners' sugar (do not
substitute for baking)

Tomato juice 3 cups 1 ½ cups tomato sauce plus 1 ½ cups water or 1 can
(6 oz. size) tomato paste plus 3 cans water, dash salt and dash sugar

Tomato sauce 1 cup 1 can (3 oz. size) tomato paste plus ½ cup water

Yogurt 1 cup 1 cup buttermilk

Buying Lemons and Lime

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Oct 252011

Buy large lemons and limes, they tend to be much sweeter. Make sure that the skin is thin, those are much juicer. To obtain more of the juice from lemons, limes or oranges, microwave on high for 30 seconds and then let stand for a couple of minutes before cutting and squeezing. Rolling them between your hand and the counter will also help release more juice.

Oct 242011

From the FoodNetwork follow Alton Brown on his mission to throw off the dry turkey curse that’s haunted his family for ages. Can he unlock the secrets to a juicy turkey that cooks in just two hours?











Oct 232011

Want to have a Thanksgiving dinner but don't have the formal china?  Don't worry because you can use casual dinnerware as nicely as fine china and still have a nice Thanksgiving Day table setting. Don't broadcast to  guests that it is casual. Instead have a nice table setting where each has their own matching plate set.  What's important is making it look nice and the most important part of Thanksgiving is having friends and family over for dinner. No one will care if you have plastic plates or fine china. Have fun and enjoy your guests.

This is what Jean did on a very limited budget:

  1. The center cupcake tier was constructed with two thrift store vases and plates. She filled the vases with colorful potpourri from the dollar store.
  2. She used mismatched plates from a variety of thrift stores that she gathered over a period of months. However, each place setting matched in color.
  3. Jean purchased the table flowers wholesale at a local wholesale club where she was a member.
  4. On Ebay Jean purchased her flatware at a very discounted price.
  5. Jean didn't feel her handwriting was very nice so she created the place cards on her computer with Avery Tent Cards  using a nice handwriting font.  She decorated them with Thanksgiving stickers she bought online at the Oriental Trading.

Easy Thanksgiving Table Crafts

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Oct 232011

These easy Thanksgiving crafts offer kids an quick way to create a memorable holiday. Projects use simple, common materials like pinecones, fabric, foam, and paper to make table decorations and gifts.

From: Table Decorations

Family Tree Leaf Pins

Make a few blank ones and add names as family members arrive.

What you'll need:

  • Silk leaves
  • White card stock or construction paper
  • Pinking shears or other decorative scissors
  • Black marker
  • Pin backs
  • White craft glue
  • Other silk embellishments, such as berries, flowers, wheat, etc (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Glue 3 leaves together, layering them on top of each other, allowing a little of each to show from underneath the other. Repeat this for however many name tags you would like to make.
  2. This is an optional step, however, you may add fall flowers to some of the leaves, or berries, wheat, acorns, or any other silk embellishments you choose. Girls will enjoy the flowers whiles tags for boys work well with wheat and acorns.
  3. Using the pinking shears, cut out rectangles and squares for the name tags. Use your leaf arrangements as a guide for how big they will need to be. Leave enough room to write names on them.
  4. Glue the leaf arrangements to the front of the paper name tags, overlapping the paper so that there is excess leaf at the top (in the back).
  5. Glue the pin directly to the back of the leaf arrangement, above the paper. This will allow family members to continue using their name tag as a lapel pin by simply removing the paper name tag when they leave.


  • Silk leaves are available in packages at local craft stores. Check the floral department for prepackaged leaves that are flat and easy to work with.
  • Hot glue can be used for the project and dries a lot faster than craft glue. However, hot glue can be so use caution.
  • For a little extra fun, have family members write a little bit of what they are thankful for on the back of their pin, then everyone can read theirs out loud at dinner.

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Give your dinner guests a holiday surprise with these cut Thanksgiving place cards that are a great way to decorate your Thanksgiving table!

What you'll need:

  • Paper napkin in fall colors or orange construction paper
  • Small paper clips
  • Apple, any color
  • Almond, with or without the shell
  • Peanut in the shell
  • One Lifesaver candy
  • Two small wiggle eyes
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • White craft glue
  • Marker

How to make it:

  1. Hold the almond point down and use white craft glue to attach eyes on rounded part. Let glue dry.
  2. Use hot glue gun to glue the ring-shaped hard candy to front of apple. Don't use white craft glue as it will cause the candy to start to liquefy and run down the apple (glue the ring-shaped hard candy on the apple's shoulders).  
  3. With hot glue gun, glue almond to ring-shaped hard candy (covering the hole, point down) and let dry. 
  4. Glue peanut below almond for turkey wattle.   
  5. Unfold napkin so it is approximately 6" x 11", then fold accordion style. If you don't have a napkin, you can use a 6" x 11" piece of construction paper.
  6. Pull ends of folded napkin together to make a fan. Secure with paper clip at bottom. Sit napkin behind the apple.
  7. Bend the end of the paper clip and insert into apple.
  8. Cut a piece of yellow construction paper into a rectangle to make a place card. Write your guest’s name on the place card.
  9. Use a paper clip to hold place card or glue a toothpick to the back of the card and insert into the top of the apple.


How To Carve A Turkey

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Oct 232011

A turkey’s not just for Thanksgiving!  Enjoy this delicious meal for any Holiday feast. Learn how to carve a turkey –   Watch a Video!

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