GAS vs ELECTRIC STOVE. Some of the recipes in this collection were developed on a gas stove, others on an electric stove. Low, medium or high can be precisely controlled on a gas stove, whereas on an electric stove it cannot, since it takes time for the element to either cool down or heat up. ThisContinue reading “GAS vs ELECTRIC STOVE”



GARNISHING is like lighting the candles on a cake. Such a simple gesture illuminates so brightly. You need not take special instruction to garnish effectively. Simple, colorful shapes make beautiful garnishes and can be made from nearly all fruits and vegetables: strips of pimento, green pepper, carrot, tomato or scallion placed over a dish; thinlyContinue reading “GARNISHING”


GARLIC. Fresh garlic is most often the garlic of choice in these recipes. However, when convenience or cost is a factor, or when a smooth texture is desired we use powdered. You’ll note that sometimes fresh and powdered garlic are called for in one recipe. This is done for greater garlic flavor. We put the powderedContinue reading “GARLIC”


CLEANING VEGETABLE GRATER. To remove particles which have stuck in the holes of your grater, hold the grater under running water while you brush it with a toothbrush. Even when particles have dried on overnight, the toothbrush removes them with ease. Keep a clean toothbrush in your utility drawer.  

ROOM TEMPERATURE- what it means

BRINGING/WARMING TO ROOM TEMPERATURE. When reference is made to bringing a food to room temperature we are speaking of taking a cooled item and setting it on the counter till it reaches room temperature. When reference is made to warming to room temperature we mean removing a cooked item from the stove and warming it (whichContinue reading “ROOM TEMPERATURE- what it means”


BREADS. Read ingredient labels before purchasing all types of bread. Many breads contain animal products, usually in the form of non-fat milk solids, whey (sodium caseinate)butter, milk fat, eggs, or other animal fat. Hot dog and hamburger buns are the most difficult to find without one or more of these ingredients. However, they do exist, soContinue reading “BREADS”


LID-TO-SKILLET DRY-FRY METHOD Restaurants do it all the time. They place a food item on the flat-top and cover it completely with a lid that sits on the flat-top. Most often they use it to melt cheese on something quickly. It works. I melt the veggie cheese on my veggie burgers using this quick methodContinue reading “LID-TO-SKILLET DRY-FRY METHOD”


DRIED BEANS: TIP FOR COOKING DRIED BEANS FROM SCRATCH For years I didn’t make beans, except for split peas, chick peas and lentils, from scratch. The reason was that it took so long to cook them even when they were presoaked, and they never came out as nicely as the canned beans. It just wasn’tContinue reading “DRIED BEANS: TIP FOR COOKING DRIED BEANS FROM SCRATCH”


For many recipes you’ll want to squeeze the liquid out of the block of tofu before using it in those recipes. For years I used paper towels. One day when out of paper towels, I cut a round out of a sheer white curtain that was quite a bit larger than the block of tofu.Continue reading “TOFU CLOTH INSTRUCTIONS”


MEASURING ACCURATELY The measured amount of each ingredient you put into a dish is directly related to the outcome of the dish. The reason we have measured recipes is because someone a long time ago discovered that so much of this and so much of that made a pleasing combination. They then wrote it downContinue reading “MEASURING INGREDIENTS”