Kitchen Basics

How to make Buttermilk - Food Gypsy

Kitchen Basics – How to make Buttermilk

July 21, 2015 | 7 Comments

With a little food science you can conjure buttermilk from thin air. Well, kinda’.  Learn how to make buttermilk with just milk, lemon or vinegar as a substitute for buttermilk in almost any recipe, in...

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Grilling 101 – How to Grill Corn

August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fresh corn is only here for a short time, so get it while it’s hot then toss it on the grill for a late summer treat.   If you’ve never dabbled in cobs over the...

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Kitchen Basics – How to Cut Peppers

July 24, 2013 | 5 Comments

On this (mostly) Wordless Wednesday we shave time off your kitchen prep with a little photo tutorial we call: How to Cut Peppers.  Amazing how a little savvy knife work can save you time and...

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How to Coddle an Egg – Kitchen Basics

May 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

Summer salad season, time for homemade mayo and Caesar salad,  avoid upset tummies with a little food safety know how and a bit of kitchen expertise.  Tip 1: how to coddle an egg. As a brief follow up to our...

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Speedy Kitchen – Garlic Confit

April 8, 2013 | 1 Comments

With temperatures on the rise, barbecue season can’t be far behind.  Time to get ready with a big bot of garlic confit.  Cooked slow and low in oil, the garlic becomes sweet and easily mash-able, perfect for quick summer...

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Speedy Kitchen – How to Peel Beets

February 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Gigantic bags of beets continue to show up in the big, shiny kitchen, and what a pain in the patootie!  They stain hands, clothing and kitchen equipment and take hours to cook, but with quick this how-to,...

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The Cocotte – A Gift To Last a Lifetime

December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the food fanatic in your life, look no further.   ‘Cocotte’ is the French word for Dutch Oven; an enamel finished, cast iron pot with a fit fitting lid,...

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Speedy Kitchen – How To Cut Cherry Tomatoes

December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

When faced with the task of cutting liters of cherry or grape tomatoes in half, it pays to have a time saving trick, or you will be at it a long, long time.   Here’s a trick...

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How to soften brown sugar

March 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Tip #37 from my grandmother's kitchen - how to soften brown sugar when it's become a hard, unusable mass. The brown sugar is neglected for a little while, we lift the lid and...

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Who says Thanksgiving has to be all about turkey? It’s your Thanksgiving, make your own rules (you rebel you). What says Fall Feast in your kitchen? You’re not bound by convention, you're...

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Mexican Quickies – How to Tamale

July 20, 2010 | 2 Comments

In Mexico, every cook has her own tamale recipe, her own sauce, her own masa mix, her own flavours. I didn't get any family secrets from Juantia (who bore holes though me with her...

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