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I am guilty of it and I know there’s lots of bread machine recipes that are also guilty of doing this — it’s not including the loaf size. 

For those who don’t know, here’s the deal:

  • 1 lb machine = 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 lb machine = 3 cups flour
  • 2 lb machine = 4 cups flour

Don’t overload your bread machine!  It could get ugly!

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Did you know that when you pour sake, you’re supposed to “over pour” because it shows generosity? 

It is also wrong to pour your own sake. 

For more sake manner tips, visit this fun Web site.

Ahh yes, I’ve uttered those words many times.  Along with some unkind words for those cookies. 

So if you’ve ever wondered why your cookies were flat, chewy, crispy, or would like to have them puffy — click here

They also give tips on the proper mixing, temperature, and equipment/baking techniques.

Here’s to making the perfect cookie!

I love artichokes.  They’re versatile, healthy, and fun to serve.  While I knew their season was March through May, I didn’t know that there were two different ways to grow them — and the way someone grows them is what makes a superior artichoke.  I caught Follow that Food: Artichoke and learned a lot (plus, there are some fun recipes).

The most common way to grow them is from seeds.  This is more popular and commercial way because it’s cheaper.  But the best way to grow them is from the roots because it offers the best flavor.  While it’s tougher to grow this way, the quality makes it all worth it.

Now, who’s up to go to Casteroville’s Artichoke Festival?

Yeah, I can’t do that.  Math was never my strong subject. 

Thankfully, I don’t have to convert anything in my head anymore — here’s a great conversion tool that you should bookmark.

Also, if you’re like me and buy your yeast in a jar (though I’m starting to reconsider since it does lose some “rising” qualities the older the jar gets…even when it’s only a couple of weeks old).  Anyway, when recipes call for 1 packet of yeast, that’s 2 1/4 tsp. 

Happy cooking/baking!

For anyone who has worked in the food and beverage industry, you’ve probably either yelled or heard, “86 the fill-in-the-blank.”  It means you’re out of a certain food or beverage. 

But what’s the history behind the phrase?  It seems no one really knows the truth.  Here is the best summary of the theories I found — which one is your favorite?

Everyone talks about the tremendous amount of Thanksgiving leftovers they have, so in that spirit — here are a few links that offer ideas on how to use them.

These are all beyond the turkey sandwiches and potato pancake recipes.

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