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There are many reasons why you would need to puree strawberries. They can be used in smoothies, for pies, as jam, and just about anything else. Unfortunately however, you may not always have a blender handy to get the consistency that you want from your strawberries. Chopping them up could work, but you may not want them to be chunky. You may be thinking to yourself – how will I puree my strawberries now? Luckily…

It’s a favorite among kids and adults alike — pigs in a blanket. When people serve these up at parties or events, they typically come with a side of mustard and ketchup to dip them in, and perhaps to also help mask the fact that they may have gotten soggy after coming out of the oven. If this is something that has happened to you, don’t worry; it’s an issue that many cooks face when…

When you think of the holiday season or gathering with friends, the first protein choice that comes to mind is poultry. Turkey and chicken have long been staples for gathering around, but many people prefer ham. Ham has more options for glazes and marinades, and it is often more versatile as a leftover. You can make ham sandwiches, ham salad, or even use the ham chunks for stock in a soup. When you want to…

When it comes to making sure that you are keeping your greens fresh in the kitchen, there are countless ways to get the job done. More often than not, you are going to be relying on the fridge to be the best place to store your green foods, as the fridge has one of the best environments for long-term storage. It creates an environment where the temperature is low enough that most mold and other…

Hollandaise sauce is an easy, classic sauce to make. Its main ingredients are egg yolks, butter, and lemon juice. Usually the sauce is seasoned with salt and pepper, but it can include other ingredients depending on what recipe you use to make it. It has a distinct creamy and acidic taste. Depending on what seasoning is added to the sauce, it could have other flavors as well. Using methods to thicken hollandaise sauce should not…

Across the entirety of the Southern United States, there is nothing that is as much of a staple as cornbread is. Cornbread is a wonderful addition to any homely dinner and it can add a great taste when you are soaking up the rest of a leftover stew with a bit of cornbread. However, as with many things in life, it isn’t always easy to try and replicate the best cornbread that you have ever…

With as popular as potatoes are in just about every dish, for just about every occasion as well, it would make sense that you would want to prepare a nice potato dish for a large family gathering or any other occasion when you would be serving food to people. However, as with many things in life, there may come an unexpected situation where someone arrives to the gathering somewhat late. When this happens, you may…

If there is any fruit in the world that is known for becoming unripe at incredulous speeds, it is the avocado. Just about everyone who works with avocados in their meals knows the feeling of checking on the avocados that were bought just the other day, only to realize that they have become too ripe to properly use. While you cannot necessarily halt the ripening process, there are ways that you can slow it down…

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