Make Your Own Sweetened Condensed Milk

I hate it when I need just one thing to make a recipe, so I’ve collected some good substitutes over the years. Here’s how to make your own sweetened condensed milk.

Best Chicken Salad

I’ve been playing around with chicken salad and have discovered some new-to-me tricks. I’ve broken the pattern down so you can see how to customize this with different ingredients and make the best chicken salad according to suit your tastes. The Chicken For the star of the salad I usually use leftover chicken so everything […]

How to Cut an Avocado

For years, I’ve been cutting avocados in half, using a large knife to whack the seed and pull it out and then cutting or slicing the avocado in the skin, using a spoon to scrape the pieces out. I don’t remember where I saw this new-to-me way of cutting an avocado but it is way […]

Cooking Ahead: Roasting Vegetables

Last night it was just me for dinner and before I started I was re-reading parts of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler, which is not full of recipes exactly but more like ideas. It’s about not wasting food and cooking ahead and exploring. Every time I pick it up, […]

How to Peel Ginger

The easiest way to peel ginger is with a spoon!  Just scrape the peel off with the bowl of the spoon. You can also use a knife, of course, but I’ve found that I waste a lot of ginger that way.  Once the ginger is peeled, you can chop it or grate it.  You can […]