Cooking Tips & Advice

Whether your a novice in the kitchen or simply would like to learn more, we can help. Our extensive knowledge of kitchen tips and advice give step by step instructions on techniques and recipes.

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Beef Preparation Guide

Beef Preparation Guide

Browse through our extensive knowledge on beef preparation. From thawing beef to boning beef we have everything you need to know.
All About Lemons

All About Lemons

Besides adding flavor, lemons are used for plenty of other ways in preparing food. Brighten up your meal with a splash of citrus.


Find out the perfect way to boil your eggs. We'll guide you through every step of the process and even give you tips to use natural products to dye the eggs.
Beverages - Wine


The basic concept of pairing wine and food is to compliment and enhance the aroma and flavors of both the food and wine. Reds with heavier meals, whites for lighter meals, red wine with red meat, and white wine with white meat.

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All About Chocolate
See All About Chocolate to learn about the many uses of chocolate and about the many different forms and types of chocolate. Find many delectable chocolate recipes on
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect for Valentine's Day or any special occasion. Find more strawberry recipes, tips, and videos on
Ganache Frosting

Ganache Frosting is a type of frosting that does not require any additional decorating unless desired. It provides an elegant finish to the cake on its own. It is typically used as a glaze, which is poured over a single layer chocolate cake, providing a shiny, delightfully rich looking cake. If desired, you can add an additional decorative touch by drizzling with chocolate, adding chocolate curls, topping with strawberries or raspberries or whatever you feel is appropriate for the occasion.

Although ganache frosting is often used to provide an elegant finish to a cake, it is also used as whipped frosting and for piping. The ganache is made in the same manner but allowed to set up to achieve different consistencies. To make a whipped frosting from the ganache it is allowed to cool in the refrigerator just until it is slightly cool to the touch. Then it is whipped in the same manner as heavy whipping cream. For best results, use a cool mixing bowl and beaters. If you are going to use the ganache as piped frosting be sure it is allowed to set up completely. It should be firm enough to scoop out a spoonful and mold it.

Football Cake

Football season is the perfect times to make a football cake for your football fans. It is easy to create and decorate this cake by starting with a round cake. All that is needed is a round cake, chocolate frosting, and a little white frosting. This football cake is perfect for a birthday or a championship victory celebration. It would also make a great dessert for a Super Bowl or tailgating party.

The recipe below calls for a regular cake which makes two layers. You only need one layer to make the cake but if you are serving a groups you could always decorate both layers for two cakes or layer the cake for one two-layer cake. You can make the cake the easy way with a cake mix or use your favorite homemade cake recipe. The recipe suggests using canned frosting but you can make homemade frosting also. Just be sure it is fairly firm so it will hold its shape. You do not want to use a light and fluffy frosting for decorating this football cake.

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Quick Tips & Ideas
To create a good seal between the top and bottom crust of a double crust pie, moisten the edge of the bottom crust with water before placing the top crust on the pie. This will help create a good seal when the two crusts are crimped together. view more.
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