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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How to Make Pumpkin Pie
Make this homemade pumpkin pie for family and friends during the holidays. Learn how to make homemade pumpkin pie plus many other tasty pumpkin recipes, such as pumpkin butter and pumpkin cheesecake.
Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Making your own pumpkin puree is simple to do and well worth the effort. Homemade pumpkin puree can be used for making homemade pumpkin pies from scratch or in any pumpkin recipes that call for canned pumpkin. Be sure to select a small pie pumpkin for the best results.

Once the puree is finished and cooled it can be used in your favorite pumpkin recipes, such as pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread or pumpkin bars, or it can be frozen to use at a later date. Follow our instructions in Making Homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch to make a delicious pie that is perfect for Thanksgiving or any other special occasion.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
How to roast pumpkin seeds including recipes and step by step instructions. Also find on our site many delicious pumpkin recipes and information on how to make pumpkin pie and pumpkin butter.
How To Carve a Pumpkin
How to carve a pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Visit our site for a demonstration on how to carve a pumpkin and roasting pumpkin seeds. Find free pumpkin carving templates.
Storing Pumpkin Pie

If you want to make homemade pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie ahead of time, it is alright as long as you use the proper storage method. Also, leftover homemade pumpkin pie needs to be stored properly to keep it fresh as long as possible. See when to refrigerate and when to freeze.

Pumpkin Carving Patterns
Find Pumpkin Carving Patterns and learn How to Carve a Pumpkin with our step-by-step instructions. Visit to learn how to roast pumpkin seeds and for delicious pumpkin recipes.
Halloween Pumpkin Cake

This Jack-O-Lantern-style pumpkin cake is a great way to get the kids in the spirit of Halloween. It is an easy project to have them join in and help. They will have fun creating their own unique face and will love adding the little spiders to the pumpkin cake.

The recipe below calls for a 2-layer white homemade cake and homemade frosting. You can make it the easy way with a cake mix and/or use canned frosting if you prefer. You can make any flavor of cake you desire. Make your family's favorite and they will be even more anxious to dig in.

Black Cat Cake

A Halloween Black Cat Cake that is sure to get the attention of all the little ghosts and goblins at your Halloween celebration. You will have as much fun making this fun cake as the kids will have eating it. It has a simple pattern and is easy to decorate. The little ghosts and goblins will probably want to help. It is the perfect project to get them excited for Halloween.

The recipe below calls for using a white cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting but you can make most any homemade 2-layer cake if preferred. If making your own frosting it is best to use a chocolate frosting to make it easier to achieve a good black color when adding the black food coloring.

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The carved pumpkin can be sprayed with a mild mixture of household bleach and water. The bleach will kill organisms that cause rotting. view more.
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