What Can You Substitute For Pumpkin to Make Pumpkin Pie?

If you’re looking for a great substitute for pumpkin, consider butternut squash, winter squash or buttercup squash. While yams might not have the flavor of pumpkin, they can be great substitutes. You can find them in the produce department of your grocery store, and they all work well in Pumpkin Pie. But if you want … More What Can You Substitute For Pumpkin to Make Pumpkin Pie?

Gardening – The Different Types Of Culinary Onions

There are many different types of onions. Yellow onions are among the most popular, delivering the most flavor when caramelized. These onions are ideal for many dishes, including French onion soup, and are not as flavorful when raw. Sweet onions have a lower sulfur content than other varieties. These are often used in chicken tortilla … More Gardening – The Different Types Of Culinary Onions

Cooking – How Hot Is That Chili Or Sweet Pepper?

Are you curious about how hot your chili or sweet pepper is? There are a variety of tests that can tell you how hot a certain type of pepper is. But you’re probably more interested in finding out how hot your current favorite is. There are also super-hot varieties. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide … More Cooking – How Hot Is That Chili Or Sweet Pepper?

Cooking – Replacing Butter With Olive Oil in Baking

Replacing butter with olive oil is a delicious and healthful alternative to melted butter in many recipes. However, if you don’t like the flavor of olive oil, you may not want to use it in baked goods. You must ensure that you use only high-quality extra-virgin olive oil. Olive oil must be stored properly to … More Cooking – Replacing Butter With Olive Oil in Baking

How To Check the Doneness of Steak with a cooking Thermometer

The temperatures and cooking time of steak differ depending on the size and shape of the cut, degree of doneness that you want, and preparation method that you used. It is faster and easier to accurately identify the doneness of steak using a thermometer compared to checking it using the touch or finger test. Guide … More How To Check the Doneness of Steak with a cooking Thermometer

Cooking – Common Substitutes for Ground Ginger

f you’re looking for a great alternative to ground ginger, there are several substitutes that work well. Here we discuss how these spices can replace ground ginger. Nutmeg, Turmeric, and Mace are some of the most common. Try one of these substitutions, and your favorite dishes will turn out great. Try all of these substitutes … More Cooking – Common Substitutes for Ground Ginger

Cooking – Green / Bell Pepper Equivalent Measures

Recently while translating an old handwritten recipe, I ran across one of those recipes where the ingredient is simply listed as a green pepper. However, not all green or bell peppers are the same size so having some explanation of an equivalent may be useful. Additionally, if you ever need to make a substitution with … More Cooking – Green / Bell Pepper Equivalent Measures

Cooking – Oven Temperatures Crosswalk Reference

Depending on the age, origin, and type of oven you are working with the oven temperatures contained in a recipe may need to be interpreted.  So, here is a quick reference table to help crosswalk your recipe oven temperatures depending upon whether you are working with Fahrenheit, Celsius, a gas oven, or just a descriptive … More Cooking – Oven Temperatures Crosswalk Reference

Cooking – Butter Equivalents and Conversion Reference

Here is a quick reference for the more common measures the average home cook is like to encounter when using butter or margarine in recipes.  This table can also be a useful reference for substituting butter of oil recipes.  Although, if you are substituting for oil you may want to liquefy the butter or margarine. … More Cooking – Butter Equivalents and Conversion Reference

Cooking – Egg Sizes And Conversion Reference

This is one of those measures, which I keep coming back too, but can never seem to remember.  So, I thought I would consolidate it into a simple reference table.  This can especially help when switching between raw and the various types of pasteurized eggs available in the market for baking and other things. It is … More Cooking – Egg Sizes And Conversion Reference

Celery Alternatives You Can Grow In Your Garden

Most home gardeners don’t bother to grow celery and there is good reason for that.  Celery is a, Biennial grown as an annual, long-season crop, which originates from wetlands and, therefore, requires cool, rich, damp soils to grow is finicky and difficult to grow. Considering this, a small list of alternative which can be grown in … More Celery Alternatives You Can Grow In Your Garden