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This trick will make dicing onions quick and so very simple. Onions get all the grief. They stink up our kitchens and they sting our eyes and make us cry. Yet, onions are in so many recipes, all kinds of dishes: soups, sauces, salads, fried, broiled, and baked bringing their own special flavor to your recipe. It’s hard to cook without this veggie! I even know someone who eats onions raw! With salt! Seriously. He told me the other day that when he was a small kid, his mother told him that onions were brain food. He’s been eating them raw ever since. He IS smart, but I don’t think onions are the reason! There are so many different varieties of onion, each with their own unique color, aroma, and flavor. I’m going to focus on the full round varieties. The most common type of these is the “yellow” onion.…

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My Three Tips to get the best of your ‘zest’. A friend of mine and I were looking over a drink recipe. When we got to the part about adding “zest” to the drink, she wondered, “what kind of zesting do they want?” That’s actually an excellent question because the author of the recipe didn’t say. Take a look at what the dictionary says for the word “zest,” and you’ll probably find words like “interest” or “excitement.” That about sums it up when it comes to home cooking and mixing drinks – you want interest and excitement?  Add citrus or acid and you add a whole new layer of flavor to what you are creating. You’ll run into “citrus zest” as an ingredient for both cooking and drink mixing from time to time. It’s the easiest way to capture an interesting aroma and add excitement for the taste buds. It’s…

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Use this method to keep your guacamole fresh looking – even after you prepare it the night before! You have guests coming at noon tomorrow, and you want to make a guacamole dip. But NOBODY wants to eat brown guacamole, right? So, you do what any expert home entertainer would do – you prep the guacamole just before guests arrive – right? Wrong. There is a way to make your guacamole the night before! Let’s face it. We love fresh and green guacamole that much. But it really is an incredible hassle trying to get your home ready for guests and be literally preparing food as they walk through the door. Believe me when I say, chefs have been testing all sorts of different ideas for years. Over the years as a restaurant owner, I tested all sorts of tricks. There are a few that are “iffy” – they work,…

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