Chefmary

Cook like a pro in your kitchen

 “Today’s kitchens are the heart of entertaining and family life. Many have televisions and computers in addition to numerous must-have cooking gadgets. Planning your own kitchen just the way you’d like it-pure heaven”  Walsh, 2010, pg. 59.   The organization of a limited kitchen can make or break it for you as a home cook. A home cook must optimize their kitchen for efficiency in…

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sugar cookie

Sugar cookie tips

Sugar Cookies are another one of those great gifts that always seem to fit any occasion and they are always wonderful for the holidays.  The fanciful cookie cutters that are available allow you to have any shaped cookie you desire and if you are not happy with the shapes available, you can always create your own cookie cutter.  I had a client who wanted key…

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Crudite

“How to” make a Crudité

LOS ANGELES, CA, December 5, 2014- Crudité is French for veggies and dip, and like many things, it just sounds yummier in French- most probably because “veggies and dip” conjures unpleasant images of veggie trays from your local big box store. You know the one… with the dried out carrot nubs, the broccoli florets that smell “off” and the watery ranch dip. Who wants to…

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persimmons

The persimmon, what is it and how to use it

Los Angeles, Ca, November 30, 2014-At first glance persimmons are beautiful and interesting, then the frustration of uncertainty sets in. Though prevalent in California they are hard to come by in many regions of the United States. Persimmons are a tropical fruit and are in season during the fall and winter months. Similar to the beet, you either love persimmons or hate them. In my…

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Charcuterie

DIY Easy Entertaining: Charcuterie Board

Contributed by: Elizabeth Payne LOS ANGELES, CA, November 20, 2014- Charcuterie? What is that? It’s a fancy French word for the sort of meat products you’d find in a deli- salami, sausage, cured and smoked hams and fowl, pate, and many, many others. It’s pronounced shar-Coo-te-rie. Prior to the development of refrigeration, meats, game and even fish were preserved, frequently with salt, to extend their…

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Mashed potatoes

Thanksgiving mashed potatoes

Have you ever wondered why restaurants have perfect mashed potatoes and yours may be lumpy and tasteless? Every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas my family and I sat around the dining room table like countless others and enjoyed our holiday feast. Mashed potatoes were on our menu. At our house a bowl full of watery, flavorless and almost transparent potatoes was awaiting us on the…

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Turkey

A “How to” for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Weekly Breakdown Monday before Thanksgiving: Buy all canned goods. Polish your silver pieces. Clean wine and water glasses. Launder all table cloths and napkins. Iron table cloths and napkins. Write out place card holders. Make snack baskets for guests who are coming from out of town and staying in hotels. Assess your Thanksgiving cooking supplies (roasting pans, basting brush, turkey baster, serving pieces. Buy…

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CDN Turkey pic

Today on PAIRED: TURKEY talk with Whole Foods

Los Angeles, Ca, November 17th, 2014- Today on “Paired” on commdiginews.com my cohost Duane Pemberton and I will be talking to Whole Foods meat expert Jimmy about Thanksgiving Turkey’s. Even though year after year we all cook turkeys we can always make them better and Jimmy will guide us to a perfect turkey. Listen today at 6:30 pm EST on commdiginews.com. Image grabbed from Commdiginews.com

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Traditional Home: Thanksgiving turkey recipe

Los Angeles, Ca, November 15, 2014- This time of year we’re all looking for great turkey recipes. Well, look no further!  This is a simply brined turkey with a cranberry glaze. I had the pleasure of creating this delicious recipe for Traditional Home Magazine this year. The recipe is found on the Traditional Home website, but in case you haven’t found it, here is the…

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Cheese and crackers

DIY Easy Entertaining: Cheese Plate

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 13, 2014- Entertaining- it can feel so daunting: the planning, the shopping, the cooking. No wonder we don’t say to our friends on a Wednesday night, “Stop by for a glass of wine.” But entertaining doesn’t have to be a big production. Just getting in the habit of keeping a few simple things on hand means that you are well on…

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Product Review: Purefizz

LOS ANGELES, CA – Flat or sparkling? Carbonated water and carbonated beverages for that matter are part of our daily lives. The new Purefizz Soda Maker by Mastrad is an easy way to make carbonated beverages at home with any beverage. It is a simple portable stainless steel bottle with a small port that allows you to insert a CO2 cartridge to carbonate any beverage.…

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