Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

To make homemade vanilla extract, you need just two ingredients: alcohol and vanilla beans, plus a few minutes of prep time. You do need a little patience while the flavor of the vanilla beans is extracted, which takes several weeks. But it’s all more than worth it when you end up with the tastiest, most […]

Beach Hair Spray

DIY: Beachy Hair Spray

Summer is on the way and that means it’s time for beaches, bonfires, picnics, and biting into perfectly-ripe local peaches. Summer is not the time for complicated hairstyles or high-maintenance make-up. After all, you’d rather be spending your time relaxing

Deboning Chicken

Workbook Illustrated: How to Debone a Chicken Thigh

Use your hands to remove the skin from the chicken thigh. Trim off the excess fat with a sharp knife and discard. Place the thigh rough side up on a cutting board and locate the bone. Score a line through the meat along the bone with the tip of the knife. Using a short, flicking motion, expose the top of […]

Decorative Mugs

How to Make Fun, Decorative Mugs

Want to show someone you care this Valentine’s Day? Instead of the standard chocolates or flowers, make a one-of-a-kind keepsake for an extra-special gift! What you’ll need: -Clean white glossy mugs or cups -Stencils or designs you like -Scissors -Soft (8B) pencil -Tape -Markers for porcelain or glass, in assorted colors (such as oil-based Sharpies) By Marketa O’Connor

Cutting Techniques

Cutting Techniques

Slice Cut virtually across the food to create thin, flat, even pieces.   Dice Slice the food first, then stack the slices and cut crosswise to create cubes. Cutting into small cubesabout ½-inch to ¾-inch creates pieces of the same size, which allows for uniform cooking.   Julienne (or matchstick) Square off round foods first, […]

Vision Board

Create Your Own Vision Board

It’s that time again. Time for this overachieving 40-something to set an unrealistic goal she will never meet and to make a fantastic New Year’s resolution she will never keep. Ready. Set. Forget it. Instead, I am giving a shout out to all who have said “no more” to resolutions. Is there room in your […]