In the kitchen

Buy in-season food for best deals


Usually you can buy things out of season to save money, but the opposite is true with food. You need to buy it in season to get the best prices.

Clean your oven door


I saw a tip recently about how to clean your oven door. The only problem with it was that most oven doors are made of multiple layers of glass, so if you have some smudges or stains between them, it’s impossible to get out. My oven has an outer glass...

An easier way to clean your oven door

Unhook your oven door

Sometimes it’s easier to clean the inside window glass on your oven door when you have a different angle. And it’s easy enough to remove the door to do it. Inside the door, move the little latch on both sides from the “up” position to the “down” position with...

A better way to peel garlic

better way to crush garlic

There is a neat tip going around about the best way to peel garlic, but I have an improvement on it. Basically, the tip goes like this: Crush a head of garlic with your hand and separate the cloves. Put them in a bowl, cover it with an inverted...

Great for baking: Silicone trays, mats

Use silicone muffin trays to keep them from sticking

When I recommend a product it’s because I’ve tested it and it WORKS, not because someone is paying me to talk about it. If you’re in the market for some new bakeware, pick up a silicone muffin tray and a baking mat. They can take extreme heat and they...

Use car wax on your kitchen stove

Use wax on your stove

Wipe on a layer of car wax on your stove after cleaning it. This will make it easier to wipe up spills and baked-on food. Plus, it will get super shiny. (Note: This is a tip for the serious cleaners. The wax won’t keep spills from happening, it will...

Use gum to keep from crying over onions


Do you cry when you slice onions? There are many solutions, but the one I’ve been using recently is the gum method. Simply chew a piece of gum while you’re slicing and you won’t get all teared up.

Fire up the fryer


Are you looking for a great Christmas gift for the chef in your life, think about an electric turkey fryer. Using an electric fryer instead of a propane one is a lot safer, easier to use and the turkey tastes just as good. Although they are not as prevalent...

Cutting Up


Sometimes does it seem like you are using a dull knife in the kitchen? Do you know how you can tell if your kitchen knife needs sharpening? Take a piece of paper and, while holding one end, slice ribbons of paper from the other end. If the knife doesn’t...

Before the meal


The key to making a great Thanksgiving meal (and not getting stressed out) is to plan ahead. The first item on your plan should be to clean out your refrigerator and freezer. That important first step gives you plenty of room for the turkey and all of the leftovers.

At the table


When you’re deciding on what side dishes you’re going to serve at Thanksgiving, try to pick those that have similar cooking temperatures. By doing this, you can put multiple side dishes in your oven at the same time!

Make space down low for meats


Well, Halloween is over and quickly I turn my attention to the biggest holidays of the year; Thanksgiving and Christmas! Both holidays traditionally have the turkey as the centerpiece of the meal and I’ve gathered many tips over the years to help Turkey Day run smoothly. Make sure that...