Category Archives: Technique

Techniques used when cooking in the kitchen

Small Changes

Greetings from Valerie’s Cookbook!  We have been busy making many small changes to the cookbook in an effort to make it easier for our cooks to use. One of the biggest changes we have been working on is recipe serving sizes. … Continue reading

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How I Shop for Groceries

Once I have composed my weekly meal plan and made my grocery lists, I am ready to go shopping. By choosing one day a week to do all of your grocery shopping, you save time by not making multiple trips … Continue reading

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Meal Planning

Are you interested in eating healthier, saving money on groceries, and feeling good about the meals you cook?  One way you can achieve those goals is through meal planning. Meal planning is a little bit like brushing your teeth; once … Continue reading

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Revisiting Crunchy Granola

I have an update to my Crunchy Granola recipe. My good friend, Wendy, who is also a great cook, clued me in to a much easier way to bake the granola. Instead of lining the cookie sheet with foil, Wendy … Continue reading

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Garlic Press

There are a few kitchen tools and appliances that I use in my kitchen just about every day. One of my favorite tools is my garlic press.  I have tried many different brands of garlic presses over the years and … Continue reading

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Cast Iron Pans

Over the next few weeks I will be talking about a few of my favorite kitchen tools. When it comes to pots and pans I can say without a doubt that I love my Lodge cast iron cookware.  They are … Continue reading

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Perishable and Non-perishable Food Storage

As I cook in my kitchen I am constantly trying to come up with environmentally friendly methods of storage for perishable and non-perishable food items. We all know that plastic will not biodegrade once it is thrown in the landfill. … Continue reading

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Convection Ovens

If you read through the recipes published in Valerie’s Cookbook you will notice that I often give you oven baking instructions for both convection and regular ovens. Many people have asked me how to cook with a convection oven, so … Continue reading

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Freezing Buttermilk Pancakes

Since I have just posted a very simple, easy and delicious recipe for buttermilk pancakes on Valerie’s Cookbook I thought I would talk a little bit about environmentally friendly practices in the kitchen. When I make buttermilk pancakes I like … Continue reading

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Homemade Waffles

Today I am cooking up a double batch of buttermilk waffles.  And even though the aroma of waffles wafting through the house makes me hungry; I will not be eating these waffles. Instead, these waffles will be frozen and eaten … Continue reading

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