Choosing Kitchen Knives

The right knife slices preparation in half. Looking for a good set of kitchen knives? Don’t dial that 1-800 number just yet! I They may slice and dice and come with a set of steak knives and a bonus turnip twaddler, but are those really the right knives for your kitchen?

Kitchen Equipment

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently is how to equip a kitchen. Here you’ll find a list of the basic items every kitchen should be equipped with.

Here you will find the basics-How to measure, what kind of flour to use when the recipe doesn’t say, what 2 cups, divided means. A good start for beginners and a good review for the rest of us!

Substitutions

Nearly every ingredient used in cooking or baking has a substitute which will do in a pinch — usually a cousin that shares some of the characteristics or flavor. You usually have to combine the substitute with another ingredient or two, but it sure beats making a special trip to the store. Clip this column and stick it in your favorite cookbook, and soon you’ll be substituting with the pros.

Why Cakes Fall

A list of things that may cause a cake to fall after baking and tips on how to prevent cakes from falling.

Autumn Butter

Delicious any time of year. 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice 1/4 cup heavy cream 1 cup softened butter Mix together in medium bowl. Serve on hot biscuits or pound cake. If you like this recipe, I think you’ll really enjoy this cookbook: [asa]1589802357[/asa]

Squirrel Dumplings

This is an excellent way to cook old squirrels, which are too tough for Frying. 2 squirrels 1 quart buttermilk 2cups water 1 teaspoon salt Dash of black pepper Dumplings: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons shortening 1 cup buttermilk Skin and gut squirrels, removing any shot. Wash […]

2 pounds pork maw 2 tablespoons salt 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 4 stalks celery, finely chopped, divided 4 small onions, finely chopped, divided 4 small green bell peppers, cored, seeded and finely chopped, divided 5 pounds precooked chitins Wash the pork maw thoroughly in several changes of cold water and drain. Place in […]

Muffaletta Sandwich

Makes 6 servings. 3 large garlic cloves, crushed 1 cup chopped green olives stuffed with pimientos 1 cup pitted and chopped “black-ripe” olives or Calamatas 1/2 cup roasted sweet red peppers, chopped 1 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1/3 pound salami 1/2 pound provolone cheese 1/2 pound […]

This recipe is a sumptuous introduction to the cooking of the South Carolina Low Country around Charleston. 8 quail, fresh or frozen 4 thinly sliced pieces of country ham, about 2 ounces each 2 spring onions (scallions) 4 tablespoons Butter 1 cup grits Water for grits, per package directions 1 cup half and half 1 […]