How-to's

Baking and Storing Pies

A pastry shell is thoroughly baked when it is a light golden brown. Fruit pies are done when the filling bubbles and the crust is light golden brown. (The filling should be clear, not cloudy.)…

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Baking Meatballs & Meat Loaves

Place shaped meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° until no longer pink, about 20 minutes for 1-1/2-in. meatballs.

Insert an instant-read thermometer in the…

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Basic Crepes

Add Batter: Spoon 2-3 Tbsp. crepe batter into a hot skillet.

Swirl: Lift pan to gently swirl the batter so it evenly coats the skillet.

Flip: With a non-metal spatula, carefully loosen…

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Basic Pie Pastry

A food processor makes the first step a cinch. Simply pulse the shortening mixture for coarse crumbs.

The key to m aking a flaky crust is to avoid overmixing when adding lemon-lime soda to…

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Batters for Quick Breads

Creamed Butter

When a quick bread is made with solid fat, like softened butter or shortening, the fat and sugar are creamed together just like when making a cake. Then the eggs, dry…

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Beating Eggs

LIGHTLY BEATEN

Beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are combined.

LEMON-COLORED

Beat eggs with an electric mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes. The…

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Bento Boxes

Bento Box Options: From basic bamboo to lovely lacquered, Bento boxes come in a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes that appeal to kids as well as adults. Some places even sell disposable…

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Birch Bark Centerpiece

You don’t have to chop down a tree to create this woody winter wonderland!

We found 8-inch-high birch bark cylinders online and cut them in half crosswise to make two 4-inch-high cylinders.…

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Birch Place Cards

Go out on a limb and fashion a forest-inspired place card for each of your dinner guests this Christmas season!

Cut a 3/4-in.-thick slice from a 1-1/2-in.-diameter birch branch. Drill a hole…

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Blanching Plums, Peaches or Nectarines

Place plums into covered saucepan of boiling water for 30-45 seconds or until the skin splits. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the fruit.

Immediately place plums in an ice-water bath…

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