How-to's

Piping Meringue into a Disk

Make meringue according to recipe directions. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or resealable plastic bag. Insert a 1/2-in. round decorating tip (#A1).

Fill bag about half full with…

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Pitting Peaches

Cut peach in half, cutting around the pit and using the indentation as a guide.

Twist halves in opposite directions to separate. Using a sharp knife, loosen and remove pit. Treat cut…

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Plastic-and-Foil-Wrap Method

Plastic-and-Foil-Wrap Method is handy for semisolid foods such as casseroles. Before filling your baking dish, line it with heavy-duty aluminum foil and then with plastic wrap, making sure you…

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Plate of Distinction

IN THE PHOTO above, we used the well-known “You Are Special Today” plate by Waechtersbach. This stunning, signature red plate is a fun, family heir­loom that’s wonderful to have on hand to…

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Plate Painting

Add a touch of elegance to a dessert plate by painting the plate with two sauces.

We put the hot fudge ice cream toping and the strained raspberry sauce from Mini Chocolate-Raspberry Cakes…

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Pleasures of planking

Soak planks in water for 3 to 4 hours. This helps create an aromatic smolder and slows the burning process of the wood. %0d%0a%0d%0aHeat a grill to 375-400°. (If using charcoal, let coals burn…

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Plumping Raisins

Place 1 cup of raisins in a bowl and add 1/2 cup boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Follow specific recipe as to whether the liquid should be drained.

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Poached Pears

In a small saucepan, combine the water, grape juice, apricots, sugar, honey, lemon strip, clove, vanilla bean and seeds (if you don't have a vanilla bean, simply add 1/2 tsp. vanilla to the…

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Poaching An Egg

Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a custard cup, small measuring cup or saucer. Holding the dish close to the simmering liquid’s surface, slip the eggs, one at a time, into the liquid. Cook,…

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Poaching the easy way

Place 2-3 inches of water, milk, tomato juice, broth or other liquid in a large skillet with high sides. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently. Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a…

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