How-to's

Preparing a Cake Pan

Grease the sides and bottom of the pan by spreading shortening with a paper towel over the interior of the pan.

Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour into the greased pan; tilt the pan to…

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Preparing a Cooked Filling

Combine flour and milk in a heavy saucepan until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Chill thoroughly, about 1 hour.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until…

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Preparing a Grill for Direct Heat

For a charcoal grill, spread out the preheated coals in an even layer. For a gas grill, preheat the grill with all the burners on high. Place food on cooking grate, then adjust burners according…

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Preparing a Grill for Indirect Heat

To prepare charcoal grill for indirect heat, bank half of the coals on one side of the grill and the other half on the other side. Place a foil drip pan in the center of the grill, replace the…

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Preparing a Water Bath for Cheesecakes

Using a double thickness of heavy-duty foil, make a 18-in. square. Center springform pan on foil, then tightly mold foil around pan.

Place spring-form pan in a larger pan, such as a larger…

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Preparing Artichokes

Rinse artichokes well. Cut off stem at base of artichoke. Cut 1 in. from the top. With scissors, snip the tip end of each leaf. Remove outer leaves. Rub cut ends of leaves with lemon juice to help…

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Preparing Asparagus

To prepare asparagus, rinse stalks well in cold water. Snap off the stalk ends as far down as they will easily break when gently bent, or cut off the tough white portion. If stalks are large, use…

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Preparing Batter-Dipped Sandwiches

Combine filling ingredients and spread over half the bread slices. Top with remaining bread; set aside. In a shallow bowl, whisk batter ingredients together. Dip both sides of the sandwich into…

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Preparing Brussels Sprouts

Remove any loose or yellowed outer leaves; trim stem end. Rinse sprouts. When cooking brussels sprouts whole, cut an X in the core end with a sharp knife.

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Preparing Chilis

Chili peppers contain a skin irritant called capsaicin. When handling chili peppers, wear rubber or plastic gloves and avoid touching your eyes or face to prevent burning your skin or eyes. Wash…

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