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We began outlining this section June 16, 2015. Suggestions welcome.


How to use

Mifflin, Mariette"How to Use a Blender and Common Uses." InterActiveCorp. n.d. Web 27 May 2015.

Sunbeam Products, Inc. doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions. General Oster® Blender Helpful Tips Manual© (P.N.164839 OST27605 CSRM030413) Jan. 2011. Web. 28 May 2015.


Making at home

Singley, Nora. "Make Queso Fresco!" The Kitchn. AT Media, n.d. Web. 11 Jul. 2015.

Chile peppers

Avoid chile burn

Carman, Tim"Should you wear gloves while handling peppers?" The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. 31 Oct. 2012. Web. 28 May 2015.

Identify chile peppers

Sung, Esther (text)and Chris Astley (photos). "A Visual Guide To Peppers." Condé Nast Digital's Food Innovation Group, a division of Advance Publications, Inc. n.d. Web. 17 Jun. 2015.  

Pickle chile peppers

Jinich, Pati. "Jalapeño Kind of Gal." Pati's Mexican Table. Mexican Table, LLC. 19 Jun. 2009. Web. 1 Jun. 2015. [Post contains Jalapeños en Escabeche (Pickled Jalapeños with Carrots and Onions) recipe]

Relieve chile burn

Gallary, Christine"The Best Remedies for Hot Pepper Hands." The KitchnAT Media, n.d. Web. 29 May 2015.

Prasertong, Anjali"Hot Pepper Hands: An Easy Way to Stop the Burn." The Kitchn. AT Media, n.d. Web. 29 May 2015.


Grapefruit spoon hacks

Prakash, Sheela. "5 Grapefruit Spoon Hacks You Should Know About." Epicurious. Condé Nast Digital's Food Innovation Group, a division of Advance Publications, Inc. 15 Jan. 2015. Web. 12 Jun. 2015.

How to supreme citrus

Martha Stewart Living. "Supreming Citrus." Martha Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Jun./Jul. 1992. Web 20 June 2015. 

How to zest citrus

"How To: Zest citrus (incl video)." Real Simple. Time Inc. n.d. Web. 10 Jun. 2015. 


Brandy cherries

Make bitters

"B.T. Parson's Grapefruit Bitters." Spiritual Guidance. n.d. Web. 28 Jun. 2015.

Make grenadine

English, Camper. "How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds and Make Grenadine the Easy Way." Alcademics. 11 Dec. 2012. Web. 15 Dec. 2012.

Stolte, Dave. Grenadine recipe via Spiritual Guidance. n.d.  Web. 28 Mar. 2012.

Make homemade coffee liqueur

"House Coffee Liqueur." Spiritual Guidance. n.d. Web. 25 Sep. 2012.

Kiebel, Barb. "Better Than Kahlúa – How to Make Coffee Liqueur." Creative Culinary. Nov. 2011. Web. 28 Aug. 2012.

Make homemade Irish Cream liqueur

Make syrups

Prepare themed menu

Mischner, Jessica, Jed Portman, and Jamie Gnazzo. "Guide to Southern Cocktails." Garden and Gun. Garden & Gun Magazine, LLC. Feb./Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Jun. 2015. [PDF file 17 Apr. 2015 available]


Regan, Gary. "A dry shake for cocktails isn't so new after all." The San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. 17 Jul. 2011. Web. 15 Oct. 2012.

Use liqueurs


Thomson, Julie R. "Maraschino Liqueur Is A Secret Weapon For Your Liquor Cabinet." Huffington Post. The Huffington Post Media Group, a division of AOL, Inc. 11 Apr. 2012. Web. 21 Jun. 2015.


Get corn from cob easily and safely

Roast corn

"Roasting corn methods." My Friends Are Good Cooks. 26 Apr. 2015 Web.

Select and store corn


Create embellishments

"Homemade Sprinkles." Saveur. Bonnier Travel & Epicurean Group, a division of Bonnier Corporation. 18 Jun. 2015. Web. 19 Jun. 2015.

Estimate servings

Frost a cake

Make pie crust

Store and transport

Tips for flambéed desserts

Tips for frozen desserts

Commercially prepared products will likely contain extra milk solids and/or gelatin which affect the texture as well as freezer characteristics. If you are purchasing an ice cream dessert, read the company's instructions and look for online customer comments as a gauge for ascertaining the effectiveness of each seller's instructions. 

Countertop thawing is not one of three safe thawing methods recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). See United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). "Freezing and Food Safety: Safe Thawing." Food Safety Education. n.d. Web. 1 Oct. 2014. 

Ice cream desserts freeze differently due to many factors, including the particular ice cream and other ingredients you use, your freezer temperature setting, even the temperature inside your home. 

If you add liquor (example: Bourbon Ice Cream)  or liqueur (example: Whipped Kahlúa® Pie), the alcohol content and amount you use will deter freezing, and result in a softer texture.

Tips for using heavy cream

Chill a metal bowl (Williams-Sonoma example) and balloon whisk, if you have one, or the metal beaters to your mixer for whipping the cream because this helps the cream to whip quickly and it will increase its volume (have more height). Martha agrees

"How to Make Whipped Cream (video)." Real Simple. Time Inc. Lifestyle Group. n.d. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.

Sturgis, Diana. "How to Make Whipped Cream in 3 Steps." Every Day With Rachel Ray. Meredith Corporation. n.d. Web. 1 Oct. 2014.  Diana says  it "takes around three (3) minutes with a mixer or five (5) minutes by hand" to get heavy cream to the soft peak stage. If you whip for too long, you'll end up with butter!



Larner, Monica. "Host a Tuscan-Style Christmas." Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Wine Enthusiast Companies. n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.

Party plannning

Also see Host an ice cream social below.


How to make gourmet vinegar

Pairing herbs with wine

Ice cream

Host an ice cream social

"Homemade Sprinkles." Saveur. Bonnier Travel & Epicurean Group, a division of Bonnier Corporation. 18 Jun. 2015. Web. 19 Jun. 2015.


Make vanilla extract

McCord, Garrett M. "Know Your Vanilla - A Guide To Vanilla Varieties." Vanilla Garlic. 2 Nov. 2009. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.

Knife skills

Carve chicken or turkey

Armentrout, Jennifer. "How to Carve Roast Chicken." Fine Cooking (from Issue 70). Taunton Press. n.d. Web. 17 Jun. 2015. 

Cut fresh mango

Cut fresh pineapple

Cut pitted olives efficiently

Cut pomegranate

Cut small fruit efficiently

Cut watermelon

How to cut chiffonades


Store and reheat







Roast in oven


Pasta and Rice


Slow Cooker

PDF files

Tips for getting started

Biersdorfer, J.D. Gadgetwise (The NYT Blog) "Q.&A.: Saving PDF File Attachments for Further Reading."  The New York Times Company. 13 Sept. 2010. Web. 9 Jun. 2015.


Canning salsa

United States. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") National Institute of Food and Agriculture ("NIFA"). Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 Revision Information Bulletin No. 539Guide 3: Selecting, Preparing, and Canning Tomatoes and Tomato Products, 2009 Revision. PDF file. Web. 28 May 2015. [ ]

Making salsa

Bilow, Rochelle. "Just Say No to Jarred, Watery Salsa: * Common Mistakes to Avoid."  Bon AppétitCondé Nast. 22 May 2015. Web. 15 Jun. 2015.

Soups, Gumbos and Stews

Make Bone Soup in slow cooker

Make Dark Brown Chicken Stock Emeril's way

Make Seafood Stock Paul Prudhomme way

Make Vegetable Stock

Nesbit, Chef Darin. "How to Make a Great Pot of Soup."  Louisiana Cookin'. PDF.


Select and store watermelon