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The Splendid Table
This Week's Episode
How to make vanilla extract
This isn’t the cheapest way to get vanilla extract, but it delivers one unlike most anything you can buy.
For safety's sake, discard used marinade
Start with a fresh marinade each time you cook. And always marinate in the refrigerator.
When to use high-end wine glasses
When the wine gets serious, usually so do the glasses.
How to make gingerbread
Gingerbread is just about goof-proof if you remember not to stir it too much.
How to store food in the freezer
Air is the enemy of frozen foods: Pack everything airtight.
What to include on a cheese platter
The secret to a crowd-pleasing cheese platter.
How to clean clams and mussels before cooking
To clean mollusks scrub their shells and submerge them in a bowl of ice water, salt and cornmeal.
What to use as a substitute for alcohol
Cooking without alcohol? Substitute vinegar, broth and maybe a little butter.
What is the best way to hard boil an egg?
Dear Lynne, Why is it so difficult to hard boil an egg? I get a green ring around the yolk, or I peel the egg and take half the white with it.
How should the butcher prepare my cow?
Buying part of a cow? Here is what to tell the butcher.
To adapt low kitchen counters, stack butcher block cutting boards
Collect big, thick butcher block cutting boards and stack them to the height that is right for you.
How to (graciously) pay for your portion of the bill when dining out
If your dining companions won't let you pay for your portion of the bill, try explaining your situation. If that doesn't work, offer to buy them wine in exchange for the meal.
Frozen Olive Oil
If your olive oil freezes, it's still OK to use.
How to make store-bought, slice-and-bake cookies more gourmet
To dress up store-bought cookie dough, there are two approaches: before baking and after baking.
Skillet, a fry pan and a saute pan?
A sauté pan has straight sides while a skillet or fry pan has sloping sides.
How to make crisp roasted potatoes
The secret to crisp roasted potatoes? Giving them ample space and using good olive oil.
What to look for in a wok if you have an electric stovetop
Look for a flat-bottom wok with a long, wooden handle. Or, you could use an independent propane gas unit as your heat source.
How to get the best olive oil
Sweet Red Onions
How to make store-bought red onions sweeter.
Good brands of pasta
Lynne shares a sampling of reliable pasta brands.
The best way to roast a chicken? Fast and hot, with a vertical roaster
"I've come to the conclusion that the best way to roast a chicken is fast and hot," Lynne says. "But an even better way is to use a vertical roaster."
3 ways to mince garlic (without smelling like it for days)
Three ways you can mince garlic -- and avoid a lingering garlic odor on your hands.
How to make grape juice -- or grape syrup -- at home
If you grow grapes in your garden, try making grape juice or syrup at home.
3 ideas for guava paste: Pair it with cream cheese or spicy salami
Guava paste is like fruit leather -- it's very dense and sweet.
Make hamburgers that won't fall apart on the grill (or disappoint the grandchildren)
If your hamburgers fall apart on the grill, try adding egg yolk, black beans or chickpeas; make thicker patties; and cook them over a lower fire.
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