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The Splendid Table
This Week's Episode
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.
4 types of pears and what to do with them
With the heirloom trend, a lot of new (at least to us) pears are showing up in markets, but what you will always find is the standard quartet.
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.
How to select the right wine glass
When selecting wine glasses, you want clear, colorless, undecorated glass.
Sage flowers can add another dimension to a dish
You don't want to do a lot to sage flowers because they are fragile in aroma and taste.
A salt primer: iodized table salt, kosher salt and sea salt
Lynne explains the differences between iodized table salt, kosher salt and sea salt.
When it comes to buying gadgets that slice, dice and chop, you want 'husband material'
A lot of the very inexpensive gadgets that slice, dice and chop tend to not do a very good job or they fall apart just when you come to love them. It's kind of like having a boyfriend who lets you down.
How to free yourself from recipes and begin improvising in the kitchen
One idea: Take a recipe you're comfortable with and change the main ingredient.
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.
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."
What to use instead of tasteless Roma tomatoes
Roma or plum tomatoes are relatively tasteless. When tomatoes are in season, there are many other choices with far more flavor.
Skip nonstick cooking spray. It's more expensive than oil, and tastes terrible
If you want a thin film of oil on your pan, take a good-quality oil, moisten a paper towel with it and rub it on the pan.
How to get the best olive oil
How to make store-bought red onions sweeter
Soak sliced onions in ice water for 20 to 30 minutes or sprinkle them with an acid such as vinegar.
Always wash pre-washed salad mixes again, and other tips for cleaning greens
Lynne explains how to rinse fresh, unpackaged greens. If you do buy those "pre-washed" salad mixes, always wash them again.
Some of the best brands of packaged pasta you might want to try
Lynne shares a sampling of reliable pasta brands. (Hint: If the box says to rinse the pasta, don't waste your time.)
Use cold butter to put the puff in puff pastry
Attention to temperature is paramount in making good puff pastry.
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.
What to plant in an herb garden
Start with the basics, then experiment.
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