Clean as you go: managing the meal-prep mess

Day One of cooking school introduced me to “clean as you go“: the practice of combining cooking and cleaning to help free up valuable work space, eliminate visual mess, and make for manageable post-cooking clean-up. Since then, I have rigorously embraced the clean as you go motto for all cooking and baking, ensuring that I clean (read more…)

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An introduction to making jam

My first attempt at making jam was memorable, for all the right reasons. I was a newlywed, eager to wear the old-fashioned housewife hat, and making my own jam seemed like something I would enjoy, more so than, say sewing curtains or darning socks. I had my flat of strawberries and set to work in (read more…)

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Back to the basics: 10 recommended kitchen items for the home cook

All photos are by Aimée. “In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.” -Barbara Costikyan Ever wonder how your mother or grandmother functioned without all the modern day conveniences and kitchen gadgets that are now available?  You know what?  I’ll bet she (read more…)

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Back to the basics: batch cooking

Photo by Martin Kingsley Quite a few of you mentioned that you’d like the topic of freezer meals and batch cooking covered in our Back to the Basics series. I’m definitely not an expert in this field, but it’s something I want to incorporate more in my own home management, so this is a refresher (read more…)

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Back to the basics: menu planning

It’s Monday morning, the start of a new week. I’m not a fan of them either, but I choose to look at Mondays as the day that sets the mood for the rest of the week. When I wake up to a relatively straightened-up home with a penciled-in sketch of a game plan for the (read more…)

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