Cooking Answers

Substitute for port wine

What can I use as a substitute for port wine in a sauce? (The entree is beef tenderloin.)

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Spicing up Piri-Piri Chicken

I was in Portugal last year and had the most magical Piri-Piri Chicken. I've tried to replicate the recipe several times with not much success. I've marinate...

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Cooking pasta for a crowd

I am planning to serve 40 people a penne pasta with meat sauce entree, along with sliced cooked ham and cocktail meatballs. How much dry pasta and sauce woul...

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Keeping sauces smooth

Why does my roux get lumpy when I add liquid? How do I get it smooth?

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What are capers & how do you use them?

Can you please tell me what exactly capers are and their use, other than in salads (if there is another use)? I use them in salads, but don’t know why.

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A special potato salad recipe

I'm desperately searching for a recipe for potato salad. The recipe calls for red potatoes and a number of vegetables to surround the salad on a bed of romai...

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Angel hair pasta with peas and prosciutto

I’m looking for an Italian dish that has angel hair pasta tossed with peas and prosciutto slivers in a cream sauce made with what I think is garlic, parmesan...

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What is passata?

I saw a recipe for Corsican Beef Stew that calls for 2 Tbsp of passata. What is passata?

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Thawing & cooking a turkey breast

I have an 8 lb. turkey breast that is frozen. How far in advance should I put it in the refrigerator to defrost it? Can you give me roasting instructions? Ca...

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How to use & store pancetta

I would like to know how long pancetta can be kept after purchase, how it should be stored, and some easy Italian recipes using this product – soups etc.

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How to make and can salsa

I have so many tomatoes and peppers and onions I don't know what to do with them all. I would like to can some tomatoes but I would also like to can some dif...

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Tunisian brix

After a wonderful holiday in Tunisia, we came back longing for a meal containing Brics, unfortunately have not been able to find a recipe – they are similar ...

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Valentine’s Day menu ideas

I plan to make dinner for my girlfriend and me on Valentine's Day. She loves cheesecake, so I would like to make her a meal that would best suit cheesecake a...

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Spiced almonds recipe

We recently were served at a bar (which I think was the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco but can't really remember – we were, after all, drinking!), whole almon...

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