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Safely freezing sage

Does sage become poisonous if frozen? I will be adding it to ground sausage, and then freezing it.

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Making chocolate bread pudding ahead

I want to make chocolate bread pudding for Christmas eve. If possible, how far in advance can I make it and how should I store it?

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Keeping cakes fresh

Is there a way that I can make cakes keep longer. Someone told me that if I replace 1 tablespoon of oil with a liquid ingredient (e.g., egg/milk/water, etc.)...

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Freezable casseroles

I would like a recipe for a chicken casserole that can be made ahead and frozen – either cooked before or after freezing – preferably to be cooked after taki...

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Freezing egg yolks

Can egg yolks be frozen and saved for later? I make meringues, and I make Hollandaise, but not often on the same day!

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What is fish sauce?

A recipe I have for Fish with Lemon Grass asks for 2 teaspoons of fish sauce. What is this ingredient?

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Cooking over a boiling pot of pasta

I notice in the instructions for a recipe for that it says to place the plate of salmon on top of the boiling pasta to cook. In my experience, the pasta wate...

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What is a lobster press?

A few months ago, while watching PBS, I saw a chef place a lobster into what appeared to be a very large press of some sort. He then tightened a wheel on the...

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Overcooking chicken, meat & fish

I have a problem with cooking chicken, meat & fish. They become very hard and rubbery. No matter what type of cooking I choose – stir frying, roasting in...

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Preparing conch

When buying conch, what should I look for? How do I clean it? When preparing conch, all the recipes say to pound/tenderize – how much is too much?

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How to prepare ceviche

Many years ago I visited Mexico and had ceviche, which was fabulous. Can you tell me how to make it and what would be the best variety of fish to use. Would ...

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