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Beef for a recovering vegetarian

My husband is a vegetarian, and I too followed a vegetarian diet for years. However, since my second child was born a few months ago, I have been craving red...

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Making refried beans

What is the best way to make refried beans? I need a method that is low fat.

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How to shell a coconut

Please inform me how to prepare fresh coconut, i.e. the best way to get it out of the shell?

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How to open black walnuts

I have been given some black walnuts. How do I open them? A regular nut cracker seems to have no effect.

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High-altitude baking (5,000 feet)

What are the corrections that should be made when baking a cake, for example, when one lives above 5,000 feet? I live in northern Colorado, at an altitude ar...

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High-altitude baking (7,000 feet)

Are there any standard high-altitude recipe changes for baking? Or does each recipe vary. I just relocated to Flagstaff, Ariz. I have had several things flop...

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High-altitude rice (5,000 ft)

How do you make the perfect rice? I live at 5,000 feet and am not sure how to make it. Also what kind do you use and what cooks the best in high altitude?

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Evenly chopping nuts

Is there any way to coarsely chop nuts evenly? I pulse them in the processor and they come out partly coarse and partly fine.

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Cracking a coconut

How do I grate a coconut? I have cut it in half and can't get the meat out.

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Cooking rice at 5,000 feet

How do you make the perfect rice? I live at 5,000 feet and am not sure how to make it. Also what kind do you use and what cooks the best in high altitude?

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Roasting chopped garlic

Can I roast chopped garlic in a jar to use in the recipes instead of whole cloves?

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Tips for peeling garlic

One of my "most onerous" kitchen-prep tasks is opening and peeling garlic to get the cloves ready for food processing! There just HAS to be a better way! Wha...

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Tenderizing cabbage leaves

When making stuffed cabbage, the leaves come out very tough. First I blanch the leaves in boiling water, then I make the rolls and cook them over low heat fo...

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Preparing foods to avoid gas

This is a question regarding the post-meal results: I know that many vegetables and legumes cause gas in digestion, and I would like to know if there is any ...

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