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The science behind sweet and salty combination

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Posted on Feb 01, 2015 in General

Why is the marriage of salt and sugar so tasty? It might be due to a layering effect — combining one flavor of delight with another yields a delight two times greater. According to Barb Stuckey, a professional food developer, tasting something salty produces a pleasurable experience because it is a necessary nutrient. We have… Continue reading.

Find “pin”spiration for National Soup Month

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in General

January is National Soup Month. Nothing tastes better on a cold winter day than a bowl of soup. Find hearty soup and stew recipes on Electric Consumer’s Pinterest page. Featured reader-submitted recipes include Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream, Winter Chowder and Avocado Soup. Many of the recipes we’ve published can be found at www.pinterest.com/electriconsumer/food/.

Pig out at Camp Bacon

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in General

Each summer, Ann Arbor, Mich., is host to Camp Bacon, four days of eating, learning, and a pork-centric party, complete with pigs and poetry. The event, bringing together cooks, pork producers, poets, historians and musicians, is a fundraiser for Southern Foodways Alliance. If you love bacon, mark your calendars! The 2015 event is June 4-7…. Continue reading.

Tips and Tricks: Cooking with Bacon

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Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in General

“Whenever a recipe calls for bacon bits, instead of frying the slices of bacon whole and then crumbling, I take several slices together and slice them into small pieces with scissors, and then fry. The pieces will separate when stirring and will be nice and crispy. Doesn’t take long this way to get a lot… Continue reading.

Peel kiwi with a spoon

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 in General

A spoon makes it simple to remove the skin from a kiwi. Use a knife to cut off one end, then insert a spoon just beneath the skin on the cut end with the cupped side facing the fruit. Push the spoon under the skin toward the other end, then sweep the spoon all the… Continue reading.

Are sights set on high-powered rifles?

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Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in General

Among the hot-button items up for public comment to the Natural Resource Commission is a proposal to open Indiana deer hunting to high-powered rifles. Currently, Indiana limits modern day center fire ammunition in repeating and single shot rifles to selected “pistol” cartridges. The new proposal is sure to bring controversy even among deer hunters and… Continue reading.

Start the new year with healthy habits

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Posted on Jan 19, 2015 in General

If eating healthy is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, here are a few tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that can help you and your family develop good habits: Simple swaps can make a difference. Try buying whole wheat bread instead of white and low-fat milk instead of whole milk. You… Continue reading.

A brief history of gingerbread

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Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in General

The first known recipe for gingerbread is believed to have originated in Greece in 2400 BC. The earliest versions of gingerbread were simple mixtures of honey, ginger and bread crumbs. Queen Elizabeth I gets credit for creating the first gingerbread men. She had the cookies made to resemble guests visiting her court. English colonists brought… Continue reading.

A duckless dynasty

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Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in General

They say timing is everything! True to form, when we pulled into the parking lot of Duck Commander/Buck Commander in West Monroe, La., we learned Phil, Willie, Jase, Uncle Si and the entire television crew of “Duck Dynasty” were attending an NRA banquet in Alaska. No TV stars were on hand, but we can say… Continue reading.

Tips and Tricks: Cake Flour Substitute

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Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in General

Have you ever been ready to make a new recipe that sounds wonderful? You get to the part that says “cake flour” and your stomach sinks because you don’t have cake flour! Never buy cake flour again! For 1 cup flour, replace 2 T. of the flour with 2 T. cornstarch. (Remove 2 T. flour… Continue reading.

Ten tips for holiday baking

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Posted on Dec 01, 2014 in General

Stir flour before scooping and measuring. In storage, flour settles and compacts. Leveling off with the back of a knife is the best way to get the right amount; tapping the measuring cup on the counter or shaking it to level it packs the flour, so you’ll end up adding too much. Keep it cool… Continue reading.

‘Possum Power

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Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in General

One of my favorite television characters was Granny from the hit 1960s series, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Granny was a firm believer in the old-time traditions and country ways and always had a pot of “elixir” brewing up down by the cement pond. Granny would extol the value of the potions of the educated and experienced… Continue reading.

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