The Kitchen Connoisseur

Ideas for the centrepiece of every party

10 Fun Food Facts and Cooking Tips!

Here are some knicks and tricks to avoid those common kitchen frustrations.

1. To avoid teary eyes when cutting onions, cut them under cold running water or briefly place them in the freezer before cutting.

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2. Fresh lemon juice will remove onion scent from hands.

3. Dip cookie cutters in flour or powdered sugar and shake off excess before cutting. For chocolate dough, dip cutters in baking cocoa.

4. Coat chocolate chips, nuts, or any other additives to batters in flour before adding to the batter to prevent them from settling to the bottom of the pan!

5. Or, instead of folding nuts into brownie batter, sprinkle on top of batter before baking. This keeps the nuts crunchy instead of soggy.

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6. Easily cut bars by scoring them right out of the oven. When the bars cool, cut along the scored lines.

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7. To test if spaghetti is done, throw one piece at the wall or ceiling. If it sticks then it is done.

8. When baking bread, a small dish of water in the oven will help keep the crust from getting too hard or brown.

9. Microwaving a lemon for 15 seconds before squeezing will double the juice you get!

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10. Store fresh cut basil in a glass on your kitchen counter with the water level covering only the stems. Basil hates being cold, so never refrigerate it.

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And one last tip: quartz countertops are great for food lovers and cooking enthusiasts as they are scratch and stain resistant, as well as, non-porous!

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For more information on Cambria quartz counters, please visit:

http://www.truenorthquartz.com

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