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The Difference Between Boiling and Simmering

Dear Home Ec 101, I’m embarrassed to actually ask this, but what is the difference between boiling and simmering? A lot of your recipes say bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. What does that mean and why does it matter? Signed, Baffled Beginner Heather says: Basic questions like this are…

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Menu Plan Monday Week 9 of 2016

Heather says Last week was a doozy. There was no plan as I was flying back from Salt Lake City on a redeye and I was buried in the day job until Friday afternoon. I don’t enjoy weeks like that, but it was the best kind of work-related busy. I’m ready for a normal*, routine…

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Menu Plan Monday Week 7 of 2016

Heather says Are you saving the menu plans you’ve been creating? If you have a 3 hole punch and a binder, save your weekly menu plans. As you prepare your meal plans, make notes on what people enjoyed. Over time you’ll build a great resource for yourself and your family. If you’re just getting started…

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Menu Monday Week 6 of 2016

Heather says: I hope you had a good weekend. I managed to knock out a few more recipes this weekend, feel free to check them out: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – it’s totally a date night, company worthy meal, just add a salad Chicken Salad – a great way to use up leftover roast chicken.…

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Aioli – Garlic Sauce Recipe

Heather says: Aioli is a garlicky sauce that adds an excellent finishing touch to some menu items. We love it with crab or tuna cakes, home made fries, fried potatoes, or sometimes on a sandwich that needs a kick that mayo just won’t provide.  Aioli is similar to mayo in that it is an emulsion…

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Menu Monday Week #5 2016

Heather says Last week veered wildly off-track due to a short notice business trip to Asheville. Thankfully, I love that city and its food scene. I had lunch with a good friend at a place called 12 Bones and had jalapeno cheese grits with my pulled pork, man oh man. This magical side dish will…

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Menu Monday Week 4 2016

Heather says: I spent yesterday re-photographing a couple of recipes here on the site.  I am rather happy with how that project turned out. Slowly, but surely, the backlog is shrinking. I’ve finally figured out how to get rid of the extra food without waste, which is very exciting for me. If you are in the…

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Menu Monday Week 3 2016

Heather says I hope all of you are doing well. I think there may be a slight misunderstanding as to what the Menu Mondays here on Home-Ec 101 are. These are the weekly meal plans for my family. Generally the plan includes at least one item that I have not yet posted on the site,…

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Menu Monday 2016 Week 2

Heather says: Before I get started on this week’s menu plan, I want to know: What simple or “basic” recipe do you wish you’d been taught.  I’m planning out a tutorial calendar for the year and this will help me deal with that whole paradox of choice thing that I let turn into mental paralysis. …

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Menu Monday Kicking Off 2016

Heather says It has finally cooled off! We ran the air conditioning through Christmas, so it’s a pleasant change of pace. I hope you and yours had a lovely holiday season. We’re excited to begin working toward our goals for 2016. A big part of that is sticking to a budget and not justifying splurges every…

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Menu Monday, The Last one of 2015

Heather says I’ve always found the week between Christmas and New Years to be a strange one. It’s not a holiday, I have to work, but still it’s a bit more festive and laid back than every day.  Yet, there’s still work to do, people to feed, and another holiday to get ready for… To…

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Menu Monday 43

Heather says If you’re in the US , I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. The rest of you, I hope you had a pleasant weekend, as well. If you are like my sister and love the hustle of Black Friday, I hope you scored the deals you were looking for. Me? We enjoyed Thanksgiving at…

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