Posts Tagged ‘how to’

How To Sharpen A Kitchen Knife

Heather says: Without any more procrastination or delay here is the Home-Ec101.com Knife Sharpening Tutorial. I talk about knife skills and the importance and safety of having sharp knives, but how do you get and keep your knives sharp? First, let’s start off with a little anatomy of a knife. This is my favorite knife,…

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How to Quickly Fold a T-Shirt

Heather says: Folding laundry is a giant pain in the rear, but it’s something that everyone (except those that pay for laundry service) has to do. I’ve taught all three of my children (currently 9, 7, and 5) how to quickly fold a t-shirt. If they can manage this simple shirt folding technique, you can,…

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How to Cook Steak Properly

Brian says: As I mentioned in my last post, there are a great deal of people out there who cook their steaks half to death with the slightest bit of remorse. At first I was just going to let it go, hoping to play the ignorance-is-bliss card but I just can’t let it stand, people!…

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Home Electrical Basics: Terms and Safety

Tim says: Don’t you just hate it when outlets and lights don’t work or sparks fly randomly from an outlet?  Many look on in despair, knowing the call to the local electrician means $80/hr plus scheduling hassles.  I’d like to show you how easily, and more importantly safely, these problems can be fixed.  Before we get into…

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How to Fix a Constantly Running Toilet

Dear Home-Ec 101, The toilet, in my bathroom is constantly making noise. It sounds like water is always running. Is there any way to turn that off? Signed, For the Love of Pete, Someone Jiggle the Handle Already! Heather says: There are a few things that can go wrong inside the tank of a toilet…

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How to Cook a Bread and Butter Beef Roast

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a couple of bread and butter roasts from our beef side and I can’t figure out the best cooking methods for them. Actually, I’ve never heard of them. Can you help? Signed, Beefuddled Heather says: The cut of beef you are referring to is from the chuck region of the…

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How to Use Dry Beans in Recipes

  Dear Home-Ec 101, Everyone acts like dried beans are the end all. How do I get the beans in the bag to work like the beans in the can? I’ve soaked them overnight and they still aren’t like what I get out of a can. Am I legume challenged? Signed, Baffled Bostonian Heather says:…

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Countdown to Turkey Day 2008: November 6

Heather says: If you have never roasted a turkey or chicken before, Thanksgiving is not the day for your trial run, just ask Ivy about their near Thanksgiving Massacre of ’01. Your homework for this week is to roast a chicken as practice for the big day. Do not fear the turkey, it is just…

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How to Debone Chicken Thighs

Dear Home Ec 101, I’ve heard that you can substitute chicken thighs in some recipes that call for boneless skinless chicken breasts, but I am not sure what to do. How do you remove the bones? Signed, Boneheaded in Bonneville Heather says: It would be embarrassing for me to admit how long I sat here…

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Steamed Broccoli

Dear Home Ec 101, A while ago you posted a recipe for fettucini alfredo and suggested adding steamed broccoli.  So, maybe it makes me look an idiot and maybe it doesn’t, but is there a proper way to steam broccoli? Signed, Stymied by Steam Heather says: While you don’t need any fancy tools to steam…

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