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Ask Cynthia a Question – November 24, 2015

Susan asked: I haven’t yet had the nerve to try brining. What do you think of it, and is it worth the extra time it takes? My answer: I’ve brined turkeys and they’ve turned out moist and tasty. It involves … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – October 21, 2015

Barb asked: I’ve tried using my kids’ pumpkins from Halloween to cook and make pies; the entire process turns out terrible. What am I doing wrong? My answer: My guess is that you’re using the wrong kind of pumpkin. I … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – July 28, 2015

Dorine asked: My homemade berry pies generally turn out runny even after leaving them in the refrigerator overnight. It’s very discouraging. What am I doing wrong? My answer: Here are a few suggestions you might try. 1) For berry and … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – June 22, 2015

Marie: What is the definition of Tex-Mex? My answer: The best way to explain it is to direct you toward this article: Francis Lam writes If it isn’t really Mexican food then What is Tex-Mex? which is posted on the … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – May 26, 2015

This is a repeat from May 2014. I thought it was important to note again, which sausages do and which do not need refrigeration during the warm weather months. CB Shirlee asked: What’s the difference between salami and summer sausage? … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – March 23, 2015

Joleene asked: What is the most interesting food or custom you found when you traveled to Italy? CB’s answer: I’ve not been to Italy, although I hope to go some day, so I can’t answer you from personal experiences. I … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – February 23, 2015

Dorothy asked: Are limes and lemons interchangeable in recipes? My answer: In most recipes, it is acceptable to exchange lemons and limes. In all baking, cooking, dipping sauces, etc. using one in place of the other works fine. I wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – January 26, 2015

Charlene asked:  Do you think it’s worth the extra money to buy organic, particularly when it comes to eggs? My answer: I think buying organic is well worth the addition cost. Of the organic products I’ve used, I actually see … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – November 21, 2014

Samantha asked:  What do you think is the best way to prepare/cook a turkey? My answer: Brining has resulted in my most succulent turkeys. Everyone has their theory on what works best for cooking the Thanksgiving bird, and throughout the … Continue reading

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Ask Cynthia a Question – October 22, 2014

Brea asked: How can I tell which pumpkin(s) are suitable for cooking? My answer: To quote the heading of one site ‘There’s the Carving Kind, Then There’s the Eating Kind’ which couldn’t be truer. Pumpkins aren’t created equal, and rule-of-thumb … Continue reading

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