Tag: Kitchen Tips

Personal Care

Easy Ways To Live Greener For Earth Day

We all do our best to recycle, reduce and reuse year-round, but Earth Day (coming up on April 22) is a good reminder to think up additional ways to lessen our ecological footprints. (Take the Earth Day Network’s Ecological Footprint Quiz here to find out what impact your lifestyle has on the planet.)

Many small changes by individuals can amount to a big impact across the entire population. Keep reading for easy suggestions on how to reduce waste, save water, conserve ..read more


Tips for Boiling Eggs

While the options for coloring and decorating eggs are endless, you always need to start with the same canvas: a hardboiled egg.

Here are a few tips to make sure your eggs come out perfect each time, whether you’re getting ready to decorate them for Easter or just have a craving for some egg salad:

Use room temperature eggs (out of refrigeration for 1 hour). Use eggs that are a week old. Using a non-reactive pot prevents yolks from turning color. Boiling an egg starting ..read more

The Most Vibrant Sign of Spring: California Grown Tulips

One of our favorite spring flowers are Tulips, which are in full bloom just in time for Mother’s Day each year. Our selection of tulips is grown by Sun Valley Floral Farms in Northern California, just as Mother Nature intended – in soil, after going through a nice, cold “winter.” The premium bulbs used by Sun Valley’s growers (Lane, Tim & Tanner) produce sturdy tulips with vibrant-colored large buds, intense dark-green foliage and a long vase life.

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The Kitchen Tornado presents: A quick tip to keep the kitchen tidy

About Thomas The Kitchen Tornado: If you shop at Mollie Stone’s Greenbrae, you might know me. Yes, I’m the checker that is always sharing recipes and kitchen tips. I love to cook, but I also like to keep it simple. Make eating fun!

Here we are on my third blog entry, and I love it. Before we get into another recipe, I have a tip to share. It will sound silly but once you start using it, it makes perfect sense.

Have ..read more


How To Build A Perfect Charcuterie Plate

Prounounced “shahr-kyut-uh-ree,” the French word charcuterie describes cooked, cured and smoked meats such as bacon, ham, sausage, pâté and dry-cured meats. With so many delectable types to choose from, it’s easy to put together a showstopping charcuterie plate as the centerpiece for home entertaining. The key to a “perfect” charcuterie plate is simply variety and balance. Use this as your guide to building a charcuterie plate, and be creative!


How To Build A Perfect Cheese Plate

There is something special about sitting around the table with family and friends, conversing over fine wine (or delicious beer) and savoring a fantastic cheese plate. Here are some tips that will help you put together a memorable spread for any occasion, customized to your personal taste.


What’s an “heirloom”? And how to cook Llano Seco Heirloom Beans

Llano Seco Rancho grows heirloom beans expressly for their rich flavor and their rich history. Heirloom vegetables and heritage breed animals are, in simple terms, the old timey varieties that are known for their flavor and nutritional value, that have gone out of fashion due to their inability to adapt to industrial agriculture’s ways.

The mechanization of agriculture began with the industrial revolution in the late 1800s and changed dramatically in the years post-WWII. As the food business expanded and companies ..read more


Plumcots and Pluots (plus stone fruit recipes!)

Plumcots and pluots are both hybrids of a plum and an apricot, and are relative newcomers to the summer stone fruit club. Plumcots, a 50-50 cross between plums and apricots, were developed by horticulturist Luther Burbank. The name “pluot” was trademarked by plant geneticist Floyd Zaiger, who originated the hybrid fruit (75% plum and 25% apricot) about 20 years ago.

Keep reading for more info & recipe ideas!


What is Hanger Steak?

Once you have tasted a perfectly prepared Hanger Steak, you’ll be hungry for more information about this flavorful cut of beef. You may also know it as a “Bistro Steak” (due to its popularity in France) or a “Butchers’ Cut” (because butchers would often take it home for themselves).

The Hanger is located inside the steer, attached to the last rib and the diaphragm such that it looks like it is “hanging” from the diaphragm. Each Hanger consists of a V-shaped ..read more


In Season Now: Heirloom Tomatoes

Early July through late September marks heirloom tomato season. Each variety has a distinctly delicious flavor, with equally distinct names to match: Golden Jubilee, Tigerella, Gold Medal, Pineapple, Big Rainbow, Vintage Wine and Castaluto, just to name a few of the thousands of varieties available.

Heirloom tomatoes are history on the table, treasured traditions passed on from generation to generation. Unlike common tomato hybrids that have been adapted to meet modern expectations (such as disease resistance), traditional plant breeding of heirloom ..read more