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Author: Chef Jeff Igel

Roasting Duck

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Q. I’ve eaten duck at restaurants and enjoyed it, but it seems rather intimidating to make at home. Any suggestions on how to approach it? – Rosemary, Menasha A. Duck is delicious, yet seems to be enjoyed as a special occasion type entrée by most people as its overall consumption is not very high. Domesticated READ MORE

Trending Turmeric

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Q. I’ve been reading about the health benefits of turmeric. Into what types of dishes can I incorporate the spice?  — Ruben, Appleton A. Turmeric is a plant grown in Southeast Asia that comes from the ginger family. It is processed by boiling the plant, after which it is dried and ground into a powder. READ MORE

Pantry Staples: Splurge vs. Steal

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Q. What pantry items are worth spending a little more on than others? Which staples can you get by using generic versions? — Sherry, Greenville A. There may be some readers who will not agree with my opinion when answering this question. I hope we can still be friends! There are very few consumers that READ MORE

Brown Butter Basics

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Q. What is brown butter and how can it be used? — Ginger, Appleton A. Brown butter is unsalted butter that has been melted over low heat until it separates into its two primary components of butter fat (also known as clarified butter) and milk solids. The butter fat floats and the milk solids rest READ MORE

Braising Tips

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Q. What cuts of meat benefit the most from braising? Any general braising tips? — Colby, Little Chute A. Braising is a combination cooking method that utilizes both dry and moist cooking methods on tough pieces of meat. Tough cuts come from the part of animals that move a lot like shoulders and legs. The READ MORE

Homemade Marinara

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Q. I’d like to make my own classic marinara sauce using my garden tomatoes to enjoy year round. Do you have a favorite recipe and jarring or storing tips? – Graham, Little Chute A. I’ve made my own marinara sauce for so many years I can recite it by heart. The proportion of ingredients is READ MORE

Kabobs!

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Q. What are some helpful suggestions for preparing delicious kabobs? I want to grill them, but am unsure how to get all the ingredients cooked to the appropriate doneness? — Caesar, Kaukauna A. Kabobs are an excellent item for the grill because they are fun to make and can provide a very colorful presentation. Here READ MORE

Creative Preserves

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Q. I like to take advantage of the local pick-your-own orchards, especially strawberries in June. I’m not a jam or jelly person and I don’t can. How can I preserve the berries for use later in the year? – Karen, Darboy A. There are a couple of things you can do besides jams and jellies READ MORE

How to Grill a Pizza

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Q. I want to try grilling a homemade pizza. What do I need to know? — Curt, Black Creek A. Pizza of any kind is a favorite for most people and when a pizza is grilled, it gets extra special. An easy way to grill pizza is to convert your grill to an oven. This READ MORE

Homemade Fries How-To

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Q. What’s the secret to homemade fries? Whenever I make mine (which I bake in the oven) they are never as crispy as I would like. Help! – Alex, Menasha A. Homemade fries are delicious, but achieving fries like the ones served in restaurants and other food service outlets are challenging to duplicate. A really READ MORE