To remove dirt from leeks – add cut leeks to a bowl of cold water. Mix gently and let sit – most dirt will fall to bottom of bowl.
Acidulated Water – Keep your cut apples in a bowl of water (with a hint of lemon juice).  The lemon juice will slightly add acid which helps the apples from turning brown.
bouquet garni - an herb mixture (thyme, parsley, black pepper corns, and garlic clove) that is either tied together (wrapped inside a leek) or enclosed in a porous container and is cooked with a dish but removed before serving.
To whip cream faster – use
a chilled bowl.
How to schuck oysters:  Keep oysters cold.  Grip the oyster, flat side up, and force the tip of an oyster knife, between the shells just next to the hinge.

Pry, twisting the knife, while at the same time trying to push the blade into the oyster, breaking the hinge. Run the blade along the inside of the upper shell to free the oyster, removing the top shell.
To check for the correct consistency when reducing wine – let cool – and coat the back of spoon.  It is ready when the liquid holds its shape after running your finger down the back of the spoon.
To cleanly transfer pie dough from counter into pie pan – fold rolled dough in half and then half again.  Place the corner of the dough in the center of the pie pan and unfold.
Safely using a knife for chopping.  Keep finger tips in and thumb behind fingers and use hand to guide the knife.
To avoid splatter when frying – place one end of the meat in frying pan and gently lay the rest down away from you.
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How to Roast Garlic: take a head of garlic and cut the top off (pointed side). Put the garlic into a roasting pan with some water on the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
Did you know that Farmer's Cheese is made by pressing out most of the moisture from cottage cheese? Farmer's Cheese has the mild flavor associated with cottage cheese but it is a firm and dry cheese.
Canning and Pickling are great ways to prolong the "seasons." Giving you a chance to celebrate a variety of flavors year round.