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How to: Make the Perfect Tofu

Time Needed: 1 hr.
Active Time: 5 min.

1 package firm tofu

About buying tofu: The best tofu is found in Asian markets and is usually sold by the pound and is not prepackaged. If this is not available to you, packaged supermarket tofu can taste good too.

Heat oven to broil. Drain tofu. To get more water out of the tofu, sandwich the uncut portion in between two dinner plates and let sit, pouring out the juice every once in a while for 15 to 20 minutes. This will also speed up the cooking. After the tofu has drained, cut them into matchbook-size pieces – about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick. Spread the pieces on an ungreased baking dish. Do not stack. I usually use a lasagna pan, but a rimmed baking sheet works the same. It is best to lightly cover the tofu with whatever sauce you will use to prepare the dish. Barbeque sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or my Asian dressing are all good starting points. Bake the tofu until the edges are brown, but not crunchy – about 30 min. You can experiment with cutting the tofu into different proportions to get a different texture. For instance, cubed tofu will have a soft middle and a crisp outside.

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How To: Sift Without a Sifter

The purpose of sifting is to make sure your measurements match the recipes’ measurements. Sifting puts air back into the substance, which has usually been packed in the process of packaging and moving. Take, for instance, flour: Take your measuring device you plan to use and loosen the flour by scooping some up and pouring it back in the bag a few times. Measure out how much you need and place in the bowl, proceed by whisking the flour in the bowl for a minute. It will be sufficiently aired. Another option is to spoon (with a teaspoon) the flour into your measuring cup until it is full, and proceed with the whisking.

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How to: Prepare Leeks

Trim and discard root ends and dark-green parts. Halve lengthwise; thinly slice crosswise. Place in a large bowl and wash by soaking and draining in several changes of cold water. Lift leeks out of water, leaving grit behind. Be thorough!

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How To: Entertain at a Moment’s Notice

There are a few things I keep in my pantry in case company stops by and needs to be fed. In addition to a few pantry items, I also keep some kind of dessert that is easy to prepare frozen in the freezer. I always keep a few containers of unseasoned stewed tomatoes, penne pasta, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, white beans, onions, olive oil, potatoes, and some key spices. With this and whatever cheese you have on hand, you can easily prepare these pasta dishes. Additionally, you can throw together a salad or roast whatever vegetables you have on hand, like potatoes or carrots. When I make a pie or cookies, I double the recipe, so that I can bake half and keep the other half in the freezer to thaw and bake when company comes over. By keeping the cupboard stocked with those items and a dessert in the freezer, you can easily have a three-course meal in a matter of 20 min.

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How To: Have a Practical, Stocked Spice Cabinet

These are the spices you will need to cook most recipes: Basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cayenne, cumin, sage, garlic salt. Other pantry items you will need are: olive oil, sesame oil, vegetable oil, butter, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, hot sauce.

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How to: Have the Tools for Baking

These are the basic tools you will need to bake a cake, make cookies, pie, and dumplings: Electric mixer, whisk, rolling pin, spatula, pie dish, cake dish, cookie sheet. You’ll also need: flour, sugar, brown sugar, powder sugar, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, milk, butter. It’s also good to keep lemons on hand.

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