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How to Properly Cook & Handle Meats

Written by Danielle Travali.

When it comes to handling and preparing raw meat, some people start to worry about the potential threat of food poisoning. However, heeding a few key rules will minimize the chance for food-related illness or cross contamination. Cleanliness, correct temperature, and proper technique are essential to keeping your family safe when serving them beef, chicken, pork, turkey, or any other type of meat. Here are some tips for you:

  • Never defrost any meat on the kitchen counter or at room temperature. You must always keep the meat cold while defrosting it. There are three ways to defrost most types of meat: In the refrigerator, in a plastic bag or leak-proof container filled with cold water (you have to change the water every 30 minutes to make sure the water remains cold), or in the microwave.

How to Make the Perfect Pie Dough

Written by Leslie Lichtenberg.

This is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Bright, cheery, promise of all things sweet, sticky, crumbly, flaky and satisfying. But until very recently, this trusty kitchen tool was more like my personal "Dr. Doom".

I kid you not; this gadget frightened and intimidated me. My inability (read: refusal) to use it, evidenced by its perpetual, almost mocking gleam -- no caked-on residue here -- was made all the worse by my ignorance. I could not distinguish between a dough hook and a paddle attachment, much less figure out how to use them.

The truth is, there comes a certain level of expectation among family and friends when you spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen, like I do. While my cooking seemed to produce consistently positive results, there was no denying that question marks hung in the air of my overheated, active kitchen: Is anything sweet or otherwise dessert-like ever going to come out of those ovens?