General Cooking and Baking Tips N’ Tricks

As I am developing recipes for My Dad Butters His Bacon, I am constantly adding notes to the recipes that I hope my readers find helpful.  However, adding the small hints to each recipe may eventually lead to these hints being lost, so I have started a post for General Cooking and Baking Tips N’ Tricks, which I will update periodically with small hints.

I hope you find them valuable!

Good Alternatives:

1. Don’t own a rolling pin and do not want to clutter your drawers with another kitchen utensil?  An alternative to a rolling pin is a wine bottle.  Simply wash off the label in hot, soapy water and roll away.  I mean, if you have aspirations of making a thousand pie crusts then I would suggest that you invest in a good quality rolling pin.  However, if you find yourself in a sans-rolling pin situation (ex. at the cabin) or are just rolling out biscuits every once in awhile, a wine bottle certainly does the trick.


1.  I see this word al dente all the time.  What does it mean?  Al dente describes pasta that is cooked to be firm to the bite. In grade 7 home economics class we loved cooking our pasta to al dente as our teacher would let us throw the pasta at a wall as a test for al dente. If the pasta stuck to the wall it was perfect. Now that I have to wash the walls, I prefer the taste test method.

Have a great day and remember, all’s well that ends with dessert!

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