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With a pantry full of spices, why buy a ready-made steak seasoning? Try this recipe if you're looking for a DIY version that kicks steak sauce to the curb. 0

Williams Steak Seasoning {DIY with Fresh Spices}

I admit it. I love A1 sauce… And for some reason, Rob always gives me a hard time about using steak sauce. I guess the steak seasoning in this house needs to get a little more creative than salt + pepper. Enter me and my pantry full of spices. I do not have a spice rack. I have a spice section. It includes 2 shelves, 16 magnetic jars affixed to the back of my pantry door on silver trays, and a wooden board full of decorative jars containing this and that. With that much kitchen real estate dedicated to my herbs and...

My signature seasoning blend is perfect for poultry, potatoes and vegetables—but I also use it for salmon, pork and casseroles. You'll love the savory flavor of this all-purpose seasoning! 0

Williams House Seasoning {All-Purpose Seasoned Salt}

Everyone needs a go-to house seasoning blend—something you can put on anything and everything to add some quick flavor and a special touch to basic meals. Growing up, I remember my dad reaching for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt a lot. I also remember it turning canned green beans into a much more flavorful vegetable I actually liked to eat. Lawry’s adds a simplistic flavor, but some flavor is better than none! I’ve used it many times as a base, adding other seasonings on top of it to spruce it up. Even though the ingredient list is pretty ambiguous (i.e. “salt, spices.” Yeah,...

Once you've gotten a good start with cooking, the best way to continue to develop your culinary skills is to regularly challenge yourself in the kitchen. Trying new things opens up your experiences—before you know it, things that were once a challenge become second nature. 0

5 Well-Worth-It Ways to Challenge Yourself in the Kitchen

Once you’ve gotten a good start with cooking, the best way to continue to develop your culinary skills is to regularly challenge yourself in the kitchen. Trying new things opens up your experiences—before you know it, things that were once a challenge become second nature. If you’ve ever tried gluten-free cooking, you know very well what a kitchen challenge is! But I’d only recommend a kitchen challenge like gluten-free cooking if you have identified a real need for it, such as a food sensitivity or other health issue. There are plenty of ways to challenge yourself in the kitchen that can...

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My Simple Cooking Ideology

A cooking ideology is the set of underlying principles that shape the choices made and styles expressed in the kitchen. I hadn’t given much thought to my own cooking ideology until a few years ago. I’ve read a lot of books on food that have shaped my beliefs, and my cooking ideology formed gradually. My cooking ideology promotes nutrition It became pretty clear to me about 5 years ago that my most staunch food-related preference is to have my food the way nature intended. It’s a preference that is strongly linked to my underlying cooking ideology of deriving maximum nutrition from food and avoiding...

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13 Rules to Live By When Hosting Thanksgiving

It can be a little daunting hosting Thanksgiving at your home. Will the turkey explode into a dried mess when you cut into it? Will your drunk uncle go off on a tangent about those Starbucks cups? Will people like the new chef-y recipe you came up with for stuffing stuffed artichokes? I have now hosted Thanksgiving in my home for the last three years. Here are a few rules to live by to make sure you end the day with your sanity and everything turns out beautifully. Determine Your Menu Well in Advance First, brainstorm your menu. If you...

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My Top 5 Most Used Cookbooks

My biggest collection in my house could possibly be my shot glass collection. But definitely the runner-up is my cookbook collection. I have so many cookbooks that I don’t care to count. Some became my most used cookbooks, and some I sold in garage sales or donated to Goodwill because I was done with them. (I’ve only ever gotten rid of a shot glass if it became broken.) Cookbooks were my original textbooks and teachers when I first set out to learn to cook. Perhaps my Grandma Mast was my inspiration. I always remember her cooking up the wonderful Sunday dinners. My...

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Salad Shaker | Kitchen Basics

For me, a salad shaker easily qualifies as a kitchen basic. I know this, because right now I have 3 separate salad shakers and a fancy “Mix ‘n Pour” from The Pampered Chef. It’s an item that I keep in multiples because I use them so very often. I recently found a vintage salad dressing shaker just like my grandma used to have. I just love it, and it’s my default salad shaker. Before that, I had the Pampered Chef tool and two regular plastic shakers. I like to vigorously shake anything containing oil and vinegar, because it emulsifies the mixture so...

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Parchment Paper | Kitchen Basics

I remember the first time a recipe suggested using parchment paper, and I wondered what kind of exotic paper could be baked in an oven or why anyone would ever want to use such a thing. I was familiar with the concept of using aluminum foil in the oven, but paper? I had absolutely no clue what parchment paper was or where to find it, and I still wasn’t convinced of its value. I bought my first roll of parchment paper reluctantly. I’ll admit, I can be stubborn, but I will usually try anything once if even to prove myself...

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How to Get Started Cooking in Five Easy Steps

If you are ready to get started cooking, you are among a growing number of people who are taking an active interest in getting more involved with their food. Cooking is a very valuable skill to have, but it can be overwhelming when just getting started. I love crafting deliciousness in my kitchen, and I want to help make it easier for you to get started cooking. Here are five easy steps I would recommend to help you begin: Identify the reasons you want to get started cooking. Having a clear idea of why you want to cook will help you...

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Why I love cooking

I love cooking. I am not perfect in the kitchen, but food doesn’t have to be anywhere near perfect to be pretty damn good. And you don’t have to be a sous chef to be regarded as a pretty damn good cook. When I look back to the beginning of my cooking days, I realize that my affinity for cooking goes way beyond a love for good food. My best memories involve wonderful food. Some of the fondest moments of childhood are the Sundays after church at grandma and grandpa’s house when we enjoyed a big family dinner together. Ever...