TIPS + HELPFUL HINTS

7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Party

Posted on Sep 30th, 2012

This series is brought to you in partnership with Lightlife, Live long. Travel light. To learn more, click here.  We were invited to host an…

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Asparagus Tips.

Posted on Mar 19th, 2011

(I love a good pun.  Get it?  Asparagus tips?  I know.  I'm hilarious.) Asparagus is in season. It's a favorite veggie of the Johnson…

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Baking 101: Making the Perfect Devil’s Food Cake

Posted on Jul 13th, 2007

Okay, okay. This is where I get sort of bossy. In order to make a really, really, really good cake, you MUST have a stand mixer. Did you get that?…

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Christmas Treats and Sweets

Posted on Dec 16th, 2010

(Clockwise from left to right:  Homemade Peanut Butter Cups, Orange Spiced Candied Nuts, Caramel Turtles, Caramel Popcorn, Cherry-Almond Divinity,…

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Varieties of Apples

Fall Apple Variety Guide

Posted on Sep 28th, 2016

It's apple picking season! I always feel like I need a little refresher each year on which apples are best suited for which purpose. So I put…

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Holiday Q+A: Dessert for a Crowd

Posted on Dec 20th, 2010

Hi Lindsey, Please help! We've been invited to my sister-in-law's for Christmas and there will be 21 adults plus many kids running around. I'm…

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Holiday Q+A: Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Posted on Dec 17th, 2010

This is my living room, about as decorated as it's going to be. Scene:  It's 6:00 am Christmas morning.  The kids didn't fall asleep until…

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How To Add Meatless Meals Into Your Week

Posted on Sep 23rd, 2014

Our family is not 100% vegetarian, but we have made a concerted effort to go meatless as often as we can. The truth is, we could all eat more…

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How To Make Croissants (With Step-By-Step Photos!)

Posted on May 2nd, 2007

I received the book pictured below for my birthday this year. (P.S. It's on sale right now!) I have checked this book out many, many times from my…

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How To Make Homemade Caramels

Posted on Dec 7th, 2007

I originally posted this back in November of 2006, but I figured if you are a new reader, you may not have seen it, and it's that time of year…

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How To Pit Cherries Without A Cherry Pitter

Posted on Jun 25th, 2012

Cherry season has arrived!  Let's all give a hip-hip-hooray!  Today I want to share a tip I learned years ago from The Martha about pitting…

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How To Use a Molcajete

Posted on Aug 4th, 2007

This, my friends, is a molcajete. I received this as a birthday gift in 2004 from some dear friends. My friend, a very good cook in his own right,…

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peppermint bark brownies

Kitchen Q and A: Peppermint Bark Brownies

Posted on Dec 21st, 2008

(Click HERE for the updated recipe.) Peppermint Bark Brownies have one of my most asked for and popular recipes. People love these! The idea…

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Kitchen Q&A: Custard Base For Ice Cream

Posted on Apr 3rd, 2009

Wonderful Ingrid left a comment asking the following question regarding ice cream: Lindsey, I have a question...when making the custard do you…

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Kitchen Q&A: Aunt Khali’s BBQ Beef

Posted on Oct 29th, 2008

Back in March I posted the recipe for Aunt K's BBQ Beef. Since then I've had a flood of e-mail questions regarding the recipe. I decided to go…

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Kitchen Q&A: Cheese Course

Posted on Oct 10th, 2008

picture:  Four Easy Cheese Appetizer Ideas Kiasa wrote to me yesterday asking about creating a cheese course. (I immediately started…

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Pizza with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Leeks, and Fresh Herbs

Posted on Apr 25th, 2009

Remember when I posted a recipe last summer for a Leek-Goat Cheese Tart? My new favorite pizza is a take on it. I went a step further and caramelized…

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Quick Tip: Marinating Avocados

Posted on Feb 13th, 2013

Today I want to share a quick tip that will change the way you eat avocados.  I learned about marinating avocados from the California Avocado dinner…

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Recipe and Tips For The Best Shepherd’s Pie

Posted on Sep 12th, 2012

When school started back in the middle of August (!), I waited to feel the change in the air.  In Utah, you can definitely feel a change in the air…

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Slow-Cooker White Beans

Posted on Mar 3rd, 2011

Cooking dry beans at home in a slow-cooker is much more economical than buying canned beans. Plus--you can infuse the beans with different herbs and…

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Summer #PicnicBasket Essentials

Posted on Aug 11th, 2014

Still a few more weeks until another school year begins. We are getting in every last bit of summer while we can! Our family adores going on picnics…

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Toasting Hazelnuts 101

Posted on Apr 18th, 2007

Toasting hazelnuts is the perfect way to intensify and enhance their natural flavor. Start with shelled hazelnuts. Pick through them to remove any…

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