Recently Submitted Questions
Welcome to the Kitchen Shrink, where you email me with your culinary questions and I do my best to answer them.
Onions and Garlic: What does a medium onion or a medium garlic clove measure when chopped?
Linda recently e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink to ask, “when a recipe calls for a medium onion, chopped, or a clove of garlic, chopped, what do they measure in standard measuring cups and spoons?” What a... read answer »
Rice: How do you cook rice?
I just got an e-mail from Brent asking, “How long do you cook rice?” I thought I would just send him a link to my recipe for cooking rice and discovered that although I recommend... read answer »
Turkey: Where can I learn how to carve a turkey?
One of the questions I frequently get at this time of year is, “Where can I find out how to carve a turkey?” I have lots of information on the site about cooking and serving... read answer »
Rice Vinegar: What is the difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar?
Angelia recently e-mailed the Kitchenshrink to ask, “What is the difference, if any, between rice wine vinegar and rice vinegar?” There really isn’t much difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar and they can certainly... read answer »
Shallots and Onions: Can they be interchanged?
Recently Patricia asked the Kitchen Shrink, “what is the difference in shallots or onions , etc. can they be interchanged?”
There are many varieties of both shallots and onions within the species Allium cepa…. They vary... read answer »
Packing Safely: How Can I Safely Pack and Carry a Picnic?
Now that summer picnic season is in full swing, I have had several requests for information on safely packing and carrying foods. Whether you are driving miles to a park or the beach or going... read answer »
Equipment: All about my bench scraper
Each time I use my special extra-large bench scraper on the show I get many e-mails from viewers who would like to have one. My search for a source was unsuccessful until I found out... read answer »
Pancetta: What is Pancetta and how do you cook it?
Marvin e-mailed the Kitchen Shrink that he had enjoyed scallops with pancetta at a restaurant and wondered what pancetta is, how you cook it, and where to buy it. Although pancetta is often called Italian bacon,... read answer »
Cranberry Sauce: How do you make homemade cranberry sauce?
I recently got an e-mail from Greg who said that he had recently had homemade fresh cranberry sauce at a holiday dinner and loved it. He added that he hadn’t known that it was something... read answer »
Desserts: Here’s One of my Favorite Desserts
I received an e-mail from Frances asking, “What is your all-time favorite dessert? How do you make it?” Well, I don’t really have a favorite dessert, but I am rather fond of the Butterscotch Pudding... read answer »