Kitchen Basics

Sometimes we just need to dust off the basics. You’ll also be able to catch up on any missed Kitchen Scoop newspaper columns in this category.
Kitchen Basics Thai-Style Peanut Sauce

Go ahead: Cave in to your craving for peanut sauce

“I’ve cleaned out my refrigerator and I couldn’t bear to waste this peanut sauce," Alicia said before heading out on vacation. "Use it as a dip for chicken.”

By the third day chicken didn't stand a chance. Peanut sauce was going straight from the Tupperware into my greedy little mouth.

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Boiling Water Saves Your Sanity

When you're late, tired and truly at a loss for what to fix for dinner, walk straight to the kitchen and put a large pot of water on to boil. Suddenly, your dinner possibilities seem endless.

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Pumpkin Pear Muffins

How can you know if baking powder and soda are still fresh?

If you don't bake frequently, you're going to need to pay particular attention to the health and well-being of your baking powder.

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Speedy Black Bean Soup

Snow Day Pulls Out the Pantry

Quick pantry items to have on hand for snow days (or any desperate day, really!)

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