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Olive Oil 101

Over the past five to ten years many of us have started using extra virgin olive oil for its health benefits and exquisite flavor. Yet many press reports indicate that we in the United States may be paying for what we think is extra virgin olive oil…


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Substitutions for Margarine

Margarine is a kind of vegetable shortening that has been whipped with water or skim milk (and other flavors, colorants, and emulsifiers) to make it more appealing and easier to spread. There is a great [...]

Substitutions for Vegetable Shortening

Vegetable shortening is a product made by injecting hydrogen into vegetable oil to make it solid at room temperature and to give it culinary qualities that are similar to solid animal fats. This produces a [...]

Substitutions for Vegetable Oil

Canola, peanut, corn, safflower, soybean oil, and other blends are the most common vegetable oils available in grocery stores. Their neutral flavor, high smoke point, and light body make them the ghost of the [...]

Substitutions for Butter

Butter is one of the most commonly used culinary fats. Many people love the taste of butter and high-quality butter can be a good source of fat-soluble vitamins. However, butter is also high in saturated [...]

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