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Secret Ingredient: Wondra Flour

Wondra Flour
Not many people know about Wondra Flour, but let me tell you: it’s great.  It’s the secret weapon for quickly thickening sauces and soups, and it’s been my go-to for years.  It even makes a superior dredging flour for pan-frying things. Wondra Flour is a product from Gold Medal, and it’s sold in blue cardboard canisters in the baking aisle.  If you’re reading this and thinking that it’s some sort of fancy flour, you’re right and wrong.  It is special, but it’s not an expensive baking flour.  Oh sure, Gold Medal would LOVE for you to bake with it just like regular flour because it’s exponentially more expensive than regular flour.  They even have baking recipes on their website.  But don’t be the chump and fall for this trick……

Everyone Uses Their Microwave Incorrectly

Microwaves are fancy space-magic technology, but they usually get a bad rap in the kitchen.  Let’s not mince words; you are probably using your microwave incorrectly. Microwaves are pretty cool, even if you aren’t using it in the best way possible.  It’s arguably the best popcorn machine ever, it can reheat those last 8 sips of your coffee, and can heat Totino’s Pizza Rolls to a temperature that can melt through the fabric of spacetime.  Any of your ancestors that didn’t live long enough to see it become a staple in household kitchens would be absolutely blown away by this amazing appliance.  Don’t even get me started about industrial microwaves… the TurboChef oven makes me salivate uncontrollably. But I bet, dollars to donuts, that most people are doing the…

Why I love MSG

MSG Crystals
Let’s get this out of the way first:  MSG isn’t dangerous or bad for you, and Chinese Food Syndrome is a myth.  Here’s an article from the Mayo Clinic stating just that (“anecdotal reports” is nerd-speak for “true that people said it, but that researchers found the claims to be not true.”)  Here’s the Wikipedia page that goes more in-depth. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given MSG its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation.[9] A popular belief is that MSG can cause headaches and other feelings of discomfort, known as “Chinese restaurant syndrome“, but blinded studies show no such effects when MSG is combined with food in normal concentrations, and are inconclusive when MSG is added to broth in large concentrations.[9][10][11] MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid.  We’re going to call glutamic acid glutamate…