Month: September 2020

Does Tomato Paste in a Tube Go Bad?

Tomato pureeShutterstock

One of the great things about home cooking is that — even if you make breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day — you still get to learn something new. This happened to me today as I was researching the best ways to use and store tomato paste.

As regular readers of my blog know, one thing that I consistently do here is lookup and answer your top questions about cooking. One of this questions is, “Does tomato paste in tubes go bad?”

An opened can of tomato paste will go bad in 5 days when stored the fridge. A tube of tomato paste, on the other hand, will last for 7-8 weeks (as long as you’ve screwed the cap on tightly).

Tomato paste can also be frozen, in a pretty smart way, so that you can store it for as much as 6 months in the freezer — and use up just the right amount whenever you need it for a recipe.

Continue reading to find out how.

Can Kumquats Be Eaten Raw?

Can Kumquats Be Eaten Raw?Eva Elijas (via Pexels)

I used to be one of those people in the grocery store who’d see kumquats in the fruit section, wonder at them for a couple of seconds, then go about their day. Until one day, when my curiosity prevailed and a bought a pack.

Now that I had 2 pounds of kumquat, I had to find out what to do with them. All I knew was that they were part of the citrus family and looked like small oranges.

The first thing that came to mind was, how I can eat kumquats? Here’s what I found.

Why Is My Potato Soup Gluey?

Why Is My Potato Soup Gluey?Julia Kicova (via Unsplash)

You took the time to choose the best potatoes in the grocery store. You did everything your grandmother’s recipe said. Yet your potato soup came out tasting and feeling like glue. What happened?

I’ve been cooking at home for more or less 20 years and, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that cooking is a productive process. If you get one step wrong along the way, most of the time the whole final result comes out wrong. The trick, you see, to making tasty food at home is in knowing what to watch out for.

If you’re reading this blog post, it’s most probably because you made potato soup — and it turned out thick and gluey.

Keep on reading as I’m going to share my best advice for how to make perfect creamy and chunky potato soup every single time.

Why Your Pasta Came Out Bland (And How to Get It Right)

Bland pasta

Pasta plus water equals dinner, right? Like most things in home cooking, the simplest dishes are often the hardest to make. When all you have is a stove top, a saucepan, a pack of pasta noodles, a can of tomatoes, and some garlic, getting your pasta dish wrong is just as easy as getting it right.

Many home cooks get frustrated with cooking pasta because their pasta dishes end up bland. “No matter what I do and what I try, my family and I agree my pasta doesn’t taste like anything,” one person says on Yahoo! Answers. “Can anyone tell me why my pasta came out tasting so bland,” another one asks on Reddit.

Happily, it doesn’t have to be that way. Apply the tips and tricks that I’m going to share with you below, and you’ll always make tasty pasta for you and your family, no matter what the recipe.

The 5 Secrets to Making Tasty Rice on the Stove

Home cooked rice

The simplest things in cooking are also the hardest to get right. Nowhere is this more true than when making rice on the stove top. A pot, a cup of rice, a couple of cups of water. What could possibly go wrong?

Plenty. Just type in “why is my rice” in Google and let autocomplete do the rest. Rice can end up mushy, hard, sticky, slimy, soggy, and bubbling over (and these are simply the most searched for problems!).

The Difference Between a Croque Monsieur and Monte Cristo Sandwich

Croque Monsieur vs. Monte Cristo

When you think of French cuisine, what recipes come first to mind? Maybe French onion soup, duck confit, or gratin. Or was it filet mignon and beef bourguignon? Whichever recipes you thought of first, I bet you they didn’t have much to do with classic French sandwiches. The ones they serve in those century-old Parisian cafés and bars with a cozy atmosphere with quiet music, wooden interior, and dim lighting.

That’s right. If you live outside of France, you don’t really hear and see much about French café and bar food. Time to fix this. Because some of the most delicious sandwiches you could possibly eat in your entire lifetime come from this lesser-known branch of classic French cuisine.

Two of them are the Croque Monsieur and Monte Cristo sandwiches. In this post, I’m going to show you what each of these sandwiches is — plus how they’re similar and in what ways they’re different.

Hope you’re excited about this as I am! Let’s go.

The 11 Best Cooking Channels on YouTube

YouTube Cooking Channels

Watching other people make food, understanding their thought process behind each recipe, and hearing about the mistakes they’ve made and the lessons they’ve learned along the way helps you become a better home cook. Thanks to YouTube and unlike television, you can also do it on your terms instead of having to count the hours until your favorite show gets aired.

Here’s the thing: not all cooking shows on YouTube are alike. Some get the recipes wrong and cook bland food. Others honestly have more subscribers and views than their videos deserve because they contain misleading and mediocre advice. Then there’s the third kind where the hosts focus a little bit too much on themselves and too little on the food that they’re there to make in the first place.

In this post, I’ll share the best cooking shows on YouTube, so that you can skip the bs and focus on the people and content who will help you make great food, make you smile, and laugh your heart off.

Make Mediterranean Tomato and Feta Salad

Mediterranean tomato salad

It’s no wonder people from Mediterranean countries live longer. Just look at the food they eat! When your food is that natural, aromatic, colorful, and tasty, your body is going to reward you in the long term for eating it. The classic Mediterranean menu comes in multiple courses. Usually, that’s salad, sides, main course, and desert.

Salads play an important role in Mediterranean cuisine. The nations living close to the Mediterranean sea — like Spaniards, Italians, and Greeks — grow a variety of vegetables and fruits. They’re also known for the highest quality olive oil and vinegar in the world.

Is Watery Yogurt Bad for You?


You bought yogurt from the grocery store, opened the container, and surprise, surprise… there’s this watery substance floating on top. You have no idea what it where and where it came from, but it’s already making you ask, “Is this yogurt really safe for me to eat?”

Fear not; watery yogurt is not that unusual. Here’s why it’s completely safe for you to eat — and why that watery substance got there in the first place.