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July 30, 2016
There are three very good reasons why you should learn basic cookery: practical, gastronomical and personal reasons. On the practical side, its'a stubborn economic fact that preparing your own food is cheaper than buying it ready-made. Gastronomically, it's a fact that old-fashioned home cooking is tastier and more varied. As for the personal side, it's a fact that cooking is fun, especially good cooking.

James A. Beard

Cooking Tip of the Month: How to cream shortening and sugar

Cream shortening and sugar with an electric mixer, as directed by the recipe, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Curdled and frothy batter has been worked too long, and will produce a coarse-grained cake.
Source:   Nestlé
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