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Jim Musumeci

Cooking has been my passion for more than forty years, both professionally and at home. I welcome any cooking or food related questions, especially those concerning culinary techniques. My specialties are Italian and Puerto Rican cuisine, with skills in French and Southern style cooking as well. My nickname of “JimmyScones” came about from my love of creating flaky and delicious scones. Please ask questions on food preparation, techniques, ingredients, recipes, and recommended cookbooks. I CANNOT ANSWER QUESTIONS ON APPLIANCES OR APPLIANCE PARTS, OR ON OLDER OR VINTAGE COOKWARE OR ITS' MONETARY VALUE. I would also request no more than two part questions. Since we are volunteers, I must ask that you rate our answers when you have read them since that is the only way we know if are helping you. PLEASE, DO NOT MARK YOUR QUESTIONS AS "PRIVATE". I can only answer public questions and my site will make them public if there is no personal information within. Thanks and have a delicious day.

Mike N

I can answer general cooking questions in regards to home cooking. I am the type of cook that can make a meal out of whatever you have in in your cabinets. When you see nothing, I see a meal. I know several things to do with chicken, beef and pork. My recipes and ideas are for the average person in the kitchen. You do not have to be an expert to make any of my meal suggestions I give you. I do not have any experience in cooking things such as duck or how to prepare frog legs. If it is a general home cooking question.. I am pretty sure I can answer it. If I can't I will do some research to find the answer. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to answer your questions and help you plan your next meal.


I am an avid foodie....Raised by a southern mother, I have a broad base of cooking knowledge. I am not afraid to tell you I do not have the answer. In the kitchen I am adventurous as well as a traditionalist.

Jana Turner

First of all, I LOVE to cook. I raised four kids and worked so quick and easy was very important. I can answer most any food/recipe question. Home style cooking is my favorite forum, but I also am knowledgable in sauces and some saute. Questions about food storage, food safety, quick and easy meals, cook ahead meals for freezing and hostess ideas are welcome here.

Mike MacDonald

I can answer questions that deal with everyday home cooking from roasts, BBQing, marinades, slowcooking, poultry, pork, beef, salads and vegetable dishes. The things I am not really able to help out on is desserts, fish and ethnic foods.


I work as the editor and moderator of, an online space for Cooks Who Use Their Noodles. I am happy to answer questions about home cooking, healthy cooking and my personal specialty, cooking on the cheap!

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2016-10-18 slow cooker:

Hi Richard,     That's a great question. I don't know the exact answer. What I would do is buy a large slow cooker in a size that I could use for meals as well at times of the year I didn't need the humidity

2016-08-30 Sun Dried Tomatoes:

Hi Jona,  Sun dried tomatoes are so versatile,  they can be sautéed into a recipe such as a spinach and mushroom omelet, used to top off a pizza, diced into a salad or soup, or sliced and used as a pretty

2016-08-30 Sun Dried Tomatoes:

Hi Jona,   If the tomatoes are dried and not packed in oil, then you have to let them steep in hot water or wine, then drain them before using. But if they are packed in oil, then you can use them straight

2016-08-28 Making homemade yogurt:

Hi pw. I have made yogurt in the oven very successfully over the years. I know a website that gives you three methods for making yogurt with recipes and is quite specific. I have offered this site to others

2016-08-08 Simple cooking:

Hi Nina,     I would recommend "America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook". Its a great book for beginners and each step is clearly explained. Also, have you considered a cookbook of crockpot meals? There

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