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    The Kitchen Helper Guide, a source for chefs of all skill levels

    Did you know that you can substitute two teaspoons of prepared mustard for a teaspoon of dry mustard? Or that a half a cup of flour equals 8 tablespoons of flour? The Kitchen Helper Guide ($4.99), for the last three decades, has offered a source for basic information and answers to common questions asked in the kitchen. The guide was recently updated, and now the wipe-able pages riveted together are in the shape of a mason jar. They fan out so they’re easy to read. The small packet is useful for cooks of all calibers because it is loaded with facts: equivalent measurements, emergency substitutions, roasting and microwave timetables, and descriptions of spices and herbs and the foods they match well with. One page offers the amount of fat, cholesterol, and number of calories for more than three dozen items. There’s a magnet on the back of the guide, which can be attached to the refrigerator or range so it’s always at your fingertips. And when those fingertips are too greasy or filled with dough to pullout a book or electronic device, the helpful little guide is close at hand. Available at The Container Store locations.