Sunday, December 26, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Here is a picture of my newest pair of fuzzy slippers. Aren't they cute?
I got these for $3.00 on Black Friday. What a deal!
I think electric slippers are a great idea! Have you ever seen them? I haven't...maybe I should patent that idea...too late...I just let my secret out to the world.
Today is the first official day of winter...a great day to buy yourself a new pair of fuzzy slippers!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
If you aren’t familiar with go-to spices, you want to get acquainted starting now. Spices can make all the difference in your cooking and can take a cheap cut of meat from drab to fab. Technically, they aren’t all spices, but they’re all used to add a kick to main dishes, soups and stews.
1. Garlic powder. For those evenings when you aren’t in the mood to mince fresh garlic, garlic powders adds the same garlic-y goodness with just a few sprinkles .
2. Sea salt. It’s healthier than regular salt and if you’re a fan of coarse salt, sea salt will knock your socks off.
3. Various types of whole or ground pepper. Fresh ground black pepper is brilliant, but check out white and pink pepper which add an interesting dimension.
4. Sage. Perhaps a vastly underused spice, ground sage is ideal for homemade rubs and marinades and pairs well with chicken.
5. Red chili flakes. A few red chili flakes can make all of the difference when making chicken or beef.
6. Chili powder. Use it for basic chili recipes, but also for fish tacos.
7. Bay leaves. Even a dried bay leaf can add significant warmth to stews or a slow-cooked bolognese.
8. Ground coriander. We’d never choose ground coriander over the real deal, but for some dishes, this spice adds a fresh element that can’t be captured with anything else.
9. Onion powder. If your family is finicky about onions, use onion powder to add the same aroma without getting bits of onion all over the food .
10. Cumin. Ground cumin is one of our favorite spices to work with, especially when making soups or working with pork.
11. Ground mustard. Add serious intensity to your beef with ground mustard.
12. Cayenne pepper. It’s delicious for chicken and can also be used to make Mexican hot chocolate.
13. Paprika. Paprika is a secret ingredient for many for cooking up the perfect burger.
14. Basic steak seasoning. This can be a Montreal steak seasoning or any seasoning meant for beef that your family enjoys.
15. Dried thyme. This is one dried herb that can almost stand up to its fresh counterpart. We love it on pork and in breads.
Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and veggies make a great snack on their own and add some color and nutrition to many dishes.
16. Potatoes. You decide the type (we suggest red potatoes and leaving the skin on), but potatoes are brilliant for roasting in the winter and grilling in the summer.
17. Mushrooms. Portobello mushrooms can be a tad pricey depending on where you live, but they add a hearty punch to many dishes and can beef up quantity when you’re feeding guests.
18. Onions. Onions of every type rank high on our list of veggies to have in the fridge at all times. Shallots, red onions, white onions and chives are some of our favorites (and the most versatile).
19. Leafy green lettuce. Forget about the iceberg. There’s no nutritional value and seldom any flavor. Instead go for romaine or any leafy green lettuce that is rich in color and texture.
20. Bell peppers. No matter what color you choose, bell peppers are delicious fresh or sauteed.
21. Garlic. If you can get used to adding fresh garlic to many meals, you’ll discover that it adds a memorable flavor. If you don’t like mincing, invest in a microplane and grate garlic directly over your saucepan or pot.
22. Apples. A good apple makes a fabulous snack on its own, but it also works well with real honey, plain yogurt and various cheeses.
23. Bananas. A banana works by itself and is brilliant on a slice of toast with Nutella.
24. Lemons and limes. Both are a must for whipping up your own quick marinades or garnishing a drink.
25. Oranges. Throw them in a salad or get your vitamin C by noshing on it straight up.
The post is entitled: Perfect Pantry: 80 Essential Ingredients for a Well-Stocked Kitchen
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Aren't cookies great?I love cookies! I wrote an article about The History of Cookies that you might find interesting.
This week, Kraft Delicious Days is sharing great articles and videos about cookies as well.
If you are a novice or a pro baker, chances are you can make cookies! Here are some of my new favorite cookie recipes:
Mint Chocolate chip cookie recipe
Chocolate covered raisin cookie recipe
Peanut butter and M&M cookie recipe
Peanut butter ball recipe
Here are some great tips for freezing your cookies...we all bake way too many!
I like to freeze my cookies in storage bags made for the freezer. I place about 12 cookies down flat in the bag (place the bag flat on the counter to begin with your first layer of cookies), then place a sheet of waxed paper on top of that layer. I then, place another 12 cookies on top of the waxed paper. I put about 3 layers per freezer bag. I have tried to freeze my cookies in store bought containers. To my experience, they tend to crack and break apart.
Generally, if you have cookies that need to be frosted, do not frost them before you freeze them. Freeze the cookies and after you defrost them, apply the frosting. However, I make a family cookie that requires a frosting made from powdered sugar and water, and I frost my cookie before I freeze them, and it always defrosts wonderfully! Just use your judgment.
- Cool cookies before placing them in the freezer.
- If you are making several different types of cookies to freeze, freeze like cookies together. This way, your different flavors will not mix.
- Be sure to write the date you baked the cookies on your bags. You may also want to write what type of cookies is inside each bag.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Candy gift ideas for children
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
My friend Kathy send me this link and I added my blog! You can add your blog or website as well :)
They are giving away prizes for the most visited blog!
If you are interested in shopping online and earning money back, check out my friend Kathy's website! I have joined (for free) and have had fun with the online auction! You can get all kinds of items for a fraction of the cost in the stores! Market America
Friday, November 26, 2010
I'm sure most of us are eating leftovers from our Thanksgiving meal yesterday! I know we have been today and it looks like we will be for the next day or so. Hey, I'm not complaining though :)
We had so many good things to eat! The new cranberry recipe I shared 2 days ago was a hit! It is definitely a keeper.
My Red Lobster cheese biscuits disappeared very quickly as did the stuffed eggs. I have to say that the pecan pies that I made may have been the best I have EVER made! Just as Marie from "Everybody Loves Raymond" says, I cooked with love :)
Of course there was also the after dinner football game outside and then the men sitting in front of the TV watching football after that... it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without football, right?
Black Friday shopping went well :) I slept a slim 1.5 hours last night and left the house at 2:10am this morning. I found everything on my array of lists and saved a lot of money :) I thought I would be able to stay awake all day on my measly 1.5 hours of sleep, but I was fooling myself! I came home and fell asleep for 3 hours, then I woke up and at leftovers and then fell back asleep for several more hours to wake up and eat again. I will have my exercise meeting with "Gilad" in the morning :)
That all being said, it has been a wonderful weekend so far :) Enjoy the pictures!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
1 sweet potato pie
Monday, November 22, 2010
Just in case you want to make your dessert a little more waistline-friendly—the average Thanksgiving dinner plate serves up a whopping 3000 calories!--the recipe also offers reduced calorie and reduced fat alternatives.
Our latest series of videos will also teach you how to make other Thanksgiving desserts like cranberry-glazed cinnamon cheesecake and caramel pumpkin mousse tart with pecan crumble. Even if you don’t cook - you can learn how to carve the turkey flawlessly.
While you’re at Kraft Delicious Days don’t forget to enter our Holiday Sweepstakes for a chance to win $2,500! Click for more about the sweepstakes .
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Jack In The Box Coupon, State Fair Corn Dogs (coupon and video), Kraft Delicious Days (video) and New recipes
1. On Tuesday, November 16th, Jack In the Box will give away 2 FREE tacos to anyone with NO PURCHASE REQUIRED! Just walk into the store and ask for your free tacos. Limit 2 tacos per customer: at participating locations only.
Jack In the Box: Facebook
Jack In the Box: Twitter
2. State Fair Corn Dogs
Here is a funny interactive video for State Fair Corn Dogs! In addition, they are offering a coupon that can be printed from your computer.
State Fair website
State Fair on: Facebook
3. Kraft Delicious Days gives great cooking and baking advice along with FREE videos to its readers.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
To watch a video about making Bacon Cheeseburger Roll Ups: Click Here
Friday, October 29, 2010
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Monday, October 4, 2010
My new friend Kathy, who lives in Florida gave me this exceptional recipe! I made it for my sons Birthday party and I MAY have had 2 or 3 pieces left (out of 2 full plates that I served)!
I had never made a double layer fudge before, so this was a first for me. I have to say, it really was easy and the taste was superb!
Here is the recipe: Kathy's Ribbon Fudge Recipe
The recipe calls for marshmallow fluff. Now, you KNOW I always have a pantry full of baking supplies right? Well, I have to say, I did not have enough fluff in my jar for the recipe. So, I used mini marshmallows and they worked beautifully!
I did take pictures of the fudge as I made it to help you see how easy it really is to make :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
Hello! Sorry to have been gone for so long! I had a lot going on...from my sons Birthday party to family visiting from NJ.
I am going to share with you a link about self-canning today. It is that time of the year! We can buy up all kinds of fresh produce and can them to enjoy over the winter months.
Here is a link for the Top 50 websites for learning self-canning
The sites will teach you a variety of things from canning terms to the basics of home canning. Have fun with it!
Here are a few make your own recipes from me and some cooking and baking tips:
Strawberry banana freezer jam
Parmesan herb bread crumbs
Easy cheese bread recipe
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