Monday, January 23, 2017

Have fun with Belgium Waffles

Don't have a waffle maker ?.....Get one for delicious breakfast,brunch or desert treats !

 Watch the video below...



To wet your appetite.....



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How To Make The Perfect Omelette

If you're like me, an omelette is always a great breakfast..or brunch... treat.

If you're intimidated by creating an omelette, watch the video below....it's simple and easy.

Hope you enjoy....


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kitchen Tip-Utensils & Knives For The Kitchen

In a previous article, I gave some tips on stocking your pantry, frig, and freezer. Now some tips on getting the right utensils  and knives to prepare your food.
You want to have good set of basic tools such as a spatula, ladle, tongs, flippers and assorted wood and rubber spoons. The spatula helps scrape mixing bowls when baking or saucepans from the stove. Ladles help serve the soups and stews you prepare. You may want to consider a large one and smaller one for sauces. A third ladle with holes is useful for serving food cooked in a liquid. Another option looks like a large spoon, somewhat flat, to remove pasta (small pasta like bowtie of elbow macaroni) or steamed/blanched vegetables. Tongs are useful for long pasta and turning foods in a sauté or frying pan. We all use flippers for turning over those sunny side eggs!
A colander is a normal essential for draining pasta or vegetables from boiling water. Many cooks turn to a multi-purpose pasta pot which has parts to steam, cook and drain food.
A set of nesting glass bowls in various sizes from very small to very large gives you the tools for baking, making sauces, tossing meats or vegetables in a sauce or marinade and other useful purposes…storage of leftovers, etc.
A good chopping board is also on the “essentials” list.  They can be made of wood, plastic, glass and even granite or marble. Wood has the advantage of being the friendliest to sharp knives. Plastic and glass provide better cleanup for hygiene purpose. IMPORTANT REMINDER...whatever type of board you use... when working with raw chicken ALWAYS wash immediately after use before any other food is on the board.
Other utensils….a peeler is good for fruits and vegetables to remove the right amount of skin and maximize the good part of the food. Pasta recipes often called for grated cheese. Add a box grater to your essentials list. It usually has four sides of different degrees of grating. Small, hand held graters are fine if your needs are simple. An ice cream scoop, pizza cutter, bottle opener and cork screw should also be initial purchases.
Last but not least…knives.
Chef's knife…a must have for all cooks. What a regular knife should look like. Chef knives have a large blade with a curved edge and pointed tip.
Paring knife…It is short and stout and the smallest of the basic types. Use it for more intricate work like small garnishes or removing seeds. Like a chef’s knife, it is considered an all-purpose knife.
Bread knife…can’t cut those bagels or crusty Italian bread without a cut bread knife. It has a serrated edge and slender and sleek blade.
Carving knife….for that Thanksgiving turkey. It has a very sharp and thin blade which makes it perfect for thin slice of meat.

To take proper care of a good set of knives you should invest in a good quality knife block. They come in a variety on very attractive styles.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Another Beginner Tip-Making Broth & Stock

In other blogs, I've tried to encourage the beginner or novice to enjoy cooking and improve their skills. Making stock or broth...and there is difference...is an easy skill to learn. I found the video below to be very easy so give it a try..





P.S.....The differene between stock and broth is that stock has a deeper,richer flavor.

Any comments or thought are welcomed.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2 Tips-How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs AND Deviled Eggs

If you're like me, deviled eggs area a treat and great party snack. A perfect hard bolied egg is the key to a great deviled egg. I found this short video helpful as it covers both. Hope you find it helpful also...



 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wet Your Appetite

I'm posting a blog tomorrow on how to make the perfect hard boiled egg and use it to make great deviled eggs....

I'm hoping these pics will wet your appetite to check out the blog.....









Monday, January 2, 2017

Beginners Cooking Tip-Stocking Your Kitchen

If you enjoy cooking, want a heathier meal or simply save a few dollars, then a well-stocked kitchen pantry is your answer. The suggested items are kitchen staples and should be a part of your regular grocery list. Make this a routine and you’ll find making a snack or preparing a meal and more convenient.

In the “frig”….
If you want to enjoy a pasta dish, fancy salad, stew or simple stir fry, the have pre-cooked chicken and meats. They can come already grilled or steamed…frequently in the “prepared foods” section of your favorite market.

You can always find pre-cut vegetables and fruits in the produce section. The pre-cut veggies, particularly cauliflower, broccoli and squash, are perfect for toss in a salad or roasting.  Tip for roasting….line a baking sheet with foil (for easy cleanup) and spread the veggies out…drizzle with olive…sprinkle with your favorite spice and bake for ½ hour @ 375*. The fruits are great for an easy, healthy snack or in a smoothie if you’re so inclined.

Fresh dips and salsas - found in cheese and meat sections of supermarket. They’re a great way to add flavor to raw veggies, pasta and assorted chips.
For a “last minute” fun night…prepared pizza dough. Everyone can prepare their favorite blend of toppings.
From the dairy section…
Based on the taste and health needs of the adults and children…while milk, skim or 1-2% low fat. Plain yogurt to use as is or add your favorite flavoring. Plain yogurt can also be used in salad dressings and as a heathier alternative to sour cream on potatoes and Mexican dishes.

A great way to save time when making your favorites Italian dish or a nacho snack is to put shredded cheeses on your shopping list.

Again, with the easy and quick meal in mind, eggs go on the list. Omelets, egg salad, hard boiled and part of a “chef salad”.

For the Freezer

Fresh is usually best for taste and nutrients, however frozen can be convenient stand-by. All varieties and combinations of fruits and vegetables can be found in the freezer section of your market. They can be a very convenient snack or finger food for babies, young children and adults. Frozen items such as peas and blueberries make convenient finger foods for older babies and toddlers. Frozen poultry, meats and fish can serve as the entrée for all kinds of meals.
Don’t forget the treats…..ice cream…frozen yogurt...freeze pops…etc.
For the Pantry
Pasta - any shape or size, so you're ready to make spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and soups. Consider whole wheat pasta for healthier dishes.
Beans and legumes - these include lentils, red kidney beans, garbanzo beans, black beans, and white beans. Many recipes call for the dried version but the canned ones work just as well and are far less time consuming.
Breads – including the standard loaf of white..or preferably wheat or multi grain, pita, bagels, and tortillas. Create healthy wraps, sandwiches, “mini” pizzas and more.
Rice – brown rice is the healthier option over white rice.
Dried fruits - these are great healthy snacks alone, as well as good mix-ins for yogurt, granola, oatmeal, and cottage cheese.
Breakfast cereals – dried cereals, oatmeal, wheat germ. Be careful of the usual “kid friendly” box cereals with high sugar content.
Don’t forget….
Assorted can goods, spices and novelty items (chips, cookies,”kids treats”).
My intention was not to create an all-inclusive list as tastes and dietary needs can vary greatly in families but rather some basic guidance to organize your shopping thought process.

Hope you found these suggestions helpful.