Tuesday

FOLLOW ME handstamped sterling silver necklace by PunkyJane on Etsy


"Let the world know you tweet with this sweet little birdie."

Hey, you can always twitter about cooking! No one said that you actually have to cook! lol...



FOLLOW ME handstamped sterling silver necklace by PunkyJane on Etsy:

Nordic Ware Waffled Pancake Pan | Williams-Sonoma


Details... "Savor the fun and flavors of homemade pancakes shaped like waffles. Our exclusive innovative stovetop griddle from Nordic Ware helps you prepare delectable little waffled pancakes. The cast-aluminum griddle heats evenly, yielding crispy, golden waffle imprints with deep pockets for toppings. Its cast stainless-steel handle stays cool on the stovetop, while the premium nonstick finish ensures easy release and quick cleanup. The griddle turns out piping-hot batches of seven 3' round waffled pancakes. 10 1/2' diam. Made in USA. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive."

DETAILS...
* Why is this a good deal?
Because breakfasts should be something special and what could be better than pancakes that look like waffles!

* Who makes/made it?
Nordic Ware from Williams Sonoma

* What does it have to offer?
Seven little "dollar sized" pancakes with lots of pockets for butter and syrup!

* What is unique about it?
The handle does not warm up!

* How much does it cost?
$39.95

* Talk about the color?
Black which should pretty much match your kitchen!

* Is it good for this time of year??
Is there a time when pancakes aren't good??
* What is it made of?
Cast aluminum which means it's not going to be as heavy as cast iron! We have one of those and it is big time heavy!

* What do I like about it??
You can whip up your own batter using whatever kind of flour mixture you want. Buckwheat is my favorite btw! ;)

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Monday

Ice Cream Scoop & Stack by Cuisipro



DETAILS... The scoop and stack creates playful, cylinder-shape blocks of ice cream that can be stacked on a cone or decorated in a waffle cup for a colorful and creative presentation. It works with a simple twist-and-lift action and push button to release. The ergonomic scooper effortlessly cuts through the hardest ice cream. Available in pink and white.


* Why is this a good deal?
It's perfect for an inexpensive, but interesting dessert and you are going to love the price. More about that in a bit!

* Who makes/made it?
Cuisipro

* What does it have to offer?
A simple twist and lift action and the gadget forms cylinders of ice cream. Ice cream cones are pretty impressive during the summer months, but this takes ice cream to a whole new level. Check out the details above.


* How much does it cost?
$16.00 sounds like quite the bargain to me!

* Talk about the color?
Gadget is available in pink or white.

* Is it good for this time of year??
Oh, I would say that you could use this any time of the year. Summers definitely, but I was just thinking about Christmas desserts as well. You could get awfully fancy with a little imagination! Here's an idea that just popped into my mind.
Using vanilla ice cream, you could serve an elegant dessert with a little help of those silver balls. I know that there is a name for them, but at the moment, it escapes me! And that's just for starters.

* What do I like about it??
I'm most impressed with the fact that the little gadget can manage the hardest ice cream with ease.

Ice Cream Scoop from Bloomingdales.com:

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Friday

I Will Take a Blizzard Please

Blizzards are the ultimate ice cream shake. Mixed with your favorite kind of candy bars, you can have a variety of ways in enjoying this dessert.

Ingredients


  • 1 Butterfinger candy bar
  • 2 1/2 cups of chocolate ice cream
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of fudge topping


Steps


  1. Place your candy bar into the freezer. Let it freeze for a while, depending how big it is.
  2. Take it out of the freezer and use a knife handle to pound the candy bar into tiny pieces. Please be aware of how you use the knife (always have the blade away from you). Or you can use a meat mallet, but be careful not to pound the pieces too finely.
  3. Get a blender and pour all ingredients, excluding the candy bar, into it.
  4. Turn the blender on for about 30 seconds, add candy, mix with a spoon, and continue blending until you get a smooth texture.
  5. Pour and serve!


Tips


  • Instead of Butterfinger candy bars, try your own favorite candy bar. You can use Reese Pieces, M & Ms, Hersey's White Chocolate, or Heath (to name some examples).
  • This recipe makes one serving.
  • If you want your Blizzard to be a little thicker, try putting the finished product in the freezer for a while.





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Thursday

Perfect Fairy Cakes - The Recipe

Fairy CakesImage by danielbradberry via Flickr

You haven't lived if you haven't tasted a Fairy Cake! My husband's grandmother apparently made amazing desserts and this was one of them. Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to taste one, but now that I have a recipe for Fairy Cakes, I will surprise him one night and see just how close I can get to an honest to goodness... English Fairy Cake!!

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10 cocktails to drink this summer - Times Online

A coconut which has been stripped of its husk....Image via Wikipedia

"While people wear less in summertime, their cocktails tend to do the opposite, loading up on accessories such as fruit skewers, stems and leaves, and those tiny paper umbrellas. Of course, it’s been a while since “summer cocktail” meant drinking out of a coconut shell, but traditionally it’s a time when things behind the bar go a little bit, well, fruity."

I'm waiting for the weather to get warm enough to drink "summer drinks" and those days just might be here! And apeaking about cocktails and coconut shells... I for one have never had a cocktail served in a coconut shell! I will be in Jamaica next January... just maybe!

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New York's healthiest ice creams: fruity, dairy free and totally refreshing

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Did you notice that shopping has a tendency to make you very hot and ice cream has a way of cooling you down. And if it's of the healthy nature, even better. You will be amazed at some of the ingredients that are fining it's way into the company's ice cream recipes!

"The scoop on this summer's hottest ice creams? They contain nutritious ingredients like whole grains, blueberries and nut milk, and while not exactly low in calories, they're light, refreshing and guilt-free." That's what you will find at the new restaurant named Golosi. You'll taste flavors like grano (made with 17 whole grains), black sesame seed and green tea.

What do you think??



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Sunday

Muffins Even I Can Bake

"The last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen... so I avoid it whenever possible. But I do like a muffin with my coffee... especially if they are low in sugar. That means I have to make them myself. But occasionally I will throw in a decadent recipe just to keep you guys happy!!" Take a look... lots to choose from... even for those who are watching their sugar intake!

Check out some of my recipes!:

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Thursday

Random Book on my Shelf: Baking For Dummies

October 10Image by stacya via Flickr

It's amazing how much good stuff is in this book... which really doesn't say a lot about how much I know on the topic of baking!

Amazon.com: Baking For Dummies



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Wednesday

Saturday

Bella Cucina Double Buffet Server 13284 - Herberger's


While I might not a whole lot of use out of this little item, our family does seem to be growing as of the past year and we tend to have more people over for dinner than ever before. All the nieces have grown up and have boyfriends. Darling son is engaged and his soon to be mother-in-law is a sweetheart and is often at our house for special meals... so I need this kind of stuff. For Gary... lol. It's his job to cook the stuff. I wash up afterward.

Bella Cucina Double Buffet Server 13284 - Herberger's

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Corn Zipper, Corn Kernel Remover


Did I ever mention how clumsy I am with knives? I have the same one that I got as a shower gift 30 odd years ago. It's probably dull as a rock, but I'm comfortable with it.

But this gadget does look like it could save some fingers!

Corn Zipper, Corn Kernel Remover | Solutions

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Do You Eat Your Mistakes?

French breadImage via Wikipedia

I remember telling you a few weeks ago about how much pie dough that I my mom through out when she was trying to learn how to make pastry. That made me think about what we do around our house.

My husband (the one who likes to cook) has this habit of putting a loaf of bread into the oven to crisp it up and then forgetting about it. Actually, I think that he has forgotten about it, he says that's how it is done in England. The top is supposed to be burnt. Seems odd to me, but what do I know?? He was the one born in England. But, as hard as I looked, I didn't find a photo of a burned loaf of bread. Ours definitely does not look like the loaf you see here!


Via Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Cooking Confessions: Do You Eat Your Mistakes?



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FOOD FACE™


I know that this is to help kids eat their dinner, but I was thinking that has the makings of one INTERESTING dinner party.


It might also help to nudge us "hate to cook" souls into a little inspirational thinking about what to create for dinner! Would love to see the family's faces if they sat down to dinner and found these plates waiting for them! Just got another idea... wouldn't this make for a fun dinner party? Everyone would have to play with their food and then we could judge who created the most interesting face.

FOOD FACE™



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Friday

Make Your Own Salsa

Picture taken by myself, June 12, 2007.Image via Wikipedia

Your Shopping List...

2 tomatoes, chopped
1 small chili, chopped (not too hot) *this is me speaking. I am a wuss, I admit it.
fresh cilantro chopped (lots of this because I love the taste
1 purple onion
pinch of salt

Combine all of the above ingredients a few hours before you want to serve it for the flavors to meld. It will be ready and waiting for you when dinner arrives. This should be easy enough for the BEGINNER! And if this is too easy, feel free to add more bits and pieces to make a killer salsa.

ps... leave us a comment telling us what you would add to the above recipe!







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Thursday

How To Grate Cheese Easily

Condiments — sour cream, grated cheese, ...Image via Wikipedia

This is one area that I have no trouble with surprisingly enough. My daughter who does most of the cooking when her father is out of town, constantly asks me to grate the cheese when she needs it for a particular dish. The reason... she constantly takes a chunk out of a nail. Don't ask me how she does it, unless she tries to do it quickly. Seeing that I am only grating the cheese for the meal, I supposed I can do it slower. To date, knock on wood, I have never lost a nail to the dreaded cheese grater.



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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Dessert - Ice Cream SandwichesImage by joeywan via Flickr

What You Will Need

Cookies... either homemade or out of the bag
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
Mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts or what have you. The sky is the limit!

Directions... pay close attention, this is harder than it looks ;)

Baking your own cookies really does make these ice cream sandwiches taste really good, but it you have store bought cookies, I don't think you kids are going to mind a bit. Obviously you are going to sandwich a few tablespoons of ice cream between the two cookies and then press the together. Once the ice cream begins to ooze out of the cookies, you are ready to roll them in chocolate chips, nuts or whatever strikes your fancy.

If you aren't going to serve them immediately wrap them in foil and store in the freezer.


**Can implementing the three R's - reduce, recycle, reuse, save you money? If you only implemented the three R's in your kitchen,
you would save money."
Catherine Pulsifer

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Easy Store Jr. Play Table with Umbrella: Toys & Games



For those finicky eaters in your household... even a healthy sandwich is going to make those little tykes happy! It will be like a picnic in their own back yard!


Amazon.com: Easy Store Jr. Play Table with Umbrella: Toys & Games

Wednesday

Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill | Williams-Sonoma


"Take outdoor grilling to the next level with this powerful, versatile gas grill backed by Weber’s legendary quality and performance. In addition to the four primary stainless-steel burners, the Summit also includes a rotisserie, a flush-mounted side burner, a smoker burner with box and a sear burner for open-lid cooking."

I think that I'm going weak at the knees. Just look at all that space!

Weber Summit S-470 Gas Grill | Williams-Sonoma:

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Save on food: A different spice might be just as nice

A typical kitchen shelf of spices in the USA.Image via Wikipedia

Don't you just love it when you find little alternatives that deliver on taste, but will cost you about half as much as you expected! Which reminds me... when was the last time you checked the dates on your spices? Unfortunately, they don't last forever!

Save on food: A different spice might be just as nice -- OrlandoSentinel.com

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Chicken Comfort in a Crockpot

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Have I mentioned how much I love crockpots. Just dump in the ingredients, plug it in and then go shopping. Does it get any easier than that?? Nah, I don't think so.

What You Will Need:

1 large onion, thinly sliced
2-3 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks
2 - 6 ounce cans of tomato paste
1/4 cup of dry white wine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
1 bay leaf

Take the onions and layer them in the bottom of the crockpot. Arrange chicken on top of the onions.

Add all of the other ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine. Now dump that over your chicken and onions and the prep is done. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours, depending on how long you want to shop ;)

Serve over spaghetti or if have run out of spaghetti as I have on numerous occasions, I have also used brown rice as a substitute. To everyone else it will seem like you have been in the kitchen all day!



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Peanut Butter Fudge

FudgeImage via Wikipedia

2 sticks margarine
1/4 cup of milk
6 T cocoa
2 tsps of vanilla
pinch salt
2 pounds of icing sugar
1 1/2 cup peanut butter

Nuke the margarine for 2 minutes(except peanut butter) , stirring well to combine.
Nuke it again for two more minutes.
Now you can add the peanut butter, continuing to stir until well combined. Pour into an oblong pan and allow to cool.

ps... I think that I like the recipe even more when I used chunky peanut butter. Your choice!!

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The Next Time You Get "Egged" As You Are Driving Down the Street

Just in case you wanted to know lol

Monday

Vinegar Can Do This!

four monks white vinegar: my cleaning standbyImage by cafemama via Flickr

There is nothing worse than oil/grease sticking to your dishes, but apparently all you have to do is add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the dishwater to prevent it from happening. I remember a website years ago listing everything vinegar can be used for but I can't remember where I saw it. If you have any really great uses for it, leave us a comment. I'm sure that we don't come even close to using it for some of the jobs that it can do.



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Saturday

Summer Salads Need Flowers Too

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Salads can look pretty ho hum after a few months, but I can still remember a summer dinner that my future daughter-in-law hosted. She had garnished the plates with nasturtium flowers and assured us that they were edible. So not only did the table look summery, the flowers actually added a flavor all of their own. And even nicer, the nasturtiums came right from her garden! Not only did the dinner have a summer festivity to it, she had only to walk to the back yard to find everything she needed.

Here are a few suggestions of flowers that you can actually eat.
*gladiolus
*violets
*snapdragons
*dandelion petals
and of course the nasturtium flowers.



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Friday

Cuisinart ICE45 White Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker + Accessory Bundle: Electronics


I don't even want to think about how much I spend on these desserts so having one of your own is going to save you tons. Hmmm, I might even get the kids to clean their rooms! I might be on to something!

Available at Amazon.com for 99.95





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Thursday

Apples and Carrots Don't Mix

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I bet that you thought that I meant apples and oranges didn't you lol... but no, I really did mean apples and carrots. Apparently you should never prewash apples before you put them into the crisper drawer and don't even think about storing them in the same drawer as the carrots. Apparently doing so will make the carrots bitter! It has something to do with the ethylene gas... so now you know. And here is something that I just found out. You can apparently freeze apples. You are going to have to slice them first, sprinkle them with lemon juice and then store in freezer bags. In doing so, you are that much closer to having dessert at least half made!



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Help Needed: Creating the Perfect Pie Crust

Apple pie with lattice upper crustImage via Wikipedia

My mom had this problem with pie crusts for years and years. I can still remember the times that she would throw the dough into the garbage before dad got home so that he wouldn't see. But the thing is, she never stopped making them and today, she is one of the best pie makers at her church. Ever time I talked to her on the phone, she's baking another pie for some church function.

So, today's question is... what little trick did you learn to make the fool proof pie crust? Is there a special ingredient that makes it work every time??





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Cutting Unfrosted Cake Layers

A layer cakeImage by andy z via Flickr

Okay, I found out the hard way. You don't use a knife to slice a layer in half. I thought that it would look soooo cool, but it turned into one big mess. I did a little searching and found that there was an easier way. Instead of that knife, grab a tube of dental floss, pull out a nice long piece and then slice away. It does an amazing job!!

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Wednesday

Lets Make Some Paneer

A tub of cottage cheese.Image via Wikipedia



Until this afternoon, I had never heard of Paneer. We love Indian food in our household, so how I missed this dish, I haven't any idea. Then I read that it is very similar to our cottage cheese, so I can see a need for learning more about this item. We are constantly running out of cottage cheese thanks to my using it up with peaches as dessert. Hey, I love the combination!! So, just maybe being able to make it at home thanks to Patrina's easy recipe will be my find for the day.

Indian Cuisine - Indian Food - Step-by-step Indian Cooking and Recipes



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How To Cut An Onion...

I don't know who taught me to chop onions, but whoever it was, didn't know any more than I did. Apparently you aren't supposed ...