Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
You know there is much more to salt than pairing well with pepper! Besides using it as a seasoning, it also comes in handy for a wide range of other uses.
~~Salt keeps egg proteins from bonding to each other, so add 1/8 tsp. of table salt for every 2 eggs just prior to scrambling yours for breakfast.
~~Adding salt to your coffee (1/8 tsp. to the grounds for every 72 oz pot) will reduce the bitterness.
~~Add salt to your cooking water. It not only seasons your green veggies but also helps them retain their bright color. When green veggies cook in unsalted water, some of the chlorophyll molecules lose their color-enhancing magnesium atoms; this causes vegetables to turn a dull shade of olive green. Salt stabilizes the chlorophyll and helps veggies stay greener. Use 1 ½ tsp. of salt for every quart of water.
(And as I said during the show ....there is your science lesson for today!).
Here are some quick dessert tips that I shared on the show today.
· Before baking a chocolate cake from a mix, add ½ c. boysenberry jam to batter. You can also dot white frosting with the jam for a pretty effect.
· For a special ice cream sundae: blend ¼ tsp. cinnamon and ¼ tsp. ground cloves into a 12 oz. jar of hot fudge topping
· Pour thin layer of Grape Nuts cereal on bottom of dessert bowls. Slowly add your favorite prepared pudding. Top with whipped topping. In 2 hours cereal will be crunchy, 6 hours or overnight-a little softer crust.
Quick and tasty sweet treats for your family!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
2 (15 oz.) cans white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 (11 oz.) can white corn, drained
½ tsp. hot pepper sauce
Salsa and chopped green onions, optional
In Dutch oven, sauté onion in butter. Stir in flour until blended; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Gradually add broth and cream. Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the chicken, beans, corn, chilies, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and pepper sauce; heat through. Stir in cheese until melted. Garnish each serving with salsa and green onions if desired.
Monday, January 10, 2011
1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
2-3 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
2-3 Tbsp. paprika
½ tsp. dried oregano or basil
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 c. (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheesePat dough onto bottom and up sides of greased 14” pizza pan or 15x10x1” baking pan, forming a crust. Spread with butter. Sprinkle with onion, paprika, oregano and garlic powder. Prick crust several times with fork; sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let rise in warm place for 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Broil 3 marshmallows in broiler or toaster oven until just golden, about 30 seconds. Mix hot cocoa with 3 Tbsp. malted milk powder. Top with toasted marshmallows.
Minty Hot Cocoa Float
Top hot cocoa with ¼ c. mint chocolate chip ice cream and 1 sprig of fresh mint.
Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa
Combine 2 pinches ground chipotle chili pepper and 2 pinches ground cinnamon. Mix the hot cocoa with half the chipotle cinnamon mixture. Top with 2 Tbsp. sweetened whipped cream. Sprinkle with remaining chipotle and cinnamon.
~If you want to look more intelligent-tilt your head slightly toward your left shoulder
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
1. Pie Weights-line bottom and sides of cold pie dough with foil. Fill to the brim with coffee beans and bake according to directions
2. Hand Deodorizer-after chopping onions or garlic; rub a few beans between your palms to eliminate any lingering smell.
3. Candle anchor-fill hurricane vase with beans before adding a pillar candle to help keep candle steady and minimize mess (beans will catch the wax).
4. Nose Neutralizer. Sniff beans between spritzs at the perfume counter to cleanse your “palate” between fragrances.
5. Pore shirker. Place two cups of medium-to light roast beans (these have more caffeine than dark varieties) in a bowl or bathroom sink and fill with hot water. After a few minutes (when water is cooler), splash your face for a tighter complexion.