When to Freeze and How to Thaw

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 by admin

When it comes to food preparation, there are some general rules about food storage that have to observed in order to keep the food safe for consumption. There are some fast rules that are easy to remember.

Foods that are not consumed on the same day and are made of perishable ingredients should be frozen in containers that can be reheated. Certain plastics can be carcinogenic if exposed to microwave, so be careful in considering those purchased.

Thawing of most foods should be done in the refrigerator. For faster jobs, thawing (more…)

What a Fully-Stocked Pantry Looks Like

Monday, June 27th, 2011 by admin

Any cook will tell you that organization is key to a good kitchen. Whether you live in a small home or a large home, there are ways to organize a kitchen pantry so that cooking is easier.
Small homes do not have a lot of space. Most kitchens only have a few cabinets, but they can be divided into separate areas. Canned goods need to go in one cabinet. Cans do not need to be alphabetical, but they should be lined in rows for easy access. Foods that come in boxes can be placed in (more…)

Delightful Meals for the Frightful Weather

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by admin

When the weather turns for the worse, it can be said that folks prefer to be indoors. What would be a better way to spend the day inside than with comfort food, tastefully prepared and soothing in spite of the weather? There ar some tried and true menus that will make any bleak and dreary day a little more bearable.

For the cold weather blues, pasta dishes and chili make for a good menu choices, as does home-cooked soups with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and the root ones such as squash and rutabaga. These foods warm the body and (more…)

Recipes to Beat the Summertime Blues

Monday, June 20th, 2011 by admin

It will be another tough summer for the cooks of the world. Kids wanting to go to the beach, do-it-yourself home and garden products, and barbecues at neighbor’s houses. But what does the every day, stay at home cook do for their families or spouses when there isn’t much going on? You still want to provide a great meal, right? Try this one out.

Five simple ingredients and not much labor go into this dish that will have the kids and spouses gobbling it all up. All you’ll need is a (more…)