Category: cooking basics

Menu Planning Basics

menu planning

When it comes to successfully pulling off delicious, healthy-ish meals during the busy week, it all begins with THE PLAN. It seems like a lot of work, but I promise it makes life so much easier during the week if you’re already planned, stocked, and ready to roll. I did the same thing when I

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Favorite Cookbooks (so far anyway)

Favorite Cookbooks

I definitely have a problem. I’m addicted to food, recipes, cookbooks, watching food shows, talking about food, menu planning, oh… and eating. There are a few cookbooks (okay, more than a few) that I’ve sat down and literally read cover-to-cover. I love reading how people describe the techniques they use, the stories behind the recipes,

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is used in tons and tons of cocktails. It might be daunting to think about making it, but trust me… Easiest thing ever. Don’t be afraid. You got this. ┬áSeriously Simple Syrup 1 cup white, granulated sugar 1 cup water Bring both to a boil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Immediately

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Bacon Fat Trick

bacon fat trick

I don’t know about you, but Pinterest hasn’t always been kind to me. Case in point was a Cranberry & White Chocolate Christmas Pound Cake. The picture looked amazing! The ingredients and directions were simple enough! I thought I’d be the baking queen after I got this little number down. Nope. Epic. Fail. It didn’t

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Knife Sharpening

It might seem a little OCD, but I just wasn’t happy with how sharp our knives were. My husband tried everything. We used the sharpener that came with our knife set, and the hubs even tried his own “home” method (insert scared face emoji here). Then, I heard of a company that does the sharpening

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Awesome Foodie Finds

pioneer woman cooks dinnertime

I’ve had a lot of time to watch TV and browse cookbooks (in between feedings, poopings, sleepings, laundry loads, dishes, drools, and other mommy-related thingies). I was at Half Price Books the other day and stumbled upon this little gem: I’m obsessed. Pioneer Woman delivers again with awesome tips on how to freeze food for

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The Perfect Boiled Eggs

Perfect Boiled Eggs

Yolks not cooked? Funky greenish brown stuff around the yolk? Straight up runny egg white? I have your solution. Martha Stewart educated me in the art of the perfectly boiled egg, and I appreciate her so.     Perfectly Boiled Eggs I boil 4 eggs at a time, but according to Martha, you can boil

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Salt – Sal – Salz – Sale

Salt - Sal - Salz - Sale

I thought it was fitting to begin this blog with a quick blurb about one of my favorite things in the world: salt. I’m much more of a savory/salty kind of person versus a sweet one. (That goes for both food and personality.) Here are my ponderings on salt: Table salt: Use sea salt like

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