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Good Day Everyone! We decided to take a look at a few different things on the blog. We’ve had a few people contact us about adding recipes to the blog, which is something we will be adding very shortly. What else would you like to see us add to the blog?

In the past we have held Kitchen Tip Thursdays on social media, twitter chats, and a weekly newsletter. What’s next for us?

Feel free to submit your information here, via email southernrootskitchen (at) gmail (dot) com, or via this quick questionnaire. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


Surprise: I Got Married

Have Ring Will Murray

I posted on social media that 2021 was going to bring about some changes. One of those changes was my last name. I got married on Friday April 30th in Virginia Beach, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. We decided to use the hashtag #HaveRingWillMurray for our wedding since it was a play on the novel he wrote called Have Ring, Will Marry. You can check it out on Amazon.

JJ and I met a few years ago after I read one of his books Until I Saw Your Smile. We would be Facebook friends for 2 years before everything started to change. He wrote a novel and had the heroine based on me and I thought it was so cool. I didn’t know that conversation about the book would spark a friendship that turned into love.

After two years of dating, traveling across the state, a trip out of the country, and 100 days of quarantine we tied the knot in April.

The New York Times decided to write about our story. Check out the article here.


What do these colored tabs really mean?

Have you ever wondered what the color tabs on loaves of bread mean? Some are yellow, red or even blue. I remember asking my Home Economics teacher in Junior High School what those tabs really meant. That one question turned into a homework assignment for me. I didn’t mind because it was about food and research so I was all for it. Now fast forward about 15 plus years (Yeah I know I just dated myself…lol), I wondered if the same information that I found out years ago was still valid. So I began my research again to see what I could find out.

Those colored tabs really do mean something. Each colored tab represents a different day of the week; the day the bread was baked. The date that is stamped on the tab is the date the bread needs to be sold by. Sometimes they won’t always be tabs but the twists with the dates stamped on the bag itself, the colors still remain the same. The colors are listed below. So next time you are in the bread aisle or at your local bakery take a look at the colored tab or twist to see how fresh your bread is.

Monday – Blue

Tuesday – Green

Thursday – Red

Friday – White

Saturday – Yellow

Note: This is a universal adopted procedure, however some companies may change it up a bit. But for the most part all companies still with this standard procedure.

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Grocery Shopping List or No Grocery Shopping List


Grocery shopping can be a chore a some people, while others like me absolutely enjoy it. Do you have a grocery shopping list? Before you go to the grocery store do you write a shopping list for everything that you are going to buy? Or do you just go into the store and let your mood determine what you buy?

I was having a conversation with some coworkers of mine the other day and they mentioned that they don’t normally use a grocery shopping list. So I asked, What if you forget something? Do you go back out or just forget it and go with what you already bought from the store?

Personally I have to use a shopping list, so I can not only stay organized but also stay within my budget. This way I won’t buy what I don’t need and I won’t spent more than what I have budgeted for. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes this really hard to do. I’ll walk in the store, see other items on sale, get a taste for something different or even add more items to the menu. One one of the things that will entice me to bypass my shopping list is, hunger.

Have you ever heard the saying ‘Do not go grocery shopping while you are hungry?’ What do you think of that? Do you find yourself buying more when you’re hungry? We’ll test that out and come back with another blog post.


Kitchen Tip: Ice cube trays are not just for making ice

 

They come in plastic, metal, rubber and have a variety of colors and shapes. Ice cube trays are not just for making ice anymore. This tray will help you with your cooking needs. Check out some of these creative ideas.

ice cube tray
Herbs
– Mix fresh herbs in with water or stock to use later on soups, sauces, or sautees.

Stock – Fill stock in trays and use for sauces, soups, etc.

Coffee – Got milk? Add these cubes for iced coffee.

Lemons – Put them in juices and iced tea; instant Arnold Palmer.

Pesto – Freeze to use year-round

Caramelized Onions – Easy access for future dinners

Baby Food – Do you make your own? Or need space in the cabinet? Freeze and thaw when ready to enjoy. 4-6 months = 2 cubes; 6-9 months = 4 cubes; 9-12 months= 6 cubes 

Drinks – Freeze the actual drink and use them as cubes instead of water.

Tomato Paste – Use when a recipe calls for small portions (ex. 1 or 2 tsp.)

Egg Whites – Freeze for later use when a recipe only calls for the yolks.

Wine – Freeze and use in your next batch of spaghetti sauce or scampi.

Popsicles – Got juice? Make Popsicles with sticks.

Jell-O – Great idea for kids portion.

Dessert Buffet – Fill each compartment with sprinkles, nuts, candy, etc.

 

Now below are some non-cooking ideas for ice cube trays


Jewelry – Place small items in the compartments for safekeeping.

Screws & Bolts – Easy to find when you need to hang a picture on the wall.

Paint – Kids want to paint pictures? Add a different color to each section.

Vitamins & Pills – Separate your medicine for the week.

We hope you enjoyed these creative ways to use ice cube trays. Got any other ideas? Let us know!