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A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Types of Vinegars and Ways to Use Them

Happy Thursday Everyone!! We hope you enjoyed your holiday. It’s almost time for the weekend. Today in the kitchen we are going to talk about vinegar. We will explore different types of vinegar and ways to use them into your everyday meals.

Vinegar can be used to create a marinade, a sauce, a vinaigrette, or just add a burst of flavor to a dish. Store vinegar in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and they should last six to eight months.

Red Wine Vinegar is made from fermented red wine, has a bold flavor. Can used for braises, dressings, a simple vinaigrette and marinades.

White Wine Vinegar is mostly used to make creamy dressings, adds flavor to reductions and sauces like hollandaise and Bearnaise.

Champagne Vinegar is made from the same grapes as champagne, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Less acidic than red or white wine; can have a sweet, delicate flavor to it.

Sherry Vinegar is mostly used in Spanish cooking. It’s sweet and tart with a complex flavor. Often used with red meats, and to flavor soups and sauces.

Rice Vinegar is very popular is Asian cuisine. Lightly acidic and has a sweet taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly commonly used in BBQ sauces and marinades. It can also be used as a rinse for your hair.

Distilled White Vinegar has a very high acidic level. Commonly used for pickling vegetables.

Balsamic Vinegar is popular in Italian cuisine and made from white grape juice in a wooden cask. Usually ferments for a minimum of 12 years. Used a lot in dressings and vinaigrettes.

What vinegars do you like to use when cooking?


Shopping List or No Shopping List


Before you go to the grocery store do you write a list for everything that you are going to buy? Or do you just go into the store and get the items that you have memorized?

I was having a conversation with some coworkers of mine the other day and they mentioned that they don’t normally use a 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.


Kelly’s Choice Cerebral Palsy Conference

Hello my name is Kimberlee and I have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. Usually when I say that and there is this look of shock that comes across people’s faces. Well on Saturday March 31st, I didn’t get that response. I can be in a room with people who have CP and/or has a child that has CP. This conference was organized by Kelly’s Choice a local non-profit that was started by Edwina and Quarry Wilson. They are the caregivers for their daughter Kelly, who has CP.

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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

That’s right April 2nd is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Growing up I always loved PB &J, it was a sandwich that I knew I could always get and always eat. I was one of those kids who would change out the jelly each time though. Most kids want the standard grape jelly. Me, I wanted to be different. I would ask for Strawberry, Peach, Orange, or my favorite Blackberry.

To share in the festivities of today I’ve decided to showcase some peanut butter and jelly recipes from some of my Courage 2 Earn blogger friends. Be sure to check out their pages and enjoy the recipes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn

Peanut Butter & Jelly Popcorn 

A childhood favorite that has been able to be shared with loved ones. This is a great snack for movie night.

 

Peanut Butter Quesadillas

Peanut Butter Quesadillas with Grape Jelly Dipping Sauce

Getting creative with your favorite sandwich is never a bad thing.

 

A childhood lunch classic, transformed into hours of squishy sensory play — kids will love this NEW Peanut Butter & Jelly Edible Slime recipe!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Edible Slime

This is for when you want to play with your food and eat it too!

 

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Make Ahead Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Are your mornings busy? This is a great idea to get lunch made ahead of time.

 

I hope you all enjoy these recipes. What is your favorite PB & J combination?

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TS Deal of the Week: Rustic and Citrus Herb Sampler

This is a sponsored post and does contain affiliate links. If you click on the links and make a purchase I will receive a portion of the sale.

Usually for Tastefully Simple they will do a deal of the day. Today it’s a deal of the week. This weeks deal features to two very good seasonings. All week-long you can get these two sampler products at a cheaper rate. It’s a great way to try out our products. Check out our Rustic and Citrus Herb Sampler.

Rustic Herb Seasoning contains rosemary, thyme, garlic and black pepper.

Citrus Herb Seasoning contains onions, garlic, carrots, red peppers, lemon peel, orange peel, tomatoes and salt.

Add some flavor to your next meal with Tastefully Simple’s Rustic and Citrus Herb sampler.

 

Have any questions, be sure to ask!

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