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Kitchen Tip Thursday: Cooking with Kids

Happy Thursday Everyone! Thanks for stopping by the kitchen today. Today we are going to share with you ways to cook in the kitchen with your children. Cooking with kids teaches them math skills, how to follow directions, healthy eating and it gives you a chance to bond with them. Take a look at these tips and feel free to share some of your own.

  • Let your kids pick out vegetables to try.
  • Allow kids to plan out the menu or the recipe.
  • Hygiene first, teach them the benefits of washing their hands while cooking.
  • Set up a work area just for them.
  • Explain the rules of the stove, and hot surfaces.
  • Have them read each set of directions out loud.
  • Practice math skills as they measure and stir ingredients.
  • Teach them to share the process with siblings and /or friends.
  • Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with bread.
  • Decorate sandwiches with their favorite veggies.
  • Try dishes from other cultures to teach foreign language or history.
  • Dress for the occasion: an apron or a mini chef’s hat will do the trick.
  • Give your kids their own set of plastic measuring cups and spoons.
  • Have fun!

We hope you have picked up some tips to share with the children in your life. Do you have any additional tips? Please feel free to share them with us.


Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Organizing Your Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can seem like a huge ordeal. Some people even think they have to go out and buy additional storage units, baskets, and containers; when you can just use what you already have.

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  • Mount your potholders on your cabinet doors using plastic hooks.
  • Mount your aprons on a hook on a nearby wall, no more digging them out a drawer.
  • Store your dishes by usage. Everyday use, place those on bottom shelves within easy reach. Special occasion dishes put those in the cabinets on top.
  • Group all of your bake-ware together.
  • Store pots and pans as close to the stove as possible makes them easier to reach when cooking.
  • Keep storage bags and wrapping materials together for easy cleanup.
  • Store all of your lids in the same place.
  • Use dividers in drawers as placeholders for utensils.
  • Short on space, stash some items in wicker baskets or decorative mixing bowls on the counter.
  • Organize your pantry via category: seasonings, canned goods, dry mixes, etc.
  • If possible, use an over the door hanger to store small items like snack bars, decorative sugars, cupcake liners, etc.
  • Mount the kitchen phone, reminders, and papers to the wall instead of placing them on the counter.

These are just some tips to help you get organized in the kitchen. We’ll be sure to keep adding to this list.


Kitchen Decor

Do you watch HGTV? Or see different ideas for decorating your kitchen in magazines, online, and even on Facebook? Decorating your kitchen does not have to be a tedious task nor is it something that has to be done fast and in a hurry. Just like decorating any other room in your house, take your time to create a space that you will enjoy spending time in.

Have a favorite color or two? Use those to spruce up your kitchen. Shades of one particular color work well.

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These cabinets were painted but no worries if you don’t have the option to paint. Accent pieces work well. What can you do to give your kitchen some color?

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Colored vases, mason jars, or plates hanging on the wall give your cooking space, a life of its own. No one wants to cook or entertain in a boring dull kitchen.

What can you do to add more color to your kitchen?


Kitchen Tips Thursday: Cleaning with Lemons

Happy Thursday Everyone. Thank you so much for joining each week for Kitchen Tip Thursdays. This week   we are going to be doing some cleaning. Don’t worry we’re cleaning with lemons. We will feature ways to clean your kitchen with lemons and lemon juice.  (more…)


Kitchen Tip Thursdays ‘5 Common Cooking Mistakes & How to Fix Them’

Happy Thursday Everyone. Today will look at some common cooking mistakes and how to fix them.

5 Common Cooking Mistakes and How to Fix Them

This happens to cooks all the time. While cooking you may get distracted, forget an ingredient, or even add the wrong ingredient. But don’t fret, there are ways to fix the most common cooking mistakes and no one would ever know the cook had a mishap in the kitchen.

Butter is too soft. Did your cake come out too heavy? Or are your cookies flat and crispy? Be careful when softening your butter, let it stand out at room temperature for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes rushing the process by softening in the microwave can make the butter too soft turning your batter into a different texture. Take the time to let your butter soften properly; cutting them in small pieces will help the process as well.

Lumpy Gravy. Making mashed potatoes, need gravy for your turkey and it’s not the right consistency with lumps in it? That’s okay it can be fixed. While mixing in the thickener (usually flour or cornstarch mixed with water) make sure that you gradually whisk it in with the gravy. If not, you get the lumps. The lumps can come out, just pour the gravy over into a sieve and let the liquid drain out leaving the lumps on the inside.

Overcrowded Pan. Is your food cooking too slowly, nothing is browning and you don’t have room to flip your food over? Your pan is overcrowded. When cooking make sure that you leave room in your pan for your food to cook properly. If you have to cook the food in two batches, place the first batch in the oven on an ovenproof plate; set the oven at 200°F.

Food is too greasy. Are your fries or chicken too greasy? Was your grease hot enough? Before adding your food to the grease make sure that the grease is hot enough, it should be 350°F. If you don’t have a thermometer you can try these tips to test the grease. Add a piece of bread to the oil, if it browns in 10 seconds, your oil is ready. Another test you can try is to add a piece of the food you are cooking to the oil, if it sizzles right away then your grease is ready. If not don’t worry, if your grease isn’t hot enough just give it a few more minutes to heat up properly.

You didn’t taste as you cooked. Your food tastes bland, sauce is too salty, and you think you may have missed an ingredient? Are you tasting your food as you are cooking? If you wait until your food is done to taste, you miss out on knowing whether or not something can be added to the recipe or knowing if it’s just the way you want it. By tasting your food as you cook, you’ll know if you need to add more seasoning or if your food is just right. Allow your palate to be your guide, it will never steer you wrong.

These are just 5 cooking mistakes that people make in the kitchen. Do you know of anymore?