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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…)


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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? 


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?


The Taste of Now: Apple & Sage Pork Chops

Christmas is almost here and while I need to finish shopping I also need to pack. Spending the holidays with family is very important to me. Holidays always bring about food memories. One of those memories is watching my grandma use the apples we picked and cook them with pork chops. Since the weather is getting chilly we decided on pork chops for Sunday dinner.

We don’t usually post our Sunday dinners but we decided to try something new. Sunday dinners are a really big thing in my family. Even though I’m hours away from them my sister and I make sure that we keep the tradition going for Pumpkin and Snickerdoodle. This may become a weekly thing for us. We cut the recipe in half so it will make 4 servings.

Apples and pork chops go well together so we decided to combine them add a few other seasonings to the mix. This sweet and savory combination is will make your taste buds very happy. The aroma of the seasonings while cooking is amazing, if your windows are open you just might make your neighbor jealous.

Apple & Sage Pork chops

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 tsp. rubbed sage                                               2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. crushed thyme leaves                                 1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp. paprika                                                      2 tbsp. flour
2 tsp. salt                                                            4 pork chops, 1-inch thick ( about 1 1/4 lb.)
2 tbsp. olive oil                                                   1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 red apples, thinly sliced                                1 cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, all the spices and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Season both sides of pork chops with 1 1/2 tbsp. of seasoned mixture. ( You will use the rest later)
  3. In a large skillet, cook pork chops in hot oil on medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Remove pork chops from skillet.
  4. In the same skillet, add onions ; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add apples; cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in apple juice, brown sugar, and remaining seasoned mixture until well blended. Return pork chops to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until desired doneness.

Note: You don’t have to use pork chops, you can try chicken too.

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