Friday, March 4, 2011


Hey, hope all is well. Today is an emotional day for grandson "Davin" is 6 months today. Seems like yesterday we were blessed with his arrival. To all you grandparents...always tell your grandchildren you love matter how old they are. It's so neat hearing my daughter Nichole talk about her child hood memories. Again, seems like yesterday. Today are a "few" kitchen tips that have saved me along the way. Enjoy!

Frosting a Cake:  Freeze cake for about 15-20 minutes before frosting. Prevents cake from crumbling into frosting when decorating.

Decorating a cake:  Line plate with Parchment paper before adding cake. Trim off excess paper with exacto knife after decorated. Non messy and easier to slice off plate while serving.

Parchment paper:  Line baking trays for even cooking. Helps with clean-up as well.

Mandoline blades:  Mark sharp side with a sharpie pen. Lay face down to prevent cutting hands when grabbing.

Plastic containers:  Spray with cooking spray before adding spaghetti sauces, etc. Prevents plastic from staining.

Labels:  Use tape marked with sharpie pen to label your food items on containers. Freezer labels can be expensive.

Microwave:  Clean your microwave with water and lemon juice. Steam/cool. Makes wiping off food easier.

Omeletes:  When cooking, tip your pan and let excess egg run underneath. Cover and repeat process until top is cooked. Add fillings and flip one side only. Cover and cook. Garnish with shredded cheese on top if one side is more browned.

Croutons:  Spread day old bread with butter, garlic salt and parsley. Cut into squares. Bake on baking sheet lined with parchment paper at 350* until cooked. Store in air tight container in refridgerator.

Best tip:  Keep your "Staples in your Kitchen" pantry stocked. Helps with those hectic nights...Honey what's for Dinner?

Have a blessed weekend. Thanks for all your emails. We're always glad to help.

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