|These are a few of my favorite things!” I love that song…….girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes. Yeah, you’re gonna sing that all day now. I’m not sorry. I decided that since it was the Christmas season, I’d talk about my current five favorite things in the kitchen. I’ll also tell you how you can get them cheaper than retail. Yeah, you knew that was coming. If you know someone who loves kitchen things and you can’t think of what to get them for Christmas, then today you’re going to get five options to choose from. Your shopping just can’t really get any easier than this. I should go into business being a personal bargain shopper.|
This is the most expensive of my five things……unless you run into one at a yard sale. I got one this summer for my friend Kim for a grand total of $1.00. Yep. Don’t be a hater. Anyway, I am in love with my food processor. I use it a LOT. It will puree soup….okay, it purees whatever you put in there, but I just wanted to say soup. It does a ton of other stuff too, but I didn’t read the manual. I’ve got a weird relationship with instruction manuals……I don’t read them. I just really enjoy mine. It makes a lot of the things I do in the kitchen a lot quicker. Sometimes if I have a lot of veggies to chop, I’ll just throw them in there and give it a whirl for a few seconds. Done! It can also be used to make pie crust, but we’ll explore that later. So, how do you get this baby cheaper? Mine was a gift from my Mama. Thanks Mama! That’s a good way to get it cheaper. Of course, I already said you could look for them at yard sales. However, if you want one NOW you’re in luck. ‘Tis the season! This time of year tons of electronic things are on sale. This is really the time of year to buy anything electronic. I just saw today that they have tons of options on Overstock.com and they are also offering $1 shipping! [Read more…]
Ya know, I’m not very fond of winter. I hate being cold. I go into “shut down mode,” which leaves me balled up on the couch, surrounded by blankets, while I shiver and cry because I hate being cold. Thankfully this year Annie is on the move, so I should stay warm from running all over the house after her……right? Anyway, I know that when it starts turning cold that butternut squash are going to be ready, and that almost makes up for it. I love butternut squash! Annie loves it too! Last year my dad planted several and we enjoyed feeding them to Annie. I enjoyed eating them myself. I like to think that this year he planted more for me, but I’m not stupid. I know it’s all about Annie now. I’m chopped liver. Who cares? As long as he grows them and I get to eat them, I’m happy. Have you ever cooked one? Does it look intimidating? I used to think so, but now I cut them up with ease. It really doesn’t take a lot of time or effort…..and the payoff is amazing! So, let me show you how to cut one so you can enjoy them this season. If your dad didn’t grow any for your 16 month old, then you can pick them up at your local produce market – and they’re cheap! [Read more…]
Well, it’s that time of year when pumpkins abound! I just love them. They’re so pretty…..and tasty! Barry loves pumpkin pie (gag attack!) and I like putting pumpkin puree in breads, cookies, and stews.
It can get pretty expensive if you use a lot of pumpkin puree – unless you make it yourself. Then it becomes pretty cheap. Y’all know I like to keep things cheap! And I also like to teach y’all how to do things for yourself.
Which is why today, I’m sharing all about how to make your own pumpkin puree!
When I first got married and started doing a lot more cooking, I wanted a mandoline slicer. I had seen them used on TV, so they had to be awesome, right? The only versions I saw were at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for around $70! Whew! That was just too rich for my blood……especially when I knew it wasn’t a necessity. I would still go visit it….rub the box…….stare at it and dream about all the amazing things we could do in the kitchen. Then I’d walk away and cry my little heart out. Ok, so I didn’t cry, but I still missed it all the same. One fateful day I was with my mom in Ross and I saw THIS! Isn’t it beautiful!? Do you know how much this was??? $13.99. That’s it. A big step down from the $70 option. Guess what? I didn’t buy it the first day I saw it. I went home and stewed for about a week as to whether I should buy it. Finally, it won me over and I went back, praying that it was still there. Do you know it was in the EXACT same place I left it after I carted it around the store for an hour? I know what you’re thinking – no, I didn’t hide it. So I knew it must be fate…..we were destined to be together. I’ve used it several times and it’s just great! I don’t see any reason to think I got a bad deal or a cheap version. The blades are extra sharp, so I am pleased with my purchase. Keep your eyes peeled and you might find one too – maybe even cheaper than me! [Read more…]
|It’s so easy to make an omelet. I make them regularly for Barry…..especially when I have stuff in the refrigerator that I want to get rid of. You can put ANYTHING in an omelet – cheese, salsa, taco meat, bacon, ham, peppers, onions, steak, hot dogs, chicken nuggets. I’d say most people who don’t make omelets don’t do it because they think it’s hard. I’m here to shed light on the subject! If I can do it, you can do it! Now, this omelet turns out a little rough because I got in a hurry…..it split open. Guess what? It still tastes delicious. Did you know that they make a special pan just for making omelets? Good grief! What normal person has room in their cabinets for all these contraptions? I had to get rid of my dishwasher in order to store more cake pans, so I really don’t have room for a special omelet pan. Good thing we don’t need it. So, let’s clean out the fridge and make an omelet!|
|All you need to make an omelet are eggs, water, salt, pepper, and cooking spray. Of course you need your fillings, but that will vary each time you’re making one. The omelet I make the most is just salsa and cheese for a filling. We like to keep things simple in the Myers household. [Read more…]|
Fresh corn makes me want to sing! Ahhhhhhhhh!!! And I’m a huge fan of grilled corn on the cob. If you haven’t tried grilled corn yet… please do! Because y’all, it’s life-changing.
I’m sure you’ve seen those fancy pans that advertise the perfect poached eggs. And, I know what you’re thinking. Only fancy people know how to poach an egg, right?
Wrong – YOU can poach an egg too!
Not that you’re not fancy, but I’m just saying that poaching eggs is for everyone – the common man and for royalty. So, let’s get with it shall we?
And the best part? You don’t need a special pan or even special skills to poach eggs at home. Save your cabinet space for useful things like waffle irons and your 101 cookie cutter set. As long as you have a big pot and a slotted spoon, you can poach an egg! [Read more…]
Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of year.
Well, my birthday is my favorite time of year, but that’s neither here nor there. However, when my birthday does roll around I like cookbooks and food, just in case you’re curious. But as much as I know y’all want to, I’m not talk about my birthday today. I’m talking about freezing strawberries!
So, when I was growing up my family had a huge strawberry patch! We would never be able to use all the juicy strawberries before they went bad. So my family would let people from the community come and pick their own berries. But there were still so many strawberries left over! That’s how we got started freezing strawberries!
Are you like me? Were your years marred by the fact that when you cooked rice, it always turned into a big ole blob in the pan when the water was finally gone? I hated cooking rice. The instant rice always stayed nice and pretty, but didn’t taste nearly as good as cooking regular long grain rice. Just how did Jackie Chan do it?
While scouring the internet for recipes one day, I came upon a different method for cooking rice. It sounded odd, but I was willing to try. It worked great! This will be my method for cooking rice from now until the Lord returns or I kick the bucket. I’m here to walk you through it so your life can be enlightened like mine! It’s so easy you’ll say “Well duh. Why didn’t I think of that?” [Read more…]