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Kitchen Tips: How to Save Cooked Pasta





So you had a nice meal, but have leftover pasta-- how can you save it so it somewhat fresh as leftovers?

  • Put it in an airtight container or use Saran Wrap
  • Add about tablespoon (more if needed) of water or olive oil to the leftover rice
  • Seal it well
  • Reheat in the microwave for about a minute
  • Stir and serve


That's pretty much it.

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Kitchen Tips: How to Save Cooked Rice





So you had a nice meal, but have leftover rice-- how can you save it so it somewhat fresh as leftovers?

  • Put it in an airtight container or use Saran Wrap
  • Add about tablespoon (more if needed) of water or soy sauce to the leftover rice
  • Seal it well
  • Reheat in the microwave for about a minute
  • Fluff and serve


That's pretty much it.

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Kitchen Tips: How to Crush Ice





Some drinks are best served with crushed ice. How do you crush ice without making a mess? Try this:

  • Put the ice cubes or solid ice into two Ziploc freezer bags (large)
  • Tap the bag on a hard flat surface
  • Use a mallet as the pieces get smaller
  • Always avoid rupturing the bags
  • Save the unused ice in the bags for future use


That's it--  another simple solution for the kitchen.

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Kitchen Tips: How to Crush Nuts





Sometimes recipes call for crushing nuts. This also applies to crackers, cereals, and other added ingredients. Here is how to do it without making a mess:

  • Put the nuts (or other ingredient to be crushed) into a Ziploc sandwich bag
  • Seal the bag and place it on a hard, flat surface
  • Take a teaspoon and start tapping on the bag to crush the contents
  • Use the ingredient
  • Save the excess contents in the bag for future use


That's it-- a simple solution for the kitchen.

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Lunch Idea: Toast, Tomato, and Basil Sandwich





Here is a simple, tasty idea that I dreamed up based on my love of the core ingredients-- a Toast, Tomato, and Basil sandwich.  Prep time is under five minutes.

Here's what you need:

  • Two slices of your favorite bread, toasted
  • Sliced tomato
  • Chopped basil
  • Olive oil or mayonnaise


Here's what to do:

  • Toast the bread
  • Put tomato and basil on one piece of bread
  • Drizzle a dash of olive oil on the tomato or lightly coat the other slice of toast with mayo
  • Serve

 

This is a nice change of pace and a tasty lunch anytime.

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Plant an Herb Garden This Year





There is no substitute for fresh herbs in your recipes.  Want inexpensive and ready access?  Plant your own. 

Many herbs can be grown in small spaces-- even a windowsill.  What herbs can be grown:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Rosemary


If you plant them today, within a month you should be close to having a crop.

Give it a shot.

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How to Frost a Beer Glass





Frosting a beer glass is a relatively simple process.  The results provide a nice touch and can jazz up a so-so beer.

Here's what to do:

  • Use an appropriate glass for the type of beer you will have and be sure it is clean
  • Rinse it inside and out with cool, clean water, but don't dry it off
  • Place the damp glass in the freezer for about an hour
  • Chill the beer in the frig ahead of time
  • Remove from freezer, pour the chilled beer, and serve quickly


Enjoy!

One other tip: Don't leave the chilled glasses too long in the freezer, you don't want other "flavors" from the freezer (Baking soda in the freezer can help).


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How to Get Better in the Kitchen . . .





So, you want to get better in the kitchen?  This is very easy, and very tough.  The answer is to spend time in the kitchen.  Cook for yourself and your family.

Like anything else in life, cooking and kitchen skills get better with practice.

As time goes by, you will be able to whip up meals with what you have on hand.  Furthermore, you will get experimental-- with success.  Case in point, I started by depending on recipes-- now I can "wing it" and make experimental modifications, because I learned what worked and how to use ingredients.  When I use recipes now, it is to try something completely different or go in new directions.

The biggest improvement I have noticed in myself, is the ability to prepare multiple components of a meal and have them all ready around the same time-- this is a big challenge.

Practice may not make perfect, but it definitely makes better . . .


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Side Dish Idea: Grilled Roast Garlic





The BBQ grill and garlic?  A winning combination! Try my grilled roast garlic.  Prep time is under two minutes.

Here's what you need:

  • 1-3 heads of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 dashes of salt
  • 1-3 dashes of pepper


Here's what to do:

  • Remove garlic skins
  • Leave garlic whole or slice
  • Put all ingredients into foil "bowl"
  • Grill for 30-60 minutes
  • Stir occasionally
  • Serve warm


Enjoy!

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Quick Tip: How to Soft Boil an Egg





Some people have never enjoyed a soft boiled egg.  They are sometimes called a two minute or three minute egg.  You should try the occasional soft boiled egg.

Here's what you need:

  • 1-2 eggs
  • Boiling water


Here's what to do:

  • Bring the water to a rolling boil
  • Reduce heat to medium
  • Put eggs in for 2-3 minutes maximum
  • Remove eggs and let stand
  • Carefully crack top off
  • Salt, pepper
  • Scoop out and enjoy


Prep is under five minutes.

Enjoy!

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