(Cooking) Tip of the Week- Handy Silicone Trivets!

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  One of the most handy kitchen tools I use is a silicone trivet.  I actually got mine from Avon a long time ago when I used to sell it, but you can get them online and probably at various stores as well.  They are very inexpensive.  This is what mine looks like:     There are lots of uses for these things!  It’s one of those “I don’t know how I lived without it before”, items for me.  There are some obvious uses for a silicone trivet, such as : a trivet (well duh!) haha.  Great for keeping near the stove or on the table to set hot dishes and pots on A hot pad- you can use these in lieu of an oven mitt to grip the handles … Continue Reading

Autumn Recipe-Potato Ham Soup

Voila!  The finished product.  A bowl of hot, yummy good-ness!

Autumn is quickly approaching and with Fall in the air, I have been starting to crave a hot bowl of soup.  I don’t have a lot of from scratch soup recipes, so I decided this year I am inspired to try some out to add to my recipe book!  What I like about soup is that it’s usually fun and easy to prepare, you can put it in a crock pot to have later.  Plus- usually soup is a healthy,balanced meal complete with veggies and protein. The first new soup recipe I made to (prematurely) kick off Fall (Hey it did drop down to the 50′s tonight!) is for a hearty- Potato Ham Soup!  Ingredients: 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled & cut into small cubes 2 cups water 1 small … Continue Reading

How to Clean/Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware

  In a previous post, I discussed what’s cool (and healthy) about cooking with Cast Iron.  If you want to catch up and check that article out just click on this title: “Tip of the Week-Cooking with Cast Iron & Creative Grilled Cheese Ideas”. This week’s tip is a follow up on how to take care of your cast iron.  Let’s talk first about Cleaning.     Washing Your Cookware: Some people will tell you to never use soap to clean your cast iron.  It depends on what I am cooking as to if I use soap or not.  If I am making something like grilled cheese for example, I don’t use soap.  With grilled cheese you can actually just wipe out the pan with a napkin when done (if … Continue Reading

Tip of the Week- Cooking w/Cast Iron & Creative Grilled Cheese Ideas

evenly browned and crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside!

Today I am inspired by cast iron skillets and grilled cheese sandwiches (Doesn’t take much to excite me, huh :)  ) because in my opinion they just make the best grilled cheese!   On a side note , I also love making breakfast foods in cast iron skillets.  Why cast iron?  I find that cast iron tends to get things just the right crispness on the outside , but yet soft inside.   My pancakes and omelets come out perfectly golden brown, and the bacon is more crispy.  Why is this?  It is because cast iron is an even conductor of heat (meaning stuff gets evenly browned).   What about saving money?  They also save you money because these pans can last your whole lifetime!  In fact, many people have passed … Continue Reading

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