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Alphabet Soup "K"
THE BASIC KITCHEN
So you want to start cooking but you're not sure where to begin? Before you boil your first egg, let along turn out a spectacular meal, you have to have the right equipment....
THE DELUXE KITCHEN
Buying deluxe appliances from thrift stores... I purchased my ice cream maker this way for $2.50, my new, in the box, fondue set for $3.00 and my new in the box toaster oven for $5.00, not to mention a plethora of expensive cookware and gadgets, invariably received as gifts and sold, unused, to a more deserving home.
THE BASIC PANTRY
The following is a list of ingredients that will make up a basic well stocked pantry....
If you look at the coupon sections of your Sunday paper, cleaners are big business. There are always plenty of coupons for cleaners, all claiming to miraculously clean everything....
Stocking & Cleaning The 'Fridge: Plus A Dozen Uses for Baking Soda - I can't count how many times that I have
gone to the refrigerator to get
ingredients to prepare a meal, and have
been faced with empty cartons, dishes, and
wrappers.... Read more...
APPLIANCES EVERY KITCHEN MUST HAVE
We are constantly bombarded with ads for this appliance and that appliance. "You must have this". "No kitchen can be without it". But what do you really need?
THE GADGET & APPLIANCE TRAP
I love my kitchen. We have a log house and extra tall ceilings and a completely wide-open floor plan throughout our abode. I love standing in my kitchen and watching the kids color at the table, enjoy conversation with my husband and never miss a moment of the life and times of our family while I am whipping up a delectable feast.
CAST IRON COOKWARE
It has been said, over and over in fact, there is nothing better than food prepared in a cast iron pan. Several dishes, including Mexican fajitas, Cajun seafood, sausage and eggs, and of course, cornbread, are hailed as delicious when prepared in these pans. Cast iron is also the cookware of choice amongst serious campers and hikers, but be sure to bring the pack mule, this stuff is heavy!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COOKWARE
What factors entered into your last cookware procurement? Price is always a consideration. But were you influenced by the color, the neat little glass lid that allows you to see inside, or maybe the free utensils it came with?
So you want to invest in cookware -- or perhaps you just want to buy something to get by with for now--but the endless array of choices out there makes it seem like a daunting task....
The Essential Kitchen : Basic Tools, Recipes, and Tips for a Complete Kitchen
by Christine McFadden
A must-have reference for those setting up their first kitchen, updating a kitchen, or just learning to cook, The Essential Kitchen
provides expert guidance on topics such as the advantages of using copper, cast iron, or nonstick pots and pans; the purposes of different
types of knives, and techniques for chopping herbs. As an added bonus, recipes from some of the world's best-known chefs are featured
throughout. The plastic cover and wire binding make the format unique and practical for constant reference and guidance.
CHOOSING & USING A SLOW COOKER
Slow cookers, commonly referred to as a *Crock-Pot®, are great time savers for anyone who enjoys a hot meal at the end of a busy day. Simply assemble your meal in the morning, or the night before, and forget about it until dinner time.
THE BENEFITS OF SLOW COOKERY
Many of us have a very efficient and time saving appliance sitting high on a kitchen shelf collecting dust. What is it? It's the slow cooker (more commonly known as the crockpot)!...
COOKING UNDER PRESSURE: THE BASICS
Once you get the hang of pressure cooking, you can cook vegetables in minutes, beans and/or rice in 30 minutes, and a roast in about an hour.
GET THE POINT?
A knife is to a chef as a scalpel is to a surgeon. They both have a myriad of other tools, but their blade is their primary instrument. You can get away with that cheap peeler, and you certainly don't need a spoon rest, but a good knife is indispensable.
GLOSSARY OF COOKING TERMS
The A to Z of cooking terms.
WEIGHTS & MEASURES
A pinch of this, a splash of that...and that is how many experienced cooks measure ingredients. But it is always good to know exactly how much you need, and then adjust recipes to your own personal taste.
"K" Is For...
Small pieces of meat, fish, vegetables and/or
fruit, seasoned and broiled on a skewer.
A cabbagelike plant having curled or wrinkled
leaves. Kale may be used for side dishes or as
A short, thick, highly seasoned sausage.
To work dough into a uniform mixture by
pressing and stretching.
A think patty of mashed potato or chopped
beef, enclosed in a thin wrapper of dough
and fried or baked.
"K" Is For KIDS IN THE KITCHEN
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN: TOOLS & SKILLS
It was my daughter Elizabeth who inspired my ideas for a kid friendly kitchen. Being a clever mother, I had assembled cookie cutters, a pizza wheel and an egg slicer for her to use with her play dough so she could play at cooking while I made dinner.
KID APPROVED DINNERS
Have no fear, kid approved dinners are here!
While there is no guarantee that every child will devour the
following meals, it is safe to say that the majority will!
TEACHING KIDS HOW TO COOK
Supervision is the key ingredient to cooking with kids. All children develop cooking skills at different rates - having an adult introduce cooking skills that match their ability is essential.
FORGET THE MESS!
Culinary professionals from The Art Institutes say that cooking with kids can be fun for the whole family with a few simple safety rules and basic organization. The payoff? Encouraging children to enjoy cooking can help nurture a lifelong love of good food and eating well.
Keeping Rice Fluffy
If dinner must wait, you can keep cooked rice hot
and fluffy by laying a slice of dry bread on top, then
clapping on the lid.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
3 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1 package Kool-Aid Mix (any flavor of unsweetened)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a large saucepan. Slowly add water mixed with oil and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens to dough. Turn out onto a heatproof bread board or counter top and knead until cool enough for children to handle. Dough will be the color of the Kool-Aid mix and will smell like the Kool-Aid mix. (Can be stored in a tightly covered container for up to six months)
While there are many reasons for teaching kids to cook -- less expensive than eating out, preserves family heritage, etc, the most important
reason is that by teaching your child to cook, you're giving him a better chance to be a healthy grown-up. Enabling your child with the ability
to appreciate freshness and to transform ingredients into tasty foods opens their eyes to making wiser choices about what to eat...