The Cooking Mom's Secrets and Tips
Keep a Lid on It!
Resist the urge to take off the slow cooker lid and peek at your meal. Opening the slow cooker lets heat escape and slows cooking. Only open it 30 to 45 minutes before the low end of the cooking range to check doneness. Get more slow cooker secrets from my Slow Cooker Secrets blog post, or click Slow Cooker to move right on to all the yummy slow cooker recipes in my website.
Halloween Fruit Kabobs!
Keep this Perfect Ratio Salt and Pepper by Your Stove
1 cup of kosher salt and 1 tablespoon of coarsely ground black pepper mixed together makes a perfect seasoning blend. Keep the mixture in a container by the stove and you never have to go looking for the salt and pepper shaker!
Sundaes for Breakfast!
Why not jazz up an ordinary morning with a sundae for breakfast! I start with some granola, then add your favorite yogurt, and next some fresh berries. A healthy way to start the day!
Make Fruit Fun!
Plain Greek yogurt, mixed with a little honey, and some pureed strawberries or raspberries makes a super quick, easy, healthy, and delicious dip for fruit! For the lunch box, little containers with two compartments make it easy to pack fruit and dip to go. It’s a lunch box treat that won’t get traded!
Jazz up your Salad
First, skip iceberg lettuce, instead go for Romaine lettuce. A one cup serving of romaine lettuce has more than ten times the vitamin A and more than 8 times the vitamin C. Besides fresh veggies like tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, why not add some fruit to your salad. Fruits like strawberries, raspberries, apples, and oranges add great color and flavor. Throw in a handful of toasted nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts and all of a sudden a party is starting to happen in your salad bowl. Drizzle the salad with a light homemade vinaigrette, toss it with tongs and watch it disappear!
Want to get your kids to eat more fruit? Instead of just throwing an apple or an orange in your kiddos lunch bag, why not WOW them and put the fruit on a stick! Just thread fruit like fresh strawberries, grapes, pineapple chunks on to a skewer and all of a sudden boring fruit gets a lot more fun! If you’re using apples and bananas dip them in 7-up or lemon juice and that will prevent them from getting brown.
Juicier Apple Pie
For a juicier apple pie I use Johnnygold and golden delicious apples and I thicken 1 small can of apple juice with sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch.
Pounding Chicken Breasts
Use produce bags from the grocery store to pound chicken breasts. They hold up well and enclose the chicken so as not to splatter juices on the kitchen counter. No worries about salmonella poisoning!
Room in the Frier
Avoid crowding food that is deep-fried. If you add too much food to a small amount of oil, the temperature will fall, and the food will wind up greasy and soggy.
Sugar Doesn’t Spoil
Sugar unopened will last 2 years. Sugar does not spoil but eventually may change flavor.
When taking foods off the grill, put them on a clean plate, not the same platter that held raw meat.