be a better cook

6 Ways To Be a Better Cook

Poaching cooking in a flavored liquid at a low simmer.

Slow Roasting cooking at low heat for a long time.

Searing- make sure whatever you are going to put into the pan is very dry, preheat a pan over high heat, then add oil. When the oil is hot add the meat, chicken or fish and let it cook undisturbed. When a corner curls up flip over the meat. If you are cooking something thick transfer it to the oven to finish cooking. Thinner meat or fish can be finished in the pan on the stovetop.

Blanch and Shock (usually vegetables)- boil the veggies briefly (blanch) and cool them fast by dunking in an ice bath (shock). Best for veggies, fruit and herbs.

Macerating- this is a tenderizing technique, setting fruit aside to soften in a coating or sugar or veggies in a coating of salt. Macerating onions in a salt-and-vinegar bath mellows their flavor.

Emulsifying means combining two liquids that normally don’t mix into a creamy dressing or homemade aioli. You have to patiently add droplets of one liquid throughout the other. Start by adding drops and whisk constantly, working up to a steady drizzle and don’t stop whisking.

 

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true/not true?

Truth or Myth?

Feed a cold and starve a fever– sort of true, but the most important thing is drink plenty of fluids so that you stay hydrated.

Staring at a computer all day will hurt your eyes– pretty much true. For every 20 minutes you spend looking at a computer, you should spend a couple of minutes looking at things in the distance.

An apple a day will keep the doctor away– apples are really good for you and so are all fruits and vegetables so eat a lot of them.

If you pull out a gray hair two more will grow back in its place– totally not true. The color pigment in one hair has nothing to do with the color pigment in any other hair.

Fish is brain food– TRUE, it won’t make you smarter, but it will keep your brain healthy.

If you want big muscles eat spinach because it’s full of iron– not exactly, protein is more important for building muscles than iron.

If you crack your knuckles you’ll get arthritis in your hands– not true, but it may cause a lot of tendon irritation.

Spicy food will give you an ulcer– not true at all, the most common cause of ulcers is a specific bacteria.

Chocolate and fried foods cause acne– not at all, again bacteria is mostly to blame

Stay flat on your back if you hurt your back– only if you can’t move, otherwise you’ll heal faster if you get up and move around, take it easy

 

 

 

no explanations needed

Ask Mom-  I feel like I always have to explain why I did or said something, and I’m tired of it. What should I do?

Stop explaining. If you’re doing and saying things that you know are right then there is no reason to explain anything.  Your friends trust you without explanations and people who don’t know you or like you won’t believe your explanations if they want to think you’re wrong, so don’t bother.

don’t hold on to it

Dear Ask Mom- When people do bad things to me or treat me badly I hold a grudge. I can never forget what they did. I am mad at someone about something all the time and I don’t want to be. What can I do to change?

It sounds like you are probably feeling worse than the people that you’re mad at and they have probably forgotten about what they did that made you mad. Either say something and be done with it or just get over it. No matter how hard it is you have to stop holding a grudge because you’re the only one that’s mad and unhappy, the other person hasn’t given it a second thought.

cool, steamy salsa

It’s not quite summer, but it’s definitely time to start eating salsa… one of my favorite dinners!! 

You can buy basic salsa refrigerated in a plastic container and add whatever you like…or make your own

basic salsa

Ingredients
  • 1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
  • 2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Quartered And Sliced Thin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro (more To Taste)
  • 1/2 whole Lime Juice

preparation instructions

Note: this is a very large batch. Recommend using a 12-cup food processor, or you can process the ingredients in batches and then mix everything together in a large mixing bowl.

Combine whole tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic, sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice, and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get the salsa to the consistency you’d like—I do about 10 to 15 pulses. Test seasonings with a tortilla chip and adjust as needed.

things to add:

Black Beans and Corn- 1/4 cup black beans drained and 1/4 cup cooked corn off the cob or frozen and defrosted

Grilled Vegetables- 1/2 bell pepper (any color, grilled or roasted and diced) and 1/2 medium red onion, grilled or roasted and diced

Mango- 1/2 cup diced mango

Garden Veggies- 1/2 cup diced cucumber and 1/2 cup halved and thinly sliced radishes

Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour before serving

 

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all parties, all the time

lots of parties and not too sure what to wear…

Black Tie- means formal, so you should wear a tea or floor-length dress and men a tux, but if you’re not into rules you can ignore it. You should get dressed up, look elegant, glamourous and no costume jewelry, low, low cut top or high, high slits.

Cocktail- mean semi-f0rmalish, so wear a LBD and killer heels. Men should wear a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie.

Festive- means have a little bit of fun with color, jewelry and textures, but not too short and keep it sophisticated. Guys should wear a suit and fun tie, or open collar jacket and slacks.

Dressy Chic– means this is probably an outdoor party or destination wedding so no black. Wear comfortable, flowy, prints and a funky necklace or earrings. Guys can go classic preppy wearing khakis and oxford cloth shirt with a sport jacket or tan colored suit.

Business Attire- means what you would wear to an interview or meeting. A simple dress or black suit always works. For guys navy blue or gray or pin stripe is perfect with a colored shirt.

Casual Chic- means sort of dressed but sort of not, so you can wear anything from dark jeans and a great top to a jacket and slacks to something trendy. If you have a choice overdress a little bit rather than underdress. Guys can wear dark jeans and a button-down or khakis.

Come As You Are- this one is a little bit dangerous- don’t really go “as you are” if it means that you have on your yoga pants. Dress the way you would for a lunch date and always clean, neat and unwrinkled.

Party on…

  • if the invitation says that the style of dress is optional or preferred the person throwing the party is trying to help you by trying to give you and idea what you should wear, but you really don’t have to. For Black Tie Optional you can wear a spectacular short dress and guys can wear a very dark suit with a black tie.
  • if the invitation doesn’t give you any hints about your attire look for some clues. Ask the party-giver what she’s wearing, ask your friends who were invited what they’re wearing, if the invitations are fancy, custom-made and embossed chances are it’s a dressy party. The more casual the invitation probably the more casual the party.
  • The theme and place where the party is held will give you a very good idea about proper attire.
  • The time of the party is another good hint usually an after 5 p.m. party is more elegant than a daytime get-together.

don’t compete with the wrong people

Ask Mom, It seems like everyone else has a better job and is more successful than I am, and I don’t know why. I am very jealous that everyone I know is doing better than I am.

You’re competing with everyone else and you should be competing with yourself to be a better you…

it’s about you

Dear Mom, I’m lonely, bored and don’t like my job or my friends. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong and why I’m unhappy.

Everything you listed are things that are not about you- you’re probably unhappy with everything because you’re unhappy with yourself. Work on being happy with yourself and you’ll be happy with the other things, too.