perfectly boiled pasta

November 9, 2012

Susie here with another easy but effective trick of the trade. A lot of these tips are for ‘beginners’, but are good refreshers for anyone wanting to cook. Becky is always calling me and asking me how to make pasta perfect. Nothing is worse than sticky, undercooked, or overcooked pasta!

perfectly chopped, diced, or minced onions

November 8, 2012

I love Onions! I love, love Onions!! I love red or Green Onions in salads, Vidalia Onions for grilling and Sweet Yellow Onions for almost every other thing I cook. I am learning to use leeks, shallots, scallions, baby onions and so many more. I don’t often use white onions because of their stronger flavor, but they work well in many Mexican recipes. I hated onions when I was a child. I would actually get mad if my mother would put onions in any recipe, and I would search through my food and pick them out if she insisted on using them. Well…I have had a complete change of heart ever since I learned the beauty of sauteing. Sauteing onions in a little butter (for the flavor) and olive oil (to prevent burning) until translucent tenderizes and brings out the natural sweetness of this great food.

election night grilled cheese!

November 6, 2012

well goodness. all this election coverage is stressing me out. so i need something cheesy and fried and delicious. GRILLED CHEESE!! believe it or not i’ve never made a grilled cheese. i’m the cooking virgin, remember? so yeah…literally never made a grilled cheese. i brainstormed with my mom on the phone for some good add-ons to the normal grilled cheese. i decided to make Hawaiian grilled cheese, and caprese grilled cheese.

perfect stovetop bacon crumbles

Stove-top crumbled bacon is one of the greatest things I have learned within the past two years. This is genius and I’m disappointed in myself for not figuring it out sooner in life. For all the times a recipe calls for crumbled, crispy bacon, this is the go-to thing to do. This is one of those great little nuggets of info that saves a ton of time and the results are great…so…here goes.

housewife…FOR REAL! :)

October 30, 2012

for those of you that know me…you know that i feared growing old with just my animals and eating frozen dinners every night. my animals are pretty amazing…but i desperately hoped to find true love and a dad for my ‘kids’. i decided to take matters into my own hands on the whole frozen dinners part…but was still looking for my forever. 2 weeks ago yesterday…forever happened :)

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