Index of Food and Cooking Articles
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a listing of the many cooking, food, and history articles that I have written about over
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Olive Oil - Flavor, color, and
consistency of olive oil vary, like fine wines, due to different olive
varieties, location, and weather. The olive oils of some small producers
are treated and priced like fine vintage wines.
During the Civil War, General Grant
believed that onions would prevent dysentery and other ills of warm
climates. He sent the following wire to the War Department:
"I will not move my army without onions." The next day, three
trainloads of onions were dispatched to the front.
Learn all about onions.
Organize Right Now
Organization articles by Lea Schneider,
Avoiding Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard
There is a
little Mother Hubbard in all of us, reaching into the cupboard for
something we just knew was there – and coming up empty-handed. I
used to conveniently be able to blame it on the children or the
teenagers. What’s one to do when they get grown?
Change Your Kitchen Along with Your Hair Color
Over the course of the years, I’ve
changed my hair color. I’ve changed my fashions. I’ve changed
states, houses, cars, and I have even switched from cats to dogs.
I’ll just bet that you have made a lot of those changes too. Have you
thought about how the way you use your kitchen has changed?
Christmas Kitchen Secrets of the Organized
Entertaining, on top of working,
holiday shopping and company, is never easy but it can be made
simpler. Here are a couple suggestions to help you make it look so
Conquering Menu Madness
Do the innocently
asked words “What’s for dinner,” drive you mad? You are certainly not
the only one! Every night, it is
like we are caught on the track with the dinnertime train headed
right for us. It is almost like it’s a surprise that it is
dinnertime….yet again. If you feel like you are constantly
reinventing the wheel, then its time for you to start taking
advantage and organizing your own creativity.
For Dinner Tonight? A Plan!
Your lids may march in a row in a lid
rack and your silverware may nestle in drawer liners but if there
isn’t dinner on the stove then you’ve missed the boat, as the saying
goes. Getting organized in the kitchen means
having ingredients to prepare meals. It means having the time to
prepare meals. What it doesn’t mean is hours and hours of work.
Is cooking dinner at your house
like juggling eggs?
Sometimes, trying to cook in your
kitchen is exactly like juggling. You juggle the junk from the counter
to the center island. Then you need the island space to roll out
dough or pound some chicken breasts and you move the junk again…to
the kitchen table. As you prepare to wash vegetables, you
again need to juggle. The sink is full of breakfast dishes, but the
dishwasher is full of clean dishes. Again, you juggle.
Your Kitchen Really Too Small?
True, I haven’t seen
your kitchen but I bet I have seen a lot of kitchens like your
kitchen. They are the busy hub of the family and reflect your hectic
schedule. Even so, if you muttered one of the three excuses above,
you need to know that those excuses don’t often hold up.
Keeping Your Resolution to Get Organized I
If you spent part of December thinking something has got to change,
either in your kitchen or your eating habits, then you are in good
company. Getting organized usually makes the top ten New Year’s
resolutions and January is Get Organized Month, sponsored by the
National Association of Professional Organizers.
Keeping Your Resolution to Get Organized
If you are like me, and have an older
kitchen, then you have probably experienced frustration with lower
cabinets. When trying to find something, it means getting on your
hands and knees, banging your head and rattling around in a dark
hole. By the time you have found it, you have muttered a few choice
words! There are some wonderful inexpensive
kitchen solutions that you can install in lower cabinets. When I say
“you,” I really mean you. If I can do it by myself, you can do it
too. The installation usually only involves three screws.
Nine More Months of Lunch Packing
One child is yelling about missing PE
clothes and another shouting that their life is over because their
hair is standing up. In between those issues, breakfast and the
normal chaos, dealing with packing lunches can be the proverbial
straw that broke the camel’s back. Getting organized to deal with the
next nine months worth of lunches is certainly worth the small
amount of time involved.
Leftovers – Please!
It’s the one organizing request that makes me
laugh! Leaning into the fridge, packed with
tiny plastic containers, plastic wrapped mystery items and aluminum
foil bundles, and my friend turned to me and said “Can you organize
Paper or Plastic for Holiday Organization?
By the time you have made a menu to cover Thanksgiving or holiday
parties or baking, you will find you have a lengthy shopping list.
Coming home from the store, even if you have cleared out pantry space,
storing away all those items takes time.
How To Shuck Oysters
- Learn how to shuck oyster with this photo tutorial.
The dish was given the
name Rockefeller because the green was the color of greenbacks and the whole
dish was so rich that he wanted a name that would signify the "richest in
the world." Learn about the interesting history of this famous New Orleans