Because Sharing is Caring…

Tips, hints, tricks, and little kitchen ‘hacks’ learned along the way and shared with you… please feel free to share your hints with me…

The first one come from watching ‘Good Eats’.

  • Avoid buying single-use gadgets
    too often they truly become useless.. good knife skills will save you from shelling out money on a garlic press, and you can do a better job with a good knife. But in all honesty, I do have a small apple corer, but I do core a lot of apples, so…
  • Invest in a good quality knife
    one good durable knife will save you from shelling out a small fortune buying multiple ‘cheep’ knives. So far my Henckels have been sharpened and honed and still going strong some twelve years after I bought them.
  • Set your pantry for a FIFO system
    canned goods should be no different from frsh goods, put the oldest ones in front and the newer ones behind. Use the First In First Out system, and if you label things with their purchase dates, you can use this system in your freezer too
  • Buy groceries for your menu
    when it comes to fresh produce, build your shopping list around your menu to avoid buying things that you ‘intend’ to use but don’t actually use and instead toss…
  • ABS!
    always be skimming… when it comes to preparing stock, always be skimming, and… don’t boil the stock, simmer the stock. Boiling drives te impurities that you are trying to skim back to the bottom of the pot whereas simmering the stock draws the impurities to the surface… we you are waiting to pounce

So, a couple of hints, tips, take what you like and leave the rest… speaking of leaving… leave a comment to share one of YOUR tips!

Thank You!


Blueberry Basic Pancakes

I know! Now it’s something completely different. Let me share a bit of breakfast as I’ve just picked up a pint of blue berries on sale for two bucks. So, blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or late night with a scoop of maple walnut ice cream. These are just the basic pancake batter. We’ll get our fancy on later.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
Mix together the flour baking powder, salt, then sugar. Whisk this all together. Then add egg, milk, oil and whisk this into a nice batter. Then add the blueberries.
Ladle out the batter onto a medium hot griddle and cook till bubbles freely form on the surface. Then flip that cake and cook till golden.
Keep going till the batter is gone and you’ll have a little stack of goodness.