Putting up supper in a crockpot or slow cooker is as easy as 1-2-3. Place the food into the slow cooker in the morning, add the spices, turn it on and ‘see you at supper time’. Although slow cookers are used mostly for soup and stews, the fact is that you can actually do just about anything in a crockpot, including stewing, roasting, simmering, warming, and yes, even baking.
One of the many conveniences of cooking in a crockpot is that you don’t have to worry about stirring your food, especially when cooking on low heat, since the food will not burn. There is one problem with crockpot cooking though. When stovetop cooking, you do not have to worry about removing the lid to check on your food. A crockpot, on the other hand, every time the lid is removed, the crockpot loses a large amount of heat. You must then add an additional 20 minutes to the original cooking time for each time that the lid is removed.
Just about all recipes can be converted to crockpot cooking. When using a crockpot, unless cooking something like rice, pasta or beans, which actually calls for twice the amount of liquid, reduce the amount of liquid called for in the recipe since crockpot cooking does not evaporate water the same way that stovetop cooking does.
Have leftover bread and not sure what to do with it? Homemade croutons are the way to go! These onion garlic and basil croutons are sure to add an excellent taste to any soup or salad. They are delicious, crunchy and easy to make. With a little basil – how much better can you get?
10 slices bread
5 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon crushed basil
Almost every woman dreams of her ideal kitchen. Then again, the recession has forced many a woman to rethink her dreams. Good news! Your dream can now become a reality. Here’s a plan that will transform any kitchen from depressing to dazzling in ten days or less- without breaking the bank.
- For the cabinets, you can’t be any more economical than by painting or staining them. If your cabinets are gone, head to the lumberyard for replacement doors. Custom cabinets are totally unnecessary.
- If you thought granite was way out of your league, think granite tiles since they cost half the amount of the solid slabs. You don’t even have to get rid of the existing countertop since any professional tiler can apply the tiles right over it. If the granite tiles are still out of budget, opt for ceramic tiles that resemble stone. Use the same tiles for the backsplash and counter to create a neat look.
- As for appliances, you don’t have to buy new ones. Refrigerators can be sprayed and you can buy a new panel for the dishwasher. All appliances should have the same finish or color- either white, stainless steel or black. In the event that you have no choice but to buy new appliances, purchase them all from the same place and have them installed on the same day.
- The key to flooring is to find something that can be placed over your existing floor. It will save lots of time and money. Cheap flooring can last just as long as the expensive flooring.
- The sinks and faucets do not have to be replaced if they’re working just fine. However, if they are not, buy them off-the-rack in a discount lumber store.
This delicious quiche makes an excellent dish, be it brunch, dinner, or anything in between. Filled with delicious ingredients, including four variations of cheeses, and shredded crab, this cheese crab broccoli quiche is sure to be a hit.
Lactose intolerant? Egg allergy? No problem! Scroll down for variation.
- 2 cups flour (whole wheat works great)
- ½ cup ground filberts
- 3 tablespoons oil or 2 oz. butter
- 1 egg yolk
- Approximately ½ cup water
Mix the flour, filberts, oil and yolk in a bowl. Add water slowly since the amount of water that the flour absorbs depends on the freshness of the flour. Place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour but not more than 1 day. Once you’re ready to go further, remove the dough from the fridge and press into the bottom and sides of a 9” round pan. Left over dough can be bagged and frozen for later use.
Summer’s here! That means hot weather, mosquitoes and of course, barbeques! This terrific tasting grilled chicken and beef satay adds a nice twist to the regular barbeque. Dip it in to the peanut dipping sauce and now we’re talking! Makes a great party main dish or an appetizer!
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May as a day to remember all the U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country.
In 1868, Decoration Day, was first recognized as a holiday in order to honor those who died during the Civil War. After General James Garfield spoke at the first Decoration Day ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 volunteers lent a hand in decorating the graves of over 20,000 soldiers buried there by placing flowers and flags over their graves.
Toward the end of the 1800s, numerous communities throughout the United States began celebrating Memorial Day.
In 1966, the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, as the official hometown of Memorial Day due to the fact that this town made Memorial Day an annual commemoration day. Businesses stayed closed for the day and all the locals bedecked the graves of the soldiers with flags and flowers.
When it comes to cheese, I’m obsessed! Cheese filled cannoli- now we’re talking. The smooth, light filling in a shell with a perfect crunch… My mouth is already watering!
20 store bought cannoli shells
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoon shortening
4 tablespoons Marsala Wine
If you are busy walking around with a pile of bad credit scores on your shoulders, you are bound to pay much more for credit cards, mortgages and car loans. Some tips on how to turn them around as quick as possible.
- Spread out balances- Your credit score will plunge if you have used over half of your available credit or, even worse, if you’ve maxed out! It would be best to always try and keep it at 50%.
- Pay it down- For the next couple of months, put all your spare cash toward your credit card payments. Paying down the balances can boost you r score up to 70 points, so keep on sanding it down.
- Do not request extra credit- Lenders will be much more nervous to lend you money if they see too many lines of credit since it makes you looks like you are quite money hungry.
- Choose direct deposit- Although most people tend to believe that getting a paper paycheck is safer than getting a direct deposit the opposite holds true. Having your paycheck deposited electronically into your bank account, lowers your risk of forgery and identity theft.
- Check up on credit scores- By not checking up on your credit every so often, you are allowing your credit to wither away. In the event that you come across an incorrect statement on your report, it is urgent for you to get in touch with the creditor to correct it at once.
- Old credits- Unpaid credits, loans or bills can hurt your credit report even if the agencies did not try contacting you to collect their money.
This is a delicious bread that stands well on its own or as an accompaniment to soup. You can also place a spoonful of salad in the center to create an excellent appetizer.
4 2/3 cups flour- packed
2 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
2 cups luke-warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons oil, for brushing
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.