Cooking Tools 101

Are most of your culinary adventures ‘cooking chaos’? Your car mechanic or plumber or fix-it person wouldn’t work without tools, would they? Why should a cook — even a beginner, perhaps, especially a beginner — work without handy kitchen gadgets? But which kitchen tools are a necessity? Let’s start with inexpensive additions. Was one of your New Years’ Resolution to STOP throwing away expendable cash on extras? Worthy, but who wants to give up those treats altogether. 1st step – limit perishable extras. Say, coffee house muffin treats. I didn’t say limit the coffee craving – don’t panic. Focus on the extras. Those high-priced, calorie-laden bakery temptations. Ready to tackle a do-able kitchen experience? Start […]

Not the same old start!

New Year’s Resolutions: Start as you plan to go on. Is this your path for the new year? Dusty . . . winding . . . uncertain??? Or, are you ready to build bridges that lead to new horizons? Folks come in all shapes & sizes . . . so do New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve read any number of blogs & posts over the past several weeks regarding personal New Year’s Resolutions. Lots of folks put their goals into cyber space – maybe as a way to make themselves accountable – but few follow-up at the end of the year as to what they’ve accomplished. Why? Good question. Why do New Year’s resolutions fail? Not […]

Chasing Destiny Almond Flour Pancakes

Chasing Destiny – characters that cook! Characters absorb parts of the author’s personality . . . and often the writer grows through the character. In each ‘Donovan Legacy’ book, one of the characters (could be a secondary character) loves to cook. Why do my characters cook? Kitchen: the heart of the home. That phrase is more than a saying on a tea-towel or wooden plaque. Most — I didn’t say all — have some fond memories from the kitchen. If it involves food, it could be the smell of grandmother’s special cookies or holiday candies and treats. If the memory doesn’t involve food, it could be the early morning scent of coffee. It might be […]

6 Kitchen Gadgets . . . better tools for every cook!

Chef’s little helpers . . . KITCHEN gadgets 101 Disclaimer – This blog is about sharing knowledge – not brand loyalty. No company or brand is profiting from the advice or products mentioned here. With (4) decades of cooking in my repertoire, these are simple items that aid in that process. Loads of unique kitchen toys are available. I’ll be the first to admit they are a weakness of mine. Mainly because spending time in my kitchen is a joy. For holidays and birthdays, there are always new helpful kitchen tools in my gift pile that feed my obsession. Now that I have grown kids who also love to wear the chef’s hat, it’s worse […]

3 New Year’s Traditions: are they worth the effort?

SHOULD YOU EAT BLACK-EYED PEAS ON NEW YEAR’S EVE? A Southern Tradition, traditionally called: Hoppin’ John (black-eyed peas served with rice, pork, and seasonings. If you follow the full tradition, you’re to eat 365 peas. That’s a mouthful. Thought to originate from Civil War days – Sherman on his march through the South left devastated crops, and not much beyond black-eyed peas and salted port, which were considered animal fodder. The reeling South was grateful for any bounty and the practice of eating black-eyed peas (with pork/bacon/renderings) was thought to bring about good luck. Sherman’s marching dates seem to discount this theory, but it’s another Southern story passed along. (Wiki-pedia) Superstition or not – Black-eyed […]

Sunday Morning Construction

Why do those pesky ‘small’ fix-it or remodel jobs turn out to be so: And HOW, oh HOW do we, weekend DIYers, make them easier? 5 common sense DIY tips to balance the ‘home repair project’ scale. Read the directions Don’t be afraid to ask for help Proper tools YouTube Videos are your friend Take pictures As a serious do-it-all fixer, I’ve learned — through my share of mistakes — a few keys lessons that make installing . . . repairing . . . replacing . . . new construction a bit easier. 1) Read the directions. And I do mean ALL the directions. Don’t skip to what you think concerns you. Read them all. […]

Parents Get to Have Fun, too!

Several years past, Disney spent their advertising dollars to entice the older age group (mature visitors) back to their parks. Scene: Daughter driving off in VW Bug, headed to college.Voice-over: “My parents will be so sad when I’m gone. I don’t know what they’ll do.” Scene: Mom & dad, in full Mickey Mouse regalia, riding the roller coasters at Disney World. So, when the 19.9 million students (projected student starting figure for 2018) finally leave for college, do mom & dad mourn their leaving? The wallet probably does. According to this year’s figures, 25.5 Billion – yep, that’s with a ‘B’ will be spent to put kids into university for the first-time, or send those […]

12 Days of Office Depot Woes

Once Upon a Business, to Office Depot I did go . . . ONE executive chair I did purchase TWO hundred $$ did Office Depot over-charge THREE fraudulent Office Depot charges on my account FOUR bank rebuttals against Office Depot I did submit FIVE different Office Depot departments who promised resolution SIX Office Depot managers I did entreat — please return my funds SEVEN regrets for shopping with Office Depot EIGHT Office Depot customer service agents I did beg — please return my funds NINE (90) minutes of typing/faxing/submitting rebuttal letters to Office Depot TEN hours of listening to bad Office Depot hold music ELEVEN broken promises from OFFICE Depot — to date still no […]

Mom Fun

HELLO MOMS!! A number of years ago, a FaceBook friend shared this questionnaire with me. Both of us — that would be the friend and myself — are blessed with now-grown children so this was a fun trip down memory lane. It was fascinating that so many of the answers readily came to mind. Pregnancy and childbirth leave indelible memory marks. Take the trip with me and answer the questions about your FIRST born. Actually, I’m not picky . . . if one of your other pregnancies is more memorable, think of that one. Feel Free to steal the questionnaire and repost. 1. Did I have an epidural? Yep, I asked for those drugs. 2. […]