Archive for May, 2010

Pear, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Walnuts and Honey Balsamic Dressing

A delicious side salad!  It’s great paired with a grilled cheese sandwich or a bowl of soup.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

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Plan Ahead

Sunday, May 30th, 2010
road ahead

road ahead

Why?

Planning ahead is the first step to saving time and money in the kitchen because:

-you buy only what you need at the grocery store or farmer’s market

-you are more likely to eat homemade meals.

-it is less likely the food you do buy will go bad.

I’ve even noticed, just by having an answer for my husband when he asks, “What’s for dinner?” we don’t order out or go out as often.  If I already have a plan to make something he likes, he quickly forgets about takeout.
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No Knead White Loaf Bread

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

No Knead White Loaf Bread

I first decided to tackle bread making when my husband pointed out that we both like rye bread, but I never buy it.  I explained that rye bread is $4 a loaf at the grocery and it probably only costs about $0.60 to make.  I experimented with many types of recipes from rye, whole wheat, white, part white part whole wheat and I baked many loaves of very dense, heavy loaves.

I thought I was kneading the dough enough, or didn’t use the right brand of yeast, or I punched too much air out before the second rise, since the second rise never seemed to be as great as the first.

For any of you who have experienced this hassle, don’t give up.  There is an easy way to make homemade bread and anyone can do it.  You don’t need a bread maker or any special tools.

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Strawberry Picking Season

Saturday, May 29th, 2010
Swanton Berry Farm Strawberry

Swanton Berry Farm

Well, it’s that time a year again. We decided to take a nice road trip out of San Francisco in the car to do some strawberry picking. I really couldn’t wait. There is something about harvesting your own food-the smell of the fresh air, the dirt under your nails-that just doesn’t compare to Trader Joes, the farmers market, or however your get your grub.
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Why Cook at Home, From Scratch?

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

It will save you money.  You can make it healthy and tasty.  You will be creating something new with every meal you make.  This creation shows a lot more care and love to those you serve (even if it’s just for yourself) than anything from a box you purchase from a grocery store shelf.

Think of the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you serve your family and friends home cooked food: from bread, to soup, to ice cream.  And you will.  It’s not nearly as hard or time consuming, as it may seem.  And, I will show you how.

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