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Cooking Tips

Discussion in 'Recipes and Cooking Tips' started by Michele, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    When you are baking a cake, you can replace oil with applesauce. It's a great alternative and your cakes will come out very moist!!
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

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    Ground Turmeric is a great spice. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory for your digestive system. You can also sprinkle some in your dog's food if your dog has a pulled muscle.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

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    Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals.

    Himalayan Pink Salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. This salt is recognized for its beautiful pink color, high mineral content, and its therapeutic properties. Regular consumption of Himalayan Pink Salt provides essential minerals, trace elements, balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure, and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.
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  4. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    When make meatballs for your sauce, make them the night before and put them in the fridge overnight. The meatballs will have time to marinate in all the seasonings and will be very moist!
  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    PocketPal: I'll be coming over for dinner!!
  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Here with are my top 10 tips to avoid overspending at the grocery store.
    1. Make a list and stick with it. Plan your meals and buy only what you need. Don't stock up for a rainy day because let's face it, you'll be back before it rains, wasting money on food you don't need or have pantry space for.

    2. Don't shop when you're hungry because everything will look delectable and you'll rationalize high costs because you're tummy is grumbling.

    3. Leave the kidlets AND husbands home. They'll grab from the shelves when you're not looking. How many times have you put away groceries and not remember buying some of the items? Their little hands are quicker than your eye!

    4. Use cash. An Amex card is not your friend at the supermarket. If you only have $50 in your pocket, chances are very good you will not spend more than that. Break out the calculator, if you have to.

    5. Use coupons. Sure it may not add up to hundreds of dollars, but it may be two or three venti caramel macchiatos after you drop your rugrats off at basketball practice and enjoy preciious "me" time.

    6. Compare prices. Don't be gullible. Employ that fifth grade math and figure out what is a good deal and what is trying to separate you from your hard-earned dough.

    7. Nothing wrong with generic. Don't be hootsie-toostie. Buy generic and save some money, especially with non-perishables.

    8. Quiet the impulse-buying voices in your head. You'll blow your well-planned budget if you act like a kid in a candy store, impulsively buying everything that looks pretty at the check-out line and smells delicious at the bakery section.

    9. Sign up for the supermarket rewards cards. You get sale prices this way. And if you must use a credit card, use one that earns you points to airlines and hotels.

    10. Don't go to Costco ... when you only need bread.
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  7. Beki

    Beki Good Dog Premium Member

    Great list Michele! Husband's should be put under the tip #3 as well ;-) ( in my case anyway)
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  8. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    I added "husbands" just for you! LOL!
  9. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    wow pocketpal, that looks delicious!
  10. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Storing fresh herbs (basil, oregano, etc). Fill ice cube trays half with water and put the herbs in the trays. When you want to use an herb, pop out the ice cube and you will have a ready to use herb!
  11. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    When a recipe calls for room temperatur butter and you forget to take the butter out of the fridge to let sit, here is an alternative:

    cut your butter into cubes and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, shred the butter with a cheese grater. This should make the butter ready to add to your recipe!
  12. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    I just put it on the preheated oven and turn it now and then while I putter around the house.

    Actually, I'm doing it right now.:lol:

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  13. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Another great idea!
  14. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    When making pesto sauce, you can make a lot of it and put it in ice cube trays and freeze. Take out only the cubes you need! Also, since pinnoli nuts are very expensive, you can use walnuts instead.
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  15. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Anything that calls for sour cream can be substituted with plain (greek) yogurt :)
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  16. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Add some chocolate chips to your cereal for that chocolate craving!
  17. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Olive oil tip:

    When olive oil is heated, it loses it's flavor. So, for sauteeing, use inexpensive olive oil labeled "PURE". When olive oil is used to flavor or finish a dish, use a more expensive olive oil.

    Olive oils from Italy and Spain are some of the best!
  18. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

    Skinny Chef: 16 tips to trim your food waste

    One way to trim food waste is to not let taco shells go stale. Gently toast it in your (toaster) oven and crumble it over a salad or soup.


    Down the drain, in the garbage disposer, and out for the trash -- are you losing valuable cash just in grocery waste alone? Here are 16 tips that will help you enjoy your food to the fullest, cut out waste, and pinch a few pennies in the process.

    [​IMG]1. Don't toss leftover cold coffee lingering at the bottom of your pot, pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Use in morning smoothies or iced coffee drinks.

    2. Hitting rock bottom with you marinara sauce? Spread the last tablespoons of sauce over a whole wheat pita and sprinkle with cheese for your own personal pizza that takes just minutes to cook.

    3. Still have some oats to sow in the bottom of the canister or bag? Toss them into your meatloaf mixture or add to your burger meat.

    4. Too much melon? Once you cut honeydew, cantaloupe and especially watermelon, it can be tough to eat it up before it spoils. Freeze half and use in smoothies or defrost before you juice to add volume to vegetable juices.

    5. Check your crisper before you decide what you want for dinner. If you have plenty of veggies, base your meal on what you have most of -- or make a veggie stir fry as a healthy base for your protein.

    6. Tomato paste left at the bottom of the can? Transfer it to a snack bag and freeze for a rainy day recipe.

    7. Worried that your ground beef or turkey will spoil before you can cook it? Sprinkle it with salt, ground chili powder, and a little cumin. Cook it off (even if you're eating out that night) and use it later in the week for tacos or burritos.

    8. Do you have leftover tidbits like olives, capers, herbs, or grated cheese? Blend it with a few tablespoons of olive oil to make a tasty salad dressing.

    9. A few tablespoons of breadcrumbs at the bottom of the canister? Make a tasty cauliflower gratin. Steam cauliflower, toss with grated cheese, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake.

    10. A bit of barley at the end of your bags? Place it in a slow cooker with beef cubes, spices, and diced tomatoes to make a "hand free" beef barley stew.

    [​IMG]11. Weren't able to finish your bubbly last night? Don't let it fizzle out, tuck a slender spoon handle into the bottle to preserve the bubbles.

    12. Have a few ounces of pasta rattling around the box? Cook off your pasta and cool to room temperature. Store in the fridge for use during the week, toss with cooked veggies, soups, or stews.
    13. Have a few tablespoons of mint left over? Toss it in your tea pot when you make green or black to add lift to your brew.

    14. Have one lone carrot in the crisper? Peel, grate it, and toss into your favorite chocolate dessert, like brownies.

    15. Don't let that one taco shell go stale. Gently toast it in your (toaster) oven and crumble it over a salad or soup.

    16. Is your sour cream container almost empty? Whisk it into your morning eggs to make them fluffier.
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  19. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator

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    on February 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM, updated February 14, 2014 at 3:13 PM





    By Laura Schwecherl, Greatist.com

    The dreaded sweet tooth strikes again. Most of us know sugar isn't the healthiest food item, but the risks go way beyond a sugar crash or a cavity. And artificial sweeteners can sometimes add even more calories to a meal. Instead of going cold (and sugarless) turkey, try some of these healthier sugar substitutions:

    1. Agave Nectar. History lesson time: The Aztecs used agave thousands of years ago and praised this syrup as a gift from gods. A derivative of the same plant as tequila, this golden sweetener tastes similar to honey and is perfect in hot or iced tea. But be sure to use in moderation -- agave's high fructose content can sometimes cross it in to the dangerfood zone.

    2. Maple Syrup. The benefits of maple syrup are aplenty: It comes directly from a plant's sap and contains over 50 antioxidants. Make sure to grab the real stuff (sorry, Aunt Jemima) and spread it over waffles or use it in homemade granola.

    3. Lemon. Fans of gin can skip the extra sugar in a Tom Collins and add an extra lemon squeeze -- we promise no one will notice.

    4. Honey. Thanks to bees, this scrumptious stuff packs an antioxidant punch. Enjoy some in hot tea to help soothe a scratchy throat, or get creative and add a spoonful to homemade salad dressing.

    5. Applesauce. Instead of a half-cup white sugar in a batch of oatmeal cookies, swap in an equal amount of applesauce. The natural sweetness from a Golden Delicious or Fuji apple is perfect in an after-dinner treat. Purchase the no sugar-added kind, or make some at home.

    6. Erythritol. This sugar alcohol is practically a guilt-free sweet solution. (And the FDA says it's safe.) At 0.2 calories per gram, the white powder from a plant occurs naturally in many fruits. Plus, it doesn't lead to tooth decay and other not-so-sweet effects of sugar consumption. It's not quite as sweet as natural sugar, so try it in chocolate baked goods like brownies.

    7. Raisins. For a creative spin on things, blend a cup of raisins in a food processer. With antioxidants and fiber, these little dried grapes add a kick to any baked good.

    8. Cinnamon. Spice up a morning cup of coffee with cinnamon. This super spice adds subtle sweetness while boosting immunity, no calories included.

    9. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. For a warm winter treat, mix some unsweetened cocoa powder in a glass of hot water or skim milk. It'll satisfy that sweet tooth without all the extra sugar the sweetened version includes. Add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor.
    10. Reb A. Hailing from South America, this natural extract comes from the stevia plant and is recognized by the FDA as safe. It only takes a drop or two to sweeten a bowl of oatmeal.

    11. Cranberries. Skip the cup of sugar and add cranberries to a batch of muffins or scones. These little tart treats add a dose of antioxidants refined sugar can't offer.

    12. Processed Dates. Grab a bunch of dates for an extra boost of antioxidants in the next baking experiment. With a low glycemic index and some subtle sweetness, it may be perfect for brownie batter or the base of homemade granola bars. Substitute two-thirds cup for one cup of regular sugar.
  20. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Administrator


    13. Grapefruit. For a daily dose of vitamin c, opt for grapefruit juice in a cocktail over soda or tonic water. It'll add a sweet and sour kick to any beverage.

    14. Coconut Sugar. Get a little tropical and use coconut sugar in a fruit smoothie. Made from the sap of coconut flowers, this natural sugar comes in block, paste, or granulated form. Plus, it's loaded with potassium, which helps keep our bones strong.

    15. Brown Rice Syrup. Brown rice syrup comes from (you guessed it) brown rice. More nutritious than its high-fructose alternative, this buttery and nutty flavored syrup is perfect in granola bars and baked breads.

    16. Rapadura. This sweet treat's made from sugar cane but skips the refining stage, so it retains vitamins and minerals lost when white sugar is processed. Keep the one-to-one ratio when swapping rapadura for sugar in baked goods.

    17. Lime. Make juice boxes a thing of the past and spice up a glass of sparkling water with a squeeze of lime. The tart and tang will keep taste buds satisfied without the extra sugar rush.
    18. Pureed Banana. In the next loaf of banana bread, try using extra-ripe bananas and eliminating the sugar. The fruit naturally becomes sweeter as it ripens, so there's no need for extra sugar.

    19. Milk. The natural sugar in milk adds a touch of sweetness to that morning cup of Joe, so think twice before adding a teaspoon or two of sugar. The lactose in milk may do the trick.

    20. Frozen Juice Concentrate. Use apple juice concentrate in homemade apple pie. With additional fiber and antioxidants, the pie will be a sweet solution for a nutritious dessert.

    21. Barley Malt Extract. Derived from barley, this protein-packed syrup is perfect in a pecan or pumpkin pie. The dark syrup's similar to molasses and will enhance the flavor of any baked treat.
    22. Sucanat. Introducing sugar in its most natural state. Sucanat is a sneaky acronym that stands for SUgar CAne NATural. This sweetener is made from organic cane sugar and packs in some nutrients white sugar lacks.

    23. Apricot Puree. Apricots are a nutritional A+ with vitamin C, fiber, and iron. Make some of the sweet stuff right at home and mix it in plain greek yogurt or enjoy it with hearty whole-grain bread.

    24. Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice. In a batch of homemade bread, swap out the sugar for fresh orange juice. Looking for a cool treat? Freeze some juice in an ice-pop mold rather than buying what's in the freezer section.
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