NUDE POTATOES

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NUDE POTATOES



As I am mastering my new skill-set in the kitchen, I have found I have the need to peel potatoes.

Here are two videos for mastering such an art:

HOW TO PEEL A POTATO?


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I will soon be trying these videos out. One of my favorite foods for a sit-down dinner is mashed potatoes. I have learned to make instant mashed potatoes, but I would prefer to learn the skill-set to master excellent homemade taters!

Of course, you are never through learning. Than I would need to master making gravy!



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: NUDE and DAILY ADDICTIONS: NEW. 

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THE EXCITEMENT OF KNIVES


One of the new skills I need to master is the art of using knives.

I found a very informative, user-friendly  CHEF’S KNIFE video.

Hope you enjoy it.



Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: EXCITEMENT. 

 

ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOLS

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ESSENTIAL KITCHEN TOOLS



My kitchen has been going through a resurrection period.

For the last several months, I have been trying my hand at cooking more and eating out less.

Of course, the beginning of cooking more was – “What kind of dinners can be bought and kept in the freezer and then microwaved?”

Now, I would like to move on and learn a little of about true cooking.

I have googled and bought a great set of DVDs for mastering different recipes.

(I haven’t watched them yet… I hope it becomes a winter activity?)

But as I was giving my kitchen its resurrection cleaning, I decided to google and learn about the kitchen tools one needs to become proficient n the kitchen.

According the Lindsey Mattison from Wide Open Eats, there are 10 essential tools for a working kitchen:

  • Knives
    • A Chef’s knife
    • A serrated knife
    • A paring knife
  • Cutting Boards
    • Probably more than one- You don’t want to mix meats and veggies as you cut.
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • A Can Opener
  • A Colander
  • A Veggie Peeler
  • Spoons, Whisks. Tongs, and Spatulas
  • A Meat Thermometer
  • Dishes and Pot Holders

(Pre-stated was the needs for pots and sheet pans, storage containers, and baking dishes.)

I was surprised that I was more prepared to begin my new professional life as a cook than I had originally thought.

Now, I just need to know why I need a Chef’s knife and how to use a meat thermometer and a veggie peeler.



Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: KITCHEN.

A SPAGHETTI ADVOCATE (AND MORE)

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A SPAGHETTI ADVOCATE (AND MORE)



Monday’s are no longer mundane when you have featured pulled-pork sandwiches, several Baby Gherkins and freshly pick corn-on-the-cob.

Taco Tuesdays turns down the heat, just a tad; add sour cream and a special tangy sauce.

Wednesday’s main meal features pizza: a deep dish full-house (no anchovies, sorry). Don’t forget the cheesy breadsticks.

Thursday’s delectables include the traditional Thanksgiving dinner: Turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy, green beans seasoned with bacon, and fresh homemade rolls.

Fried Chicken Fridays (or BBQ chicken halves) served with all-you-can-eat fries is always a winner.

Sumptuous Saturdays include spaghetti and meatballs, a rich tomato sauce, garlic squares, and my favorite soft drink.

Of course, Sunday’s main meal would be the crème de la crème: an All-You-Can-Eat Steak with Southern Fixin’s bar awaits.

Now, to those of you simply horrified by my dream meals, please note… I plan to have a monumentally healthy breakfasts and luncheons.

Breakfasts would include yogurt and fruit with a half a slice of toast. (Of course, there might occasionally be a scrambled egg with bacon, or biscuits and sausage gravy,)

While each and every luncheon would host prima donna salads: freshly harvested Romaine lettuces, sliced tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, crushed hard-boiled eggs, and a dollop-or-two (or three) of Russian dressing.

Now, please hand me the HELP WANTED section for those seeking employment so I can find me an illustrious chef to make this happen. I hope that he (or she) is great with desserts. It’s important to have a well-rounded diet that included a variety of fruits.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: ADVOCATE and DAILY ADDICTIONS: SPAGHETTI.

GLUTEN, ACCEPTABLE CARBS, HELP!

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GLUTEN, ACCEPTABLE CARBS, HELP!



You know that your lifestyle diet is in trouble when your go-to drink of choice is Mountain Dew and you have nightly fantasies of a sumptuous supper of steak (just a touch to the medium) and all-you-can-eat fries.

Of course you dream meal is topped-odd with a banana split.

When you friendly website of choice for learning about creating a new plan for your future self begins its article with the difference between being over-weight and obese, you know you have latched on to a no-holds-barred health site.

Of course, I was speaking in jest … even if the above statement just happened to be true.

If you feel, as I have often felt, I can’t participate in a relevant conversation about a proper and healthy diet because I lack the knowledge and understanding of the appropriate terms, click here – Food and Health Vocabulary – this is a very good site.

Be sure to continue with the site’s Future Readings and Quizzes. I think you will find them beneficial.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: DIET and DAILY ADDICTIONS: TROUBLE.

THE MISSING NESTER

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THE MISSING NESTER



How long do you wait before declaring something that is misplaced as officially lost?

I have misplaced all the usual things

  • Car keys
  • My phone
  • The pen I was just using
  • The matching sock
  • Nail clippers
  • One winter glove
  • My reading glasses
  • Paperwork
  • Where I parked the car

But I am almost sure I have a new one for you.

I have lost/ misplaced three different 1/3 measuring cups that you buy in the little nesting configurations.

I have ALL the others, but the 1/3 cups is always gone.

QUESTIONS:

  • Why only the 1/3 cup?
  • How did it become disconnected from its loving family of nesting cups?
  • Is there a 1/3 thief in my neighborhood?
  • Why does this thief only need the 1/3 cup?

So many questions and so little time to answer them.



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: NEST.

THE PERFECT MASHED POTATO

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THE PERFECT MASHED POTATO



Are your mashed potatoes in perfect shape?

  • Do you prefer smooth-n-creamy?
  • Soft-n-buttery?
  • Fluffy, but with a few lumps, to make them look homemade?

I am a steak and potato man?

Of course there is nothing wrong with turkey and potatoes or chicken and potatoes or roast beef and potatoes.

I guess you probably notice a pattern?

So I thought I would give a 101 Tutorial on the Perfect Mashed Potato.

  1. I always use MILK instead of the suggested water.
  2. A spoonful of sour cream assists in a creamier texture. (Besides, sour cream can help almost every food … It’s like bacon.)
  3. I always a sift more of the dried potato mix as I blend-in.
  4. A few very small shakes from my favorite garlic seasoning will add a little flavor as well.

You may ask, “Why is this gourmet mash potato enthusiast not using real potatoes? … I fix mashed potatoes for one and instant is quicker and easier.



Written for DAILY ADDICTIONS: SHAPE.