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How Can Preparing and Cooking Potatoes?

In order to bring out the delectable taste of potatoes, especially in salads, you need to prepare and cook them properly.
Here are some useful tips in preparing and cooking potatoes:
For fried potatoes, estimate 1 potato for each person to be served. After you cut the potatoes, soak it in cold water for about 30 minutes. Dry them before frying.
After frying, use 2 layers of paper towels to drain the fries. Reheat the oil only between batches.
To have crispier fries, you can fry it twice. The initial one should be fried at 340oF with oil until it becomes golden. Then, drain it and allow cooling at room temperature.
Prior to serving, fry it again at 375oF with some oil in batches until it becomes golden brown. Transfer this to baking sheets with paper towels and keep it warm in the oven (low setting) as you fry the rest of the potatoes again.
As for baking potatoes, if you plan to bake several potatoes, stand these potatoes along the end part inside muffin tins. Skewer some potatoes using an aluminum type of baking pan in order to cut baking time. Do not use a microwave oven for this.
To make the skins crispier, bake it at 425oF for about 45 to 60 minutes. You can still use these for hash brown the following day.
Another option to make skins crispier is to rub some butter, bacon drippings or oil onto ? inch pieces. Brush these with some seasonings and olive oil. Bake these at around 425oF for 35 to 45 minutes. Make sure you turn them occasionally. Cut the left over skins into strips.
Brush these with some olive oil and bake for 10 minutes at around 400oF. Make sure it becomes crispy. Season this and consume with dips. It can also be used as a crumble for salads or soups.
You can also top the baked potatoes with cheese, (Read more ...)

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Meal planning is a must if your goal is to provide healthy meals to your family. Everyone knows that healthy meal planning should be incorporated into every meal, but the reality is that we often don’t have the time to organize and prepare the recipe plan.

The last thing you want to do is go grocery shopping with the healthy eating pyramid in mind and then prepare two or more menus for the same meal simply to accommodate the likes and dislikes of family members.

Also, serving unpopular, healthy meals is usually counterproductive because family members will later eat sweets, chips, soda, ice cream with topping and other junk food in order to satisfy their craving for sugary treats.

The answer is to know the dislikes of your individual family members and if possible omit those from your menu planning. If that is not possible, compromise a little and serve a low-fat, low sugar treats with the meal, like a sugar free yogurt or applesauce.

Menu planning is a time consuming process that you might not be able to fit into a busy schedule. If that’s the case, think about a menu planning service to customize a four week menu plan that your whole family can enjoy.

To get started on your menu planning, let’s look at 3 areas that make the creative dinner planning process a little easier.

Strategy #1 – Grouping the Days

Grouping the days is first deciding which evening meal is going to be partial or total leftovers from the preceding three evening meals. For example, if you choose Saturday evening meal, plan Friday, Thursday and Wednesday with appropriate healthy meals.

The easiest way to do that planning is simply figure how much of the leftovers (Read more ...)

What To Do When Dinner Time Is No Longer FUN!

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Would you like to provide your family with cost effective, healthy meals that are easy to prepare and appealing to children? With your busy schedules running around from football practices, to soccer games, to dance recitals and music lessons without a spare moment in between. This is where a menu planning becomes a life saver for active families.

Creating nutritional meal plans starts with a meal pattern that takes into consideration a variety of foods, colors, textures, and meal components and then combines them throughout the daily menus.

It even gets better if you could get a four week menu plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Included with the four week menu plan is grocery lists so you have all the ingredients you need to create the delicious recipes – this will give your family one full month of healthy meals.

Dinner menu creativity can be very challenging at times especially when there is a need to incorporate healthy diet into the menu. A little helping hand may go a long way.

There are some debates on whether menu planning service really worth given a try. I think you should be the judge of that…

***7 Reasons to Treat Yourself to the Benefits of a Menu Planning Service***

- Menu planning services offer a wide range of foods and recipes that are wholesome, delicious, and nutritious. These planned menus incorporate all your family’s favorite foods while staying within your budget.

- You’ll get bonuses full of tips and strategies for saving time and money while giving your family a healthy heart diet. Skip the fast food joints and keep your family on the road to health and well being with pre-planned menus.

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Egg Plant Hot Garlic

The Egg Plant Hot Garlic is the most unique barbecue product on the market, with unmatched flexibility and capabilities that surpass all other conventional cookers combined. It is a smoker, a grill and an oven and you can cook literally any food on it year around, from appetizers to entrees to desserts.

Here are some of the benefits of the Big Green Egg:

* Fast lighting ready to cook in 10 minutes with no lighter fluid
* Ceramic walls retain heat with accurate temperature control and no hot spots
* Fuel efficient so there is no need to add more charcoal while cooking; unburned charcoal can be reused
* Constant tending not required; with enclosed cooking there are no grease flare-ups
* Withstands temperature extremes from below 0° to 1800°F
* Can be used year around, even in freezing temperatures and rain
* Surface stays cooler and is safer around children than metal grills
* Weatherproof ceramics won’t rust
* Handsome, decorative and unique design
* Produces the juiciest, most succulent food you’ll ever taste

Hot Garlic Parm Chicken Wings Recipe:


1. 2 bags frozen chicken wings
2. Garlic pepper
3. Season salt
4. Accent seasoning
5. 2 sticks butter
6. Minced garlic in olive oil (fresh if you have the time)
7. Fresh, shredded parmesan cheese
8. Red hot


1. Thaw chicken wings in refrigerator when ready to use.
2. Cover kitchen counter well with foil for protection.
3. Season wings with garlic pepper, season salt and accent. I season one side very heavily and leave the other side alone.
4. Deep fry in batches until done, chicken will float and be golden brown when ready.
5. Meanwhile, (Read more ...)

Big City Slider Big Flavor Little Maker

If you own a television, more than likely you know the name, Billy Mays. You know, the infomercial guy that seems to have way too much energy? He is still at, inventing and promoting some of the most unusual but useful products on television.

One of the most talked about products he has come up with to date is the Big City Slider Station. This interesting little contraption has caught the attention of households across the globe. It is possible so many people are drawn to the Big City Slider Station because it is a hamburger maker, or it could be because it is a mini burger maker!

The Big City Slider Station is a new and improved way of making America’s favorite food! You do not have to touch the hamburger or turkey burger. This station actually allows you to scoop and place the meat into the preformed holes, called sliders. After a mere minutes you have fresh mini burgers!

The Big City Slider has one part that you scoop the meat into and the top part presses the meat down so you never have to get your hands dirty. After a few minutes you lift the top part off of the Big City Slider and turn the bottom part upside down. Now for the fun part, with the Big City Slider the burgers literally slide off once you tap the contraption on a hard surface. A cutting board is best for this.

The reviews and testimonials for the Big City Slider are raving, this could very well be among the best inventions of our time. You might think you will never have a reason to make only small burgers, so it would be a waste of money for you to buy the Big City Slider. However, here are a few great reasons you might want to reconsider and buy yourself a Big City Slider Station:

It is great for that midnight snack when you want something real, but not (Read more ...)

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