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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
What to Look For: Buy potatoes that are fairly clean and smooth; firm with no soft spots, nicks, or cracks; and sprout free. Disclaimer: A pretty potato on the outside can have a blackened space in the center called “hollow heart.” It indicates a change in the growth rate. Discard.
The Green Issue: If a potato is exposed to light, a component called solanine builds up and causes a green tinge on the skin. It will taste bitter. Don’t buy a potato with green patches―it has been mishandled. At home, store potatoes in a dark, cool place, such as your pantry. Cut away small areas of green tinge at least 1⁄4 inch below the peel. A potato stored at room temperature lasts one week. Do not store in the refrigerator―the starches turn to sugar. Cleaning: A good rinse and rub with hands is all that’s needed to prep thin-skinned potatoes. Use a soft vegetable brush on thicker skins, such as russets. Sprouts (nicknamed “eyes”) are not poisonous and can usually be rubbed off by hand.
Bacon Potato Salad
Bring a heaping bowl of comfort to your warm-weather table with this terrific potato salad recipe. Though your family favorite may be the traditional mayonnaise-and-sweet pickle variety, try one of this recipe for a fresh twist. Jazz up your presentation by serving this salad in paprika-rimmed glasses. (Simply dip the rims in lemon or lime juice, then into paprika.)
Recipe Here: Bacon Potato Salad
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This pie recipe was created by test kitchen director Ruth Cousineau, from Gourmet magazine.
She suggests the berries are key.
Her Advise: look for local ones (those that travel least taste the best) that are plump, fragrant, and fully ripe, with no white shoulders.
One of the biggest praises with this pie is that the gelatin will be set just enough so that you can easily cut a slice, but it's not bouncy.
Fresh Strawberry Pie with Whipped Cream
- 1 (5-ounce) package shortbread cookies
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 2 pounds (1 1/2-inch) strawberries, hulled (see cooks' note, below)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- lightly sweetened whipped cream
Make crust: Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Pulse cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs, then pulse in sugar and butter until combined. Press crumb mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Prepare filling and assemble pie: Select 20 large strawberries as close to same size as possible and set aside. Cut remaining berries into 1/4-inch dice and toss with sugar and lemon juice. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Drain berries in a sieve set into a large glass measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 2 cups. Transfer liquid to a medium saucepan and reserve berries.
Sprinkle gelatin over strawberry liquid and let soften 1 minute. Bring to a bare simmer, stirring until gelatin has dissolved. Add diced berries, then transfer to a metal bowl set into an ice bath and stir frequently until mixture begins to mound, 20 to 30 minutes.
Spoon 1/2 cup filling into pie crust and arrange reserved whole berries, stem ends down, on filling. Spoon remaining filling over and between berries. Chill pie until filling is set, at least 4 hours.
10 Father’s Day BBQ Recipes
Give Dad a delicious grilled dinner on his special day
Recipes from Woman's Day Magazine:
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Soda Bottle Centerpiece
Give Dad the VIP treatment this Father's Day with a simple handful of blossoms in personalized soda bottles. Remove the bottle labels and spell out a message on printable round stickers.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Father's Day Tee-Time Cupcakes
Present Dad with a bunch of golf-themed cupcakes, complete with putting greens and sand traps, on his special day. The mini greens are adorned with colored sanding sugar, a candy golf ball, and a ribbon flag; graham-cracker crumbs stand in for sand.
- Using an offset spatula, spread each cupcake with a smooth layer of buttercream. Pour green sanding sugar into a small bowl. Dip tops of frosted cupcakes in the sugar, then sprinkle more on top to coat completely.
- To create putting greens, make flags (you will need 18): Cut out lengths (3 to 4 inches) from white grosgrain ribbon. Fold each length around one end of a wooden skewer, and adhere folded sides together with hot glue or double-sided tape. Cut ribbon into a triangle shape, and plant the skewer into a cupcake. Place a small white candy "ball" near the flag.
- To create sand traps, spoon about 1 teaspoon graham-cracker crumbs in the center of each of 6 cupcakes. With your thumb, make an indentation in the middle of each pile of crumbs, shifting it to one side to form a steeper side or to form an irregularly shaped trap. Refrigerate 30 minutes to allow frosting to set.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Father's Day Coupons
Give Dad a coupon booklet filled with unbelievable deals: 100 percent off a lawn mowing, car washing, delicious breakfast, and more.
My husband always LOVES these.
Martha Stewart Living June 2004
Coupon Booklet How-To
Print the coupon template. (You can also duplicate them on a color photocopier if necessary.) Then cut them out. To decorate the cover, we used a 1 1/4-inch round craft punch to create a hole that frames the coupon picture underneath. Here are a few more presentation ideas:
1. Fasten Cut card stock to the same size for a cover; stack on top of coupons. With a standard hole punch, make a hole in the upper-left corner of the stack; insert a paper fastener. 2. Sew Cut a cover, and place on top of coupons. Secure stack with paper clips; machine-sew along the left side (use the dotted lines as a guide). 3. StapleCut card stock to 2 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. Fold end of strip over 3/4 inch; slide coupons inside flap, and staple though its center. Bend opposite end of cover over coupons, and insert under flap (like a matchbook cover); crease.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
drum roll please....
and the winner is Dream It.
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Thursday, June 4, 2009
Surprise Dad with the Smallest Toolbox Ever!This fun idea came from Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes for Father's Day By Brenda Ponnay
Go HERE for complete detailed instructions.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- 1 recipe Rich Chocolate Cake, see directions for link to recipe
- 1 recipe Decorating Butter Cream, see directions for link to recipe
- Yellow, blue, and green food-color paste
- Prepare our Rich Chocolate Cake as directed for 13" by 9" baking pan. Bake and cool as directed.
- Prepare our Decorating Butter Cream. Tint 2 cups butter cream light yellow. Tint 1/2 cup butter cream deep royal blue. Tint 1/2 cup butter cream kelly green. Leave remaining butter cream white.
- With metal spatula, spread yellow butter cream over top and sides of cake. With toothpick, trace outlines in butter cream to resemble a shirt collar and tie.
- Spoon all but 1/4 cup white butter cream into a decorating bag fitted with a small writing tip (1/8-inch opening). Wrap bag with plastic wrap to prevent frosting from drying out; set aside.
- With small metal spatula, spread remaining white butter cream inside collar outline. Spread blue and green butter creams in alternating 1-inch-wide bands inside tie outline. Use white frosting in bag to pipe outline around collar and tie, then pipe thin white lines between blue and green bands. Use blue butter cream to make dots for buttons on collar points. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
What does Dad want most on Father's Day? To be surrounded by family and food. So take him by the hand, lead him to his favorite chair, and let the pampering begin.
Dad's Favorite Meals
From Better Homes and Gardens
By Jeanne Ambrose
Because the cliche is true -- the way to a man's heart is through his stomach -- plan on making Father's Day extra special by giving Dad the day off and plying him with his favorite foods. Most dads are easy-to-please kind of guys, so it's not necessary to add a lot of fussy food to the dinner menu on that special Sunday set aside to honor all fathers.
The Better Homes and Garden Team created a slightly macho menu based on Dad's desires, according to those who know him best: you. Nearly 2,500 people responded to a Better Homes and Gardens survey about dads that was posted on bhg.com. According to those who took the survey, Dad's favorite meal includes steak and potatoes, corn on the cob, and pie or ice cream -- preferably both.
This easy meal means that kids can help Mom with some of the prep work in the kitchen and still have plenty of time to decorate a homemade card, tussle with Dad on the floor, or take him outside for a game of catch. Teens in the family might want to burn a compact disc for Dad, with his favorite tunes or songs that feature father and family themes.
Because one of Dad's favorite pre-dinner munchies is a bowl of chips with dip, treat him to a homemade version. They're one of those quick fixes that wind up making a yummy impression. In this case, the crispy snacks are prepared from fresh corn tortillas or flavored flour tortillas with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
The basic seared steak takes on a bold profile when topped with a thick slice of sizzling bacon and a homemade steak sauce that adds a hint of fruity sweetness.
The pies can be made in three sizes: junior pies for the small fries in your family, medium-size pies, or great, big Papa Bear portions. Bake one, two, or all three pies, depending on how many people you're serving.
One of the best things about the pies is the fact that they start with purchased pastry that you cut to size, pile with yummy plums and apricots, and top with another piece of pastry. Pinch and roll the edges together to seal in all the goodies before slipping it into the oven on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Serve it up with a scoop or two of ice cream for a delicious finish to your Father's Day.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living June 2004
- Place paper facedown. Fold in half vertically; unfold. Line up left edge with centerline fold, and crease; repeat with right edge. Unfold, and lay flat.
- Fold top-left corner in to line up with outermost crease, forming a triangle; repeat on top-right corner. Using index fingers and thumbs, pinch together outside points of each triangle so they meet, and crease.
- While still pinching triangles, fold down top edge (this will make sleeves).
- Turn paper upside down, and flip it over. Fold down top edge 3/4 inch.
- Flip paper over. Fold top left and right corners so tips meet at centerline.
- Tuck bottom edge under collar, and flatten by creasing. For the tie, cut out an 8-by-1/2-inch strip of decorative paper. Knot paper. Snip close to knot on one side; trim other to a point. Glue to shirt.