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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tip Of The Day: Cooking Chick Peas

Chick Peas are a healthy addition to your diet. Cooking them yourself vs. purchasing them in the can is much healthier, no preservatives and you control the sodium ;)

The Tip Of The Day: Don't Cook Chick Peas With Salt, It Makes Them Tough!

Soak Chick Peas over night in water. This helps them cook faster.

Add some aromatics to the water, onion quartered, and a bay leaf.

Cover with water and cook until tender. Peas are done when you can squish them.

1/2 cup green olives pitted and slice
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 lemon - zest lemon set aside, reserve juice
Fresh ground pepper
Fresh parsley

Saute garlic in olive oil for a minute or so, add chick peas and mash with potato masher, heat through, add olives, lemon zest, lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Housewives Bethany Frankel Sells Skinny Girl Brand

Bethany Frankel Sells her Skinnygirl Brand for Millions. Former Housewive of NYC Bethaney has been very busy writing cookbooks and concocting her Skinnygirl Margarita mix that has only 100 calories per serving.

Read more from CNN Bethenny Frankel Sells Skinnygirl Brand

Happy Cooking ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The One Item In Your Purse Covered With Germs & Bacteria

The one item in your purse that has the most Germs and Bacteria is:

Your Car Keys!

Do not let your Baby chew on them!

Be sure to sanitize them regularly! Think about it. Where have your keys been? When was the last time they had a bath?

Happy Cooking!

Recipes with Bacon, Bacon, Bacon!

To get a wonder recipe made with everyone's favorite meat "Bacon" click here: Bacon
Happy Cooking :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Does Eating Sugar Cause Wrinkles?

Eating Sugar does cause wrinkles! Per Dr. Oz!

Eating too much sugar causes the sugar to bind to proteins to and in turn breaks down the Elastin in your skin especially over the age of 35!

Women should only have 6 tsp per day.

Men should only have 9 tsp per day.

To learn more about Elastin: Elastin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Monday, April 18, 2011

Honey Mustard Ham Glaze

Our Friends from Lucky Leaf have sent us some wonderful recipes and Musselman's Apple Sauce to try out and pass along to my readers. We hope you enjoy these are yummy!

2 cups Musselman's Apple Sauce
1 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 - 3 Tbsp. dijon mustard

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Prepare and cook your ham per instructions on the package.

30 minutes before the ham is done remove from oven and bush entire ham with glaze. Return to oven and glaze every 10 minutes or so until the ham is done and has reached an internal temp 0f 155F.

Happy Cooking

Maple Citrus Ham Glaze

Maple Citrus Ham Glaze

Our Friends at Lucky Leaf have sent me over some Musselman's Apple Sauce to try in this recipe. The recipe is simple and delicious so enjoy!

1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. grated orange peel

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, while stirring, heat until butter melts.

Prepare and cook your ham per instructions on the package.

30 minutes before the ham is done, remove from oven and with a brush cover the entire ham with the Maple Citrus Ham Glaze. Continue to glaze every 10 minutes or so as the ham finishes cooking. Your ham is done when it reaches the internal temperature of 155F. You can heat and reduce slightly the remaining glaze to be used as a sauce.

Happy Cooking.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tip Of The Day: Top 12 Fruits & Vegetables to Buy Organic

Great Tip Of The Day: When buying Organic's why not save some money!

You can purchase non-organic item's that are safe and for a lot less. Thick skinned items such as lemons, melons, bananas, cucumbers etc... are sprayed with pesticides that can be washed off with soap and water or can be peeled.

It's the soft skinned fruits and veggies that you need to buy organic if you do so. Lettuces, Greens and most of all berries!

Here is a list of the top 12 Organics you should buy from About.com Gourmet Food:

Check it out you will be surprised!

Happy Cooking ;)

Tip Of The Day: Maintain Your Leather Furniture's Oils With Help From The Steam Team

I like to stick to the Foodie posts in my blog but sometimes we like to make room for our Sponsors. So I try to bring in some helpful tips from those Sponsors not just "an ad" to sell their product.

The Steam Team in Austin is a cleaning service. I have been reviewing their site and came across some helpful information new to me and want to pass along to my readers.

The page I came across was leather furniture cleaning tips from their leather furniture cleaning service austin site. I have a few leather pieces as well as my Fathers old leather chair that is very sentimental to me. I did not know that dyed leather furniture has been treated with special oils to protect and moisturize the leather which it is no longer able to do on it's own. And that it needs to be redone every fews years! The oils need to be removed and then replaced???? Really!

This prevents fading, smells and discoloration and needs to be redone every so often. That is why leather furniture cleaning service austin also offers this service in their business. It is up to the owner of the leather furniture to know this! And for what ever reason the furniture store that you purchase it from really does not tell you! They just want to sell you their line of Scotch Guard or some other product to up their sales.

So go online and read about maintaining your valuable pieces of furniture!


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