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Culinary School Tips and Tricks

If you love to cook food, you do not have to spend thousands on culinary school. There are certain things you can do which can help ensure that you are all set for these basic skills.

 

Sharpen your knives

This is one thing that every culinary school teaches. If you want to make sure that you can chopping skills increases. All you have to do is practice and also try to keep your knives sharp. This can help avoid pressure which can be the reason for missed cuts on your fingers.

 

Use the right peeler

This can be surprising to some but there are a lot of different types of peeler which can be used for a lot of different vegetables. It is important that you know which peeler is meant for what to help ensure that your vegetables are peeler easily. Also, keep a note about the sharpness of the peeler to help ensure that you can peel your vegetables faster.

 

Mise en place

This is a french term which means putting in place. It is always a better idea to first get your ingredients out and place them properly before you start out cooking. This is one way to you can work on your cooking skills in a much more efficient manner.

 

Dry meat and fish with paper towels before you cook

If you want to have the crisp skin on the top and tender meat inside. This is one method which can help you achieve the crisp skin you are waiting for. By tapping the meat with the paper towel, you are absorbing the top layer of moisture which can lead to the top layer turning crispy.

 

Do not always crank up the heat

crank up the heat

Even if you are in a hurry. This is one of the worst ways to cook food. It is always a better option to cook your food slowly to help ensure that you get the aromas right. Also, cooking food in lower heat helps the food cook in the right temperature without any danger of burns. This gives the food to soak in this own flavour for a longer time for the best tasting dish.

 

Put some thought into how you cut your vegetable

There is a reason why people cut smaller or bigger pieces of vegetable. This is not just for visual presentation but also there is a logical explanation. Smaller cuts will cook quicker and can give you dish the right texture. Also having diagonal cuts will ensure that you vegetable is al dente, a process where the thicker ends are not completely cooked through.This make the whole dish much more satisfying to eat.

Make Some Homemade Stuffed Bell Peppers

You could say I am excited about the bell peppers growing in my garden. When I saw that they were on sale at Kroger I knew I had to make some stuffed bell peppers. I love making a recipe my own, it’s fun for me to see what I can add and how it going to turn out.

Ingredients

3 large or 4 bell peppers color of your choice
cheese shredded or velveeta
1 lb. sausage or hamburger (I used medium sausage)
tomatoes
spices: salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder (I usually look in my cabinet and see what looks like will fit the recipe)
optional: cooked rice about 1/2 cup (I didn’t have any rice and the peppers turned out fine.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F

Tops taken off stuffed peppers

1. Cut the tops of your peppers and clean out the insides to make a the peppers look like a  bowl.

2.Blanch your peppers for 5 minutes

3. Cook you sausage and add spices, drain, then add tomatoes and cooked rice

4. Place your peppers in pan and fill with sausage filling then add your choice of cheese on top cook for 15-3 min. until it is heated through and the cheese is melted.

Let me know if you have questions, of course this can be adapted for any family so use your imagination that’s the fun of cooking! I usually try to use what I have on hand and try not to buy to many ingredients that I will only use once.

How To Get Soft, Smooth, Silky Hair

The Easiest deep hair conditioner

The temperature is cranking around here seems like the moisture is being sucked out of everything! My hair is really feeling the damage the most it seems. There are so many things our hair goes through like being in the sun, applying styling products, blow drying, curling, chlorine the list goes on and on. With my hair looking dry and frazzled I started researching for a deep conditioner treatment.

Online there are hundreds of deep conditioner options that you can try but I really didn’t feel like walking around with a raw egg on my head or paying a fortune. I finally came across a treatment that many were talking about and I knew I had to try it.

Coconut Oil

I did a little research, here is video you can watch if you want or the shorten version below.

Get some coconut oil and a spoon. I just happened to grab some at Trader Joe’s for $6. Coconut oil is sold in most grocery stores I seen it where the cooking oil is sold.

Wear a old shirt or something you don’t are that much about while doing this deep conditioner treatment.

I scoop out about that much on a larger kitchen spoon because I have longer hair. Below is what my hair look like before. I take out about this much in my hand and rub my hands together till it melts then I add it to my hair.

I pull my hair in a ponytail and set for at least 30 minutes but you can also leave this in your hair over night. If you leave this in you hair over night just put a grocery bag on you head or a shower cap. I tried this once but It wasn’t very comfortable to sleep in. After you sit just jump in the shower and wash your hair twice and condition your hair.  You can then style as usual.

Below is what my hair look like after my hair had dried before I had styled it.

DIY Burlap Wreath

If you’re looking for an easy craft project this is it. It is simple and affordable. I love that it did not take me days to complete either. It could dressed up easily with any season as well.

Supplies

5 inch burlap 10 yards or 12 yards if you want a fuller wreath

wire wreath form

scissors optional

other decorative items to add, like flowers, bows (jute twine or wire to secure it) optional

The supplies can all be found at your local craft store Michaels, JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby or the supplies could be ordered online. I found the wreath form for $2.99 and the burlap ended up being around $6 with the 40% off coupon that I had. It ended up being a

Under $10 Wreath!

It is a very simple process once you get the hang of it. You are basically creating different shaped loops by pushing them from the back of the wreath form to the front.

I alternated between the top middle and bottom row. Fill in the width of each section with loops. If you want a fuller wreath then you can squish more loops in each section. Continue to work your way around the wreath until you end up where you started then loop the burlap back in.

DIY Sisal Jute Twine Jars

DIY sisal jars

Below is another easy project for you that took me about an hour to make.

I have been seeing these jars everywhere lately. I love how they can fit into any décor. You could use these in your craft room, kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere you need to store something. I’m still deciding where I want mine to go.

Supplies

clean can or jar (I used a coffee can)

glue (I used hot glue)

sisal twine or jute twine (I used sisal)

I had all of these items on hand so this didn’t cost me a thing to make. I love freebie crafts! You can find jute twine or sisal twine at your local craft store, hardware store or you can order it online, it should only cost about $3. I would recommend a thicker twine so it won’t take you as long. Another cool texture to try would be braiding the twine. You could also use any glue you had on hand, I just went with hot glue because it dries fast.

Starting at the bottom hot glue the sisal twine as you go just used a little dot, then work your way around the can in a circular motion.

I used a little hot glue every few inches until I moved further up then I spread out the glue farther apart. After you are finished you can go back and trim any long pieces or globs of hot glue.

You can also add twine to the lid for a more polished look. I think older kids would enjoy this craft as well if you gave them a different type of glue so they wouldn’t burn themselves. You can use this on food cans, jars or wine bottles for some added texture in your home.

The Simple Things Of Raised Garden Bed

I like to think that it is the simple things that bring me the most joy in life. I think it is mostly the unexpected.

Last weekend we decided that it would fun to create a raised garden bed. My fiancé spent a few minutes drawing up what he had in mind and then we headed to our local hardware store to get our supplies. It was a simple project for him. Here is the finished product.

Our yard is a big rock and the soil quality is not that good so we knew we were going to make a raised garden bed. We only needed a few things.

Supplies:

treated lumber

stakes and screws to hold the boards together

weed liner or newspaper to cower the grass on the bottom

soil to fill the raised garden

seeds of your choice

If you are thinking of making your own take a look around online there are thousands of images to bring you inspiration and many different material you can use.

I planted the seeds on Sunday. He asked if I had looked at the flower bed lately and did from the back door but when I went up there yesterday I couldn’t believe some of the seeds were already sprouting.