Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

New Year, New Gadgets

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 4, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

I have never been much of a gadget person.  Men love gadgets and have to have every imaginable tool to do the tiniest thing.  I’ve always just made do with a few basic tools though sometimes I have wished some of my tasks were easier.

I do appreciate sharp knives and was terribly disappointed to learn that the man who sharpened my knives was no longer in business.  My knives got duller and duller as the holidays neared but I have never been satisfied with any sharpener I’ve tried.  I told Barry I really wanted a good knife sharpener for Christmas but he went one better.  He gave me a set of Wusthof Knives and a sharpener.

I believe these knives are a definite step up from my old Chicago cutlery.  Not only are my new knives incredibly sharp, they make any task so easy and enjoyable.  When shopping for knives, get the best you can afford and take good care of them.  It is important to hold different knives and see which feel better, more balanced and appropriately sized for your hand.  Wash knives by hand; never put them in the dishwasher as that can dull them, get rust on them, or injure some unsuspecting person unloading the dishwasher.  Store your knives properly, don’t just throw them in a drawer.  Some people like the knife blocks but others claim blocks can harbor germs.  I intend to look for a magnetic bar to hold mine.

Three basic knives do the job for me.  A paring knife for cutting or peeling fruits and vegetables or any other light task is your main work horse.  A bread knife with a serrated edge will cut breads, cakes or even roasts with that crusty surface.  A cook’s knife is a nice large knife for chopping, mincing and cutting up large vegetables, fruits and meats.  A new knife can make all the difference in making cooking a more pleasant task.

My husband also gave me my first food processor.  Now I know some of you may be laughing at me right now but I never wanted one until recently.  I guess I finally got tired of doing certain things the hard way.  However, I have not yet used my food processor so my judgement on whether it is truly worth the storage space will have to wait.  I was going to use it yesterday but it was more complicated than I’d anticipated so I will have to watch the DVD first.  Since I was already cooking, I didn’t have time to stop and watch a 50 minute DVD.  I am very excited about using it though as I think it will be easier to make salsas and cut up large quantities of fruits and vegetables.  I may even start making bread.  So I hope to have a review on food processors soon.

Upadated on January 4, 2011

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