An Easy Way to Peel a Boiled Egg

I don’t usually have a lot of trouble peeling boiled eggs but the last batch I made was AWFUL!  Every single egg was one of those where you peel off one tiny piece at a time and the eggs are a mess when you’re done.  After I had finished nine of the ten, my husband asked me if I had tried the method using a spoon.  I hadn’t.  I didn’t even know about it.  He described it to me and I thought it was … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Baguette Chips

I’ve gotten addicted to the baguette chips you can buy in the bakery section at the grocery store.  They are SO good!  But they’re a little bit expensive.  So I decided to try making my own. First I made a batch of Mom’s Italian Bread (it makes two loaves).  This is my favorite Italian bread recipe and I use it often.  I made normal size loaves but next time I’ll make smaller, thinner loaves so … [Read more...]

The Best Knife Ever!

A couple of years ago my mom offered me a tomato knife that her TOPS group was selling.  I declined and suggested she give it to my daughter-in-law.  My daughter-in-law gladly accepted the knife and all was forgotten -until David and I moved in with my son and daughter-in-law for three months while we were looking for another house (Our house sold and it took us longer than we expected to find … [Read more...]

A Few Kitchen Tips to Keep You Safe

Some of these tips are from personal experience and some are from personal fears!  In case you didn’t know, I’m terrified of fire so I’m really, really careful around my gas stove.  In fact, I’m so scared of fire that I rarely burn candles.  The only time I use them is if there’s a power outage and I have no choice. And in case you’re wondering, I’ve never had a bad experience with fire so I don’t … [Read more...]

17 Cooking Shortcuts I Use ALL the Time

  Freeze chicken breasts individually. If I have a package of 6 chicken breasts but only use 4, I freeze the other 2 individually.  I almost always have a collection of individually frozen chicken breasts in the freezer.  It’s especially nice when I just need one or two.  Plus they thaw much quicker than a package of frozen chicken breasts. After dinner, my husband divides up the … [Read more...]

How to Keep Recipes Handy While Cooking

My cooking style has changed because of David’s recently diagnosed IBS.  I’m cooking gluten free and low FODMAP.  As a result, I’ve been trying a lot of new recipes with unfamiliar ingredients, and unfortunately, most of the recipes have been the type I hate the most:  STOVE TOP.  I’ve mentioned before that my least favorite type of recipes are stove top.  I prefer baking.  In fact, I convert … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Cooking With Unfamiliar Foods

My husband, David’s, diagnosis of IBS changed forever the way I cook.  I’ve always cooked reasonably healthy but the eating plan required for IBS (and lactose intolerance) turned my recipe box upside down! The biggest changes have been the avoidance of gluten, onion, garlic, beans, apples, pears and honey.  Eating for IBS utilizes a diet called the Low FODMAP diet.  If you’re interested in the … [Read more...]