Olive Oil Dispenser – My New Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Olive Oil Dispenser

We use a lot of olive oil at my house.  And until recently, I used it the old-fashioned way – straight from the bottle.  But a reader sent me a link to an olive oil dispenser and I decided to pick one up and try it.  It looked interesting but I was sure I would find that I didn’t need it. I was wrong. After a month or so of using it, I’m hooked.  And so is my husband.  Do I have to have it?  … [Read more...]

There’s More Than One Way to Grill Your Food

George Foreman Grill

It took me a long time to decide to get a George Foreman grill.  I wasn’t sure I’d really use it.  I ask friends who had them what they thought.  I read about them.  I looked at them when I was out shopping.  And finally, after MUCH thought and many months of thinking, I took the plunge and bought one.  That was about 15 years ago. The George Foreman grill is not a tool I use daily, like my … [Read more...]

Cooking Methods Can Be Changed

stove top

Do you have a preferred method of cooking? Bake? Broil? Stove top? Crock pot? My favorites are baking or using my crock pot.  I HATE stove top cooking or broiling. But here’s the thing.  If you’re making a recipe that uses a method you don’t like or that doesn’t work for your schedule, many times you can change it!  Some recipes have to be cooked a certain way but a lot of them can … [Read more...]

Product Sizes are Changing – And It Might Affect Your Cooking!

Krusteaz Muffin Mix

If you haven’t noticed, product sizes have been changing for the last several years.  On some products it doesn’t make much difference.  But on others, it can make a HUGE difference. I was making a dessert the other day that used crushed Oreos as a base.  The recipe called for an 18 ounce package of Oreos (obviously an older recipe) but I could only find a 15 ounce package.  I didn’t want to … [Read more...]

Dull Kitchen Knives? Try This Solution!

knife sharpener

Sharp knives are amazing.  My mom offered me a “tomato knife” recently but I declined.  So she gave it to my daughter-in-law, Ashley.  While I was at Ashley’s house a while back, I used the knife.  Oh, my gosh!  It was the best knife I’ve ever used.  EVER!!!  I was really sad I hadn’t accepted it when my mom offered it.  So my mom, being the awesome mom that she is, gave me her tomato knife and … [Read more...]

Saving Dinner: 5 Rules to Prevent Mess-Ups When Measuring Ingredients

recipe ingredients

Have you ever gotten distracted while cooking and wondered whether you added an ingredient or if you added the right amount?  It happens to me regularly, especially when I violate my rules.  Yes, I have rules.  I have to if I want to produce edible meals.  I learned early on that getting distracted while measuring ingredients could have very bad results and I needed rules to prevent it. Rule … [Read more...]

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

grilled cheese

If you didn’t think I was nuts before, you probably for sure do now.  “Really,” you’re thinking, “an article on how to make a grilled cheese??? Who doesn’t know how to make a grilled cheese???” But here’s the thing.  Probably 75% of the time I make a grilled cheese, I burn it.  It’s a two-fold problem.  I’m impatient so I turn the heat up too high, and I’m distracted, so I forget about it until … [Read more...]