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    Welcome To My Dream Kitchen

    I am finally returning from a month hiatus because my husband and I were moving into our new house, including my strategically designed kitchen. Things were just too crazy for the week leading up to the big move. However, I wanted to share with my fellow foodies how EXCITED I am over my new foodie kitchen. Follow me around and check out a few things I incorporated into the design. Dream Kitchen Video Tour   I created a sketch of what my dream kitchen would look like and this is very close. Thank you to Cook’s Woodworking, Inc. for having patience with me, during the designing process. I changed my mind…

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    5 Essential Kitchen Shears

    Good quality kitchen shears are essential in any chefs sharp object arsenal. I have 7 different pairs of shears in my kitchen – all different.  Each pair of scissors has a specialty, but can be used in various culinary situations; however, I have narrowed my list to FIVE ESSENTIAL kitchen shears. Top 5 Essential Kitchen Shears Herb Shears               These scissors are great if you like to use fresh herbs, as I do.  With one cut, a small bundle of chives are cut into small, garnish size tidbits. Great for cutting directly over a salad or pasta, instead of having to pick up debris…

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    Weeknight Chicken Enchilada Meal

    Looking for an easy prep, weeknight meal? Look no further than Chicken Enchiladas. I use the precooked, Perdue southwest chicken, which makes for simple prep work. Using my Pamper Chef chopper to cut up the onion and pepper. I cut the chicken down into bite size portions.  I do use a manual grater for my cheese prep. Do not buy the prep grated cheese, as it is loaded with chemical preservatives to prevent caking.  Buy block cheese and get a little exercise grating it up…it really does not take that long. There…your prep work is DONE. This makes about 4 servings and takes 55 minutes to prep and cook.  …

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    5 Non-Food Thanksgiving Tips

    I am lucky, I have been invited to my dad’s house for Thanksgiving, which means, I do not have to prepare the traditional meal. However, I hosted a huge family Thanksgiving several years ago. There is more to it, than just cooking a turkey and few trimmings..   I wanted to give you my 5 non-food Thanksgiving tips. Use biodegradable plates, utensils and napkins Just because Thanksgiving is a bit more special than a weekly, family Sunday dinner, does not mean you cannot use disposable items. Beyond the convenience of not washing plates and flatware till Christmas, using disposable plates allows for quick clean up, so you, the hostess, can…

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    Using a Camper Microwave-Convection Oven

    What is a microwave-convection oven Installed frequently in recreational vehicles, it is a combination of a regular convection oven with a microwave.  Users are able to use the quick interior cooking of microwaves combined with the surface browning of hot air.  Convection cooking allows for the interior cooking of a traditional oven, just hotter and faster. Convection oven technology uses a fan to force air movement and heat up the full interior of the microwave to cook food from the inside out. That’s why you can use convection microwaves to bake and roast things that would otherwise be cooked too quickly (and not thoroughly) with just a regular microwave.  The…