Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tastings' Tuesday Tips

Good Tuesday my Sweet & Savory Friends... My tip this week is about the Pasta vs. Stock

If you plan on making any type of chili, soups, stocks and broth that require noodles. Do not add all of your noodles to the stock as it may absorb all of your liquid. Keep it separate and serve together.

#pasta #noodles #stock #broth #soups #chili #sweetandsavorytastings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tastings' Tuesday Tips

I know I am a day late...but better late than never.

I seen a post today from Jamie Oliver indicating how to properly cut an avocado. I thought that this may be a good post especially since I made guacamole this week for the first time. After I tasted it; I am pretty sure that I will no longer be buying it in the store.

How to Properly Cut an Avocado... from Jamie Oliver.

#avocado #guacamole #jamieoliver

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tastings' Tuesday Tips

My tip this Tuesday is meal planning. By the end of the week I am planning my next week meal. This helps out a lot when I go to the grocery store. I know which aisles I need to go down which eliminates having to walk up and down each and every aisle. Even though the majority of my groceries come from the outskirts of the store. I always start in the produce section to pick up my fruit and veggies and then off to the butcher. The butcher is where I primarily get all of my meat. I get everything there ranging from seafood to chicken to pork beef and lamb. I am not a big steak eater; I'll eat it maybe once a year if that. Also you can ask your butcher about the different cuts of meat and the variety of ways that you can cook the meat.  Finally I make my way to the dairy and bread section.
I notice when I meal plan that I don't over spend and just start buying stuff. Also I don't have to worry about trying to find something to cook. I try not to purchase any can goods so if you have to you can buy some foods froozen and then freeze it (ex. veggies, fruit). I even
 started making my own sauces.

Make out your grocery list to plan ahead. You will have a more successful trip. I have a note section on my phone. That is where I keep my lists.

#grocery #mealplan

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tasting Tip Tuesday

While going through my Facebook posts I ran across a great article. So, this Tuesday Tasting tip are for those who want to produce beautiful cakes. Baking is more like science. Every step has to be lined accordingly without skipping. If you forget just one step your cake may not rise to the occasion. The link is from the Huffington Post. Cake Baking Mistakes 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Have You Ever Considered Making a Trifle?

A trifle is a layered dessert with so many variations with cake, custards, fruits and etc. This dessert can be layered in a big bowl for everyone to enjoy or in individual dessert glasses displayed on a sweets table. Here is a link from Food 52 on how to make a trifle. How to Make a Trifle

This is a cake push pop in a dessert trifle form.

#trifle #food52 #dessert #cake #fruit #custard #pudding #sweetandsavorytastings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tastings' Tuesday Tips

Starting today; I will try to give weekly Tuesday tips that I follow with my recipes and around my kitchen.

Today Tastings' Tuesday Tip; I add vodka to my pie crust recipe.  Yes, Vodka. I don't have to be the most expensive brand. By adding vodka; you're putting in a liquid that is going to evaporate quickly so you will end up with a very flaky crust. 

Here is a link to a recipe: Cooks Illustrated Vodka Pie Crust Recipe

This is my Apple Pie

#pie #crust #vodka #tastingtuesdaytip #tip 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Intoxicated Cupcakes Halloween Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Renee

For my sister birthday this year she wanted alcohol infused cupcakes. I made three different types; Pineapple Coconut Martini made with Patron, Purple Velvet Hennessy Twist (purple is her favorite color) and Lime Patron Margarita. I was asked for the recipe for the Lime Patron Margarita Cupcakes; I used Rachel Rays recipe Lime-Margarita-Cupcakes but instead of using gold tequila I utilized Patron Silver. I also used a classic cream cheese frosting recipe and added two tablespoons of Patron. For the additional alcohol flavor I brushed on additional tequila while the cupcakes were hot.