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26 August 2014

Household Hint: Rubber Band

Today's tip isn't "tasty" in the sense of food, but it's still a handy one to have in your knowledge bank.

Ever encountered a stripped screw that seems impossible to remove?  If so, try getting a better grip on the screw by placing a wide rubber band flat between the screw and the screwdriver, then apply firm, but slow force while attempting to turn the screw.  If you're lucky, the rubber band will fill the gaps, give you extra grip, and allow removal of the screw!

A couple of things to keep in mind with this tip:
  • Always use a screwdriver, don't attempt this with a drill - you'll just end up stripping the screw even more.
  • This works best on screws that are only lightly stripped; if the screw head has really been ground down, you'll most likely have to move on to more extreme measures.

22 August 2014

Nando's Peri-Peri Sauce

I blame my world-travelling sister and brother-in-law for my craving of this product - it's all their fault!  They introduced us ("us" being the family) to Nando's Peri-Peri Sauce a year or so ago when they came home for a visit...I don't know if anyone else, besides sis and BIL, took to it, but I definitely enjoy it!

20 August 2014

Western Flair

I have to admit, I really like this cake.  I think it's the western feel to it; I'm a country girl born, raised, and still living it, so that probably explains a lot.

Though I was even receiving messages and texts asking me for pictures of this cake the same day of the event.  That really very seldom happens, so it mus have been a hit with others as well.

19 August 2014

Double-Duty: Ramekins

Have a set of ramekins languishing in your cabinets?  (Because, seriously, how often do you really make creme brulee?)  Good news - they can be used for more than just that blowtorched dessert, like this quick breakfast sandwich:

  • Mist a ramekin with non-stick spray or olive oil, add an egg and microwave in 15 to 20 second intervals until the egg is set (or cooked to your liking).
  • Scrape around the edge of the ramekin with a knife to remove the egg; serve on an english muffin with additional toppings (cheese, bacon, etc).

14 August 2014

Cowabunga Dude the cartoon the post title references.

Bonus:  can you name the turtle that most often says that phrase?

Is anyone else suddenly craving pizza?


Side note:  pizza sugar cookies are really quite fun to make.

12 August 2014

Double Duty: Parchment Paper

You know parchment paper helps keep cookies from sticking to the pan, but you can also use it to crisp up crusts on next day pizza.  All you need to do is microwave last night's slice on a piece of parchment paper.  Voila! Crisp day after crust.


05 August 2014

Squash Smarts

It's squash season!  A few tips to help you choose, keep, and enjoy these fruits of summer:

  • Pick firm, smooth zucchini - the smaller the better.  Larger squash can taste bitter.
  • Store zucchini in a plastic bag in the fridge to prevent them from losing water and becoming rubbery.
  • Chop half an inch off the stem and rounded ends before cooking.
  • Toss chopped, sliced, or grated zucchini with salt to draw out the water, then squeeze dry.  Otherwise they release too much moisture when they cook.
Oh, and don't pass up those squash blossoms either!  They are a tasty addition to soup, salads, or side dishes.  You can even stuff them with cheese then batter and fry them or bake them.


P.S.  Do you like the new Tuesday logo?  It was created by the fabulous Paxton Cavin.  You can see more of her work here.  She also is the creator behind the header art at the top of the blog.