Yesterday we had a barbecue to celebrate my birthday which was July 17th and my bother in law’s whose birthday was yesterday, the 19th. Everyone brought a couple of dishes, which is always the best part of these types of gatherings. My sister in law Katharine also likes to experiment with food and recipes and didn’t disappoint. Yesterday she brought over a corn salsa that was to die for. What I loved about the corn salsa was that there was so many flavors going on – the salsa was delicious on tortilla chips or in a bowl on its own. Katharine made a huge bowl of this wonderful appetizer but it didn’t last.
- 2 ears of corn worth of corn Kernels
- 1 avacado – chopped
- 1/2 red onion – chopped
- Chopped cilantro to taste
- Lime juice to taste (more…)
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s kitchen safety week here at Cookerati. Even people who do their best to follow all safety precautions find themselves cutting a finger or suffering a burn. Fortunately common kitchen accidents aren’t life threatening. If you do suffer a mishap, one of these products might help to ease your symptoms:
KytoStat Bandages: Would you believe me if I told you these bandages were made from compost from shrimp shells? That’s right – it’s a natural technology. These aren’t your usual bandaids either. They claim to wrap the wound tight to stop bleeding fast and I wanted to find out if it was true. I wasn’t about to injure myself, however so I had to wait a while before I could give them a true test. It happened last week when I cut myself slicing a cucumber. The slit on my finger was a heavy bleeder so I got the KytoStat out of the medicine cabinet and wrapped it around the wound.
Normally with a wound of this caliber I’d have to change the bandage a few times. I’m happy to report it wasn’t this way with the KytoStat bandages. I followed the instructions to make sure to have the white part of the bandage directly on the wound and apply pressure after putting on the bandage. I even wore surgical gloves to take a shower because the instructions on the box don’t recommend getting the bandage wet. Though I kept the bandage on overnight, the wound did stop bleeding within an hour and I didn’t have to keep changing iy. We’re pretty happy with the results. (more…)Deb Ng
Does your kitchen have a fire extiguisher? If not, it should It stands to reason anywhere flames and heating elements are used on a regular basis should have at least a small kitchen-sized fire extiguisher nearby. If you do have a fire extinguisher, good work. Maybe you’ll interested in these fire extinguisher safety tips.
Kitchen fires can be easily contained if their small. For large kitchen fires, call 911 and get your family out of the house immediately.
1. Use the P.A.S.S. method for using a fire extiguisher. PULL (the pin), AIM (the nozzle), SQUEEZE (the trigger), SWEEP (the nozzle).
2. Always aim the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire. To aim at the top or even the middle can spread the fire, not put it out.
3. Only use your fire extiguisher if you’re sure it will put out that specific fire. Many fires can’t be put out with a common kitchen fire extinguisher.
4. Don’t use a fire extiguisher if the fire is out of control. Instead find an escape route.
5. Don’t use a fire extinguisher if a fire is bigger in size than a barrel or trash container.
Whaever you do, don’t stay in the house to fight a fire that doesn’t seem to be going out. Get out of the house immediately.
Disclaimer: Though most of this advice is commonplace, do read your fire extinguishers manual or view one of the many online videos for fire extinguisher safety to know more about using it properly.
Image via morguefileDiana
_ Can you say that five times fast? We had a great time with the contest. I’ve learned some new ideas on what to do with salsa. Cottage cheese and salsa for some zing, fish topped with salsa, eggs and salsa (my daughter does that), all great ideas. Our winner is… (drum roll please) Dara Nix who said," I LOVE Pico De Gallo, so this would probably be my favorite item from Pace as well. How would I eat it?? In a big bowl served with tortilla chips, of course!! Oh — HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEB!!! " Thanks Dara, a big bowl of chips would be great with this. Deb wants to thank all those who wished her a happy birthday and she was really pleased with the person who sang for her (after clearing their throat). She had a great day turning – oh wait, that’s part of the confidentiality agreement I signed. Dara, I will send you an email to collect your address for the Pace people. Everyone have a nice summer, it’s getting hot out there, time to hit the pool.Deb Ng
Today I took my six year old son to the local kid’s cooking academy for cooking camp. While there, I chatted with Chef Lisa who gave me a couple of very cool safety tips for kids in the kitchen.
Wear shoes – Kids in Chef Lisa’s class don’t wear sandals or flip flops. Shoes or crocs offer better protection if something hot, hard or sharp drop on little feet.
Use a pizza cutter or kids’ safety scissors – When the kids chop veggies or foods they use a pizza cutter! What a great idea – I wouldn’t have thought of this. For cutting herbs they use children’s safety scissors.
I love the pizza cutter idea. My son always wants to help me make salad but as I’m afraid for him to use a knife, he usually tears lettuce or helps put the ingredients in a bowl. We’ll definitely try the pizza cutter idea in our kitchen.
Do you have special “tools” to use with your kids in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments.Deb Ng
It’s kitchen safety week here at Cookerati. This means that in addition to bringing you the best in food news, tips, recipes and product reviews, we’re going to share a few safety tips as well. Probably the most common kitchen accidents have to do with knives. I nearly severed limbs on more than one occasion, so I know of what I speak. Before you start chopping, slicing and dicing, check out these kitchen safety tips:
1. Make sure your knives are very sharp – The sharper the knife, the easier the chopping. Dull knives go through food with more difficulty upping the odds of your having a mishap.
2. Always lay knives flat on the counter or cutting board when taking a rest from your chopping. Leaving a knife with a blade sticking up or over the edge of a counter or sink is just asking for a hospital visit. (more…)Diana
Hey folks, Pace wants to give one lucky person a fiesta. The focus of this fiesta is a five pack of specialty salsas that are new to the Pace line. These salsa’s are wonderful. The queso was so quick and convenient. We used it on eggs, on top of hot dogs, we made nachos with it. My daughter also mixed together rice and a few other things, poured the queso on top and heated it up in the microwave. It was so convenient and versatile, with a little zing. We made a steak fajita salad for dinner and tried out the different salsas with it, just so we could compare them side by side. My husband liked the Pico De Gallo. He loves tomatoes and thought there was a really good tomato flavor that came out. My favorite was the Tequila Lime Salsa, it had a citrusy tang to it. Tomatillos taste like a tart tomato. We grow them for our own home made salsa, and I love the tart taste. The Salsa Verde is also made with tomatillos, and also delicious. It was our second place pick for each of us, even though we had different first picks. These salsas were all medium heat salsa’s except the Triple Pepper Salsa. The Triple Pepper Salsa was a little spicy for us, so I sent it out to my friend who likes his food to have a good kick. Doug said that it was hot, but not too hot. He said it wasn’t watery, and was very flavorful. He said it was delicious on eggs or on a sandwich. Thanks Doug!Diana
Last night, it was pouring rain and my husband and I were supposed to be working on the house but we were just exhausted. I cooked up a fajita salad for dinner, and then we had ice cream in the living room while finishing up watching a movie. So here we are relaxing and eating ice cream and I remembered something we bought last year. It was an expensive small bottle of wine, we bought when we were up in Windham, NY last summer. I had forgotten about it, plus we don’t often get the house to ourselves to hang out. So I got the Kaaterskill Reserve Wine and poured it over our Butter Pecan Ice Cream. It was delicious and sweet and just perfect over our ice cream. A few years ago, my sister-in-law poured Raspberry wine over our vanilla ice cream and that was where I got the idea.Deb Ng
I’m not one of those hoarders who buys items on sale for the sake of buying items on sale, but if I find a decent sale on items we use all the time I stock up. Today I went to the “Discontinued” section of my local supermarket where they have items at a major discount because they’ll no longer be produced. They had shelves and shelves of Jello. Some of the flavors must not be selling well. I must have bought about 20 boxes at about 30 cents each – that’s the large boxes.
My family loves Jello. It’s easy to make, tastes good and it’s not filled with fat and calories. Ok, so it might take us a little while to eat our cabinet full of Jello, but I know we’ll use it so it isn’t a waste.
What are you hoarding?Diana
I have had a lot of fun doing contests the last few weeks – and by the way this isn’t the last. You guys are great for following the rules and posting great comments. The companies providing the prizes have been wonderful for giving us the opportunity to put this out for someone to win. I use a randomizer to pick out a number to make sure it’s on the up and up. I tested it out myself once to see if the highest and lowest numbers would ever show up, and they did. This by the way isn’t our last summer prize, so keep coming back. Oh, yeah, the guy who offered to share steaks with me, Thank you, that was nice. All of the different cooking techniques were fun to go through too. We do read all of them and the winner has to meet all the requirements of the contest and he did. Allan, hold on to your hat!!
allan bradford said:
Porterhouse steaks baby all the way med well lots of black pepper and then hold on to your hat time to eat !!!
· 20 Steakburgers and buns to share with their friends and family;· A Roseda spatula;
· A Meat 101 kit, packed with info and tips on choosing and cooking the best cuts of meat for your taste.
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