Tuesday, January 12, 2010
1.) It's the perfect time of year. When the cold air is blowing outside your door, it's time to warm things up inside.
2.) It's a tasty way to enjoy stale bread. Dunk some crusty bread into a big bowl of soup and taste the texture and flavor come back to life.
3.) Spoil those you love. You know the saying, "the best way to someone's heart is through their stomach -- and there's no better way to someone's heart than with comfort food.
4.) It's easy to keep it healthy. Keep that resolution every day - soup's a great way to include healthy choices in a creative and delicious ways for your family.
5.) It smells so good! When you're putting your house on the market, it's recommended that you cook something delicious to make your house smell yummy. Why wait until then? Enjoy the savory aroma yourself today.
6.) It's long lasting. I make a batch of soup that sometimes lasts a week. So whether you're single or cooking for a family, it's an easy staple to have on hand.
7.) It turns leftovers into today's entree. Whether it's a roast or chicken from the night before, or the veggies about to go south in your frig's produce bin, try tossing them into your soup, where they'll taste as good as new.
8.) It's an excellent way to hone your cooking skills. I tell people if they want to learn to cook start with soup. Soups are forgiving and a great way to learn how to use seasonings and techniques such as sauteing, browning and sweating.
9.) It's a sly way to try new cuisines. If you have an unadventurous culinary clan, like mine, soups are a good way to slowly introduce new flavors into your family's palate.
10.) Do I really need 10th? Just do it. It's fun!
We celebrated by making a big pot of this Senatorial Soup from relish. Mmm Mmm good!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Monday, July 23, 2007
So in these final weeks of summer, before back-to-school, if you're in need of some ideas for entertaining the kids, just check out these lists for some great ideas.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Apparently one of the main reasons behind the recall is that the Easy Bake (as it says on the box) is really intended for kids over the age of 8. However, I think most kids that age are far more interested in cooking real food with you in a real kitchen. Here are some fun tips for cooking with kids from one of our favorite sites Kids Off the Couch (go and sign up for their newsletter today.) Another great resource is the Young Chefs Academy. Our friend Andrea recently opened her own franchise in Mill Creek, WA, so if you live in the area and have kids we encourage you to check it out.
I recently came across the site Happy Tiers on The Daily Stroll and just LOVED their product, so the other day when I came across this Isaac Mizrahi plate at Target for just 78 cents, I just couldn't resist and had to make one for myself or rather my son, Sean. He's been wanting to have a lemonade stand this summer to make some extra spending money, and after a bit of research we were able to get a free lemonade stand, courtesy of Sunkist
and he even got $10 in start-up capital, plus cups, napkins a tablecloth and signage from Umpqua Banks "How To Be a Lemonaire" program. Inc. magazine has a list of 10 things to make the coolest lemonade stand. And to teach him the value of philanthropy, a portion of Sean's profits will be going to Alex's Lemonade Stand.
We were planning on having the lemonade stand today, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate, so now we're looking ahead to August. One of the things I'm most excited about is making one of these adorable lemon sandwich boards for Molly to wear: