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WFMW — 10 Minutes Flat

Posted by infinitygoods on December 4, 2007

If you came here looking for household tips or Christmas tips, ideas or resources, just click on those pages, and for more of this week’s WFMW go see Shannon.

wfmwbluebanner.jpgWell Shannon, at Rocks in My Dryer has given us a theme this week and she wants recipes for Works For Me Wednesday. Here’s the setup: It’s 5:30 p.m., we’re tired, we have a headache from having barely survived the worst day of our life and of course our cook is Missing In Action and we’re too poor for takeout. We don’t have any leftovers in the fridge or anything in the freezer that we can just zap because, you know, it’s the worst day from hell and we didn’t even think ahead to use our Crockpot, so what is going to work for me? And you?

Here’s four ideas:

1. Refer to my own blog for my Tomato Chicken Salad Recipe which I make in 10 minutes flat! Round it out with a cheese platter and fruit (no cooking there either, just pull it out of the fridge and slap it on a tray) and you still have a gourmet French meal! Now that works for me!

2. Grab my very best cookbook and look up the section “Dinners in half an hour”. What cookbook would that be, you ask? Dinners in half an hour is in The French Chef Cookbook. Well any cookbook by Julia Child will work too. Julia has the very best cookbooks because she not only tells us how to cook the recipes, but also tells us what NOT to do. With Julia by my side it wouldn’t matter if my brain were turned off, I know I don’t have to be concerned about anything because she will have tested every step right down to the last grain of salt. I could cook a recipe for the very first time and even serve it to a stereotypical mother-in-law from hell and not have one iota of concern. Now that works for me too;

3. Grab a Rachel Ray cookbook, because she too makes a complete meal in half an hour;

4. Grab one of Chef Emeril Lagasse’s children’s cookbooks because everything in there is super easy, super fast and super tasty. You can see my complete review of his series of children’s cookbooks right here on my Cooking For Children post.

Feel free to leave a comment even if it’s just to say “hi”.
Happy Wednesday, Everybody!!

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Cooking for children

Posted by infinitygoods on September 4, 2007

In the previous post, I mentioned Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Bam spices, which gave me an idea for today’s blog.

Our son is very much interested in science and experiments.  He enjoys experimenting in the kitchen too as an easy way to try out mixing, chemical reactions and such.  A couple of months ago he asked to get some cookbooks for some more serious cooking so off to the library we went to look in the children’s section.  While the majority of the books at our branch seemed to only have recipes like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, root beer floats or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, Chef Emeril’s had real recipes.  Now I think even a child doesn’t need a cookbook to learn how to make a PBJ sandwich.  All they need is a parent to show them.

So we took Chef Emeril’s “There’s a Chef in My Soup” cookbook and went home for hands-on cooking lessons.  As a parent I was impressed by the introductory sections, especially the one titled “A Good Cook is a Safe Cook!”  We read it together and discussed the safety procedures.  We looked at all the tools of the trade and our son read every word of the lessons on blanching, working butter into flour, cooking with eggs, etc. as if it were the most exciting action-adventure.

With the preliminaries taken care of we decided on which recipe to make first — 1-2-3 Lasagna.  Chef Emeril managed to turn lasagna into child’s play and yet present to the dinner table a scrumptious dish which will remain one of our family traditions.

In the last couple of months our son has bookmarked so many recipes I’ve told him he’d be better off bookmarking the few exceptions he doesn’t want to try.  We have made many more recipes and equal numbers of favorites.  We picked up Lagasse’s other two children’s cookbooks, “There’s a Chef in My Family” and “There’s a Chef in My World” and have come to the conclusion that his recipes are explained simply for any beginner cook, not just children.  The results are consistantly delicious and while the steps are simple, the results are sophisticated for even an experienced cook, or as Chef Emeril says “kicked up a notch.”  Children and adults will both enjoy the process as well as the results.  It is an excellent opportunity for family bonding and might even be a godsend for working parents coming home tired from work as their children will soon be able to assist them in quickly putting a delicious meal on the table.  Our family highly recommends these three cookbooks which are available here on our website at infinitygoods.com.

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Refreshing Tomato Chicken Salad for Labor Day Weekend

Posted by infinitygoods on September 1, 2007

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

It’s the last long weekend of the summer and for many of us in the United States it means a great barbecue with family and friends or even a potluck.  Where we live right now it has been far too hot this last week with the weather people predicting no relief in sight, so no barbecue for us this year.  The news and even commercials have been telling us to not use our appliances until after 7 p.m. to prevent power grid outages.  Usually in the middle of the night when it’s cool we can open windows, but with this heat wave we’ve been forced to keep our air conditioning on 24/7.  The front page of the paper showed a local business’ room-thermometer’s needle hitting the maximum reading of 120 degrees Farenheit, or 50 degrees Centigrade!

With all this heat I was inspired yesterday to make something which required no cooking whatsoever.  It tasted great, and after lots of compliments I thought I would share it with you.  It will be a hit at your Labor Day potluck or your family’s table.  I thought about what was in my refrigerator and came up with this spur-of-the-moment recipe, and it was refreshing and quick — ready in about 10 minutes flat.  You can’t beat that!

Get yourself a serving bowl and a cutting board.  I grabbed four small tomatoes on the vine and sliced them.  They’re only about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter.  I love the grape-sized tomatoes too.  If you prefer, you could use about four handfuls of those and leave whole, or if you’re patient, cut in halves.  One great big tomato will do too, but then you’ll need to dice it.  Add about an equal amount of mozzarella cheese, diced.  If you don’t have any on hand, a feta or Baby Bell or provolone should work well, too.  Whichever cheese you choose, pick one that’s not too hard like a comte or too soft like a triple cream brie.

I always have sun-dried tomatoes at the ready.  They add some really nice flavor which you adjust from mild to strong simply by the amount you use.  This time I used about 10, which I minced.  I had a beautiful roasted chicken on hand, so I put in a whole breast, also diced.  Here, instead of the roasted chicken you could substitute tuna, salmon, crab or sardines.  They would all taste great too, so just use what you happen to have and love.

Add some dried spices like Chef Emeril’s Bam or 21-Spice No Salt Seasoning found in a small, convenient bottle so you won’t loose too much flavor over time.  No worries if you don’t have any, just add your favorite spices to taste like thyme, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, some onion and garlic powder.  Add fresh sweet basil leaves.  We love basil so I put in lots, fresh from our yard.  Mint leaves would work very nicely, too.

Add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and some balsamic vinegar.  Toss the whole salad and it’s ready!  Try it. I know you’ll love it and it’s real healthy.  Any leftovers can be turned into a great sandwich, too.

Enjoy!  Bon appetit!

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