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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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Reader Asks Where To Purchase Quality Foods Online

Posted by infinitygoods on November 30, 2007

As my regular readers know, healthy and quality foods are important to our family. One of my readers has asked if I know of quality food sources online, and yes, I do know a few, but I wonder if the rest of my readers know of any others.

So please help us out by commenting. Here is Leo’s complete question posted in response to yesterday’s Wow! Every Cookie Imaginable!:

wow…thats all I can say…wow! I love this blog!!!!
Do you by chance, know of any quality online food services? I am starting to order all my food online because of various reasons. (Health being one of them) So far I have found 2 services, Fresh Dining (an LA company) and Celebrity Foods, but you have to call them so they can talk to you about your need. I would really like any suggestions that you may have, so I can widen my list of quality places online where I can order healthy food from.
Thank you and have a great night or day…depending on when you read this. LOL!!!!

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Leo, here’s the sources I can personally vouch for. (Click on the links.)

1. whole-foods.jpg Whole Foods Market — They are headquartered in Texas and have regular stores throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. While they do deliver, their delivery policy however varies by store so you need to check with your local stores. Whole Foods carries a wide variety of foods, cleaners and body products.

2. country-sun.jpgCountry Sun Natural Foods is a small, very friendly store in Palo Alto, Calif. Their online store carries groceries, organic wine, vitamins, herbs and body care products. They have monthly sales and they provide senior discounts. If you don’t see what you want, but they carry that item in the brick and mortar store, they will usually add it online just for you. If they don’t carry it, they will often special order it or at least point you in the right direction. Yes, they really are that friendly. You can see what I said about them in the post Flavor and Flowers at Farmer’s Market. Your previous shopping carts will be remembered for 60 days for faster reordering too. They also publish Taste For Life Magazine which is available instore and shipped with every order.

3. Infinity Goods — Yes, that’s us! We are an online Amazon Affiliate store. Amazon infinitylogo.jpgnow has a grocery store. We have requested more health foods and quality foods for our affiliate store at infinitygoods.com. For now we carry products in our gourmet foods section like Alaska wild salmon, Omaha Steaks (and other Omaha foods), maple syrup, stevia and even whole black winter truffles direct from France, and much more. We will start carrying more foods as Amazon makes it available. If you want a specific food which Amazon carries, but we do not have listed, we will add it to our products for you, just let us know. When you shop at Infinity Goods, you use the same Amazon shopping cart, products come to you directly from Amazon and we have the same Amazon return policy. So be sure to shop with us whenever a product attracts your eye. You’ll be helping me and my small family.

4. Fabrique Delices — It is a French charcuterie or delicatessen. It’s not a one-stop fabrique-delices.jpgshopping since they only provide deli products, but they are excellent. They serve the Pope and the White House, but remain a good value for the quality. I also mentioned them in my Farmer’s Market post, along with a couple of small family businesses with online stores, Prevedelli Farms and Bolani and Sauce.

Dear Readers, if you can, please don’t forget to post your own suggestions for Leo and all of us. It will be greatly useful to all who visit here. In advance, I thank all of you.

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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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