A Pampered Bride

January 31, 2009 · Posted in Bridal Showers and Registry · View Comments 

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Are you looking for ideas for a GREAT Bridal Shower? Become A Pampered Bride.  Noel’s Kitchen offers Bridal Showers and Wedding Registry.  They are very similar to Bridal Showers.  The Bride is showered by her family and friends with gifts that will help her stock her new home.  Unlike a regular shower, the guests will first be treated to a presentation and tasting of a wonderful recipe.  They will then have the opportunity to try out our high quality kitchen products before purchasing a gift from the Bride’s wish list.  Why not plan a couples shower, and let the guys join in?!

With a Bridal Registry, Noel will guide the couple in creating their registry online.  This is a great convenient opportunity for the couple if theyare looking to complete their collection from the Bridal Shower .   There is no charge to having Noel as your Registry Consultant and it can include additional services such as a Bridal Shower or a Free Cooking Class!  Noel’s Kitchen Registry is completely online. For more information, please visit www.noelskitchen.com.

 


Top 10 Pantry Essentials For Every Kitchen

January 17, 2009 · Posted in Kitchen Tips · View Comments 

shopping_cartHaving a household of six, I found that grocery shopping costs were adding up and I was running out of meal planning ideas. I recently found these top 10 pantry items were essential in my meal planning and I could stretch my menu ideas further and they made it easier on my budget.  I’ve listed them here, so next time your at the store remember: by adding these pantry staples to your grocery list you can save money and stretch your food budget.

  • Produce: Onions, Celery and Carrot

These produce items will last long properly stored in a cold refrigerator. Carrots and Celery can last a month in the refrigerator. Buying unpeeled carrots will save you money.

*Tip#1 Celery can be brought back to life by placing in cold water with a little bit of white vinegar.

*Tip#2 Never store your onions near your fruit. Onions give off a gas that rippens fruit quickly.

  • Chicken

Buying a  chicken from a wholesaler in large quantities can save you money. The key is to separate the chicken when you get home into usable portions. Bag it in a freezer bag and thaw as you need it. Chicken should always defrost overnight in your refrigerator.

*Tip #1: Boneless, skinless breasts are convenient but they cost more than other parts. Consider buying chicken that is not skinless to save money. Trim the fat yourself.

*Tip#2: Need cubed chicken for a recipe? If you cut meat frozen, it’s safer and easier slicing.

  • Frozen Vegetables

Don’t worry that you’re losing nutrients by cooking frozen, rather than fresh vegetables. They’re just as good and usually as flavorful. The difference is that frozen vegetables are cheaper than their fresh counterparts and they’re convenient.  Store brand is cheaper than name brand and you can’t tell the difference in the taste.

Tip#1: Broccoli is one vegtable that does not freeze well. You can buy fresh whole broccoli on sale, just check the grocery store ads.

  • Block Cheese

Now this is one of my favorite pantry items. My daughter loves cheese and there is so much you can do with it. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Tacos, Cheese and Crackers, Spaghetti, Casseroles and more. Shred cheese yourself to save money. Buying the pre-shredded cheeses maybe convenient, but if you’re willing to shred as you go, you’ll get twice the cheese for your money.  Buying block chedder and Parmesan are the most versatile in cheeses.

Tip#1: Buy placing the cheese in the freezer 15 minutes before you shred, the cheese will shred easier and won’t make a clumpy mess.

  • Beef, Chicken, Vegatable Broth, Stock

Broths are made from bones and meat off a carcass. Stocks are made from roasting bones. Both are great for making recipes go further and they add flavor to things like soups. My grandmother always mafe her own broths, stocks and gravies from scratch and they taste so much better.

  • Ground Beef

Buying the 20% lean ground beef is perfect for most recipes and is more affordable than many of the lower fat meats. If you buy in bulk like the family paks you are making a huge savings in your food budget. When I get home, I section the meat into usable one-pound segments and freeze in an airtight freezer bag.  If I know I’ll be making a meal that may require more, I’ll freeze an extra 1/2 pound in one freezer bag. Always thaw your meat overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Rice

Rice like pasta is another way to bulk up your recipe. Many times I will be low on meat or chicken and add rice or pasta to make my serving portion larger.  Rice will last much longer if stored in an airtight container.

  • Unsalted Butter

Now this is a first for me. I was always buying salted butter, never thinking wait a minute I can add salt later to my dish and in a quantity that I wanted and a much healthier quantity.

  • Canned Tomatoes

Canned tomatoes last longer and are cheaper than fresh tomatoes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with canned tomatoes.

  • Eggs

The last pantry essential is eggs.  Eggs are always on sale at the grocery store. Just remember to check for cracks before you put them in your cart. Eggs make a perfect meal and if you don’t feel like cooking a big meal for dinner, eggs are not just for breakfast. Eggs will last a long time in your refrigerator.

Family Mealtimes Are Back!

January 15, 2009 · Posted in Improving Family Life · View Comments 

The challenging economy provides me with the opportunity to serve my community through my business. My business has so much to offer families who have been forced to tighten their budgets. NoelsKitchenTips.com offers information on using high-quality kitchen tools which are essential for every home. They make affordable family dinners possible and they’re backed by superior guarantees so you know they’ll be part of those meals for a long time.

There’s no better way to experience our exciting new products, flavorful recipes and unique cooking shows than as a host, plus you’ll receive so many fantastic rewards and special offers! For further information, please visit NoelsKitchenTips.com.

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