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Easter Egg Ideas and Tips

Posted on 06 April 2009 by noelskitchen

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Easter Egg Ideas and Tips

 

Everything you ever wanted to know about Deviled Eggs:
*Did you know that the cooking term “deviled” means to highly season a food with a spices such as pepper or mustard?

*Simple Deviled Egg Recipe:
Not sure how much mayo or mustard goes in deviled eggs? Skip them altogether by blending your cooked egg yolks with Ranch Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing!

*Deviled Egg Tip:
For attractive, less-mess deviled eggs, simply slice the eggs in half using kitchen tools available through me that will make your eggs look fancy with a cutting edge tool and you can pipe the filling into eggs quickly using a perfect decorator tool!

*How do you cook eggs?
To cook eggs in their shells, place a single layer of them in a saucepan and top with at least one inch of water. Cover and bring to a rapid boil, then remove from heat and let stand (covered).

*Large soft-cooked eggs should remain in the water 1-4 minutes
*Hard-cooked for 10-15 minutes.

*After the eggs are cooked as desired, drain off the hot water and immediately cover with cold water, add a few ice cubes and let stand until cool enough to handle for soft-cooked and until completely cooled for hard-cooked.

*Quickly cooling eggs in very cold water or ice water prevents the dark gray-green surface from forming on the yolk.

*Hard-cooked eggs are much easier to slice if they are cold.

*Egg Peeling Tips:
Hard-cooked eggs are easier to peel if you first gently roll them between your palm and countertop, creating dozens of hairline cracks in the shell. Starting that the large end, peel the egg under cold running water, or dip it into a bowl filled with cold water.

Egg shells won’t crack during cooking if you pierce the large end with a needle, thumbtack or egg piercer. The BONUS with this method is that the egg will be easier to peel!

MORE ABOUT EGGS


*Colored Eggs:
Use our Egg Separator to dip eggs for coloring.

*Storing Eggs
Always store eggs large end up…it keeps them fresher and helps keep the yolk centered. Never place them near odoriferous foods (like onion) because they can easily absorb odors right through the shell.

*Fresh, uncooked eggs are the highest in flavor and quality if used within a week. They can, however, be refrigerated for up to 4-5 weeks (providing the shells are intact) beyond the date on the carton.

*How do you tell if an egg is fresh?
Place it in a bowl of salted, cool water. If it sinks, it’s fresh…if it floats, throw it away

*According to the American Egg Board, the terms “hard-” and “soft-” boiled are really misnomers because boiling eggs makes them tough and rubbery. Instead, such eggs should be “hard-” or “soft-cooked” in hot water.

*EGG HUNT
If hard-cooked eggs are going to be out of the refrigerator for more than 3 hours (as in the case of an Easter Egg hunt), it’s safest not to eat them. Either make two batches of eggs, one to eat and one to hide or hide plastic eggs filled with treats.

*Easter is over, time to make Egg Salad!
Use a Pastry Blender to mix and cut up the eggs. You won’t believe how quickly you will be done!


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Go Green In Your Kitchen With Bamboo!

Posted on 04 April 2009 by noelskitchen

Benefits of Bamboo

We’re always looking to develop new products that are environmentally responsible.  The Pampered Chef offers a beautiful line of Bamboo products, both for cooking and entertaining. Bamboo is a grass that’s naturally beautiful, extremely durable and a renewable resource.
As the fastest growing plant on the planet, bamboo can be harvested every 3-5 years and naturally replenishes itself. And, because bamboo doesn’t absorb moisture or conduct heat, it’s perfect for kitchenware and serveware.

 


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The Meal Planner's Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration and Feeding Young Children

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The Meal Planner's Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration and Feeding Young Children

Posted on 27 March 2009 by noelskitchen

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The Meal Planner’s Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration and Feeding Young Children

My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility; therefore- I will increase their pleasure by preparing a variety of dishes attractive in color and form and pleasing in flavor and texture.

 In MOST homes it is not convenient or practical for the children to eat meals entirely different from those that are prepared for the grown-ups. From the time the baby begins to receive solid food, the objective should be to teach him to like and to eat everything his/her parents eat, and in just the same form. Actually a child’s meal should be tailored to fit him or her just as their clothes are. What it does mean, is that food prejudices should not be allowed to develop in the growing child, if he or she is to grow up healthy, well-nourished and happy.

One of the most important influences on a child’s attitude toward food, I believe, is his or her parents attitude. If the father dislikes vegtables and says so, the child is likely to copy his father’s dislike and refusal of vegtables. (Parents are role models, our children at this age want to be just like us). If the mother dislikes some particular food and never serves it at home, the child will not become aquainted with it and may never learn to like it.

Parents who conquer their own food dislikes, lest they influence the children, are benefiting not only the youngsters but themselves in the long run; since it is difficult to eat a well-balanced diet if one has a number of food predjudes.

Noel’s Kitchen Tips offers Cooking Workshops  focusing on “Kids In The Kitchen”  for familes, children’s classrooms, groups, and organizations.  For a small fee of $15 per child your child will receive a personalized tote with kid friendly kitchen tools and recipes to take with them. For more information, please contact .

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The Meal Planner’s Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration and Feeding Young Children

Posted on 27 March 2009 by noelskitchen

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The Meal Planner’s Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration and Feeding Young Children

My family’s enjoyment of food is my responsibility; therefore- I will increase their pleasure by preparing a variety of dishes attractive in color and form and pleasing in flavor and texture.

 In MOST homes it is not convenient or practical for the children to eat meals entirely different from those that are prepared for the grown-ups. From the time the baby begins to receive solid food, the objective should be to teach him to like and to eat everything his/her parents eat, and in just the same form. Actually a child’s meal should be tailored to fit him or her just as their clothes are. What it does mean, is that food prejudices should not be allowed to develop in the growing child, if he or she is to grow up healthy, well-nourished and happy.

One of the most important influences on a child’s attitude toward food, I believe, is his or her parents attitude. If the father dislikes vegtables and says so, the child is likely to copy his father’s dislike and refusal of vegtables. (Parents are role models, our children at this age want to be just like us). If the mother dislikes some particular food and never serves it at home, the child will not become aquainted with it and may never learn to like it.

Parents who conquer their own food dislikes, lest they influence the children, are benefiting not only the youngsters but themselves in the long run; since it is difficult to eat a well-balanced diet if one has a number of food predjudes.

Noel’s Kitchen Tips offers Cooking Workshops  focusing on “Kids In The Kitchen”  for familes, children’s classrooms, groups, and organizations.  For a small fee of $15 per child your child will receive a personalized tote with kid friendly kitchen tools and recipes to take with them. For more information, please contact .

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The Cook's Creed: Daily Kitchen Inspiration

Posted on 24 March 2009 by noelskitchen

 

 

The Cook’s Creed: Daily Cooking Inspiration

 

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I’m always rummaging through my cookbooks to get ideas not only on what to make but on ideas on what variety of foods that I can use for a meal to make it my own. But most important is the presentation of the food and how it taste.  If the food is not appealing to the eye, our palate will not enjoy it as it should.  Thus, this is my inspirational tip for the day……

My family’s enjoyment of food is in my care; therefore- I will prepare and serve all food as appealing to the eye and palate as I can.

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