Category Archives: Money Savers

Senior or Other Discount Reminder

To always remember to ask for senior or other discounts that might be available to you, use a magic marker and note the discount name on your credit card – front and back, also put a stick note in your check book.

I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.

Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

Seminar and conference group presentations or workshops available regarding food, cooking, nutrition, and other related subjects.

I am also available to do food presentations of products in stores, etc.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

CORNSTARCH ABSORBS AND SHINES

CORNSTARCH ABSORBS AND SHINES
To clean windows and mirrors, mix 2 quarts of warm water with 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Apply with a sponge and buff dry for a sparkling shine.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “class” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.

Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

 

Baking Soda Cuts Grease

BAKING SODA CUTS GREASE
Baking soda’s mild abrasive action makes it a great stovetop and oven cleaner. Mix with a little vinegar and scrub.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “class” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.

Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

 

Natural Cleaner for Brass and Copper

LEMONS MAKE COPPER AND BRASS SPARKLE
Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle it with salt (any kind — even sea salt) and rub surface until it is clean. Rinse well with water. Do not use lemons on brass-plated items.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “class” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.

Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

 

USE FLOUR TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL

USE FLOUR TO CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL
Flour is wonderful to buff and polish a stainless steel sinks. Sprinkle a little bit into a dry, clean sink. Buff well with a soft cloth or paper towel. Then, just push the flour down the drain. flush drain well with cold water.  Then put a little cooking oil on a towel and rub the sink with the oil.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “class” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.

Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “you are special” gifts or any other reason.

Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.

I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net

Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “class” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.

Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website. I can also be reached at 608-240-9773.

Save time when baking turkeys

Consider buying two small turkeys instead of one large one. They cook in about half the time and are easier to lift. Bonus, 4 drumsticks instead of 2 if your family likes drumsticks.
There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates are available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups, along with team building events. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Dates in Baking/Cooking

Save money and chop your own dates instead of purchasing the pre-chopped dates. Spray your scissors or knife with cooking spray and cut or chop to desired size. The spray keeps them from sticking to the knife or scissors. Dipping the knife or scissors in water is another way to keep them from sticking. You can also freeze the dates for 1 to 2 hours which make them easier to cut/chop.

Eight ounces of pitted dates yeild about 1 1/2 cups of chopped dates.

Dates can be stored in your cupboard in an airtight container, the refrigerator or the freezer for extended time.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Substitute Broth with Bouillon

To substitute for canned or homeade chicken broth, dissolve 2 chicken bouillon cubes or 2 teaspons instant chicken bouillon in 1 1/2 cups boiling water to yield 1 1/2 cups chicken broth as might be called for in your recipe. Low-sodium versions of bouillon are available to reduce salt in your recipe. Conversion amounts are also listed on the bouillon package or jar. This saves money, and space in your cupboard.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

Potatoe , tips on buying, types, cooking, storage amd more

POTATOES

INTRODUCTION:

Potatoes are native to the Peruvian Andes and are in the eggplant and tomato family (also known as the nightshade family). Potatoes come in many varieties, shapes and colors. Whichever you choose, they all can be prepared the same way, but each has a slightly different taste and texture. When cooking new potatoes, whether boiled, baked or French fried, eat the peel, too, since it is vitamin-packed.

VARIETIES:

Russet usually called Idaho no matter where it is grown: Has a brownish, russet-colored skin with smooth netting. It is oblong in shape with shallow eyes. It has a thick skin and a high starch content. It is excellent for baking, frying and mashing, but can be used for all purposes. They tend to fall apart when boiled or pan-roasted. It has a mealy texture. Eat skin and all.

Long White: Originating in California, has a thin skin, not a great deal of starch, and is good for boiling or homestyle frying.

Round White: The potato of the Northeast is smooth-skinned potato of all-round use.

Red & White New Potatoes: The new potato gets its name from the fact it is dug up before maturity. They have a thin skin that is easily removed. They are excellent for boiling whole in their skins or jackets and eaten with the skin on. Just mash them and butter them on your plate. This type is used for boiling, creaming, frying and in salads, or any way you choose.

Blue or Purple Potato sometimes called Black: This is a novelty item. It has blue skin and the flesh is blue all the way to the center. It has good flavor and can be baked or boiled, or served the same way as other potatoes.

Yukon Gold and Carola or yellow: These are yellow fleshed and make naturally buttery mashed potatoes and come in various sizes though the flavor stays the same. Their skin is thin, smooth and the potato is creamy, best boiled or fried.

Red skinned potatoes: These are dense and waxy and have a relatively little starch content and hold their shape well when boiled or roasted.

Fingerlings: These are sweet-tasting, tender and best roasted, steamed or microwaved and eaten as finger food.

HOW TO BUY:

Look for potatoes that are uniform in size to make cooking easier, or choose a bag of various sizes to suit different preparation methods, ie, large for peeling, small for boiling, etc. Mature baking potatoes should be dry, firm and well shaped. The eyes should be shallow and well-shaped. Avoid potatoes that are wilted or have cuts and bruises, or sprouts; they will not store well and will have to be used in a few days. They should not have a strong odor. Smell the bag before buying.

NUTRITIVE VALUE:
Potatoes are packed with vitamins. They are high in Vitamin C and have a good supply of Vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron and calcium; they are high in carbohydrates (mainly starch). They are not as fattening as people believe. They become laden with calories only when you fry them and add butter and sour cream. One medium baked potato contains 90 calories; boiled-105 calories; 10 potato chips-115; 10 French fries-155; 1 cup mashed potatoes with milk and butter added has 195.

MISCELLANEOUS TIPS:

If potatoes sprout, brush the sprouts off and discard, they are poisonous and will draw the nutrition out of the potato leaving it withered and rubbery.

Old potatoes should be started to cook in cold water, while new potatoes should start to cook in hot water. Mashed potatoes are fluffier if a pinch of baking powder or egg white is added during the beating time.

Save the cooking water from cut potatoes and freeze for soup stock or use in making gravy. If soup, gravy, etc. is too salty, add raw potato to it and the potato will absorb the excess salt. Then discard the potato if desired.

Left over mashed potatoes make a cream of potato soup by adding milk, butter, fresh minced parsley, bacon (fried) onion salt, and pepper.

Microwave: Prick potato with fork before baking. To speed time, wrap in plastic before baking.

Baked: Wash and dry. Pierce before baking to avoid exploding. To give a baked potato extra tender skin, rub it with butter, wrap it in foil and bake it in 350º to 400º oven or bake unwrapped. Special nails can be purchased which speed the time of baking potatoes.

Avoid potatoes with a greenish cast a (giveaway for the presence of solanine). They have seen to much light and will likely be bitter and if eaten in large quantities are toxic.. Keep potatoes in cool (but not refrigerated), dark, well ventilated place.

Rinse potatoes after slicing, etc. before adding to casseroles, etc. to avoid discoloration. Keep in cold water until used to avoid darkening from the starch reacting to the air.

There are many, many entries on this web site. Be sure to scroll back through to the beginning for all the recipes and tips. The “calendar” area has class listings of many types of classes and locations that I teach cooking, homemade pet foods, homemade soap and personal products and many more items. If you would like a class in “home-making”, sewing without a machine or with a machine or any other subject, please contact me and we can arrange a class in my home or any location of your choice. Please contact me for more details. Classes for all ages are available, including children – hands-on or presentational style.
Gift certificates area available for weddings, holidays or “your are special” gifts or any other reason.
Team building with cooking classes is fun. Join co-workers and create recipes or learn about each other while cooking.
I am available to teach cooking classes or food related subjects in your home or give presentations or classes for your organizations or groups. Contact me at the following e-mail address:
creativecook@sbcglobal.net
Cooking classes currently scheduled can be viewed by clicking on the “Calendar” icon. The schedules will be updated as they change.
Interactive questions, comments, suggestions, etc. can also be posted on this website.

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