Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cooking Song of the Day!


Today in 1952 David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads, was born in Dumbarton, Scotland. The group's biggest hit was Burning Down the House, which went to No. 9 on the charts in 1983.

Now I know cooking can be challenging at times...so to prevent you from wanting to burn down your house out of frustration in the kitchen I thought I'd share a few tips to keep you calm and cool.

- Breathe in and breathe out…then do a happy dance. Less stress in the kitchen will move the entire cooking process along quicker.

- If you forget to soak wooden skewers, boil them in a shallow pan for 5 to 10 minutes

- Slightly wet the surface of a baking pan before lining it with foil. It’ll make it much easier to do.

- Use a serrated grapefruit knife to quickly hull strawberries.

- Make use of all those kitchen gadgets you’ve bought over the years. They are there to save you time.

- An apple corer can be used to remove cucumber seeds so you can create cucumber rings that can be stuffed with your favorite filling for a quick bite.

- Make a customized grill caddy by buying a plastic tote and filling it with all your grilling gear so you never have to go searching for it.

- Asking for help in the kitchen is always a good idea.

- Grow potted herbs on your kitchen counter top so you always have fresh herbs available.

- Freeze unused wine in ice cubes trays so you can use them later when making sauces.

- Marinate meats and fish during the day so they are ready to be cooked when you get home.

Please do your part and share a tip to help others extinguish their fire burning frustration in the kitchen. Thank-you!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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