Tips and Tools
While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.
I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!
You all know how much I LOVE to systematize things so they take less time and run more efficiently… right?
Well today, I’m sharing a little more about Blue Apron — a fabulous meal planning service that might just completely simplify, streamline, and systematize your weekly meals!
Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.
I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…
I eat a MASSIVE amount of hard boiled eggs — but I don’t actually “boil” them.
This fool-proof oven-baked method is so simple, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever actually BOIL a hard boiled egg again!
I’ve always LOVED making my own bread… I love the feel of the dough between my fingers, I love the smell wafting from the oven, and of course, I love the taste of it. However, after Nora was born, I just stopped making the time for bread baking.
Since then, I have come up with a super quick, super easy, nearly fool-proof way to enjoy homemade bread with almost no effort… as of today, my “secret” is out!
If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?
I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.
Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, Dave and Nora share my love for this super frugal, super simple weeknight meal.
However, I recently had the desire to try substituting Spaghetti Squash for pasta in some of our favorite recipes… and today, I’m sharing our thoughts on this healthier swap!
Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?
Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!
Although I really do enjoy cooking and baking, my goal is to do as much as I can while spending as LITTLE time in the kitchen as possible.
Today I’m sharing several of my favorite kitchen quick tips that have saved me oodles of time, money, and energy in the kitchen.
Dave and I are HUGE egg lovers! In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to go through 2 dozen eggs per week (or more). So I was pretty bummed when I wanted to do some holiday baking last week and only had 1 egg left in the house.
Thankfully, I found a few super simple recipes for egg substitutions (specifically for baking) — and I’m happy to report that they worked REALLY well!
While I’m not trying to rush my most favorite holiday away, I also know that by tomorrow evening, some of you might be stranded in your kitchen with piles and piles of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers — and no desire to spend hours in the kitchen dealing with them all.
Today, I’m sharing a bunch of simple recipes and ideas I use to repurpose our Thanksgiving leftovers!
Dave and I love casseroles — especially in the cooler fall and winter months when warm leftovers for lunch the next day really hit the spot!
Today, I’m sharing a super simple casserole recipe — AND a casserole-making tip I use regularly to reduce the number of dirty dishes I need to wash and reduce the amount of time it takes me to get dinner on the table. Win, win!
I’m a big fan of semi-homemade meals and baked goods. These recipes usually take a fraction of the time and effort of 100% from scratch recipes, but they taste so much better than straight “from-a-box” foods.
The brownie recipe I’m sharing today is no exception. No one believes me when I say it all starts with a basic boxed brownie mix… I even had Dave fooled the first time I made them!
When we finally finished our summer-long landscaping project, Dave and I decided to have a bunch of friends over for a backyard BBQ. Of course, our friends were all on board for a free dinner… however, we opted for a homemade soup and bread buffet over traditional BBQ foods.
Today, I’m sharing the recipes I used, how I organized this event, and how I managed to feed 28 people for around $90 total!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve shared many pictures, recipes, and tips for cooking/baking in bulk in attempts to keep our freezer stocked. And whenever I mention my freezer cooking/baking sessions, I always get a handful of questions asking how I do it with a toddler (or any number of small children).
So today, I’m sharing 5 simple tips that helped me get back in my “baking-in-bulk groove” after Nora was born.
As I’m sure you can tell by looking through my recipe box, I am NOT a gourmet chef. I don’t cook fancy foods, I don’t use hard-to-find or expensive ingredients, I don’t spend all day in the kitchen, and I don’t use complicated recipes. In fact, I rarely use recipes at all these days!
Today, I’m sharing 4 simple tips that will hopefully motivate you to be a little more adventuresome in the kitchen… and try cooking without a detailed recipe!
I love having a stocked freezer, but I’m not willing to buy loads of extra pans and baking dishes. Plus, when we had a smaller freezer, we didn’t have room for so many large pans.
So for the past several years, I’ve been using a really simple technique that allows me to freeze as much food as I want without “wasting” all my pots and pans.
Although I’m an advocate for “everything in moderation,” I know there are huge benefits to eating “Real Foods”. So today, I’m really excited to share my friend Katie’s new eBook: Better Than a Box.
Katie is giving away 100 copies of her eBook to the first 100 Simple Organized Living readers to claim them…plus she has a free printable Real Food substitutions chart for everyone!!
Last week, I snatched up a huge bag of Michigan apples on the discount produce rack… and while many were still good for eating, a few were quite bruised and mushy.
So instead of baking bread or a pie, I decided to make a very small batch of homemade applesauce… in the microwave. After cooking the apples for 8 minutes, the sauce was ready, and my kitchen smelled fabulous!
One of my favorite comfort foods is pasta — any type of pasta, any type of sauce. I love pasta! It doesn’t hurt that almost all pasta dishes are simple to prepare, made with frugal ingredients that I almost always have on hand, and they freeze well!
Today, I’m sharing a new favorite pasta recipe and a super simple tip for stuffing pasta shells.