Great information I wanted to share

I was cruzing through twitter and found this web site…I found the site to be very useful and thought you would also like it. Check it out for any information you may need on kitchen gadgets. http://www.only-cookware.com/

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LARGE spaghetti recipe

I know everyone is extremely busy and I am grateful that you are reading my posts. There are a few things that we do in our home to make week night meals easier with that home cooked taste. One of these things I do is to make a large stock pot of Spaghetti sauce and freeze it. I have not been able to test how long this sauce will stay fresh in the freezer because we eat it too fast! I know they will last at least two months. When freezing the sauce I use a food saver vacuum sealer. If you don’t have one a regular Ziploc bag or plastic container should work. This is a large recipe that will take most of the day but frozen portions only need to be reheated to serve.

Spaghetti Sauce

5 lbs ground beef

4 onions chopped

5 cloves garlic diced

2 gallons diced tomatoes (crushed tomatoes will work also)

8 15 oz cans tomato paste

1 cup Spicy Spaghetti seasoning

4 bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot brown ground beef, onions and garlic drain. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, spicy spaghetti seasoning, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Put on medium heat for 4-6 hours stirring occasionally until the flavors are married nicely. Be sure not to scorch the bottom. Cool in refrigerator for several hours (I usually let it cool overnight) then transfer to one quart containers and freeze. It makes approximately 8 quarts.

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non-stick information continued

A couple of days ago, I blogged on some interesting facts on the non-stick cookware coating Teflon or PTFE. Since most of the cookware manufactured today does not contain PTFE I wanted to talk about what this popular type of cookware is made with. One of these coatings is a mixture of titanium and ceramic can be sandblastedonto the pan surface, and then firedto 2,000 °C (3,630 °F). The next type, Thermolon is a trademark of the Thermolon Corporation. Thermolon is a patented mineral polymer based on silicon oxides. The Thermolon Corporation claims that its coating provides environmental benefits related not only to the absence of any toxic chemicals, but also to the lower curing temperature of the coating, which reduces energy use. Ecolon (Ecologically-friendly Nylon) is a ceramic-glass reinforced Nylon 6(Perlon) coating, commonly used in cookware. The manufacturers claim that Ecolon coatings are highly resistant to scratches caused by utensils, metallic cleaning pads and abrasives, and withstand high temperatures, leading to greater durability. Ecolon remains stable at up to 450°C. These new and improved non-stick maybe as affective as Teflon without the health concerns but my favorite form of cookware is still cast iron. It has been around for hundreds of years, and when people began seasoning cast iron not only does it protect it from rusting it is naturally non-stick. I don’t know the specifics of all types of non-stick but I hope this bit of information can help you make an informed decision when it comes the equipment in your kitchen.

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Caffeine Addict’s Quiz

I hate to admit it but this is totally ME!

Caffeine Addict’s Quiz: Do you want to know if you suffer from “Alertness Deficit Disorder” (ADD)? Then just take this simple quiz. These questions will help us to determine whether or not you suffer from this terrible affliction; the only known cure for which is caffeine. ADD takes the lives of millions of Americans, hundreds of Canadians, and a handful of Ugandans every year. If that doesn’t scare you, let’s just say that you are more susceptible than anyone else. YES, YOU! If you suffer from this disease, missing just one trip to Starbucks could be FATAL. The following series of Yes/No questions will allow us to determine your Addiction Factor(TM). Keep track of the number of Yes and No answers you get and chart yourself at the end. Remember: Prevention is the best medicine. Or was it laughter? Either way, read on.1. Do you use coffee to escape from your problems?

2. Do you eat spoonfuls of instant coffee because it’s easier?

3. Have you ever woken up in a puddle of your own coffee?

4. Do you find that it’s easier to drink more coffee than go to sleep?

5. Have you ever drunk cold coffee?

b) Right out of the pot?

6. Do you spend more than 20% of your income on coffee and/or coffee related products?

7. Does your coffee cup resemble a beer stein?

8. Has anyone ever told you that you “have a problem”?

9. Do you need coffee:

a) …to get up in the morning?

b) …to get out of bed?

c) …to be injected intravenously to stimulate blood-flow?

10. Do you own a “Coffee Helmet”? (For the culturally ignorant, a coffee- helmet is a hat with coffee-cups attached to it and a straw coming out of each leading to the mouth, used for hands-free drinking.)

11. Do Native North American Aboriginal Indian Peoples call you “Ona mac towanda” (Smells-like- coffee)?

12. Does your doctor measure your heartbeat on the Richter scale as well as by its frequency?

13. Have you ever sold personal or other people’s possessions just to get your fix for the day?

14. Does the phrase “swiss water decaffienated” strike terror into your heart?

15. Do you have a coffee maker in more than one room of your house?

b) …in more than five?

c) …in your bathroom?

16. Do the people at Second Cup refuse do give you free coffee cards anymore?

b) …because you’re wearing out their hole-punch?

c) …and it’s bad for the environment?

17. Do you grind your own coffee?

18. Do you grow your own coffee?

19. Have you ever been fired from a job because you’re “drinking their profits”?

20. Do you know Juan Valdez?

b) …and his donkey?

c) …intimately?

21. Do you salivate uncontrollably whenever you hear dripping water?

22. Is sleep a hobby of yours?

b) …that you don’t like?

c) …because it’s too frustrating?

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Don’t get stuck on Non-stick

Teflon a product that has become a household name in the last several decades was not originally developed for household use. The products chemical name polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE was accidently stumbled upon in 1938 by Dr. Roy Pluckett a chemist working with the DuPont corporation. Its original use was during the Manhattan project during World War II and was regarded as a military secret until after the war when DuPont began planning its commercial uses.

The non stick surface is very helpful in the kitchen because cooking requires lot less oil to move the food around in the pan. Since the non stick coating doesn’t allow many foods to stick clean up is also a breeze. One of the draw backs with Teflon is it requires plastic spatula to keep from scratching the coating. There has also been speculation of possible negative effects from using PTFE-coated cooking pans. If overheated in excess of 349 °C or 660 °F the PTFE coating begins to dissociate, releasing byproducts which can cause polymer fume fever in humans and can be lethal to birds.

Today most non stick pans do not always use Teflon. There are safe and useful alternatives to PTFE a mixture of titanium and ceramic, anodized aluminum, and other non-PTFE compounds. In later blogs I will go more into depth of safe alternatives to PTFE containing coatings.

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No bake cookies that your kids will love

Now that most kids are out of school this is an easy no bake cookie that your kids will love!

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

2 cups  powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup  peanut butter

1-1/2 pkg. (12 squares) (I use Baker’s) semi-sweet chocolate
 

Line a 9×9-inch baking pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Set aside.
Melt butter. Add sugar, graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter; mix well. Spread into prepared pan.
Microwave chocolate in double-boiler (or microwaveable bowl on high for1-1/2 to 2 min.) until melted, stirring consistently. Cool slightly; pour over peanut butter mixture in pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until set (I go into the fridge every 15 minutes or so to cut through the chocolate layer – otherwise the squares will crack/break and not look pretty – this is really necessary). 

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Top 10 Signs You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food

 The Top 10 Signs You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food:

10. Your green beans are attempting a split flanking maneuver on your clearly surprised mashed potatoes.  

9. Whenever Gallagher appears on TV, your watermelon leaps up, grabs the remote and shuts off the set.  

8. It tastes the same, but now the asparagus leaves your bathroom smelling April fresh.  

7. You use the leftover chicken as a nightlight for your kid’s room.  

6. The label says that your buffalo chicken wings are made from REAL flying bison.  

5. An apple a day… cures leukemia.

4. Family of seven, one turkey — yet everyone gets a drumstick.

3. Your Ginsu knives are suddenly afraid of the tomatoes.  

2. Chocchini: Looks like zucchini, tastes like a Ding-Dong.    

… and the #1 Sign You’re Eating Genetically Modified Food:  

1. A SWAT team is ordering the Chalupa to drop *you*.

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