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How to Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Reduce Workload

While you can deep clean your kitchen once every 4-5 months there’s a little bit you can do on a day to day basis to ensure your deep cleaning isn’t too hectic. So what is it that you should do as daily kitchen maintenance? Well, here’s KitchenGuyd’s list of 5 things you can do to lower workload and avoid a mess in the kitchen and in the process keep that smile on.

1. Empty the dishes out

Cooking with a sink or dishwasher full of dishes is tough plus it’s more likely that most of the needed cookware’s already for a wash. So the first and foremost step before you prep for the cook is to empty out the sink or dishwasher.

Also, the longer you leave the dishes the harder they are to clean as the grease and dirt stains tend to dry up thus requiring the extra bit of scrubbing and soaking.

2. Do monthly maintenance checks

Well, not exactly a deep clean but cleaning or running a maintenance check on a few important utensils and other cookware on a monthly basis can save you precious time. One such cookware is your stove.

Ensure you clean the burn stains and get rid of the rust. Apart from that, even knives tend to catch rust and lose sharpness over time. Clean it with some lemon juice to rid of rust and use a whetstone to keep it sharp.

3. Clean the countertop

From chopping, slicing to even using appliances like a blender, juicer etc. is going to take place on the kitchen countertop and an overloaded countertop can reduce work rate. Also, it makes the kitchen seem disorganized and smaller.

With a clean countertop, your kitchen will look neat, larger and also energize plus you’ll have greater will to cook. Clear the countertop off all the dirt and unrequired appliances after every cook.

Clean the countertop

4. Find the right cleaning accessories

A damp cloth or a brush isn’t always the best way to clean your kitchen and worse is if you realize midway that you either don’t have all the necessary tools or you simply can’t find them. Don’t stuff up the cupboards or storage spaces with tons of cleaning material.

A lot of the cleaners can be made at home itself within 10-15 minutes while a lot of the cleaning can be done with lime and vinegar itself.

5. Oil the wooden accessories

Most of the wooden accessories need a little maintenance but are most often neglected. Wooden spoons, cutting boards etc. are handy and also safer to use as compared to metal or plastic accessories and maintaining them requires 5 minutes.

All you need to do is rub a little oil on them once a week. It will save you the cost and time spent on buying new accessories.

Clean Kitchen

Cake

Pukis Cake Recipe For Your Kitchen

Pukis is a typical traditional cake and bakerycourses.in give us this recipe. This cake is made from dough of eggs, sugar, flour, yeast and coconut milk. The dough was then poured into molds and baked. Pukis can be said is actually a modification of the waffle. The variation is varied, given a sprinkling of chocolate eggs, cheese, sliced meats, or nuts.

Pukis cakes have a distinctive shape and color. The top is yellow and the bottom is browned. Pukis easily found in pastry shops and sidewalk vendors in Indonesia. And because it is rarely easy to find this cake is served at feasts.

Ingredients:

  • 180 ml coconut milk
  • ½ tablespoon instant yeast
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 g granulated sugar
  • 150 g flour

 

Method:

  • Cook the coconut milk until boiling. Lift. Let stand until warm.
  • Stir the yeast with warm water until frothy.
  • Beat eggs and sugar until thick and fluffy.
  • Add the flour bit by bit while stirring until blended.
  • Enter the yeast solution. Stir well.
  • Add the coconut milk, stir well. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Heat the mold Pukis over medium heat, polish with a little vegetable oil / margarine.
  • Pour the batter into the molds until the hole is almost full.
  • After the edges dry. Lift Pukis.Cheers!

4 Ways to Maintain Pellet Stoves

You would be surprised to know how many people choose to ignore the basic hygiene rules and avoid cleaning their pellet stoves after using it. A lot of food items and debris get stuck to these stoves and they use it yet again without any cleaning up first. This is really harmful to both the stove and your health. If you are looking for something good then pellet stoves, then you can give a try to best pellet smoker reviews. So, make sure you maintain and clean your pellet stoves regularly. Not sure how to do it?

We have mentioned 4 ways in which you can easily maintain your pellet stove:

Wipe your pellet stove after every use

One of the best ways to keep a check on your pellet stove and to ensure that there will be no rusting or accidental fires is by keeping your smoker free of any drips that might have occurred during the cooking. You need to take a damp rag and wipe up all the drips on the surface of the smoker so that it won’t get stuck to the smoker and cause it to rust or corrode.

Replace its foil pan

If you tend to cook a lot of fatty meat like bacon or pork, then it would be advisable that you replace its foil pan to avoid a grease fire. You can do this by letting your smoker cool down first and then, once it has cooled down completely, replace its foil pan the next day of the grill. This will keep your pellet smoker clean again and you don’t have to worry about any kind of accidental fires from occurring.

Clean your pellet stove after each use

One of the best ways to maintain your pellet stove is by cleaning it regularly, especially after every use so that there are no clogging or blockages in your pellet stove which might result in a fire. You can clean your pellet stove by first running it at a high temperature for 10 minutes. This will help in melting any food item which might be stuck to your smoker. Then use a brush on your grill grate and brush out any debris or stuck food item from your smoker. Once you have done this, you need to turn off your smoker and let it cool down before you wipe it with a cloth. Make sure you remove the grease bucket and store it in a place where the animals cannot reach it.

Paint it when needed

You need to regularly inspect your pellet stove for any kind of damage or rust. If you notice that some part of the pellet stove has a peeling paint, then you need to immediately get a box of paint out and redo that area. This will help in keeping your pellet stove’s surface intact and will protect it from rusting.

So, now that you know how to maintain your pellet stove, why not go ahead and use these methods to take care of your pellet stove now? A good maintenance can make your pellet stove last much longer.…

Asparagus Recipe For Summer Living

Best Asparagus Recipe For Summer Living

When it comes to asparagus, I’ve been stuck in a rut.  Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, in the oven at 375 until cooked but still crunchy.   But thanks to my hubby, I’m now armed with a simple asparagus recipe that’s a real crowd pleaser.

Ok. I realize people have been wrapping asparagus in prosciutto for quite some time and maybe this is old news to you, but my recipes is healthier and has a special twist, so keep reading…

I’m always learning new things about nutrition.  Recently, as part of my Precision Nutrition Super Coach Certification, we studied the association between the consumption of processed meats and heart disease/diabetes.  Sorry folks, but there is a direct correlation between eating processed meats (bacon, ham, hot-dogs, baloney, prosciutto) and heart disease/diabetes.  Here’s what you need to know…

  • Processed meats are higher in sodium which will increase your blood pressure.
  • Processed meats contain nitrates that can lead to an impaired insulin response (whaaat?)
  • Processed meats are cooked at high temperatures, which create compounds that are potential carcinogens.
  • 1 serving a day will increase your risk of heart disease by 42%
  • 1 serving a day will increase your risk of diabetes by 19%

Asparagus Recipe For Summer Living2

So now you know.  Prosciutto might be leaner than baloney or salami, but it’s still processed meat, which means it needs to be consumed in moderation.  That being said, I buy prosciutto about once a month (I used the leftovers from this recipes to create an amazing Strawberries and Prosciutto with Lime and Maple Syrup).  It’s a great little flavor bomb!  Just don’t eat it everyday and use it sparingly in recipes.  Problem solved.

As I said earlier, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus isn’t my genius invention.  It’s all over Pinterest; spears of asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and served as individual finger food.   Here’s my problem with that.  You need to be eating at least two servings of vegetables with every meal and you’d need to eat a whole lotta prosciutto to get your veggies this way.

When my husband first decided to make this recipe, I told him there was no way we were eating 10 slices of prosciutto each, so we decided to create bundles.  Five or seven spears of asparagus for every slice.  Now that’s a healthy treat!

The other twist in this recipe is the fresh herb marinade (which is not necessary, but takes this recipes from good to “more please”).  We chopped up fresh herbs and marinated the asparagus with some olive oil for about an hour before we wrapped them in salty prosciutto and fired up the BBQ.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Ingredients (Serves 2-3)

  • 1 bundle of asparagus (buy the slimmest ones you can find for tenderness)
  • 4-6 slices of prosciutto
  • olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh herbs (I used basil, thyme, rosemary, and sage)
  • pepper (you don’t need extra salt with this recipe)

Step-By-Step

  • Break off the ends of each asparagus stem (they break off naturally at the right spot).
  • Chop your herbs and mix them with about 2 tbsp of olive oil and a couple of grinds of pepper.
  • Mix your asparagus with the marinade and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Wrap 5 to 7 spears of marinated asparagus with 1 slice of prosciutto.
  • Roast in the oven at 375 or on the BBQ at medium high for about 7 to 10 minutes.  Just long enough to cook the asparagus but keep it crunchy.

Now imagine these salty crunchy bundles, nestled up next to a big juicy steak and a side of salad.  Perfection!

There is no reason not to eat your veggies during the summer.  There is so much fresh produce; the possibilities are endless.  Habit #3 that I teach my clients: eat 2 servings of veggies with every meal.  What are you eating tonight?…

Fiddlehead Fern

Fiddlehead Fern Recipe

It’s fiddlehead season! Considered a seasonal delicacy for us Canadians, fiddleheads are the edible shoots of the ostrich fern that you can only find during the spring.  I decided to put together some ideas on how to prepare them, including my own fiddlehead recipe with wild mushroom butter.

I was so happy to see a large bin of fiddleheads at the grocery store this week.  I bought a huge bag and have been eating them daily!

Before I move onto the recipes, you need to learn how to clean them.  Believe it or not, fiddleheads can be poisonous if eaten raw or partially cooked.

  • Your first step is to thoroughly clean them by removing as much leftover brown husk as you can and rinsing them under running water.  If your fiddleheads are store-bought, they most likely don’t have much of the husk left.
  • Your second step is to boil them in a large pot of water for 15 minutes.  Drain all the water when you are done and rinse the fiddleheads.
  • At this point, I usually rinse them thoroughly again and pick off any remaining brown pieces of husk that are still clinging on.
  • Now you are ready to saute, roast, or add your fiddleheads to any recipe.

Typically, I saute my fiddleheads with butter and garlic in a frying pan, but I decided to try something new this year.  I’ve wanted to make a wild mushroom butter for quite some time and thought wild fiddleheads would be the perfect companion.

You can make your wild mushroom butter the easy way by purchasing a wild mushroom sauce mix (I like Untamed Feast) or you can make your own by simply pulverizing any kind of dried wild mushroom in a coffee grinder.  Melt about 1/4 of a cup of butter in a sauce pan and stir in about 2-3 tbsp of wild mushroom mix.

Roasted Fiddleheads with Wild Mushroom Butter

Roasted Fiddleheads with Wild Mushroom Butter

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2-3 cups of cleaned and pre-cooked fiddleheads (see above and don’t skip this step)
  • 1/4 cup of wild mushroom butter (see above)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step-By-Step

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place fiddleheads on the parchment paper in a single layer and drizzle with the wild mushroom butter.
  • Add a couple of grinds of salt and pepper.
  • Roast in the oven for about 7-10 minutes.Do you have any tasty fiddlehead recipes?  Please share with me in the comments below.  I’m always looking for new ideas!

figs with nut and honey cheese.

Easy Fresh Fig Recipes

If you are looking for fresh fig recipes, look no further!  This one is healthy, easy, and requires zero cooking!  Now I can deal with that.

If you’re new to this blog, I live in BEAUtiful Invermere On The Lake, British Columbia.  Summer is by far my favorite season.  As an outdoor sports enthusiast, I get to play everyday, choosing between trail running, wake surfing, rock climbing, cross-country or downhill mountain biking, golfing, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, river-floating, or just plain lounging.

Without sounding too sassy, I must admit that my life is most people’s vacation.  Invermere is a tourist destination and city dwellers flock to my town all summer long.  Having left the Montreal scene almost ten years ago for a population of about 3000, I must say I have zero regrets.

Our summer holidays are usually spent back in Montreal or exploring another region of British Columbia, but this year, we have opted for a staycation.  My days will most likely look a lot like this…  Wake Up.  Work Out.  Make Breakfast. Play Outside.  Make Lunch.  Lounge By Lake.  Make Dinner.  Hang Out. Go To Bed.  Repeat.

fig & nut tartlets

 

It’s day one and I’ve already relaxed right into vacation mode.  I don’t have a schedule.  I don’t have any plans.  I am loving life.  I just woke up from a nap on my outdoor couch and decided to quickly share this easy fresh fig recipe with honey, feta, and pepper.

Although I eat primarily dairy and grain free, I like to dabble with dairy on special occasions.  I hosted a brown bag wine tasting about three weeks ago.  You pick a couple of varieties of wine and buy two or three different bottles ranging in price.  I gave everyone a sample of each wine and let them choose their favorite, while they enjoyed a variety of healthy appetizers all made from scratch.

I found fresh figs at our local grocery store and immediately thought of pairing them with the salty taste of feta cheese and a cooled Pinot Noir…  The sweet and salty pairing is amazing and my guests all agreed it was one of their favorite appetizers of the evening.

If you can’t find fresh figs, this feta and honey spread also happens to pair wonderfully with strawberries and nectarines.  You will likely have leftovers, which you can use to stuff chicken breasts or as a base on homemade thin crust pizza (I use ivory teff gluten free tortillas).

Fresh Figs with Feta, Honey, and Pepper

Fresh Figs

Ingredients (Makes 12 Figs)

  • 1 large tub of feta cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup of local honey to taste
  • 20-30 grinds of fresh pepper
  • 12 fresh figs (can’t find fresh figs… use fresh strawberries or nectarines)
  • a handful of almond slices to garnish (optional)

Step-By-Step

  • Combine the feta, honey, and pepper in a food processor.  Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Cut each fig into 4 pieces without cutting all the way through.  Don’t stress if you one piece fall off, as the cheese will help you stick it all back together.
  • Stuff each fig without about 2 tbsp of feta and honey spread.
  • Place figs on serving platter for larger gatherings or individual plates for a dinner party.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Next week, I’ll be posting another delicious fig recipe with roasted eggplant, blue cheese, and walnuts…  Don’t miss out.  Sign up for my newsletter and never miss a recipe!…

Restaurant

Opening of BLT Steak

BLT Steak makes its Southwestern debut today at the newly-renovated Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The $50-million renovation of the 71 year-old resort showcases its storied past while setting a visionary course for the future. Set amidst a beautiful desert landscape, the 307-seat restaurant’s dramatic fire pit and regional cacti complement priceless views of Camelback Mountain. In addition to Laurent Tourondel’s signature modern American steakhouse menu, weekly blackboard specials highlight southwestern flavors and are peppered with herbs from Camelback Inn’s on-site organic garden.

BLT, or Bistro Laurent Tourondel, is the personal stamp of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel, named 2007 Restaurateur of the Year by Bon Appétit magazine. BLT Steak opened in Manhattan in 2004 as a revolutionary modern American steakhouse and was named one of Esquire magazine’s “best new restaurants in America” shortly after receiving a two-star review from The New York Times. At BLT Steak, Tourondel elevates the classic American steakhouse with his signature style, French training and all-around finesse.

For reservations please call 480-905-7979.…