Just a Couple Ways to Make Your Life a Little Bit Easier in the Kitchen!

Save time in the kitchen when it comes to prepping food and make cooking easier with these genius kitchen hacks! From delicious homemade yogurt pops to shredding chicken in a flash, there’s a hack for everyone!

  1. Check your eggs for freshness by placing them in water – if it sinks it’s good, and if it floats it’s bad.
  2. Boil Chicken and then put it in a bowl and use a hand mixer for easy shredded chicken.
  3. Use a warm glass to soften a stick of butter quickly without putting it in a microwave or melting it.
  4. Push popsicle sticks through the lid of yogurt cups and put them in the freezer for a simple frozen yogurt pop.
  5. Use tongs to easily juice citrus without a special tool.
  6. Make your own buttermilk! Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup whole milk.
  7. Add a couple of large marshmallows to brown sugar to keep it from clumping and drying out.
  8. Chunk of eggshell in your bowl? Use the shell to scoop the little piece out.
  9. Keep potatoes from sprouting by storing them with apples.
  10. Keep avocados fresh longer by storing them with a chunk of onion.

The Perfect Breakfast in Bed for Your Valentine Sweetheart!

Do you have plans for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? If not, why not start their day off right with a lovely delicious breakfast in bed!

Show your signifcant other you care with heart shapped pancakes, eggs, and more! Everyone loves a special mdae breakfast just for them.

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  1. Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside.
  2. In a seperate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, food coloring, and vinegar.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until combined.
  4. Add in the melted butter and fold gently to mix.
  5. Preheat skillet to medium heat.
  6. Place your heart shaped cookie cutter in the pan and fill with a scoop of pancake mix.
  7. Cook and Enjoy!
  • heart shaped cookie cutters
  • watermelon
  • cantelope
  • berries
  1. Slice the cantelope and watermelon so that each slice is about 3cm thick.
  2. Using your cookie cutters, start cutting out heart shaped fruit from the slices.
  3. Once your bowl is full, top it off with a handful of blue berries for a burst of color.
  • 2 slices of bread (your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of jam
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese
  • butter
  • 1 egg
  1. Taking one slice of bread, spread a layer of jam on the slice and then top with your two slices of cheddar. Place second slice of bread on top.
  2. Heat your butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add your sandwich and begin to grill until it is golden brown.
  3. Before flipping the sandwich over, remove the sandwich from the pan and using a heart shapped cookie cutter, cut the centre out of the sandwich.
  4. Return the sandwich and the heart shapped centre to the skillet and begin to grill the opposite side.
  5. Immediately add the egg to the heart shaped hole and allow to cook.
  6. Lower heat slightly to ensure your sandwich does not burn while the egg is cooking.
  7. Once it is cooked to how you like it, remove the sandwich from the pan.
  8. Transfer to a plate and serve!
  • 1 sliced strawberry
  • a fresh strawberry for garnish
  • 3 ounces of champagne
  • 2 ounces of berry juice
  1. Place your sliced strawberry slices in the bottom of the champagne flute.
  2. Add the 2 ounces of berry juice to the flute.
  3. Top off with the 3 ounces of champagne and garnish with a strawberry.
  4. Cheers and enjoy!

12 Foods That We At Shared Hated As Kids, But Can’t Get Enough Of Now

A lot of things change from when we were kids. Physically, emotionally, everything changes. But a lot of other things change that aren’t quite quantifiable like, the music we listen to, the type of books we like, the sports we play, the people we hang out with, and of course, the food that we eat.  

The food that we enjoy on a personal level never stops evolving. Sure, some people are picky to a fault, but most people are willing to try new foods, and even give food that they used to hate a second chance.

I decided to find out what foods my coworkers hated as children, but have since pulled an abrupt turn on, and love now that they are adults. There are some foods you would expect on the list, but there are several that surprised me when I was getting responses back from people in the office.

I asked them all a simple question: Give me one food that you hated as kids, but you can’t get enough of now that you are adults. The answers came back in a flurry, with some striking similarities, but others that just blew me away.

I can understand not liking this as a child, if for nothing else than an aesthetics reason. Sure, it will make your pee smell a little funny, but add a little butter, salt and pepper, and you are off to the races. I’m glad they added this food to their repertoire.

Allrecipes

This blew me away, but not as much as the story that came with it. Apparently when her mom gave her perogies for the first time, she decided that she would make a sign with a crossed out perogie, and protest the food in her front yard for everyone to see.

Canadian Living

I have personally never tried a parsnip, so I can’t really say whether this is a big change in someone’s diet or not. They look pretty good, but I guess as a kid, you might find them unappetizing to look at?

Taste

This was one of the fist answers I got back, and the only thing that surprised me about it, is that several people actually started to enjoy eating these miniature little cabbages. I give props to anyone who has found a way to enjoy these, but I still haven’t found the magic recipe.

Food52

Everybody loves olive oil, but actually eating these little ovals can be difficult. When I asked them what changed their mind on these, “I tried my first martini.”

The Daring Gourmet

Eggs are fantastic, and they are a staple to any weekend morning meal. I was told by the person who brought back this answer that eggs used to make them gag, but now they eat them several times a week, and they don’t care how they are cooked.

Wikipedia

How are we doing so far? Do you agree with the answers that came back to my simple question?

Egg Hacks That Will Transform Your Breakfast

Making eggs can sometimes be a huge pain. From the yolk breaking, to shells ending up in your breakfast, it seems like they are the biggest hassle ever.

Making breakfast doesn’t have to be that frustrating, here are hacks to make cooking eggs a breeze, no matter how you like them made!

This can honestly be the most frustrating part of the egg making process. How many times have we all had to go digging into the slimy mess to get that tiny part of the shell that decided to fly off when you cracked it?

1. Flat surfaces

Try cracking your eggs on a flat surface rather than on a corner of a bowl. Doing this will prevent tiny bits of the shell from breaking off and falling into the bowl.

2. Egg shell scoop

If you still get little pieces of the shell in the egg, use the egg shell to scoop it up. This will save you time and the sliminess getting on your fingers.

This will solve the constant dilemma of eating shells for breakfast.

Hard boiling eggs is an extremely painful process. Luckily there are some ways to make it easier.

1. Baking soda boil

When boiling them, put in a small amount of baking soda to raise the PH which prevents them from sticking.

2. Blow removal

When cracking them, crack the top and bottom of the egg on a flat surface, take the bit of shell from the top and bottom, and then blow on the egg. This will remove the rest of the shell with no peeling involved.

3. Shake removal

Another (and probably the coolest) way, is once your egg is boiled, fill a pot with a small amount of water, not completely covering the egg. Then take a plate and place it on top of the pot, and shake it. After only a few seconds you will see that the shell has completely fallen off the egg.

4. Spoon removal

The final way, is to crack the shell on a flat surface, then slide a spoon under the already cracked shell, and turn the egg. This will remove the shell clean and easily.

Try these different hacks out and see which removal is easiest for you.

These Novelty Appliances For The Kitchen Will Turn You Into A Well-Seasoned Chef

If you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, then you are always looking for new ways to be more efficient, while keeping your favorite room looking stylish!

When something can make your food look straight out of a cooking show AND taste amazing, then you know it’s a deal.

Here are some of the best items that will help you go from amateur to chef quality food!

Listen, I love hard-boiled eggs, but I hate having to scoop them out of water, only to guess when they are cooked correctly. Stop mucking about with pots and pans, just rest your eggs in this automatic egg cooker and for consistently perfect hard-boils!

Buy it here while it’s on sale!

Are you still eating regular burgers? That is so 2017. Knock your BBQ patties up a notch with this incredibly easy to use burger press and add cheese, mushrooms, peppers or anything else! The options are endless!

It’s a steal if you buy it here!

But how do you keep your kitchen spotless with no effort at all? These next deals of course!

6 Foods You Should Never Microwave For Your Family’s Safety

The microwave is an incredible tool that has completely transformed the kitchen, but it’s not something that can safely be used for just anything.

You can save a lot of time with this machine, but many people seem to think that it is a magical box that somehow “heats” whatever is put inside of it.

Turns out, there’s quite a few things that you should keep out of your microwave, and it has nothing to do with radiation poisoning.

Eggs are delicious, and hard boiled eggs are some of the tastiest, and healthiest ways to eat them!

But don’t just pop one in your microwave to cook it faster. The moisture content inside the shell will heat rapidly, and the build-up of pressure will cause your snack to egg-splode!

Some recipes call for an addition of dried herbs, but if all you have are fresh bay leaves then you really don’t have time to wait for them to dry out in the afternoon sun.

Unfortunately you can’t just set a timer for a minute and get results, you’ll just end ruining your herbs.

We’ve covered this before, but a lot of people are still trying to thaw out their forgotten frozen foods by using the microwave.

Not only does this create a breeding ground for bacteria, but instead of defrosting the meat, you end up just cooking the outsides while the center remains frozen.

Check out these other non-microwavable items, you might be putting your infant in danger if you use it for one of them.

The Secret Tricks To Making The Perfect Boiled Egg Every Time

Look, it’s not as though we don’t trust you. Really we do, but I’m sure we all know someone who claims to be a chef extraordinaire when they probably shouldn’t even be standing too close to a toaster. So for everyone’s sake, we’ll begin with the basics.

Let’s get cracking!

Not literally of course. But a mistake people often make is not adding enough water to the pot, which causes some issues. First being that the egg may not heat evenly if the water doesn’t cover it completely. You’ll also have trouble if you are dropping it into the water and it cracks, as part of the egg will leak out and compromise the yolk.

Protip: Bring the water to boil before adding the egg. It cooks faster and more evenly!

Later, when you are serving the egg, you don’t want the shell to be too difficult to remove. Fix this by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to the boiling water. Others say that white vinegar is the way to go.

You can also add salt now to make the egg more flavorful, unless you prefer your yolks au natural.

Next we’ll go over egg-sact cooking times!

Gordon Ramsay Just Shared His Go-To American Breakfast Recipe And We Want It Now

The French have croissants and Italians have cafe lattes, but nothing beats a classic American diner-style breakfast consisting of eggs, potato hash, greasy bacon and a side of beans.

Finest America

Even renowned chef Gordon Ramsay agrees.

“The best breakfasts in the world are always in America,” said Ramsay.

The Michelin star celebrity chef has already proven that he takes his breakfast seriously when he shared his scrambled eggs recipe, but now he has reveled his go-to all-American breakfast recipe and we wouldn’t hesitate to try it.

Hello Magazine

While it may not be exactly like how your grandma or the cook at your favorite diner makes it, I think once you watch him prepare it, you’ll want to eat it too. Let’s just say it uses plenty of bacon and potatoes.