Why You Shouldn’t Grind Up Nuts Fresh From the Oven

Obviously you know not to toss a food processor blade into a sinkful of soapy water (uhh, you do know that right?), but there are a few less-obvious ways you may be screwing up your food processor game. Make sure you’re not committing these crimes, and you’ll be chopping, dicing, and pesto-ing to your heart’s content in no time.

Source: It Is Very Possible You Are Making These 6 Food Processor Common Mistakes

When I need to grind/chop up nuts, fruits or anything else, I will stick them in the freezer for a little bit. It seems to help eliminate the creation of a that pasty/butter like stuff which makes it easier to clean the food processor.

This goes for blenders as well, but for most things.. add liquids to the bowl first.

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Crumble Up Rice Cakes for a Crunchy, Easy Bread Crumb Substitute

…when purchased breadcrumbs aren’t an option, head to the pantry and grab a few rice cakes to make your own gluten-free breading mix. You might not have considered using these crisp and airy snack cakes this way before, but they work quite well. And any kind of rice cakes will get the job done. Use whatever you have available, but maybe it’s best to stay away from the sweeter varieties.

Source: The Best Gluten-Free Breading Mix Is Already In Your Pantry

For those who are allergic to wheat, this is a good way to get bread crumbs for various recipes that are gluten free. Gluten free bread crumbs are kind of pricey…

Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

If you have candy canes sitting around after the holidays, you can turn them into a tasty peppermint topping for cookies, ice cream, and even coffee. All you need is a hammer, or better yet, a food processor.

Source: Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

They’re not kidding about the airtight container for storage, folks. I tried this earlier this month when making cookies & thought it would be okay to leave the crushed candy canes in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Nope! Everything solidified onto the surface of the bowl the next day.

TLDR: Moisture will ruin your minty dust!

The Difference Between a Blender, Food Processor, and an Immersion Blender

The price 😉

Whether you put dinner on the table every night or are a holiday-only kind of chef, chances are you could use a good blender, immersion blender, food processor, stand mixer, or hand mixer. These appliances can make food prep faster, expand the range of recipes you can tackle, and greatly improve the quality of your cooking and baking.

Source: Should I Get a Blender, a Food Processor, or a Mixer?

You can make whipped cream with no special attachments with at least some immersion blenders.  I can make hummus or breadcrumbs in either my blender or food processor, but i stick to the food processor for making gyro meat.

Make Chicken Stock in Just 45 Minutes with an Ounce of Gelatin

The most flavorful, full-bodied chicken stock takes hours to make on the stove—usually. Here’s a shortcut that doesn’t compromise on quality: add packets of unflavored gelatin to your stock ingredients and have stock in less than an hour.

Source: Make Chicken Stock in Just 45 Minutes with an Ounce of Gelatin

If you want good flavour – roast the bones, some carrot and some onion @ 450F for a half hour or so, transfer to pot and add the water. Makes it ten times better.  The gelatin is just for the body. The flavour comes from the bones/meat, and pulverizing them extracts the flavor more quickly.

Make Any Tapenade With This Simple Formula

Enter tapenade. If you’re familiar only with the kind that comes in the small jar from the supermarket, you’re missing out. The time saved may seem to compensate for the less-than-ideal flavor, but you can make make a much better version at home in under 30 minutes. Here’s how:

Source: How to Make Tapenade Without a Recipe

There’s 1.4 mcg of vitamin K in 100 grams of olives, and the recipe calls for 2 cups (~360 grams).  That’s ~5 mcg of vitamin K…  Capers on the other hand contain 24.6 mcg of vitamin k per 100 grams.

Keeping in mind that the vitamin K dose is quoted on consuming all of the tapenade.  I’m not judging… 😉

On a more serious note, I would not recommend eating tapenade before an INR test.  If there’s a long enough interval between tests (1 month), then I’d suggest tapenade soon after getting tested so you have time for your INR level to recover in an effort to not have to adjust your medication dose.

Liebster Award Nomination

I was nominated by Bekah, of the lovely A Vegan with a Plan.  Thank you!

The rules for the Liebster Award are:

  • post the award logo on your blog
  • link back to the person who nominated you
  • answer the questions set for you
  • nominate 10 other bloggers (preferably with less than 200 followers) and let them know they’ve been nominated
  • create 10 questions for your nominees

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Egg beater, for licking after making whip cream.

What is your favorite food?

Just one?

What kind of camera do you use for blog photos?

Smartphone.  There was a time when I had a Nikon, but it died on me and I was never a photog.

What inspired you to start blogging?

I don’t consider it blogging – this is the result of wanting to change my diet.  After the third or so recipe on a piece of paper, I figured there had to be a better way.  So it’s a cook book to me, but it’s evolved to include various articles and information I encounter that’s either related or interesting to me.

Do you have any hobbies?

Too many.  Cooking takes a backseat to training for triathlon, which includes yoga and sleep.

Which do you enjoy more, cooking or baking?

Can’t it be both?  Both are delicious.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world with the goal of trying local cuisine, where would you go?

Eurasia 😀

How much time do you spend blogging each week?

I haven’t tallied – it depends on content.  Some things need more time than others.

What is your favorite color?

Puce.

Food processor, essential or “nice to have”?

Essential.  Mine is almost too small – guacamole is fine, but the black bean brownies almost kills the poor thing.

Here are the questions for my nominees, in no particular order:

  • Please describe yourself in 5 words
  • Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or 1 horse-sized duck?
  • What’s your guilty pleasure?  Doesn’t have to be food
  • Insects: Would you try them if someone offered them in some form of a meal?  Does it make a difference if the insects are alive or dead?
  • Puns: Enjoyable, or breach of etiquette?  Any favourites?
  • What was the last thing you celebrated?
  • Where was the last time you traveled somewhere new?
  • When did you last push the boundaries of your comfort zone?
  • Would you rather be evil but considered good, or good but considered evil?
  • What’s the wisest thing you’ve heard someone say?

And the blogs I would like to nominate are… (drum roll):