Monday July 9, 2012
1 round seedless watermelon
1 medium-sized carving knife
1 channel knife (often found at the top of a vegetable peeler; if a channel knife is not available, the tip of a small paring knife will do)
20-30 toothpicks or shish kebab skewers to be used to represent teeth
Wash the watermelon and cut a quarter inch slice off the bottom to provide stability. Be careful not to cut too deeply into the red part of the watermelon. You’ll need the hollow watermelon to hold the good stuff once it’s all carved up.
Saturday June 30, 2012
Unlike most foods, spices really don’t go “bad”. They simply lose their potency slowly over time. In general, whole spices last for approximately three years. Ground spices will keep their maximum flavor for two years. Herbs lose their flavor at a slightly quicker pace than spices. Expect spices to last at peak flavor for between one and two years. If you follow proper storage techniques these shelf life targets are more than attainable.
Wednesday June 27, 2012
When a snack attack strikes, refuel your kids with these nutrition-packed snacks:
1. Rocky Road: Crumble a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
2.Mini Pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of oregano.
3.Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up and enjoy.
Tuesday June 26, 2012
Wednesday June 27th is Indian Rice Pudding Day. Kiran’s restaurant in Houston will be celebrating this special day by providing each guest a complimentary Indian Rice Pudding, or Kheer, with their meal. If your schedule won’t allow you to visit Chef Kiran at her restaurant, no worries! She was kind enough to share her recipe with us! Enjoy!
Sunday June 24, 2012
Green tea has plenty of skin-protecting benefits — hence its use as a common ingredient in skin creams — but black tea could be the answer to curing a nasty sunburn. Gently applying chilled black tea to the affected area will help soothe the skin, and the tea’s tannins can help speed the body down its road to recovery. Cooled chamomile tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat skin affected by sunburns and irritants like poison ivy. For severe cases of skin irritation, though, it’s best to seek medical advice — and avoid these topical solutions altogether if the skin is broken or cracked.