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A foodie like me!

Updated on May 7, 2015

I love to cook!

Ready to prepare something yummy! Let's get started!
Ready to prepare something yummy! Let's get started! | Source
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My life as a foodie!

I love food because it is a soul saver. Every time I think of food I think of my grandma, she would be slaving away in her kitchen cooking all day long while we played outside. My grandmother raised me from a child and showed me that love comes in many ways, such as food. If you take the time to cook it right, people will love everything you put out even if you think it's just OK. I found myself thinking about food all the time. God is first and food came second, it never took away from family, but it added measures to it. I am no scholar but, I will try to do my best at share my thoughts and feelings about this beautiful thing called food. I dream of feeding many people with food for the soul and the stomach. I pray you enjoy reading my hub and that your mouth waters just a little as you sail through the recipes.

Lite eats for Summertime.

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Healthier cooking!

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For the kids or the Kid in you! Fun things to make

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June is Wedding month...

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30 day cake! One of my favorites!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup drained canned peaches, cut inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 6 maraschino cherries, cut inch halves
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 package dry yeast

DirectionsCombine all ingredients and put in glass jar. Cover loosely with a lid, cloth or plastic wrap. Stir several times to mix thoroughly. Stir once daily for 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks, the starter has fermented enough to start the Friendship Cake. At this time, start the cake as in the recipe for "Friendship Cake Fruit Preparation".

Friendship Cake Fruit Preparation:

First, beg, steal or borrow 1 1/2 cups starter.

FIRST DAY: Mix 1 1/2 cups starter, a large can of peaches with juice and 2 1/2 cups sugar in large glass or ceramic jar or bowl. Cover with lid or plastic wrap. Stir daily for 10 days, using a wooden spoon.

TENTH DAY: Add 2 1/2 cups sugar and a large can of chunk or crushed pineapple with juice. Stir daily for 10 days.

20TH DAY: Add 2 1/2 cups sugar, large can fruit cocktail with juice and a large jar or maraschino cherries with juice. Stir daily for 10 days.

30TH DAY: Drain fruit. Bake cakes or cookies using fruit. Save juice; there will be enough for 4 or 5 friends.

Friendship Cake:

Day 1: Receive batter and place in large bowl. Cover with waxed paper. Do Not Refrigerate.

Day 2: Stir.

Day 3: Stir

Day 4: Stir.

Day 5: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir.

Day 6: Stir.

Day 7: Stir.

Day 8: Stir.

Day 9: Stir.

Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir.

Take out 3 separate cups of batter and give to 3 friends with directions.

2/3 cups oil

3 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup apples, chopped

raisins (optional)

1 cup nuts, chopped

For your, own cake, add the remaining batter the oil, eggs, flour, salt, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and vanilla. Stir by hand. Stir in by hand the apples, raisins and nuts (all 3 or only 1). Bake in greased and floured tube pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

New week!

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This is going to be a awesome week.
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This is going to be a awesome week.
This is going to be a awesome week. | Source

No soup for you!

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Table settings and more! Party or Not!

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Sweet snacks!

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If you can't eat much sugar this is for you!
If you can't eat much sugar this is for you!
If you can't eat much sugar this is for you! | Source

Let's talk FREE storage containers and Labels

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Wine Bottles are great for oils.  If you reuse some oil from frying small portions.  Cranberry juice bottles are great for rice/pastaIf there is only a little left over, put it in a Cherry jar! Pasta sauce jars are great for leftovers.  Remember if you are like me (single) or (male) this is a great way to save money and recycle!
Wine Bottles are great for oils.  If you reuse some oil from frying small portions.  Cranberry juice bottles are great for rice/pasta
Wine Bottles are great for oils. If you reuse some oil from frying small portions. Cranberry juice bottles are great for rice/pasta | Source
If there is only a little left over, put it in a Cherry jar! Pasta sauce jars are great for leftovers.  Remember if you are like me (single) or (male) this is a great way to save money and recycle!
If there is only a little left over, put it in a Cherry jar! Pasta sauce jars are great for leftovers. Remember if you are like me (single) or (male) this is a great way to save money and recycle! | Source

Let's talk Coffee.

Safety First!

Make sure you wash your hands first, always check pots and utensils for cleanliness. If you are cooking poultry, make sure you wash all the surfaces and utensils you are using before continuing with your other ingredients. Use a clean knife to cut up your vegetables and never just cut up chicken and transfer to your veggies. Cross contamination is so easy when cooking, so take that extra step and clean as you go! While your food is cooking you should taste for seasoning, make sure when you do this that you use a different spoon/fork from what you stir with, now put in the sink or wash it off for next taste test. Don't leave your meat out to long even if you are thawing it out. Remember to thaw in correct temperature such as water. I usually thaw in the refrigerator because I don't have to worry about it being to warm in the room or getting spoiled. After shopping at the market, refrigerate meat in their own package unless you plan to portion them. Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!

I add some chopped pecans in the mix. I also put some on top with evaporated milk, chocolate chunks and Carmel sauce! Yummy
I add some chopped pecans in the mix. I also put some on top with evaporated milk, chocolate chunks and Carmel sauce! Yummy | Source

Choose a Great wine or awesome mix

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Summer Cocktails

Lemon Fizz

2 fresh lemons

crushed ice

peel of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon sugar

iced lemon-flavored soda pop

squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into

a chilled highball glass

filled with crushed ice

Add the piece of peel and sugar to taste/ stir

add soda pop to taste


Grapefruit cooler

2 oz of fresh mint leaves, plus extras to decorate

2 tspoons of sugar syrup

2 cups grapefruit juice

4 tspoons lemon juice

cracked ice

Sparkling mineral water

smash the fresh mint in a small bowl

with the sugar syrup

set aside 2 hours, mashing again 2-3 more times

Strain into a pitcher and a pitcher and add grapefruit juice

and lemon juice. cover and chill for 2 hours

Fill 6 tall glasses with cracked ice. Divide between

the glasses and finish off with sparkling water

mint leaf to garnish


Soft Sangria


6 cups red grape juice

1 cup orange juice

3 tspoons of lemon cranberry juice

2 tspoons of lemon juice

2 tspoons of lime juice

4 tspoons of sugar syrup

ice, slices of lime and orange to garnish

Pour all the juices and sugar syrup into

a chilled punch bowl and stir well.

Add the ice and the lime and orange slices and

serve in chilled glasses

Syrup sugar

Boil

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

cook for 1 minute

set aside


My experience working at a small Café in Alabama showed me that I can start my own business.  I still dreaming and looking for that right locations.  Thanks Kitty
My experience working at a small Café in Alabama showed me that I can start my own business. I still dreaming and looking for that right locations. Thanks Kitty

My Favorite Shortbread Cookies

1/2 c sugar, 2 sticks unsalted butter cut in sm cubes soft, 1/4 tsp Almond or Vanilla extract mix together. Add 2 c flour. be sure to sift all ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes in bowl/covered or roll in saran wrap.
1/2 c sugar, 2 sticks unsalted butter cut in sm cubes soft, 1/4 tsp Almond or Vanilla extract mix together. Add 2 c flour. be sure to sift all ingredients. Chill for 30 minutes in bowl/covered or roll in saran wrap. | Source

Curry pepper chicken

light curry pepper chicken served on white rice. Feel free to use brown rice.
light curry pepper chicken served on white rice. Feel free to use brown rice. | Source

My fav's. food I have prepared myself.

Delicious, serve on spinach with a fork or with pasta.  This quick and easy recipe is one of my favorite to eat.  My Italian co-worker invited me over for dinner and I fell in love with it!  I make it myself with spinach and love it. Gorgeous dish
Delicious, serve on spinach with a fork or with pasta. This quick and easy recipe is one of my favorite to eat. My Italian co-worker invited me over for dinner and I fell in love with it! I make it myself with spinach and love it. Gorgeous dish | Source

Today's Yum +!

Today I enjoyed a wonderful left over lunch, I reheated my chicken Parmesan with Rotini. I also enjoy a glass of Tart cranberry juice. ( this is good if you are having issue with bladder.) I enjoy the tart taste, not to mention no calories. I came across a great recipe yesterday for hummus;

1 cup cooked chick peas, drained

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbls tahini

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

In a food processor, puree the chickpeas, garlic, tahini and lemon juice. Gradually add the olive oil until incorporated. Season the hummus with salt and pepper, scrape it into a bowl, refrigerate until ready to serve.

serve with Pita bread


Raw for Beauty

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Soy Ginger Steak Stir fry

Stirfry vegetables, Steak( strip, country style) Soy sauce, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Olive Oil. season to taste
Stirfry vegetables, Steak( strip, country style) Soy sauce, ground ginger, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Olive Oil. season to taste | Source
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Serve on rice with a side of Iced tea
Serve on rice with a side of Iced tea | Source
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inspired by Barefoot Contessa of Course! There are some variations.  But baking the chicken breast and thigh meat with tarragon was a keeper.  I didn't like chicken salad until I heard about Tarragon, a little pickle relish, celery seed or whole cele
inspired by Barefoot Contessa of Course! There are some variations.  But baking the chicken breast and thigh meat with tarragon was a keeper.  I didn't like chicken salad until I heard about Tarragon, a little pickle relish, celery seed or whole cele
inspired by Barefoot Contessa of Course! There are some variations. But baking the chicken breast and thigh meat with tarragon was a keeper. I didn't like chicken salad until I heard about Tarragon, a little pickle relish, celery seed or whole cele | Source

Books

2500 Recipes - Andrew Schloss with Ken Bookman

How to cook meat - Chris Schlesinger & John Willoughby

The Kitchen Companion - Polly Clingerman

4001 food facts - Dr Myles H Bader

On Cooking - The Art Institute of Pittsburg

These are great books to get inspired

Prefect burger - Don't forget the perfect bun.


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I love eating and cooking food, I really enjoy experimenting with seasonings and different cuts of meat. you should take the quiz to see if you really know how to cook a good burger or if you are a real foodie. Passover is coming and I found some great recipes to try, like Matzo balls and Passover rolls. Are you a bread lover? I am, I love French bread, Ciabatta and Sour dough breads, but what really brings me to my knee is Challah Bread. Yummy! Well, that all today I am still loving on my Shortbread Cookies with a cup of French roast coffee. Until next time, we will talk about something a little healthy but yummy and Sanitation.

© 2014 Anita Whetstone

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