Kitchen Tip of the Day: Window Herbs

Kitchen Window Herbs

HerbswindowOften, the bundles of herbs purchased at the local grocer are quite larger than needed for the recipe one is using them for.  What to do with those gorgeous greens afterward?  Instead of throwing them in the bottom drawer of the fridge, keep them out instead.  Not only do they make great window decorations, but they might inspire your next culinary creation!

Place herbs in water and in a sunny window.  Just be sure to change the water frequently as it will be needed.  I change it almost daily and their shelf-life is greatly extended.

Kitchen Tip of the Day: Quick Defrost

Quick Kitchen Defrost

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When in the need to defrost frozen foods, particularly meats, water is your best ally.  Some may turn to the auto-defrost of a microwave but that can still lead to slightly cooked patches.  Instead, place the item(s) in a large bowl and place in your sink, under the faucet.  Allow the water to slowly run, filling up the bowl, and even running over.  If you feel comfortable leaving the water slowly running do so.  Otherwise give it a little bit of time and the item(s) will defrost in an hour or less.