Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Importance of Mise-En-Place

Ingredients Ready to Go for my Pina Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake
Ingredients Ready to Go for my Pina Colada Pineapple Upside Down Cornmeal Cake

The Finished Cake

If you were to ask me what is the singularly most important thing I could share with you to ensure your continued cooking enjoyment and culinary successes, I would answer, “Mis-en-place” , without a doubt!

So then you ask, “What in the world is ‘mis-en-place’ ?” Continue reading The Importance of Mise-En-Place

Lavender – Beyond Air Freshener, Potpourri, and Cologne

lavender-flower-harvest

So, we all know how wonderful lavender smells, right?  It may well be up there as one of the most popular potpourri and air freshener scents.  And what about cologne?  Right up there as well.

But, have you ever thought about using it in your culinary adventures? Continue reading Lavender – Beyond Air Freshener, Potpourri, and Cologne

“The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fif-Teen”

Some fruits and vegetables should ALWAYS be eaten only if grown organically.  No amount of rinsing, washing, or cooking, can take away the chemicals that have been introduced throughout their growth process.  Translated, that means that you will be exposing yourself to a litany of harmful chemicals, many of which have already been well documented to be carcinogenic, cause birth defects, worsened neurological outcomes, and infertility issues—only to name a few.  Continue reading “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fif-Teen”