Kitchen Hack – # 2 Chocolate Curls

From the website of Frugalhausfrau if an excellent kitchen hack for making chocolate curls. The cheesecake recipe is worth trying and is out of this world.

Take a wide straight edge spatula and run from the top of the pan to the bottom. You will see how easy it is to make curls.

French Dip Sandwiches with Mediterranean Salad

The Best Slow cooker French Dip Sandwiches says it all.  Check out for the full recipe.  This recipe combines the flavors of beef consomme, soy sauce, garlic powder , oregano, thyme coke, onions. with chuck roast in a slow cooker.  The flavors are a delicious combination. It still tasted a little like a roast to me but it does melt in your mouth.  Next time I may try round steak or rib eye.

The chuck roast simmer in the delicious broth and is cut into thin slices. Cook a little while longer in the juice.

Mix together romaine and arugula lettuce, washed and dried.

Rinse and dry artichokes and chop into pieces.

Halve Kalamata olives and add to salad.

    Mix together ingredients for dressing:
    White wine vinegar
    Minced garlic clove
    Olive oil
    Asiago cheese



Kitchen Hacks – #1 Clean UP

My kitchen often looks like this after cooking. My spouse is willing to clean up but I try to make it easier for him.

If you would like your kitchen counter to look more like this after cooking. The trick is to wash as you cook. During those down times when the food is cooking start washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher. It makes clean up so much easier.

Roasted spiralized sweet potatoes

I had to work this weekend so Iasked my husband to go to the 25th anniversary celebration at Cook Wares. Over the years Ihad taken classes at Cooks Ware and had bought my share of items from them.  They were selling their anniversary cookbook and vendors were selling some of their favorite gadgets.  So I sent my husband to buy the cookbook and a gadget.

Happily,  my husband found an OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer with StrongHold Suctionthat actually works. This is my third attempt at owning a spiralizer.  First, I tried a hand held version, but it was awkward and hard to hold.  Next I tried an electric version which was bettter but still did not work well.  In order for it to work well the vegetable needs to be just the right size.  Though even still the vegetable often fell to the side and would not spiralize properly.

This is the spiralizer my husband picked up at Cooks Ware. It is the Good Grips Oxo spiralizer. What I like is that the vegetable/fruit is held in place by the spiralizer plate and turner. It is all manual so no worries about electricity. There is a separate case for the blades which makes it easy to store. It stays in place on the counter with suction.  Clean up is very easy.

I used the fettucine spiral to make a sweet potato salad.

Using a recipe that came with the device, I roasted the sweet potatoes in a 385 degree oven. Use  2 sweet potatoes, peel and spiralize with the fettuccine blade. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes, turn once. While baking mix together red wine vinegar, olive oil, diced red pepper, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a food processor. Mix until well blended. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked add the vinaigrette dressing to the potatoes and mix well. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Makes a great side for grilled steak and onion straws.