How To

From "Sometimes Simple is Sooo Satisfying" published on October 13, 2011

-When a recipe calls for "grated onion, you can of course use a box grater (and your goggles from the "C'est Delicieux" tip of course!) but you can also just zip it around in the food processor for a few spins and save your self a lot of aggravation!

-Both recipes for Cranberry Chicken often leave you with far more sauce than you need to serve the chicken.  If you really have a ton, you can freeze it (only do this once) and make the whole recipe again as long as you have enough sauce to cover the amount of chicken you are cooking.  Alternately, you can save the sauce for a hearty salad dressing or "aioli" for sandwiches like turkey or chicken salad.

From "C'est Delicieux!" published on October 7, 2011

-To avoid the tears while cutting onions, we keep a pair of swimming goggles in our kitchen!!! It sounds insane I know, but if you wear them while you're slicing, you won't cry!!!


From "A Thoughtful Process" published on August 19, 2011

-You can easily drive yourself crazy trying to read nutrition labels and ingredient lists.  We all know that we should try and limit our consumption of processed foods, but it can be a daunting task.  For easy elimination, try to limit the foods that you buy that come in cans, jars, boxes and bags.  For items that you absolutely have to buy, like sliced bread for instance, try to compare at least 3 brands and buy the one with the fewest ingredients, and aim for not more that 5 or 6 in total.  It can also be helpful to try and imagine what each ingredient looks like.  For example, flour is pretty easy to picture in your head, but ammonium sulfate is not. Try to buy foods that have as few things that you can't picture as possible.

-Ingredients are also listed in order of greatest amount.  For instance, if sugar is listed before whole grain flour on an ingredient list that means that the item has more sugar per serving than flour.  Try to buy foods that do no list fats, (like oils) salt, sugar, or sugar-like substances like high fructose corn syrup as the first 1-4 ingredients.  This simple trick will eliminate lots of foods from your shopping list, but also lots of calories!
 
From "'Waist' Not Want Not" published on July 8, 2011

-When making quick breads like the one featured here, you can easily make two whole loaves and freeze one for later use.  Just wrap a loaf in 1 layer of plastic wrap, then a layer of foil.  Thaw the bread at a later date right in the wrapping.  I sometimes even freeze individual slices and take them out of the freezer the night before I am to eat them for a quick grab-and-go breakfast on the way to work! 

-Also, when grating the zucchini to make this bread, you can freeze extra grated zucchini in a plastic freezer bag for later use in stir fry dishes, more breads, and even brownies!  Just thaw the grated zucchini in a colander with a bowl under it, or in a clean sink so the excess water can drain out.