How about some yummy good food? How about some Holiday Cooking Basics, Seasonings, Condiments, & Helpful Hints?

**Although you could probably add alcohol to any of these recipes, those which specifically include it are in blue.

Last updated: Saturday, June 16, 2012


Let's start with a roux...

The five Grand or 'Mother' Sauces of Chef August Escoffier:


Sauce Mayonnaise is becoming considered another one of the "mother sauces" by many contemporary chefs although it is really very close to a Hollandaise.   It was developed in 1756.  If all you have ever had before is store-bought mayonnaise, you are in for a treat!  Home-made mayonnaise is an marvelously elegant sauce used to dress meat, fish, poultry and vegetable dishes, and not for spreading on sandwiches.  Virtually any oil can be used. Lighter, more delicate oils such as peanut, safflower, and corn oil may be used to serve with fish and vegetables. To accompany heartier dishes a more robust oil, such as olive or walnut oil, may be used.





Helpful Hints:

Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.


Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants; work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, and cut the corner tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up!


Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar/calories per serving.


Broken Glass

Use a dry cotton ball to pick up little broken glass pieces of glass- the fibers catch ones you can't see!


No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.


Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and - voila - static is gone!


Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!


Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.Voila! It unseals easily.


Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.


Good-bye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it; take it "home”, & can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, esp. if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


Give sand the heave-ho

Take baby powder to the beach.  Keep a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag.  When you are ready to leave the beach sprinkle yourself and kids with the powder and the sand will slide right off your skin.


From me to you!