Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to Blanch Vegetables

Happy Tuesday TKW Family!  It’s time for Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer!  Are you excited?  I hope so.  Today is all about how to blanch vegetables. You’ve dug up, you’ve rototilled, you’ve gotten down in the dirt, planted your seedlings and gave your vegetable your undying love.  You’ve fenced it in, you’ve watered, fed, killed nasty creepy bugs and did everything in your power from keeping all those pesky animals out. FINALLY your garden is starting to repay you for all those hours of love you put into it by providing you gorgeous fresh produce and vegetables.

You cook it however you get distracted (Oh! Something shiny!!!) and you overcook it.  All of your blood, sweat and hours you put in and you’re left with overcooked/burnt/soggy/mushy vegetables.  Sucks huh?  Well today I want to teach you about blanching those gorgeous vegetables.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE cooking vegetables this way.  The colors are vibrant and the flavors are intense.

Tuesday Tip

Learn how to blanch your vegetables!

Weekly Menu

Happy Sunday TKW Family!  It’s time for this week’s weekly menu.  Are you hungry yet? WOW talk about almost an entire week of actual real sun here in Pittsburgh.  Kinda made me want to pull a Ferris Bueller and take the day off just to enjoy the sun however guilt would have set in, I am not a baseball fan (though PNC Park is AMAZING), I don’t have a Ferrari annnnnnnnnnd there are no parades in town.  LOL

So how was your week? Mine was pretty good.  I’m trying to figure out where we are going on vacation as *I* desperately need some time off.  Mr.Fantabulous needs a break from “real life” as well.  I’m just in a lull as to where we want to go. We’d like his parents to come with us but neither of them will go on a cruise.  *I* want Italy and Paris but Mr. Fantabulous right now wants to do zero site-seeing and the in-laws won’t leave the country.  I can’t do humidity but I want heat. Yeah I know… Arizona.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Scottsdale but… we always go there.


Do you have any suggestions?  I’d love All-Inclusive as it makes life easier too. Yeah, I’m not picky or anything.. LOL

What else?  OH OH OH So I have been looking at something that can track my workouts, distance, heart rate, calories burned and so forth. I was on the fence between the Polar FT80 (my friend and old spin instructor has one) and the FitBit (because everyone and their mother has one).  After doing a pretty detailed review of them both I opted to go with the Polar FT80 watch (plus with has a ton of stuff that comes with it). OMG I LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOOOVE this thing!  Now if you read the reviews the biggest complaint is about the display being dark.  It could be a tad brighter however there is a button you press and it lights up bright as can be.  It’s a workout watch, not exactly a rolex people.  I’m super thrilled I went with Alex’s recommendation to get this thing.  I used it last week for the first time during a 60 minute spin class.  After I was done I checked my results.  My average heart rate was 160, my miles were 16 and my calories burned were almost 800!  I definitely recommend this thing!  Plus if you’re a runner as well you can get the add-on GPS module to help you if you’re like me and get lost easily or want to measure your distance.

I have a boat load of stuff to get done today again – finally I can cut the grass without the tractor sinking into the wet mushy grass, I have 872 bajillion photos to edit (well okay, maybe 200), recipes to write up and reviews to do. Oh yeah, also feed the man at some point.  LOL

Anyway, I’m going to make this a short one today (please forgive me).

♥ Monday –  Homemade pasta and marinara
♥ Tuesday- Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Cheesy Ranch Centers Hoagies
♥ Wednesday – Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Chicken Meatballs
♥ Thursday –  World’s Most Awesomest Tenderest Pork Cutlets
♥ Friday – Whiskey Pulled Pork Pizza Puffs
♥ Saturday – Ultimate Meatlovers Calzone
♥ Sunday – Hot Sausage Stuffed Banana Peppers
♥ Dessert of the week – Chocolate Lofthouse Cookies


Homemade Apple Pie Filled Poptarts

Ever since I introduced you to my homemade PopTarts featuring traditional glazed strawberry, you’ve asked for other flavors. So with that I gave you 3 chocolate flavor combinations to keep you chocolate lovers at bay. Well recently there was a huge surge of “hey, what about an apple pie filled version?”…

Your wish is my command!
apple poptart

Apple pie filling is pretty straight forward IF you are making a traditional pie.  However when making poptarts you need to fill it with cooked apple pie filling.  WTH?  I keep typing “applie” instead of “apple”.  Thank GOD for spell check!  Seriously, where would we be today without it?!  And OMG don’t even get me started on when I’m typing up a document and even spell check doesn’t even recognize what I’m trying to say.  Now THAT’s sad!  Has that ever happened to you?
Yes, you can have apple pie for breakfast!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – All About Rolling Pins

One of my earliest memories of being in the kitchen is when I was 3 years old with my Mom.  She was making sugar cookies and had her huge ‘pie board’ on the kitchen table, her bucket of flour, her dough and her trusty rolling pin. Mom had nn American-style rolling pin.  It had worn red handles with a hardwood cylinder, handles on either end and a steel shaft down the center that gave it a smooth rolling action.  This thing was older than dirt and honestly I don’t know whatever came of it.  More than likely she wore it out as Mom was always baking something and using it.  Since I was so little but needed to be under her feet to ‘help’ she bought me my very first one.  It was a child-size version of hers.  This thing was better than any Barbie a girl could ever have and trust me, I LOVE my Barbie dolls.

I can remember climbing up on the kitchen chair and then on top of the kitchen table away from the flour and board though I did try everything I could to help out.  Finally my Dad came into the house with my very own ‘pie board’ he had made me. Mom showed me how to flour my board, gave me a chunk of cookie dough to roll out and gave me my rolling pin.  At first I was impatient as I knew what I was doing as I had been watching her for years.. (remember I was just 3 at the time!). I made a HUGE mess and tore the dough. That’s when Mom taught me how to roll out the dough evenly and when and when not to add flour.  Now granted that dough got destroyed from my practicing but it was worth it.  That honestly has to be one of my favorite memories with her.

As I got older and got more into baking (and made my own money … that helps btw), I realized that there were other types of rolling pins out there – marble, metal, with handles, without, wood, steel, shafts and so forth. It can be pretty daunting and rather confusing to know what type to use and or when. So I put together some info in this week’s installment of  Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer as we’re talking All About Rolling Pins.

Tuesday Tip
Rolling pins are an essential in every kitchen.  They are used to evenly flatten everything from pie and pastry doughs to cookie and pasta doughs. Or if you grew up in my household – as a method of threatening someone to do their chores!  Trust me, when Mom picked up that rolling pin and started shaking it at you, you best go clean up something!

How many rolling pins do you have?

Weekly Menu

Wow is it Sunday already?  I had SUCH a productive week last week that the time just flew by.  I so love weeks like that!  I’m finally building out my team and in just a week we accomplished so much work.  So super proud of them!  Some may say “oh no you’re jinxing it” but I am so excited for the future and what my powerhouse will accomplish.  Speaking of accomplishments, the Fantabulous in-laws came up for the day one day last week.  It’s funny as I hear so many people say how they don’t get along with their  in-laws.  I have one friend that will literally avoid all interaction with their mother in law.  I feel sorry for them and truly unbelievably grateful for mine as I honestly adore them. I look forward to spending time with them and would love nothing more than to have them move in with us.  It’s funny as even though we’re not blood related, I’m so alike Mama Fantabulous.  My own mother would have loved this woman.  And don’t get me started on Papa Fantabulous.  OMG he and my Dad, along with Mr. Fantabulous would have been the bestest of friends.  Always ‘putzing’ around as my Dad would say; into everything and anything.


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