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Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – freezing leftover pancake batter

Have extra pancake batter but not a lot of room in the freezer to store your cooked pancakes?  No problem, just freeze the batter!  Find out how today!

In my house freezer space is a premium. Like we’re talking trying to find 5 acres of prime real estate in Malibu for a bargain. It’s pretty much impossible to find and when you do find it, it’s costing you an arm and a leg. Or in my case I’m forced to make a whole ham, turkey, 2 roasts and warm up 2 containers of chili just to make room for new stuff. LOL  I can’t help it, it’s how I was raised. Growing up we had 2 HUGE chest freezers. One was in the kitchen (with a regular fridge/freezer) and the other was 12′ long and you could pretty much fit a horse in it. And Mom kept all of them stuffed to the brim with homemade foods. Mom was a kitchen GENIUS when it came to making something out of nothing AND making it delicious. She cooked for pretty much a football team every night as it never was just the 8 of us. Oh no. We always had some neighbors, random friends and heck, even the mailman stop by for one of her delicious meals.

So that style of cooking – cooking for an army was how I was trained. Now it’s taken me DECADES to learn how to cook for just the two of us but if you ask Mr. Fantabulous I still cook way too much of something at a time. I can’t just cook a meal that there are no leftovers. There were times when we couldn’t afford to go to the store to buy something but Mom came to the rescue with one of her bulk freezer meals.  One thing she always, ALWAYS made in bulk were pancakes. We’re talking 30-40 dinner plate size pancakes easily were in our freezer at one point. Having 4 brothers that were bottomless pits, Mom refused to spend every waking moment in the kitchen catering to them. So when they were starving (which was pretty much ever 30 minutes) they could grab a frozen pancake, toast it and they were good to go.

I’ll do that now though not make 30-40 but rather 4-6 at most. This is something Mr. Fantabulous can make himself when he gets the midnight munchies (he’s a night owl) or when I’m not home and he’s starving. They freeze beautifully but like I said, I don’t always have freezer space for that. Well, what I started doing was freezing the pancake batter. Now keep in mind this is ONLY for pancake batter, not Belgian Waffle batter. You can’t freezer that batter as you’ll deflate the eggs. Don’t try it – I already tested it and it failed.

What do you top your pancakes with?

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Instant Pot recommendations

So you got an Instant Pot for Christmas (YEAH!!!). Here are some items that I think are a MUST-HAVE to make you a Pressure Cooker Rock Star!

First, WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PRESSURE COOKING!!! I know, a bit dramatic but trust me, these things are a kitchen blessing!  I’ve been preaching about the incredibleness (go with that made up word, k?) for years now and thankfully you guys listened!  There are several varieties out there but the overwhelming popular one is the Instant Pot. Rightly so, it’s pretty amazing! I have 3 pressure cookers made by 3 different companies and they all work incredibly well, but this one, this one edges out rest of the other electric ones by a smidge. But now that you have one, let’s talk about additional items that, honestly, you really should have to get the full benefit of pressure cooking!

All of the items below you can find in my Amazon Influencer store as these are products I personally LOVE and recommend. And if you know me, you know it takes A LOT for me to put my name, my brand behind it. And if you buy through my links or Amazon store, thank you! I earn an affiliate percentage that allows me to keep this site up and running. Running a site isn’t cheap to be honest and costs thousands of dollars a year so every little bit helps.

8 quart Instant Pot

Glass lid – why do you need it? This is perfect when you want to slow cook (but still look at your food), preventing spitting/spattering when sauteeing AND when you make popcorn. YES, POPCORN in your pressure cooker! You have 3 sizes to choose from.

What’s the first thing you pressure cooked?

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Foodie Favorite Cookbooks

These cookbooks are some of my personal favorites that every foodie needs to have in their kitchen arsenal!  Be a kitchen genius with some of these books!

I seriously love cookbooks BUT I’m very particular about what I buy. I don’t buy them to collect but rather I buy them for inspiration, education, knowledge and deliciousness. With the holidays 2 weeks away I’ve put together my favorite cookbooks of 2017 (and a few prior that still ROCK!) as one of those last-minute-foodie-gifts!  If you’re a foodie or know a foodie then trust me, THESE are the cookbooks that they need (and want!)

Foodie Favorite Cookbooks

So what makes a good cookbook?

First, recipes. No I’m talking GOOD recipes. You know the kind that you put your pieces of paper in the pages to flag it to make. The ones that don’t require 473 steps, 63 ingredients and 8 days to make. Second, creativity. Chicken Soup is chicken soup is chicken soup. I’m all for seeing your Aunt Susie’s prize winning soup recipe but I also want to learn something new, creative and inspiring. Third, photos. We eat with our eyes before we even decide to make a recipe. Truth is, if it looks like garbage, most are less apt to make it. With that, check out some of my favorite cookbooks I’m RAVING over this year!  These are the books every foodie should have!

Get your deliciousness on!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Baking Essentials This Holiday Season

If you’re a holiday baker, you’re going to stock up your pantry with some of these holiday baking essentials!Baking Essentials This Holiday Season!

So let’s be real here for a minute – when it comes to holiday baking, how many of you make extra just for you? Or better yet, what’s your stance on eating cookie dough? Is it a “nope” or a “um DUH!”? I’m all about the cookie dough. Here’s a little tidbit about yours truly – I actually prefer raw cookie dough than a baked cookie. Thing is, I prefer to taste the batter as if the batter rocks, then baked it’ll be mind-blowing.

Now this list is just a small subset of baking essentials. If I didn’t stop, this post would be pages long and I don’t have time to do that and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to go through pages of stuff. So instead, what I’ve done is go in and updated my Amazon Influencer Store with all of the items I recommend.

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie or baked good?

Right now all I want is cookies and milk!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Pre-Thanksgiving Advice

While gearing up the for holidays today I’m offering up some Pre-Thanksgiving advice that we all need to take part of.

Let’s face it; the holidays, while beautiful, festive, delicious and fun are one thing – STRESSFUL. Whether it’s self-induced or situationally-induced, it happens. We stress about money, cleaning, decorating, cooking, baking, shopping, work, just over all getting ready. And by the time you go through the holidays and finally have a moment to actually enjoy them, it’s time to go back to work. Which also means cleaning up, putting the decorations away and facing a long, cold winter (unless you’re one of the lucky ones that live on the West Coast or some gorgeous island).

Trust me guys, I’m with you on all of that. Growing up my Mom would plan her holiday meals weeks in advance, decorate the house for days and at night, when they thought no one was paying attention, my parents would fret over money and how they could buy each of us at least one new present. When I got married I turned into my Mother – I’d plan these grandiose meals (even though it was just for the two of us), I’d have Mr. Fantabulous haul 10-12 huge Rubbermaid tubs from the attic of decorations and spend days, yes days, decorating a house that literally no one but us saw. It just had to be perfect.

While the house was gorgeous, the food delicious, what wasn’t so great was me and my attitude. I was tired, cranky and sometimes a full-fledged Scrooge. I just was so stressed. I wanted it to be perfect; I wanted everything to be perfect. But then I thought about something a few years ago. What makes a ‘perfect’ holiday season?

Just take my advice this year; you owe it to yourself and your family

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