Friday, January 25, 2008

Taking A Recipe From The Past - And Never Lose It Again

Sometimes the simplest and most basic solutions are the best. Take organizing recipes for example. Some folks try to organize their recipes online. That’s fine for storage but what do you do when it’s time to actually make the recipe? Put your computer in the kitchen? Even if you have a laptop, the kitchen counter is probably the least safe place you could put it. Liquid and computers don’t mix. You could print the recipe out each time you need it but that’s a real hassle. You could also just run back and forth from your computer to the kitchen. That means of course that you’ll have to memorize each step which again is another hassle.

Why not use the same tried and true solution your great grandmother used, and probably your grandmother and your mother too? The good “old fashioned” recipe box. Of course it doesn’t have to be “old fashioned.” MySecretPantry offers recipe boxes in a variety of designs and materials including stainless steel. Whether you have a modern kitchen or prefer classic country, you can find one to fit your taste. They also offer recipe cards to write or print your favorite recipes on. Stick with what works, organize your recipes today, before they get lost or eaten by the dog. Grab a recipe box and recipe cards today.

Here are two great recipes to get you started.

Molasses Marinated Salmon

2lb Salmon Filets
½ - ¾ cup molasses
2 tbs canola oil
4 tbs soy sauce
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp garlic

Whisk molasses through garlic together in bowl. Place salmon filets in a baking dish and pour mixture over the top. Cover and marinate for 1-3 hours.

Remove from refrigerator, uncover, and bake for 9-12 minutes or until the fish flakes easily, at 375 degrees.

Smoked Cheese and Scallion Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp dried thyme leaves crumbled
1 large egg
1 cup milk
½ cup chopped fresh tomato
¼ cup thinly sliced scallions (green onions)
4 oz smoked gouda, provolone, or mozzarella cheese cut into ¼ inch cubes
4 tbs melted butter

Heat oven to 375. Prepare muffin tins with cooking spray (do not use foil or paper cups) Mix dry ingredients, flour through dried thyme, in a large bowl. Whisk egg and milk together in a separate bowl. Stir in tomatoes, scallion, cheese, and butter. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and fold in until mixture is moist. There will be lumps.

Scoop mixture into muffin pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes 12-14 muffins. Serve warm.

My Secret Pantry can assist you with any of your baking needs!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cookbook Holder – Counter Clutter or a Truly Useful Kitchen Tool?

Cookbook holder? When this little item first landed in my kitchen, I scoffed. Why add another item to an already full kitchen when you can make due simply placing your cookbook on the counter? And then I actually used the cookbook holder. It was already in the kitchen, I might as well give it a try, right? Here’s what I found.

No more sticky, and unidentifiable, stuff on your cookbook pages. Open up any cookbook in my kitchen and you’ll find myriad stains. Olive oil, barbeque sauce, vinegar, wine, chocolate, you name it; it is permanently embedded in the pages of my books. Guess what? A cookbook holder actually keeps your cookbook clean. Now, instead of guessing what some of the obscured and blurry words are, I can actually read the entire recipe.

No more burning the sauce while you’re trying to find your place. Okay, I admit it. The old can on the book to hold the pages down doesn’t really work. Inevitably the pages will slip out from under the can, the book will close and I lose my place. Typically this means a burnt something while I try to find my place again. Not good. A cookbook holder keeps your book open so this never happens. You never lose your place which means better food and significantly easier meal prep.

Cookbook holders actually look good on the counter. Do you have a few favorite cookbooks? Cookbooks that not only have a few great recipes but also look really pretty? They have pictures inside that look so good they make you want to cook, and eat? Those are the books you put in your cookbook holder and leave on the counter. Not only do they add a touch of class and color to your kitchen. They make you want to cook and eating a good home cooked meal is one of the true luxuries of life.

Where can you find a good cookbook holder? MySecretPantry offers three of the best cookbook holders you’ll ever see. Whether you want to mount it under your cupboard or you want a countertop version that can accommodate any size cookbook, they have what you need. They’re made from beautiful hardwoods and will enhance every kitchen décor and every chef’s life.