Check out this new post that I wrote for the Cooking with Covection Steam Blog on Garlic Herb Shrimp.
Aren’t they fancy?
A simple and elegant appetizer – Crostini with fig jam, prosciutto, basil and balsamic.
I am a contributor to another blog called Cooking with Convection Steam. I will be focusing on entertaining. Please check out my first post about crostini. Plus, learn all the wonderful things about cooking in a convection steam oven. It is a great site with lots of great information and yummy recipes.
Can I say that I’m in serious like with a trash can? I’m in the kitchen a lot, and my hands are often goopy, so I want a can that will open without my hands. I used to have one that would open automatically when I placed my hands over it, but it suffered a slow and painful death. Mostly it was painful for my patience as it wouldn’t open when I wanted it to. The best part of that trash can was how it scared people when they’d walk by and accidentally open it, a sort of kitchen physical comedy show.
This is the greatest trash can I’ve ever owned. I’m a rabid fan.
So I began searching in earnest for a new can that would fit my discerning needs. There’s only one place it can go in my kitchen. It needs to be rectangular-ish, open without touching, be easy to get bags in and out of, have the ability to keep the lid open all the time, and match our other appliances (stainless). I found this Simple Human 45-Liter Butterfly Step Can at Bed, Bath & Beyond. After searching all over the Internet, I decided this was the can, $120 plus 20% off of course. (Never buy anything at BBB for full price!) At first I was dismayed to discover that my Costco trash bags didn’t fit. This can required a special Simple Human trash bag. Arg! It came with five sample bags and wouldn’t you know it, they’re bigger and stronger than my Costco bags AND I found them online in bulk for about the same amount I pay for the Costco ones. (Free shipping with Amazon Prime.)
All in all, I love this trash can. It is stylish, really durable, opens easy, closes slowly, holds a ton, and the bags are super strong. While I won’t hang out in it all day like Oscar, I am usually hanging out with it in the kitchen.
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Toasty doesn’t adequately express the weather in Nor Cal right now — 104 degrees today! In the famous words of the Wicked Witch of the West, “I’m melting!!!” A tall glass of iced tea sounds particularly nice right now, and since it is National Iced Tea Day today, particularly appropriate. I posted this day last year too and listed a link to get a free sample of my favorite iced tea, SPORTea. This tea is super tasty and energizing, but has no caffeine. I lived on the stuff when I was pregnant with both of my girls. I buy mine at Elliott’s Natural Foods (several locations in Greater Sac Area), but I’ve seen it at Whole Foods and I know you can purchase it at a variety of locations online including the SPORTea website. If you’re Amazon Prime members, you can order and get free 2-day delivery.
My favorite tea is SPORTea!
So pour yourself a nice big glass (maybe add a splash of your favorite spirit to make it adult?), sit in the shade or in the AC and enjoy! – Chef Ro
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Today is National Donut Day! When I was at Pepperdine University, we’d zip along PCH, speed up the incline to Santa Monica and hang out at Pier or the mall. Inside the mall was a donut palce, which I thought was kind of wierd, but we always seemed to stop by there. They had GI-NOR-MOUS peanutbutter and chocolate donuts, kind of like the one pictured here. Everyone knows that PB and chocolate is my all time favorite food combo, so any time I entered the mall, it would call to my belly and chubbie thighs.
A donut for Resse’s Peanut Butter Cup fans.
Now, this was really a land mass of a donut. I can’t imagine the amount of calories, fat and sugar that was in that thing. It certainly didn’t help aleviate the Freshman 15. Even splitting it with a friend, we’d both feel sick afterward — but it was soooo worth it!
I still haven’t tried the cronut but I want to. I hear the original place that invented them no longer make them, so I’ll have to find a good imposter somewhere or do a homemade version.
If you didn’t have a donut for breakfast, have one for dessert tonight and enjoy! You can even get a FREE donut of your choice today at any Krispy Kreme or a bunch of other local shops. A donut once a year won’t hurt your thighs and it is great for your attitude. – Chef Ro
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